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Hot Buttered Rum

Rum , Classics Hot

In winter, Hot Buttered Rum always hits the spot.

White Russian

Vodka , Classics

Made infamous by The Dude's in The Big Lebowski, the White Russian is a classic vodka cocktail. Sweet, creamy and boozy, this three ingredient cocktail is dessert in a glass – an old fashioned glass, no less – with the ability to get you tipsy in no time. What more can you ask for?

Bacardí Bee’s Kiss

Rum , Modern Classics

This classic recipe is taken from “Trader Vic’s Book of Food and Drink” (Doubleday, 1946). As you may expect from its name, it features a drizzle of honey.

Bacardí Eggnog

Rum , Classics

Who says rum is a summertime spirit? Try this Eggnog recipe, and you’ll be enjoying premium rum throughout the holidays.

Franny & Joe

Liqueurs , Modern Classics

Some people would rather start their day with caffeine. Those drinkers will appreciate the Franny & Joe. The mix of authentic hazelnut liqueur and cold-brew coffee makes this cocktail perfect for brunch. Add cream to transform this cocktail into the right kind of morning starter.

Bananas Foster Le Coupe

Brandy / Cognac Cognac , Modern Classics

Add the flavors of the classic dessert to a sweet, frothy cocktail.

Allspice Irish Coffee

Whiskey

An Irish Coffee is all about the ingredients. And this one by Mary Chojnacki of the Chicago Athletic Association features amazing coffee, incredible whiskey and a pleasant dash of spice.

Northern Exposure

Whiskey , Modern Classics

This Irish Coffee from The Dawson is both soothing and luxurious. It’s an upscale cocktail you can make at home.

Irish Goodbye

Modern Classics

Say hello to this beer-centric update on the Irish Coffee by Matthew Frederick of EZ Inn in Chicago. And don’t worry, you don’t have to be a beer lover to enjoy it.

Butter & Scotch Irish Coffee

Whiskey , Modern Classics

Good coffee, great whiskey and a little sweetness turns this Irish Coffee by Allison Kave of Butter & Scotch into something special.

August Laura Irish Coffee

Whiskey , Modern Classics

A few unexpected ingredients and artisanal touches separate this cocktail by Alyssa Sartor of August Laura in New York City from your average Irish Coffee.

Breakfast of Champions

Whiskey , Modern Classics

Good coffee and great whiskey make this an unforgettable Irish Coffee riff by Natalie Streiter of Fools Gold in New York City and the perfect addition to any meal.

The Irish Cure

Whiskey , Modern Classics

This Irish Coffee by Dave Buggy of The Copper Still in New York City hits all of the right fruity notes. It’s an Irish cure-all for bad coffee and cocktails.

Between Tigris and Euphrates

Whiskey , Modern Classics

This cocktail by Rob Giles, the beverage director at Until Tomorrow in New York City, would still be a soothing and subtle Irish Coffee without it, but it’s not truly finished until you’ve added the whipped cream.

The Lark Irish Coffee

Whiskey , Hot

You probably don’t associate root beer syrup and nutmeg with Irish Coffee, but that’s exactly why you have to try this recipe from The Lark in San Francisco.

Cynar Flip

Canadian Whisky , Modern Classics

Canadian whisky meets Italian aperitivo in this rich and creamy cocktail by Jayce Kadyschuk, the head bartender at Clive’s in Victoria, British Columbia. “The higher rye content works really well here," he says.

Dublin Pick Me Up

Whiskey , Modern Classics

This riff on an Irish Coffee swaps in espresso from Leo’s in San Francisco and balances those bold flavors with a little mint.

She’s Leaving Home

Whiskey , Modern Classics

The strong coffee flavor in this cocktail from Rusted Mule in San Francisco is bolstered with some welcome citrus notes. You’ll want to savor this version of an Irish Coffee.

Cadbury Creme Egg

Vodka , Modern Classics

Everyone’s favorite Easter candy gets transformed into a creamy, chocolatey, boozy treat. Need more sweet inspiration? Check out the five best cadbury creme egg cocktails.

Irish Coffee

Irish Whiskey

Prepare to fall under the charm of the most famous coffee cocktail of all time. As befits a drink with Irish heritage, there’s many a tall tale surrounding its origins.

Bourbon Milk Punch

Bourbon / American Whiskey , Classics

This classic brunch cocktail hails from New Orleans.

Posset

Classics

Although the full recipe takes a couple of hours, this classic drink is accomplished in a crockpot, so it’s basically a set-it-and-forget-it type of recipe. Get a batch started before friends arrive, then spoon into coffee mugs.“We use an IPA as the beer base,” says Mike Bohn of New York City’s Olmsted, “which gives the drink a contrasting freshness from the hops and citrus, plus a little porter thrown in to add some coffee richness.”

Pink Squirrel

Modern Classics

This cocktail has a good deal in common with the Brandy Alexander and the Grasshopper with its crème de cacao and cream. Where it differs markedly is in the inclusion of crème de noyaux, a once popular but relatively forgotten liqueur that is similar to amaretto. The red color of the liqueur usually comes from cochineal, which doesn’t affect the singular herbal-meets-bitter almond flavor.

