November marks the beginning of the holiday season, so what better time to perfect your cocktail game. This month, look for additions like smoke, fat-washed whiskey, pumpkin and cranberry to ready your drinks for winter. These are the 11 essential cocktails to make this month.
Really impress your guests with this stunning smoked cocktail. Flavor your glasses with thyme, rosemary or lavender smoke, then fill it with a mixture of pumpkin-butter-infused fat-washed bourbon, Tempus Fugit Gran Classico bitter apéritif and cranberry bitters to make a cocktail that’s cool and complex.
Sweet, spicy and earthy, this cocktail is one you’ll want to drink all November and well into winter, too. Pistachio-fat-washed vodka is a nutty match for Brazilian espresso and homemade cardamom syrup. Shake, double-strain and garnish with three cardamom pods for maximum presentation appeal.
Homemade lemon-pumpkin soda may seem like an extravagant thing to make just for the sake of a cocktail, but it’s easy and totally worth it in the end. Just mix the soda with spiced rum and allspice liqueur and top with a bay leaf for an autumnal tipple that’s warm and light all in one.