As the weather gets ever-cooler (if you live in that part of the world), it’s necessary to adjust your cocktail menu accordingly. That doesn’t mean going straight for steaming hot drinks just yet—though we’re certainly not opposed to a good Hot Toddy or Irish Coffee. Now, though, is the time for richer, fuller-bodied spirits.
Whether you’d rather sip on a glass of Scotch with Thanksgiving dinner or make a delightfully rich, seasonal cocktail, these drinks that will get you in the mood to party, November-style.
There’s a reason bourbon is often considered an autumnal spirit. The slightly sweet, super-warming whiskey is the perfect complement to spicy ginger and star anise–and-black tea–infused simple syrup in this hopped-up drink. Add a little lemon, Creme Yvette and Angostura Bitters and you’ve got yourself an instant hit.
We’ve all been there: Friends are home for the holidays and suddenly you hear an unexpected knock on the door. Be prepared to entertain at a moment’s notice by keeping a bottle of red wine and, of course, a little brandy on hand to make this quick, spiced concoction. A few common spices and a pinch of sugar will turn this boozy mixture into a masterpiece in less than 20 minutes.
Need an unexpected cocktail to wow your liquor-obsessed guests? The Greenpoint is just hip, delicious and spicy enough to impress. Its rye whiskey base easily holds up to a combination of spiced Yellow Chartreuse, sweet vermouth and orange and Angostura bitters.
Too full to end your dinner party with a slice of pie? Try this port-and-rye-whiskey-based libation instead. Apple cider, maple syrup, Granny Smith apples and pears lighten up the drink. Best part: It serves a crowd.
Don’t completely give in to winter just yet: With a healthy dose of Scotch, as well as apple butter, maple syrup and hard cider, this cocktail is like fall in a cup. And just because it’s chilled doesn’t mean it won’t warm you right to the core.