With autumn in full swing, and winter being well on its way, hosting parties as opposed to going out for drinks is probably your best bet for avoid the cold. If you’re hosting, you’ll want to make sure that you have the cocktails that everyone is going to go home raving about. Here are 5 essential cocktails for your November parties this year.
1. Pecan Pie Martini:
Although pecan pie Martinis look delicious, be warned, they are very strong. This is not a tamed holiday drink, to say the least. Here’s what you’ll need:
- 6 oz. rumchata
- 6 creme de cocoa
- 3 bourbon
Combine the rumchata, creme de cocoa, and bourbon with ice in a cocktail shaker, and shake for 30 seconds. Next, you’ll pour the mixture into a martini glass, and garnish it with whipped cream, crushed pecans, and a dash of cinnamon.
2. Maple Bourbon Old Fashioned:
An Old Fashioned is an absolute classic on the endless list of cocktails. So, why not take something timeless and favourable, and put a sweet fall-themed spin on it? Here’s what you’ll need:
- 2 tsp. maple syrup
- 1 tsp. water
- 1 dash bitters
- 2 oz. bourbon
- 1 orange peel (for garnish)
- 1 maraschino cherry (for garnish)
Stir the maple syrup, water, and bitters in a glass until it’s well-blended, then add ice cubes. Next, you may add orange peel and a maraschino cherry, for garnish.
3. Whiskey Chai:
There’s nothing like having a warm, tasty, alcoholic beverage on a cold night. Here is the ultimate way to spice up your whiskey, literally. Here’s what you’ll need:
- 20 black peppercorns
- 16 whole cloves
- 8 cardamom pods, seeds removed from the pod
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
- 1 quart whole milk
- 1/4 cup light brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon loose black tea
- 3 oz. bourbon or rye whiskey
In a spice grinder, you will combine all the spices, and grind them into a fine powder. Next, in a saucepan, you will bring the milk to a simmer, and then remove from heat. Add the spices, sugar, and tea, and let stand for 10 minutes. Strain the chai from the mixture, reheat, add to a glass of whiskey, and serve hot.
4. Cranberry Spice Cocktail:
Skip the vodka cranberry this November, and try this one instead. Here’s what you’ll need:
- 1 orange wedge
- 13 cranberries
- 3, 1-inch pieces crystallized ginger — 2 minced and 1 whole (garnish)
- 2 oz. aperol
- 1 oz. lillet Blanc
- 4 oz. hard cider
- 4 dashes cranberry-anise bitters or peychaud’s bitters
Combine all the ingredients, excluding the cider, into a shaker with ice. Then, strain into a glass, and top it off with hard cider and garnish.
5. Pumpkin Spice White Russian:
Surely, the original creator of the beloved, and well-known White Russian is probably rolling over in his grave at this autumn-inspired twist. But it is without a doubt, a festive, creative, and delicious way to spice up a classic cocktail, and gear it more towards the fall season. Here’s what you’ll need:
- 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- 1 oz. heavy cream
- 2 oz. vodka
- 1 oz. coffee liqueur
- Whipped cream (optional)
- Chocolate syrup (optional)
Next, you’ll shake the cream and pumpkin pie spice together, and combine it with a glass of vodka and coffee liquor on the rocks, top it off with chocolate sauce, and serve.