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Cold-Weather Cocktails to Celebrate Repeal Day

Cold-Weather Cocktails to Celebrate Repeal Day

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We really have it lucky these days. Seriously: Can you imagine not being allowed to drink alcohol? It’s a pretty preposterous proposition. But that was exactly what reality was like for Americans for almost 15 years, starting in 1919. Fortunately for American boozehounds, a consensus was reached on Dec. 5, 1933, when Utah became the last state needed to reach a three-quarters majority for ratifying the 21st Amendment, which put an end to Prohibition.

Repeal Day, as it’s come to be called (also known as "Take Your Flask to Work Day" from this point forward), has reached its 80th anniversary today, and that means you have the perfect excuse to get your drink on. (And, hey, it’s Thursday, and that essentially counts as the weekend, right? Right?)

To help you celebrate in style, The Daily Meal found six festive cocktails fitting the flavor profile that palates crave most during the chilly holiday season. We’re talking earthy spices, warm milk, brandy and cognac, and smoky comfort emanating from each cinnamon-stick-garnished glass. Four can be found in my home base of New York City, while the other two come from my favorite locale to get loaded (and former stomping ground), New Orleans. If you don’t live around these parts, we’ve snagged instructions directly from a few of the bartenders behind these creative drinks, so you can duplicate them in your own mixology lab (or adjust them to meet your tastes).

Pear Brandy Crusta — Mulberry Project, New York City

Mulberry Project is making people want to trek to Little Italy again, providing a cocktail oasis in a stylish speakeasy setting in an area known for smarmy hosts who hustle unsuspecting diners into ordering overpriced eggplant Parm. Expert mixologist and co-owner Rael Petit is particularly adept at crafting bespoke cocktails based on answers he’ll glean from a few key queries, such as your favorite fruit(s) and herb(s), your preference for light or dark liquor, and even your mood. Petit and his crew won’t hesitate to experiment with new tastes, like when they shook up my favorite gin with sprigs of fresh thyme and grapefruit juice on a recent visit, but they’re also sticklers for classic cold-weather cocktails like the Pear Brandy Crusta.

This drink features Poire Williams, a pear-flavored liqueur that often comes with a whole pear grown inside the bottle. It’s rounded out with a heavy pour of Hennessy VS, maraschino liqueur, citrusy Combier, and a splash of lemon juice, shaken with ice and then served in a sugar rimmed glass with grapefruit peel. A belly-warming beverage like this is exactly what partiers would be toasting with back in ’33 (and will go great with Mulberry Project’s Mexican-inspired eats).

Warm Brandy Milk Punch — The Grill Room at the Windsor Court Hotel, New Orleans

The Grill Room at The Windsor Court Hotel is legendary in a city that built its reputation on being home to some of the world’s best watering holes. You can’t help but feel classy hanging out in a venue like this, especially when you can order some Warm Brandy Milk Punch, a cocktail so crazy it’s mixed inside a two-chambered glass that requires a butane torch to be lit underneath it. The heat causes the liquid from the bottom (a mixture of Landy VSOP, 2 percent milk, vanilla syrup, orange blossom water, and red Hawaiian salt) to be vacuumed up into the top, where it’s then infused with the essence of cinnamon sticks, mace and other autumn spices, fresh tarragon, marigold flower, chocolate, and sugar, among other flavorful aromatics. Afterward, it drizzles back to the bottom and is then poured into snifters and garnished with ground nutmeg.

You’ll feel warm and fuzzy sharing one of these after-dinner drinks with your favorite cocktail companion (served table side; each run $32 and serve two), and the old-school ambiance of the Windsor Court will temporarily transport your mind to a simpler time.

