Who says the only way you can enjoy cranberries on Thanksgiving is as a condiment? Cran lovers you can now have your crans and drink them too. This unique Darjeeling tea and vodka-based cocktail makes use of cranberry bitters, fresh rosemary and lemon peel for a refreshing but not overly sweet drink that can be enjoyed with a meal or on its own in the evening.
November is the perfect time to make a beet cocktail: Beets are in season and are great for detoxifying after too much holiday partying. This beautiful deep-red cocktail gets its coloring from maple beet shrub (which you can make yourself here) and is also made with gin and Campari to create the ideal autumn quaff.
Did you know that November is National Peanut Butter Month? Celebrate with a dessert cocktail worthy of a king—the King, that is. Elvis’s favorite treat was a fried P.B.-and-banana sandwich. So try the cocktail version of his fave, made with banana, vanilla ice cream, spiced rum, and banana and peanut butter liqueur.
Black Friday doesn’t have to be all bad. Make your own at home by mixing up the creamy Taylored Black Russian, named for movie star and legend Elizabeth Taylor, who said this cocktail was her absolute favorite. All it takes is Kahlua, vodka and Hershey’s chocolate syrup to create the dark-hued and celebrity-approved drink.
Even though coffee and espresso deserve to be celebrated year-round, November 23 is officially National Espresso Day. This swanky Martini, invented in the ’80s, is the epitome of coffee decadence and perfect for getting a caffeine buzz. Shake up some vodka, Kahlua and freshly brewed espresso and garnish with three espresso beans to create this classic.
Are you in denial about the coming winter? And do you love rum, particularly Tiki drinks? Then try your hand at Jeff “Beachbum” Berry’s Beachbum’s Own. Made with two different rums and a myriad of fruit juices (pineapple, lemon, orange and a passion fruit purée), this cocktail is basically a vacation in your mouth.
Whiskey lovers, we haven’t forgotten about you! Enjoy this smoky drink made with homemade pecan syrup for an extra taste of fall, as well as Jack Daniel’s and amontillado sherry. Though it’s a bit labor-intensive if you choose to make your own smoked hickory chips (you can either make them on a grill or smoke them in a pot), the taste alone is worth it.
This cocktail truly is fall in a glass. Apple and pear brandies, amontillado sherry, maple syrup and apple bitters make up this sweet spirit-forward drink. Garnish with a dehydrated pear crisp or dried apple chip for a crunchy garnish, and spritz with an allspice tincture for a hint of spice.
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