Cool Weather Cocktails
Bourbon, rye and Scotch. Our cocktail expert presents three original takes on some classics for your fall drinking pleasure.
Back in the day, when Americans wanted to efficiently spread some holiday cheer, they pulled out their ladles and mixed up a punch—as complex as a cocktail and as drinkable as Champagne, while being more potent than both. Not to mention, a helluva lot more easy to mix up. When you're hosting, the day is hard enough. Trying to man a bar and shake cocktails would be a suicide mission. Punch, however, is a self-serve proposition and adds some old school, festive charm to a holiday event. You can even mix it up the night before—meaning no mess or worries on the day of. Here are four of our favorites to try this season.
This one's almost healthy—honey, earl grey tea and fresh lemon juice ground the elixir that's finished with fresh thyme and a few heavy splashes of bourbon and Cognac.
Fresh grapefruit and lime juice bring a rush of seasonal citrus into this big-batch cocktail that mixes the botanical crispness of a gin with the smoky smoothness of a mezcal.
Effervescent with ginger beer and hard cider, and spiked with a generous dose of whiskey, this combines the fall flavors of a mulled cider with the celebratory feel of a sparkling cocktail.
A bright and citrus-packed gin punch that balances the herbaceous flavors of a good gin with deep, earthy notes from fresh sage leaves and the unexpectedly smoky tea.