Hot Calvados Cider, Warm Mulled Cider, and Hot Chocolate Ganache — Mezetto, New York City

Mezetto’s menu of Mediterranean fusion dishes is more than enough reason to venture to the corner of East Houston and Allen Streets. Chef Bahr Rapaport’s inventive menu, with dishes like "falafel buns" that combine Israeli pickle salsa, French aioli, North African harissa, and Chinese steamed buns, are some of the most exciting eats in Manhattan. But it’s Mezetto’s warm winter cocktail menu that we’re talking about today.

Kick back and press your lips against a glass of Warm Mulled Cider, mixed with red wine, brandy, spices, fresh and dried fruit, and a combination of juices for an antioxidant-rich elixir. Or, opt for apples with the Hot Calvados Cider, featuring the apple brandy and apple cider infused with cinnamon. Perhaps most indulgent is the Hot Chocolate Ganache, a blend of Jameson Irish whiskey, Irish cream, and Mezetto’s house-made ganache.

How would you react if the government suddenly banned drinks this delicious?

Tom and Jerry — Arnaud’s French 75 Bar, New Orleans

Not much can beat a hot, boozy beverage at Arnaud’s, one of the French Quarter’s premier eating and drinking destinations, on a cold Repeal Day after work. Expert mixologist Chris Hannah and his team are proud to serve up the Tom and Jerry, a whiskey or cognac-based drink blended with a sweet vanilla egg batter and piping hot water to give it a consistency similar to egg nog. Topped with grated nutmeg, this beverage is sure to elicit feelings of holiday cheer.

Smoky Mt. Rye — Humphrey (at the Eventi Kimpton Hotel), New York City

Sometimes one ingredient can elevate a simple cocktail to new heights; in the case of the Smoky Mt. Rye at Humphrey, it’s two: smoked honey and blood orange bitters. These two mixers provide the perfect notes to complement Jack Daniel’s rye and cranberry juice, creating a sweet-tart bouquet with a backbone of burnt wood that almost entirely conceals the alcohol. Treat yourself to three or four in true Repeal Day spirit.

Midsummer Night’s Dream — Whitman & Bloom, New York City

Hot summer days are a distant memory, but that doesn’t mean you can’t try to fool your tongue into thinking Repeal Day is really Independence Day. Attempt this at Whitman & Bloom, where the Midsummer Night’s Dream awaits. St. Germain elderflower liqueur is blended with citron vodka and simple syrup, which is then kicked up with fresh raspberries and lemon juice. The flavor could be enough to convince your brain it’s July, at least until you stumble outside for a smoke.

8 Fall Tequila & Mezcal Cocktail Recipes

Helen Rosner

Tequila and mezcal are staples of warm-weather cocktails—everyone loves a refreshing frozen margarita on a hot day. But you don’t need to put these delicious spirits away just because the weather cools down. From combinations of mezcal and brandy to tequila and mushrooms, we’ve rounded up our favorite fall tequila and mezcal cocktails.

Seasonal produce can take a summery cocktail and make it perfect for fall. To make the Moradita, we add an intensely hued beet puree to a margarita. The richness of the puree is tempered by using a jalapeño-infused tequila. The Truffle Pig uses an even more unexpected ingredient: mushrooms. Hen of the woods mushrooms are browned and muddled, then mixed with añejo tequila, lemon juice, and a rosemary-cinnamon honey syrup.

Smoky mezcal adds intrigue to all sorts of cocktails. The Velvet Gentleman expertly walks the line between dark and refreshing, with rich brandy being perked up by fruity Cocchi Americano Rosa, grapefruit bitters, and mezcal. The Shaman is a tropical drink balanced enough to drink year-round, with pisco and pineapple juice being matched with cinnamon syrup, a healthy dose of Angostura bitters, and a float of mezcal.

Creamy punches are usually made with spirits like brandy or bourbon, but there’s no need to stop there. For a south-of-the-border twist, our Desert Snow cocktail takes homemade almond and rice horchata and adds tequila and Velvet Falernum.

Find all of these drinks and more in our collection of fall tequila and mezcal cocktails.

