Spice Up Your Get Togethers With These Autumn-Inspired Cocktails

Sorbet Champagne

Whether you’re a novice bartender or looking to spruce up your typical hot toddy or old fashioned, make a lasting impression at Thanksgiving or your next dinner party with these far-from-basic cocktails. Discover how you can add a twist to pumpkin, apple, cinnamon, cranberry, and all of your favorite holiday season indulgences.

PUMPKIN PIE COCKTAIL

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INGREDIENTS

  • 2 parts Kahlúa Pumpkin Spice
  • 1 part hazelnut liqueur
  • 2 1/2 parts heavy cream
  • 1 part pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • Ice

DIRECTIONS

  1. In a martini shaker combine all ingredients
  2. Shake to combine, and then pour into martini glass.

 

SPICED WINE

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INGREDIENTS

  • 750-ml bottle medium-bodied red wine
  • 12 cup sugar
  • 8 whole cloves
  • 4 lemon wedges
  • 4 (4″-sticks) cinnamon

DIRECTIONS

  1. With a 4-qt. saucepan, bring ingredients to a boil, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and discard cloves.
  2. Ladle wine into 4 glasses and garnish each with 1 of the cinnamon sticks and 1 lemon wedge.

 

RED VELVET CAKE MARTINI

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  • Whipped cream cheese frosting
  • Red Sugar
  • 2 tsp. chocolate syrup
  • Crushed ice
  • 1/4 cupcake flavored vodka
  • 1/4 cup creme de cacao
  • 6 tbsp. buttermilk
  • Red food coloring
  1. Dip rims of 2 martini glasses in frosting, then dip in red sugar. Drizzle a teaspoon chocolate syrup in the bottom of each glass. Refrigerate.
  2. Fill the cocktail shaker halfway with ice. Then add vodka, crème de cacao, buttermilk and a drop of food color.
  3. Cover and shake until well mixed.
  4. Pour mixture into chilled martini glass.

 

PUMPKIN SPICE WHITE RUSSIAN

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INGREDIENTS

  • 1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie sauce
  • 1 oz. heavy cream
  • 2 oz. vodka
  • 1 oz. coffee liqueur
  • Whipped cream
  • Chocolate syrup

DIRECTIONS

  1. Shake together pumpkin pie spice and heavy cream.
  2. Fill a rocks glass with ice and pour in the mixture of vodka, coffee liqueur, and heavy cream.
  3. Top with whipped cream and chocolate syrup if desired.

CHAMPAGNE SORBET

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INGREDIENTS 

  • 1 1/2 cup of champagne
  • Sorbet
  • Whipped cream

DIRECTIONS

  1. Add a scoop of your favorite flavor of sorbet to a glass
  2. Top it with champagne
  3. Serve with whipped cream if desired

 

CARAMEL APPLE MIMOSA

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INGREDIENTS

  • 2 tbsp. Caramel
  • 2 tbsp. cinnamon sugar
  • 1 cup apple cider
  • 8 oz. caramel vodka
  • 1 bottle champagne
  • Apple slices

DIRECTIONS

  1. In one dish, pour caramel, and in another dish, pour cinnamon sugar.
  2. Rim the champagne flutes with caramel, then dip in cinnamon sugar.
  3. Pour 1/4 cup of apple cider and 2 ounces of caramel vodka into each flute.
  4. Top it with champagne.
  5. Garnish with an apple slice.

PECAN OLD-FASHIONED

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INGREDIENTS

  • 1/2 cup toasted pecans
  • 1 1/2 cups whiskey or bourbon
  • 1 sugar cube (or 1/2 teaspoon granulated sugar)
  • 4 dashes Angostura bitters

DIRECTIONS

Pecan Whiskey

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F. Place the pecans on a baking sheet, and transfer to the oven.
  2. Toast the pecans for 10-15 minutes, or until browned.
  3. Remove from the oven, and let cool to room temperature.
  4. Transfer the cooled pecans to a mason jar, and pour the whiskey on top of them.
  5. Let the pecans and whiskey infuse for 3-4 days.

Pecan Old Fashioned

  1. Measure the sugar cube or loose sugar, and dash in Angostura bitters in an Old Fashioned glass.
  2. If using a sugar cube, break it down with a muddler, and combine it with the bitters.
  3. Coat the sides of the glass with the mixture.
  4. Place whiskey stones or a large ice cube. Then pour the Pecan Whiskey over the cubes, swirling it to mix with the bitters and sugar mixture.

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CRANBERRY SAUCE FROZEN COSMOPOLITAN 

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INGREDIENTS

  • 1/4 cup cranberry sauce
  • 1 1/2 ounces vodka
  • 1/2 ounce Cointreau
  • 1/2 ounce lime juice
  • Ice

DIRECTIONS

  1. Combine all of the ingredients and mix until smooth in a blender.
  2. Transfer to a martini glass.

CALVADOS HOT TODDY

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INGREDIENTS

  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon, plus more for garnish
  • 6 oz. apple cider, plus more for rimming glass
  • 1 1/2 oz. fine calvados
  • 4 oz. heavy cream
  • 1 stick cinnamon, for garnish

DIRECTIONS

  1. Mix sugar and cinnamon together in a bowl the size of a double-walled glass.
  2. Pour apple cider into another similar-sized bowl.
  3. Dip the rim of the glass in apple cider and then cinnamon-sugar mixture.
  4. Whip cream and 12 oz. calvados.
  5. Refrigerate.
  6. Heat 6 oz. apple cider in a 2-qt. saucepan.
  7. Add remaining calvados and pour into glass
  8. Top with whipped cream, and garnish with ground cinnamon and cinnamon stick.

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9 COMMENTS

  1. Wow, thee awesome drinks are definitely worth a try because they are new to my drinks collection. Actually i never heard about the PUMPKIN PIE COCKTAIL.

  2. Oh my God! these are so tempting. Although its winter season in this part of the world where I live but watching these images I feel so tempted to try these out. Pumpkin Spice White Russian would be the first to go for 🙂

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