Blow Job

Amaretto , Modern Classics

This layered shot originated around the early ’90s in the U.S. and is meant to be imbibed hands-free.

Boozy Hot Chocolate

Hot

Add your favorite spirit for a personalized sweet treat.

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.

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.

Pumpkin Spiced Latte

Bourbon / American Whiskey Rum , Hot

No matter how much we fight it, as the weather turns cooler, imbibers turn to pumpkin spiced lattes. But instead of heading to the coffee shop for an overly sweet version, use the slow-cooker recipe by bartender Norma Beekman of Lexington, Ky.’s Lockbox at 21c Museum Hotel Lexington, and make your own at home. Since the drink stays hot in the pot, you can serve it morning, noon and night. And for the boozy kick, you can spike it with a variety of spirits, such as dark rum, bourbon or Frangelico—the darker the better.

Harvest Nog

Modern Classics

This drink doubles as a dessert and cocktail in one. Two different approaches to preparing acorn squash allow the vegetable to flex its muscles in a couple of different directions. For the vegetable-cocktail skittish, though, never fear: Allspice and clove help the drink to retain a more traditional “nog” flavor profile while adding in a welcome dose of crispness.

Guinness Chocolate Float

Beer , Frozen / Blended

Booze buzz meets sugar buzz in this decadent dessert cocktail. (Trust us, you need this in your life.)

20th Century

Gin , Classics

All aboard for this legendary gin libation!

Brancamenta Frappe

Frozen / Blended

Mint liqueur, mocha gelato and a whole lotta love.

Italian Cookie

Rum , Frozen / Blended

This ain’t your nonna’s creamy nightcap.

Summer Fridays

Vodka , Modern Classics

The coconut, key lime and cilantro in this vodka cocktail can immediately send you somewhere warm and sunny with sparkling waters.

Harry Potter Butterbeer

Vodka , Modern Classics

No need to a trip to the Three Broomsticks! Harry Potter's favorite boozy beverage is easy to make at home. Grown-up wizards and adult muggles can make this famously boozy Diagon Alley treat right in their own cauldron. (No spells required.)

Lucy Colada

Rum , Modern Classics

Making your own cannabis-infused liquor that’ll give you a buzz in two ways isn’t as hard as you think. And you can use that liquor to make this rum and coconut milk cocktail.

Matcha-Sesame Punch

Vodka , Modern Classics

By adding a jolt of sesame to this milk punch with matcha, the cocktail becomes fuller and rounder, a harmony of fresh green and deep, nutty flavors.

Blue Milk of Tatooine

Gin , Modern Classics

Channel the alien planet from Star Wars with this creamy combination of gin, coconut cream and blue curaçao.

Patrinos

Liqueurs , Hot

Give your winter Toddy a Greek vacation by adding Tentura, a Greek liqueur spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves.

Poached Pear & Ginger Daiquiri

Rum , Frozen / Blended

For super intense flavor, poach your pears in a simple syrup flavored with warming winter spices like clove, cinnamon and star anise.

Barrel Finished Egg Nog

Gin , Modern Classics

Gin and cognac give this Egg Nog double the heft while a spiced syrup lends rich winter flavor.

Choose-Your-Own-Base-Spirit Piña Colada

Liqueurs Mezcal Rum , Tiki / Tropical

Not a fan of rum? Try this classic tiki drink with Chartreuse instead.

Liquor.com’s Piña Colada

Rum , Classics Modern Classics

The chilly, coconut-y drink is having (another) delicious moment. And this recipe might be the best there is.

The Inside Scoop

Liqueurs Non alcoholic , Modern Classics

You’ve never tasted a root beer float this good.

Taylored Black Russian

Vodka , Modern Classics

Liz Taylor once said that this unlikely combination of ingredients was her favorite cocktail.

The Waiting Room

Non-Alcoholic

For the cocktail lover on hiatus, The Waiting Room offers a sophisticated mocktail inspired by the soda fountain. Pineapple gomme syrup delivers a silky mouthfeel similar to that of booze, and acid phosphate provides all the acidic punch of citrus with none of the sugar.

All-Purpose Eggnog

Rum , Classics Punches

This interchangeable eggnog recipe allows you to swap in your favorite base spirit or mix of spirits to create the perfect personalized punch. It’s easily multiplied to serve any size party, which means it’s the only ’nog you need this season.

Piña Colada

Rum , Frozen / Blended Tiki / Tropical

A tropical classic that evokes the thought of paradise with every sip, nothing says vacation like a Piña Colada. So whether you're on a bright sunny beach or just feel like pretending you are, this is the cocktail fro you. By the way, getting caught in the rain is not required.

Strawberry Pisco Sour

Pisco , Frozen / Blended

Like the traditional Pisco Sour? You’ll really love this fruit-filled take on the classic.

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