The Truffle Pig

Recently some unexpected vegetables—ramps, butternut squash, and beets—have started showing up in creative cocktails. Now, mushrooms are getting in on the fun(gus). At Dallas farm-to-table restaurant FT33, The Truffle Pig features a refreshing mix of tequila, lemon juice, and muddled mushrooms sweetened with rosemary-cinnamon honey. Topping it off is a seared hen of the woods mushroom.

Boston Tea Party

This refreshing, fragrant drink is served at The Marliave restaurant in Boston. It mixes grassy tequila with spicy ginger beer and a syrup infused with bergamot-flavored Earl Grey tea. Get the recipe for Boston Tea Party »

Devil’s Garden

Chipotle-infused mezcal lends a subtle kick and Cynar a hint of mystery to this refreshing tequila drink flavored with mint and lime.

Margarita Al Jazeera

Jerusalem’s most vibrant watering hole is Yudale, where the bar offers sui generis drinks that include this delicious, tequila-based creation infused with rose petals and cumin. The name is an homage to the many journalists who tramp through town. Get the recipe for Margarita Al Jazeera »

The Shaman

Leo Robitschek, bar director of The NoMad restaurant in New York City, pairs smoky mezcal and cinnamon syrup with floral pisco and fresh pineapple juice for this layered, tropical-style drink. Get the recipe for The Shaman »


A jalapeño-infused, blood-colored tequila and beet cocktail, the Moradita (“Little Death”), is a fresh, nearly healthy-tasting drink with some real body and a balancing hint of elegant richness.

Fennel Delight

The vegetal sweetness of licorice-like fennel pairs beautifully with tart grapefruit and smoky mescal in this cocktail from the Manhattan restaurant Perla. Get the recipe for Fennel Delight »

Tequila Boulevardier

Bitter liqueurs and a touch of sweet vermouth bring balance to grassy, briny tequila in this riff on the classic bourbon drink, adapted from a recipe by bartender Mark Drew.

Tequila Old Fashioned

Aged reposado tequila adds smooth vanilla notes to a light, citrusy twist on a classic old fashioned from Pittsburgh restaurant Verde Mexican Kitchen & Cantina. Get the recipe for Tequila Old Fashioned »

Desert Snow Tequila Punch


20 Bright, Refreshing Spring Cocktails to Welcome the Season

Chock-full of fresh seasonal ingredients, these drinks are the perfect way to ring in spring.

Bloody Mary

Watching the game on a snowy morning? The ultimate drink for such moments is the bloody Mary. It's an ingenious creation that also comes in many varieties. You can make it as spicy as you like, mix in a different juice like Clamato, or switch out the vodka for another spirit.

12 Winter Cocktails to Help You Brave the Snow

If you're one of the people brave enough to go to the bar in 30-degree weather, congratulations: You're a champ. For those of you who are the Netflix-and-never-leave-the-couch types that prefer to hibernate from December to March (same), consider this your definitive home winter cocktail guide. Ahead, a dozen delicious warm pick-me-ups to lift your spirits after the holidays and keep them there until frosé season.


1 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder

Whipped cream for serving

In your favorite coffee mug, mix the powdered sugar, cocoa powder, cinnamon, and chili powder. Add in the hot coffee, vodka, Kahlua, and Baileys until dissolved. Stir in milk. Top with whipped cream and sprinkle with cinnamon.

Courtesy of Andrea Correale, founder and president of Elegant Affairs


4 oz Jose Cuervo Red Sangria Margarita

Combine the margarita mix and sparkling water. Garnish with lime, orange, pomegranate, apple, and mint.


2 dashes Smoked chili or chili chipotle bitters

In an Old Fashioned glass, muddle the agave syrup and the bitters. Add Altos Anejo and fill with ice. Stir. Squeeze a grapefruit twist on top.


2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder

In a saucepan, heat milk until hot but do not let boil. Whisk in the cocoa, salt, sugar, milk, and other ingredients until fully melted and creamy. Top with whipped cream and hazelnut spread.

