Bartender Nathaniel Smith from Minneapolis’s Spoon & Stable shows you how to make a cranberry cordial punch. It works as a single-serving cocktail or a punch. Very Thanksgiving-y!
If you want to skip the dry ice and food coloring, here are some fun Halloween cocktail and punch recipes that will make you the life (or death? bwahahahaha!) of the party.
Black Cauldron Punch ~ This one takes some effort, but what you get in return is a spooky black punch with complex flavors (thanks to some tea, squid ink and currants).
Hemingway’s Death in the Afternoon ~ This one’s easy … champagne and absinthe. Thank you, Hemingway (or rather, person who named a drink after Hemingway’s work)!
Blood-Red Pomegranate Punch ~ Another simple one. Pomegranate, apple brandy, ginger liqueur and sparkling cider make a gorgeous punch with a little spice.
Mother’s Ruin Punch ~ Champagne punch (yay!) gets a new twist thanks to tea-infused vermouth.
Wonderlust ~ There are a few harder-to-fine ingredients, but with a little looking you can wow guests with this impressive midnight blue cocktail.
Summer cocktails get the most attention because of all the fresh fruits available. But fall can be just as fun. Here are a few fall-inspired cocktails to mix up this weekend.
Vanilla, Pear & Vodka Cocktail ~ Whether your pear juice is fresh or from a can, this simple cocktail is a great way to welcome autumn.
Calvados Hot Toddy ~ French apple brandy, apple cider and cream give you something luxurious and warm to sip by the fire.
Ginger’s Lost Island ~ A complex combination of cardamom, cinnamon, ginger liqueur and smoky mezcal evokes international flavors.
Bitter Pumpkin #2 ~ Pumpkin butter and hot dark chocolate give a rich texture to this amaro and spiced rum cocktail.
Fall Classic ~ Apple brandy and bourbon get an assist from citrus and herbs to give you that happy fall feeling.
It’s getting cold! So it’s time to get cozy with a hot toddy. Here are some fun variations on the basic hot toddy to warm you up from now through winter.
Gingerbread Hot Toddy ~ This warming cocktail tastes like real gingerbread. The gingerbread syrup would make a great latte too.
Honey-Bourbon Toddy ~ Honey, bourbon and cinnamon are the perfect ingredients to sip by the fire this fall.
Chit-Cha Toddy ~ Oolong tea joins forces with rye whiskey and ginger liqueur to keep the cold (or a cold) away.
Cider and Tequila Hot Toddy ~ This fruity twist on the toddy is great for people who don’t like whiskey (or who do and also like tequila).
Pumpkin Toddy ~ Pumpkin and maple syrup along with apple brandy and rye make a seasonal hot cocktail you can’t resist.
It’s raining and fall coziness is in full effect. So Savvy Housekeeping and I made the perfect seasonal twist on the Hot Toddy—the Gingerbread Toddy. Made with a delicious gingerbread syrup, this warming cocktail tastes like real gingerbread. The syrup would also be good in other drinks like a Gingerbread Latte.
2 ounces bourbon
1 ounce gingerbread syrup* (recipe below)
1/3-1/2 cup hot water
A squeeze of lemon
Combine bourbon and syrup in a mug. Fill to the top with hot water. Add a few drops of lemon juice and stir.
1 cup dark brown sugar
1 cup water
1 tablespoon molasses
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon allspice
Combine all the syrup ingredients in a pan. Heat to boiling on a stovetop while whisking until all the powdery substances dissolve. Boil for 2-3 minutes so that the syrup thickens slightly.
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