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Shoulda Benne Pirate

Rum , Modern Classics

This sweet, locally inspired coffee drink from Harold’s Cabin in Charleston, S.C., adds a crumble of benne seed wafers, a South Carolina low country staple, for a unique, crunchy garnish. If you can’t find benne seed wafers, use thin sesame wafers instead.

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Midnight Oil

Rum , Modern Classics

“The Midnight Oil brings to life in cocktail form one of my all-time favorite snack combos: a morning coffee and a slice or two of banana bread,” says bartender Brett Esler of Whisler’s in Austin. “With an aged rum base, a touch of the Domaine de Canton ginger liqueur for a little depth and some vanilla extract to round it out, you have yourself a slightly caffeinated, fall-driven sipper.”

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Sugared Cranberry Ginger Mimosa

Wine & Champagne , Modern Classics

This three-ingredient celebration cocktail from The Cookie Rookie couldn't be simpler. It's perfect for every winter holiday, from Thanksgiving straight through to Valentine's Day.

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Smoke Show

Mezcal , Modern Classics

The bright, fresh taste and warming herbal properties of this cocktail by bartender Liz Martinez at The Purple Pig bring to mind Christmas trees, cold snowy mornings and evenings spent by a crackling fire.

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Robin Redbreast

Vodka , Modern Classics

If you’d like to make your drink a festive shade of red for the holidays, try this vodka cocktail with blood orange. "Blood oranges have a slightly different flavor than the oranges we are most accustomed to," says Kevin Denton, the national mixologist for Pernod Ricard. "The main thing to remember is that orange juice, particularly anything not freshly squeezed, is much more mellow in cocktails that we think it’s going to be."

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Green Holiday

Vodka , Modern Classics

If you’d like to make your drink a festive shade of green for the holidays, try this vodka and wheatgrass recipe. "Wheatgrass shots are so shockingly green that I knew as a cocktail ingredient they would add some sweet, fresh and lusciously vegetal flavors," says Kevin Denton, the national mixologist for Pernod Ricard.

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Flying Elvis

Rum , Modern Classics

For the 2016 NFL season, we had a bartender from each NFL team's hometown provide the perfect cocktail to represent their team.For the New England Patriots, “this cocktail is a little taste of humble pie, with the strength and resolve of some local navy-strength rum providing structure, a little taste of the unexpected from the Amaro di Angostura and egg white, just like the Pats playbook,” says bartender Vikram Hegde at Cambridge, Mass.’s Little Donkey. “Plus, there’s a little something festive and tropical in the Giffard Banane du Brésil liqueur (you know, because Gisele).”

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Off-White Russian No. 1

Vodka , Modern Classics

Adam McDowell’s book Drinks: A User’s Guide offers ways to enjoy a cocktail under less-than-ideal circumstances, calling such a drink an ad-hoctail, including this Off-White Russian No. 1, a boozy version of a childhood favorite.

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Gjallarhorn

Aquavit , Modern Classics

For the 2016 NFL season, we had a bartender from each NFL team's hometown provide the perfect cocktail to represent their team.
Jesse Held, a bartender for Minneapolis’ Jester Concepts group, felt a certain obligation to not only create a cocktail that represents the Vikings but also pays homage to Minnesota’s “fabric of heartiness.” “The color had to be purple for many reasons, for our recent loss of our Prince and of course our gridiron gladiators, the Minnesota Vikings,” he says. “The gold leaf garnish is an atypical flash we Minnesotans aren’t accustomed to having, but staying true to our purple people eaters, by wearing purple and gold, is only fitting when it comes to imbibing in the name of the Vikings.”
This drink has a base of aquavit from Minneapolis’ Tattersall Distilling. “Using aquavit was essential to making a cocktail that was a true representation of the Great White North,’” says Held. To sweeten the drink, he uses a syrup and a shrub from his elixir company, Earl Giles, which can be subbed for homemade versions.

(image: Tim Nusog)

Smoked Honey Toddy

Scotch , Hot

There are two ways to make this warming winter drink: One involves smoking your own honey, and the other involves a cheat and buying already smoked honey (a good option is Bee Local white oak smoked honey). Jon Feuersanger, the beverage director of beast + bottle and Coperta in Denver, created this hot tipple that works with or without booze, and it's perfect for drinking as the snow falls during your next civilized holiday get-together.

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