Courtesy of Andrea Correale, founder and president of Elegant Affairs


1/2 oz J Rieger Caffe Amaro

1/2 oz white creme de cacao

Combine all ingredients except cayenne and poppy seeds in a chilled martini shaker. Shake hard and fine strain in a coupe glass. Garnish.


3 oz Caramel Apple HI-CHEW Infused Applejack*

In a small saucepan, heat the cider until hot. Remove from the heat, stir in the applejack and lemon juice, and divide between two mugs. Garnish with a lemon wheel and dried apple ring.

Courtesy of HI-CHEW and Allison Kave of Brooklyn bar and bakery Butter & Scotch


1.5 oz Rabbit Hole Bourbon

1 heaping tsp. Holiday Compound Butter

0.25 oz Rich Demerara Syrup

Combine the ingredients in an Irish coffee mug and stir. Then garnish with a cinnamon stick.


1 ½ parts HAVANA CLUB Añejo Clásico Rum

1 part simple syrup or 1 tbs white sugar

Prepare Chai Tea. While the tea steeps, warm coconut milk over medium heat. Do not boil. Combine remaining ingredients in a high temperature resistant mixing glass, add rum last, and stir. Serve in a glass coffee cup, and garnish with a cinnamon stick.


2 bottles Smirnoff Ice Strawberry

2 bottles Smirnoff Ice Original

1.5 cups Smirnoff No. 21 Vodka

4 cups blood orange juice

1/4 cup simple syrup - optional

Mix everything&mdashexcept Smirnoff Ice Original&mdashin a punch bowl or large pitcher. Pour punch into glasses, top with Smirnoff Ice Original, and garnish with mint leaves, pomegranate arils, strawberries, and blood orange slice.


Fill a glass with ice and pour in vodka and curacao. Top the rest of the way with lemonade. Garnish with a wedge of lemon.

Courtesy of Andrea Correale, founder and president of Elegant Affairs


.75 oz fresh grapefruit juice

2 dashes angostura bitters

Cracked white pepper for garnish

Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake. Fine strain into a coupe glass. Garnish with cracked white pepper.


1 ½ cups cranberry juice cocktail

In a saucepan, combine the cranberry juice cocktail, sugar, cinnamon sticks, and star anise. Simmer for 15&ndash20 minutes. Add in the wine and cranberries and bring back to a simmer. Serve warm.

Courtesy of Andrea Correale, founder and president of Elegant Affairs

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7 festive cocktails to sip on this holiday season

Ready to ring in the New Year? Then you're going to need some cocktails!

Get in the merry spirit of the season with these seven toast-worthy tipples, including a spicy ginger-apple punch, minty mojitos, mulled wine and creamy eggless eggnog. Cheers!

Ginger Spice Punch

Forget shaking up individual drinks for each guest. Instead, make things easy on yourself by mixing up a big batch of this bourbon punch with apple cider and ginger ale.

Winter Champagne Cocktail

This versatile sparkling wine cocktail can be made with Champagne or prosecco and any kind of citrus fruit. A rosemary sprig is a pretty garnish that adds just a hint of flavor.

Eggless Eggnog (Tawny Crème Cocktail)

Leslie Sbrocco's lighter take on eggnog is made with almond milk and sweetened condensed milk — it's still plenty sweet and rich but won't weigh you down like traditional eggnog.

Holiday Mojitos (Merry, Merry Mojitos)

Refreshing mojitos aren't just for warm weather holidays. This big-batch recipe is perfect for holiday parties in cold or warm weather climates.

Gaspare's Winter Punch

Classic mulled wine is dressed up with Campari and cranberries for a warm punch that also makes a beautiful centerpiece for your holiday party buffet table.

Peppermint Martini (Peppermint-ini)

How cute is this peppermint martini? Well, it tastes great and is super easy to make, too!

