Imagine the look of anger on your mother’s face if you attempted to even think about sneaking a piece of sweet potato pie or pumpkin cheesecake before Thanksgiving dinner. It’s a scary thought, right? For those of us who aren’t brave enough to indulge in the plethora of post-Thanksgiving dinner desserts before dinner there’s always dessert cocktails. Not only do these particular cocktails give you something boozy and decadent to sip on before devouring your plate of turkey, mac and cheese (mac-and-mother-effing-cheese-yo!), and stuffing, it’ll likely curve any urge you have to perform a full out tactical assault on the dessert table.
Check out a handful of Thanksgiving-inspired dessert cocktails below, and please be sure to save room for the real dessert.
Smirnoff Honey Nut Cake (Pictured Above)
1 oz. SMIRNOFF Wild Honey Flavored Vodka 0.5 oz. Hazelnut Liqueur 0.5 oz. Creme de cacao
1 oz. Cream
Add ingredients to an ice-filled shaker. Shake and strain into a martini glass. Top with grated nutmeg.
The minds behind the ready-to-drink latte, Whynatte and a number of boozy favorites, including the Pinnacle Whipped Vodka-assisted “Whippet,” have done it again folks. Whynatte has just revealed their two, newest cocktail concoctions and they might just have you hitting up your local liquor store with the swiftness. These latest, Lushworthy additions are “Santa’s Little Helper” and “El Churro” (word on the street is this one tastes like a boozy version of Cinnamon Toast Crunch a.k.a. The Best Cereal Ever).
“Santa’s Little Helper” is made using Pinnacle Peppermint Bark while “El Churro” is created using Smirnoff Cinna-Sugar Twist Vodka. And both cocktails of course come with a nice helping of Whynatte. I’m sure both drinks are super simple to make, but in case you need a little added guidance, I’ve included the recipe for both below. Enjoy!
Santa’s Little Helper
2 oz Whynatte Latte
1.5 oz Pinnacle Peppermint Bark
Combine ingredients in a shaker, shake with ice until cold, and pour out as shots. If you’d rather slowly savor your “Santa’s Little Helper,” feel free to pour it over ice and drink like a proper cocktail.
If you live in, or have relatives that hail from Mexico then you’re probably very familiar with the holiday that is Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead). On the Mexican holiday, which takes place from October 31 to November 2, people celebrate those who have passed away. And like any holiday, there are of course a handful of cocktails inspired by Dia de Muertos. The drink recipes I’ve listed (courtesy of Don Julio, Milagro Tequila, and Patron) are of course all made using tequila and range from savory to hella unique. And by “hella unique” I’m referring to you “El Diablo.” I’m all for a sweet and savory combo, so the “El Diablo” is right up my lane. Check out the recipe for the “El Diablo” and other Dia de Muertos cocktails below.
El Diablo (Pictured Above)
3/4 ounce Tequila Don Julio Blanco 1/3 ounce Orange Liqueur 1 teaspoon Vanilla Liqueur 1/2 ounce Fresh Lime Juice Dash bitters Dash Tabasco® Green Jalapeño Sauce Ice cubes
Whole Jalapeño Pepper for Garnish
Add Tequila Don Julio Blanco, orange liqueur, vanilla liqueur, fresh lime juice, bitters, Tabasco green jalapeño sauce into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well. Strain contents into a highball glass with ice. Garnish with whole jalapeño pepper.
Oh Halloween, how I used to love rocking a witch costume nearly eight years in a row, and the drowning sensation that at times occurred while bobbing for apples at Halloween parties jam-packed with the 12-and-under crowd. Glad those days are over. Let’s be real here folks, aside from the seemingly unlimited candy, Halloween is a lot more enjoyable as an adult. And no, I’m not referring to the skimpy costumes (where’s your creativity people!) or sketchy (although somewhat enjoyable) warehouse parties, I’m talking about the cocktails! Brands tend to go all out once fall rolls around, but they really up the creativity for Halloween. Hence the reason why I feel like this blog post has 88,000 drink recipes. They all looked so creative and tasty, so I had to share.
I’m not sure what my plans are this Halloween. They always tend to differ tremendously from year to year, but if I get to make at least two of the cocktails below, I’ll be quite content.
Cheers to a safe, enjoyable, and of course Lushworthy Halloween!
Graveyard Gruel (Pictured Above)
1.25 parts Courvoisier VSOP .75 parts DeKuyper Rootbeer Schnapps
1 part Pineapple Juice
Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a cherry.
I absolutely love “The Walking Dead!” In fact, I’m watching it right now on AMC as part of “The Walking Dead” marathon before the season premiere airs on October 13. Rick just killed the somewhat psychotic prisoner with an ax (good riddance!) and now Herschel is about to regain consciousness following the whole leg being chopped off fiasco (yay!). I’m sure you’re all familiar with everything that went down in season three, so let’s talk cocktails, shall we? Captain Morgan Rum has crafted a handful of cocktails that are ideal for those of us with a love for zombies and a warm spot in our hearts for a group of survivors just trying to make it out of the zombie apocalypse in one piece (and I do mean that literally).
Check out Captain Morgan’s recipes below and cheers to another season of one of the best shows out!
The Walker (Pictured Above)
1 oz Captain Morgan Black Spiced Rum
½ oz Stirrings Espresso Flavored Liqueur
3 Dashes Chocolate Bitters
5 oz Cola
In an ice filled collins or rocks glass combine all the ingredients. Stir to blend.
It’s no secret that the fall season tends to welcome a bevy of tasty, new recipes and with the arrival of Halloween in a few weeks we’re sure to be treated to drink recipes for a number of spooky, adult-friendly sips. Among those sips is Licor 43′s Mini Beers. This shot created by Licor 43 is perfect year-round, but with the addition of a little orange food coloring they become an ideal addition for Halloween. So, be sure to get your hands on a bottle of this yellow-hued, Spanish liqueur as you find that perfect Halloween costume (check out this BuzzFeed post I’ve been eyeing for inspiration) and good times will sure to be had once October 31 rolls around!
Licor 43 Mini Beers
2 Parts Licor 43
1 Part Heavy Cream
Orange Food Coloring
Begin by chilling a bottle of Licor 43 and some shot glasses. You can also prep the cream prior to your guests’ arrival by dropping food coloring into the cream until the desired shade of orange (note that the Licor 43 will serve as the yellow of the Candy Corn so the orange will need to be pretty vibrant). When you are ready to serve, simply pour the chilled Licor 43 2/3 of the way up in the chilled shot glasses. Top with one part of the orange-colored heavy cream. The cream will float to the top, resulting in a layered effect that looks just like traditional candy corn.
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