Whatever cocktail you drink will help warm you up from the inside, but this time of year, we like the speed the process with a festive mug of something hot and boozy. Here are our favorite recipes for hot toddies, spiked cider, and cocoa with all the trimmings.
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Blended Scotch can be a very good buy, and it's great mixed with nutty sherry, spiced chai, and Angostura.
There have always been grenadines and margarita mixes for sale at the grocery store, but this new school of syrup makers are creating products that are so high-quality, that now, it's possible to easily make drinks at home that taste on par with what you will find in fancy cocktail bars.
We'll drink cocktails any time of year, but it's especially festive to celebrate the holidays with a communal bowl of punch or a big batch of eggnog. These delicious prep-ahead options take the stress out of hosting a party, and fill your guests with plenty of winter cheer.
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Punches tend to bring together an element of sour, a bit of sweetness, something boozy, and something weaker to carry the flavors through (and make sure people can drink cup after cup). That stretching element here is earthy, smoky Lapsang Souchong tea, which provides unusual depth without stealing the spotlight. The fact that you can (and should) do the majority of the work ahead of time is another holiday hosting bonus.
I feel pretty strongly that hot toddies should not be an excuse to just take whatever brown spirit you have around the house and pour some hot water on it. You can do better.
Only a short time ago, the notion of Scotch cocktails seemed a bit absurd to many drinkers—isn't Scotch supposed to be served neat? But as bartenders became acquainted with more affordable blended Scotches marketed for mixing, Scotch cocktails started popping up at bars across the country. Cognac is, in many ways, a similar case: a generally pricey spirit whose higher-end bottles are indeed best enjoyed straight, but whose more affordable brethren can shine when mixed. As we're seeing mixology-focused cognacs hit the market, perhaps the cognac cocktail is on the verge of a comeback.
They sneak into our bottle shops in the dead of night, revealed under fluorescent light to an unwelcome and premature soundtrack of soft-rock renditions of Jingle Bells and Silent Night. They're coming: Christmas beers, spiced to the hilt with nutmeg, cloves, and ginger.
Many mocktails are pale imitations of the harder stuff, but we've been collecting recipes for a few favorite alcohol-free options, perfect for teetotalers or for sipping between rounds of something stronger.
In case you haven't yet found the signature Thanksgiving drink of your dreams, we wanted to offer a few more recipes for our favorites.
Whether you're hosting a huge party for Thanksgiving, having a few friends over in the days leading up to Turkeython, or just looking for some good drink ideas for a quiet November evening, I've got you covered.
There's a smart method for serving drinks to a crowd without a ton of fiddly prep and shaking each drink by hand, and it's not a compromise when it comes to flavor. Mixing up a big batch of a special DIY mixer in advance means you're ready to pour one delicious drink after another—or you can delegate the simple task to someone else while you finish up making that green bean casserole.
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Shopping for Thanksgiving ingredients is terrible. Luckily, shopping for awesome Thanksgiving beer is really easy. For a full night of tasty pairings, you just need three different bottles. Ready to stock up?
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Fresh apple cider married with brown sugar, tart lemon, and rich Carpano Antica vermouth makes the ideal not-too-boozy fall drink. (Make this for Thanksgiving, and you can keep refilling glasses without worrying that Uncle Al is going to wind up under the coffee table.)
Follow the advice I offer here, and you can throw a heck of a bash without blowing all the cash you'll need for your office's Secret Santa routine.