Fourth Hour Fizz Cocktail

If it's just not the holidays in your house without a red and green theme, you'll love this quick and easy cocktail with vodka, sparkling red wine and an herbal garnish.

Tea & Krampus

Have you been naughty or nice? Whichever your answer, you can reward yourself with this cocktail from Martin Cate of Smuggler’s Cove. Named for St. Nick’s dark mythical companion, the combination of rum, blackberry liqueur and allspice dram gets a hit of bright flavor from lime and pineapple juices. A splash of vanilla syrup and a dash of bitters rounds it all out into an impishly delicious drink.

Our 21 Best Brunch Cocktails, from Bloody Marys to Mimosas

Brunch is so much more than a meal to start the day&mdashit's a chance to spend a little bit more time with family and friends, indulge in both sweet and savory dishes, and, of course, drink a delicious cocktail. Here, we're sharing our year-round brunch cocktail recipes that will start your day off on a spirited note. They're just the thing to pair with bacon and eggs, French toast, and so much more.

One of the most classic brunch cocktail recipes is the Bloody Mary. Made with horseradish, tomato juice, celery, hot sauce, and vodka, it's certainly not a drink for the faint of heart. Our version&mdashBeet Bloody Marys&mdashis an exciting twist on the spicy drink it calls for pure beet juice for even richer red color and slightly sweet flavor. Another drink everyone looks forward to enjoying at brunch is the Bellini. This two-ingredient essential is made with peach juice and sparkling wine. While there are plenty of fruit variations to choose from, our traditional recipe is sure to be your new favorite.

If you need a bit of caffeine to get your morning going, try our Maple Irish Coffee. Yes, there's whiskey, but there's also irresistible notes of vanilla and maple, plus a cocoa-dusted dollop of whipped cream that's simply mouthwatering. Another option is to take a trip to a spot where it's always warm and sunny with our Coffee Coquito. Blend together a mixture of coconut milk, evaporated milk, condensed milk, rum, and cinnamon, then pour it all over iced espresso for the most delectable drink.

Ahead, more delicious cocktail recipes that are guaranteed to make your next brunch one to remember.

Repeal Day: A Spirited Scandinavian Sojourn

What better way to celebrate Repeal Day, the anniversary of the end of Prohibition, than with a cocktail-forward holiday feast? Andrew and Briana Volk, of the lauded Portland Hunt & Alpine Club, will bring their signature craft cocktails and Scandinavian fare to the Beard House for an unforgettable smörgasbord of tastes and tipples.

  • Hors d&rsquoOeuvre
    • Hunt & Alpine House Popcorn with Green Chiles and Parmesan
    • Caviar with Cultured Butter on Alpine Rye
    • Pistachio, Maine Kelp, and Nori Salad with Apple Cider Vinaigrette
    • White NoiseCocktail > Carbonated Cocchi Americano with Elderflower
    • Glögg > Mulled Scandinavian Red Wine with Reyka Vodka and Spices
    • Lohikeitto > Salmon Soup with Fingerling Potatoes, Braised Leeks, Dulse, Dill, and Allspice
    • Maine Uni with Toasted Pumpkin Seed Oil, Horseradish, and Lavash Cracker
    • Smörgasbord > Spiced Honey Ham Sandwich with Asparagus, Carrots, Crème Fraîche, and Chervil Shrimp Sandwich with Cucumber Kimchi, Pickled Shallots, Boiled Egg, and Watercress Fennel-Scented Gravlax with Dijon and Maine Cheeses with Wild Blueberry Compote and Orange Marmalade
    • Málaga Ronda Lemberger 2004
    • Maine Clams with Maine Dashi Rinse and Beurre Monté
    • Bunker Brewing Co. Machine Czech Pilsner​
    • Spiced Doughnuts with Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum Frosting and Eggnog​
    • Finnish Nail > Monkey Shoulder Scotch with Drambuie and Cardamom Syrup
    • Eggnog with Amontillado Sherry and Milagro Añejo Tequila​

    Tickets to events held at the James Beard House cover the cost of food and a unique dining experience. Dinners are prepared by culinary masters from all regions of the United States and around the world. All alcoholic beverages are provided on a complimentary basis and are not included in the ticket price.

