Articles Tagged: Holidays

The Season For Pear Cocktails

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Pears are in season! They have a lovely sweet flavor that can’t be beat, so mix ’em up in your cocktails.

Pears pair well with whiskey, vodka and gin. If you want to experiment with your own creation: Ginger, apples, cranberry and pomegranate all make excellent partners with pear.

Here are some fantastic pear recipes to try today:

    Pilgrim’s Pear: A light and delicious champagne cocktail with gin and homemade pear syrup
    Pear Sake

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Cranberry Cocktails For the Holidays

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The time of year for cranberries is here!

Thanksgiving is around the corner, and plan on celebrating without a cocktail, don’t you? (Or maybe instead of celebrating, you’ll just be coping with relatives. Either way, a cocktail is in order.) Here are some fabulous cranberry cocktails for your holiday:

    Grateful Cranberry — This unique mixture of cranberry, honey, bourbon, green tea and ginger ale is perfect for Thanksgiving and beyond.
    Cosmopolitan — Somehow this drink

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Kahlua Cinnamon Spice Review

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Kahlua recently launched a new flavor – Kahlua Cinnamon Spice – just in time to keep you warm for winter. It will be the perfect addition to almost any hot drink this winter whether it be coffee, hot chocolate or tea (I can’t vouch for the hot apple cider as I haven’t tried it yet).

I really like Kahlua and was a bit concerned when they started making the Kahlua spices line (like Vanilla, Peppermint … Read more

A Few Drinks for Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead)

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Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead in English, is celebrated on November 1 & 2. The holiday originated in Southern Mexico before Europeans arrived. Over the two days, families celebrate their deceased loved one’s by holding celebrations and prayer in the cemeteries.  They also clean and decorate the graves, building altars and stocking them with offerings. The most common offerings are calaveras de azucar or Sugar Skulls, toys (for children) and mezcal, … Read more

The Headless Horseman

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This cocktail is usually made with clear vodka. But its Halloween-appropriate name just screams out for black vodka to make the spooky even spookier.

Ingredients:
2 oz black vodka
3 dashes bitters
Ginger ale

Directions:
Pour the vodka and bitters into a Collins glass. Fill the glass with ice, then pour in ginger ale.
Garnish with a slice of blood orange.

    More Halloween Cocktails and Punches

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Hey, Fig Spender

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This sweet, autumn variation on a Manhattan is the perfect drink to sip by the fireplace. It takes a little DIY effort, but it’s worth it.

Make some fig bourbon for this tipple, and if you’re really feeling like a mixologist, make the bitters yourself, too. Dubonnet is an aperitif much like sweet vermouth, and it can be found in most liquor stores.

This is a sophisticated treat for an upscale Halloween party or holiday … Read more

Cinnamon Syrup

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The taste and smell of cinnamon bring to mind the holidays. This easy-to-make cinnamon syrup will add a little spice to your cocktails, hot or cold.

Cinnamon syrup is a key ingredient to many tiki drinks and a nice addition to whiskey cocktails. Other holiday flavors like cranberry and pumpkin match well with this spice, too.

Ingredients:

1 cup sugar
1 cup water
5 cinnamon sticks, broken in half

Directions:

Bring all ingredients to a … Read more

Pumpkin Liqueur Roundup

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Every Halloween, We get a bunch of emails from people looking for pumpkin liqueur for their pumpkin martinis.  You can make your own DIY Pumpkin Liqueur, but there are few good pumpkin liqueurs on the market that will do in a pinch. That’ll give you more time to work on your Darth Maul costume.

    Bols Pumpkin Smash
    Yes! It is back in the US. Pumpkin Smash is a unique combination of pumpkin, spices and cinnamon.

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Not-Too-Sweet Halloween Cocktails

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If you’re not into the sweet stuff, it can be a challenge to find the right Halloween cocktail. These drinks are in the spirit of Halloween but don’t contain a lot of sugar, syrup or fruit. If you like your cocktails dry, here are some great options for you:

    The Obituary Cocktail: Gin, vermouth and absinthe … cornerstones of the classic cocktail
    Red Devil #2: Campari and orange are the perfect sinister match

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Happy National Punch Day

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Punch originated in India but quickly gained popularity amongst European sailors who took advantage of the abundance of Caribbean sugar cane. Sugar was perfect ingredient for their new drink of choice. Hindi for “five,” a true punch is composed of five main components: sugar, water, citrus, spice, and alcohol. When punch arrived in the new world, many drinkers relished the taste, texture and simplicity of the drink, and enjoyed sharing it in large quantities. “It’s … Read more

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