Fall Cocktails

by Jan Davies McDermott on November 24th, 2010

* Pumpkin Nog - This holiday drink with a Thanksgiving twist is the perfect cocktail to make for a large crowd. Created by mixologist, Tony Abou-Ganim, this festive pumpkin drink combines Southern Comfort bourbon, 12 jumbo eggs, five cups of whole milk, half a pound of superfine sugar, one teaspoon of vanilla extract, half a teaspoon of ground cinnamon and half a cup of pumpkin puree.
Beat it all together with a mixer, pour into a punch bowl and top with ground cinnamon. This creamy drink will serve 15 guests and you won't be stuck all day making cocktails for everyone since it is self serve.

* Apple Cider Sparkle - A refreshing and festive drink, the apple cider sparkle is the perfect drink to have a toast with at the beginning of the meal. Take six cups of apple cider, 2 cups cranberry/raspberry cocktail, one bottle of champagne or sparkling wine and half a cup of lemon juice. For a non-alcoholic option, use sparkling grape juice instead.

* Café Royale - For a twist on your after-dinner coffee, serve the café royale. Place a sugar cube at the bottom of a demitasse cup (a cup used for espresso) and pour hot coffee over it until it is almost full. Take 1 oz of bourbon, and gently float it on top. As an added wow factor, light the bourbon on fire and stir with a spoon to put out the flame – a warm and comforting drink to sip on whether you have dessert or not.

* Rosy Cranberry Cider - If you've had your fair share of apple cider this season and can't bare to take another sip during the Thanksgiving festivities, try Martha Stewart's rosy cranberry cider for a change. Simmer orange juice from two oranges, orange peel, two quarts of cranberry juice, four cinnamon sticks, two pieces of fresh ginger sliced and sugar to taste.

* Pumpkin Martini - When you're having guests who want a sophisticated drink, bring out the pumpkin martini. Mix equal parts of Bailey's Irish cream, Disaronno Amaretto and Goldschlager chilled and strained into a fancy glass.

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