    Bloody mary — The St. Regis, New York

    As with many iconic cocktails, stories abound about the provenance of this simple but delicious classic, the bloody mary.

    George Jessel was an actor, comedian and film producer who claimed to have invented the bloody mary as a hangover cure following a particularly heavy night of drinking in Palm Beach, Florida in the 1950s. Given that he was a natural showman and teller of tales, many doubted his claim, preferring the word of Fernand "Pete" Petiot instead.

    Petiot was head bartender at the King Cole Bar in The St. Regis New York — a bar that still exists today. He started serving the mix of vodka and tomato juice there in the 1940s — calling them "Red Snappers" — but claimed to have invented the cocktail some 20 years earlier.

    What is indisputable is that Petiot was responsible for adding Worcestershire sauce, cayenne pepper, salt and black pepper, thereby crafting the recipe known and loved today. St. Regis hotels continue to honor his creation with regional variations on the classic served across their global properties, but this is the original recipe as provided by Andrea Minarelli, head mixologist at St. Regis Hong Kong.

    This recipe makes about four 12-ounce cocktails.

    1 ounce premium vodka
    11 ounces bloody mary mix (below)
    Lemon wedge, celery stick or tomato (fresh or dry), for garnish

    St. Regis' signature bloody mary mix:
    Juice of 1.5 lemons
    1.25 liters/42 ounces tomato juice
    2.5 ounces Worcestershire sauce
    5 dashes Tabasco sauce
    1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper
    1 tablespoon ground cayenne pepper
    0.5 tablespoon ground celery salt
    1 tablespoon whole black peppercorns

    Combine all of the "bloody mary mix" ingredients together in a large container. Strain the peppercorns from the mix. Fill tall, 12-ounce glasses with ice. Add the vodka, then fill the remainder of the glass with the bloody mary mix and stir. Top with your choice of garnish. Store any remaining mix in the refrigerator and use within one week.


    When it comes to celebrating Irish holidays like St. Patrick’s Day, there are generally only a handful of widely known options. There’s the Irish Shot, whose regrettable previous moniker of Irish Car Bomb has thankfully been slowly abandoned. There’s the beloved Irish Coffee, a quintessential cold-weather drink. And there’s the Tipperary, a lush and rich cocktail with Irish whiskey, sweet vermouth, Green Chartreuse and bitters.

    It’s a bit of a short list, so fans of the oft-misunderstood but beloved family of Irish whiskeys are often looking for something new. For an easy, familiar take on a classic, why not turn to one of the mothers of all whiskey drinks, the singular Manhattan? After all, the Tipperary is essentially the same drink, only with the addition of half an ounce of Green Chartreuse.

    The beauty of the Irish Manhattan is that it takes very little thought merely substitute your favorite Irish whiskey for the traditional rye or bourbon in the drink, and call it good. However, the other benefit of the Manhattan, Irish or otherwise, is the flexibility of it. It’s an opportunity to mix and match and find which Irish whiskeys you like best in your drink, and which sweet vermouths pair best with them. As the Irish whiskey category continues to grow, there are plenty of new ones on the market to try. Similarly, sweet vermouth continues to be a burgeoning market, as we’ve long ago moved away from Martini and Rossi as the only option on the shelf.

    Of course, once you’ve found your ideal combination of Irish whiskey and vermouth, this could quickly become your go-to recipe for entertaining or quiet nights at home. For fans of Irish whiskey, it could even replace the standard rye or bourbon Manhattan for your regular bar order.

    18. Bloodhound Cocktail

    With just a bit of fruit mixed in with a lot of alcohol, the Bloodhound is a good way to sneak in that fruit without being overpowered by the flavor.

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