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Celebrate National Margarita Day!

-1.5 oz. Thai Peppers and Bay Leaves infused Blanco Tequila (Don Julio)

-Bacon Salt and 1 Bay leaf for garnish

Procedure

Mango Basil Margarita (Andrea Correale)

Mango Basil Margarita Ingredients

Procedure for Margarita

1. Add 1 1/2 oz. of the mango puree, the tequila, orange-flavored liqueur, lime juice and torn basil leaves to cocktail shaker. Fill shaker with ice; cover and shake vigorously.

LIQUID COURAGE
National Hot Buttered Rum Day!

Hot buttered rum is delicious, but it's the type of drink that makes you say "How on Earth was this invented?" Well, long story short, we have no idea. We do however, have some ideas. So make yourself the honorary drink of the day (see recipes below), sit back, and learn some history while you sip.

It all started in Europe. In the mid-16th century, Jamaica was captured by the British Royal Navy, which ultimately led to rum replacing bourbon for sailor's rations (and becoming popular across the pond). Around that time,17th century homes had terrible insulation, meaning winters were hella cold and the Europeans drank hot everything. Water quality was also shoddy, so alcohol was used to kill germs. Thus, hot rum cocktails were birthed. The most puzzling aspect was how butter got involved, which no one seems to know. The first recipe for hot buttered rum appears in the book Gun Club Drink Book by Charles Browne. We also don't know who thought of making it a national day, but we aren't complaining.

CULINARY OCCASIONS
Happy National Hot Toddy Day!

Drink up you boozehounds, January 11 is National Hot Toddy day. If you're nursing a cold, feeling frigid in this chilly weather, or simply want to find a new cocktail, this drink is just the thing. It's traditionally mixed with whiskey, spices, and hot water. We've found places that serve a Hot Toddy the classic way, and also bars that add their own spin. If nothing there piques your interest, try making one at home—we've got the recipes!

299 Madison Avenue #14 New York, NY 10017

420 Park Ave S, New York, NY 10016

Word on the street is these guys make a mean Hot Toddy—you've just got to ask for one if you don't see it on the menu. Served with clove-studded lemon, tea, whiskey, and honey.

LIQUID COURAGE
Our Favorite Holiday Cocktails!

What better way to bring you and your loved ones together for the holidays then with some good old fashioned alcohol? Take a swing at crafting some of these creative holiday cocktails. Some are green like the Grinch, some are as red as Rudolph's nose, and some even taste like gingerbread cookies! Happy Holidays and enjoy!

1. Santaquila Sunrise

Get on Santa's naughty list this year with this sinful cocktail.

Ingredients: 3 oz. Orange Juice

3 oz. Pineapple Juice

1 oz. Jose Cuervo® Cinge™ - Cinnamon Infused Tequila

LIQUID COURAGE
National Punch Day is Here!

We picked out some of the best new punches and found you the recipes. That way, you can try them at home or at the bar. Here are our top five from the emerging punch revolution.

1. Fishhouse Punch Royale

You may not be able to get this at the bar if you're a New Yorker (unless you find yourself suddenly in Seattle), but this recipe highlights the long tradition of punch as interpreted through a modern lens. The original version of this colonial-era recipe was said to be a favorite of George Washington. Try this tweaked concoction, re-vamped by mixologist Jamie Boudreau, of Canon in Seattle.

Ingredients
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Three Fabulous Labor Day Cocktails with Smoke Liqueur

If you’re looking for an interesting cocktail ingredient for your Labor Day libations, we’ve just discovered a fresh new liqueur to try. Smoke liqueur is a ready-made blend of premium coconut-infused vodka, moscato wine, and pineapple juice. It’s sweet and summery without being saccharine, and hits a pleasant alcohol medium between wine and vodka at 52 proof.

Here are some recipes using Smoke to try while enjoying the last days of summer.

Strawberry Fizz

3 oz SMOKE

HALLOWEEN GUIDE
Terrifying Tipples: Recipes From Around the Country

Countdown to Halloween: 1.5 weeks.

With the goriest of holidays right around the corner, it's no surprise that Halloween is one of the best excuses to get drinking. Whether you hail from Texas, Florida, Boston, or beyond, we've got a round-up of the best cross-country spots to imbibe, as well as recipes you can whip up yourself in case you are too much of a zombie to leave the house!

Corpse Reviver #2 (Served at Peche, Austin, TX)

1 oz. gin

1 oz. Cointreau

HALLOWEEN GUIDE
Creepy Cocktails: Recipes From Beyond the Grave

Calling all ghouls and gremlins...Halloween season is here and it's time to celebrate the best way we know how - with drinks! There are plenty of fun and fiendish recipes for you to test out before All Hallow's Eve arrives. And for you New Yorkers, there's a couple of spots serving spooking servings of devilishly delicious concoctions.

Pumkin Patch (Served at 230 Fifth)

1 oz. Hiram Walker Pumpkin Spice

½ oz. coffee liqueur

Hot coffee

Garnish with whipped cream and pumpkin pie spices.

LIQUID COURAGE
National Vodka Day

Moscow Mule

1.7 oz. of Russian Standard

5 oz. of ginger beer

Serve it in a copper mug and garnish it with a lime wedge. Enjoy!

Electrolyte (served Upstairs at Kimberly Hotel)

4 big chunks fresh watermelon- muddled

½ oz. pineapple juice

juice from half a lemon

1½ oz. vodka (non-flavored)

Serve in a highball glass with ice and a vertical watermelon slice garnish.

Broken Basil

2 oz. Broken Shed Vodka

crushed basil leaves (generous amount)

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Satisfy Your Bourbon Craving

It's all about the bourbon this September, when we all get to celebrate National Bourbon Month. Nix your typical vodka cocktails for some strong brown spirits. We've let you know where the most innovative and delicious bourbon cocktails are served around the city, as well as DIY recipes to try on your own. Good luck and enjoy!

Lowcountry serves up a plethora of bourbon laden 'tails. Try out their Lowcountry Old Fashioned (Four Roses Bourbon, Orange, Brandy Cherry), Bourbon Dark & Stormy (Rebel Yell Bourbon, Lime, Ginger Beer, Molasses), Sazarac (Johnny Drum Bourbon, Absinthe, Orange Bitter), Triple-B (Blueberry Shrub, Buffalo Trace, Bourbon, St. Germain, Cava), Lowcountry Iced Tea (Firefly Sweet Tea Bourbon, Mint, Lemon, Blackberry Shrub), Ginger Julep (Johnny Drum Bourbon, Jalapeno, Ginger, Mint, Ginger Ale), and last but not least, the Vanilla Chai Manhattan (Vanilla Chai infused Bourbon, Sweet Vermout, Brown Sugar). The Tangled Vine offers two essential bourbon cocktails, The Amsterdam Ave (1792 Ridgemont Reserve Bourbon, Cherry Heering, Maraschino Liquor, lemon, $14) and the Collins (1792 Bourbon, lemon, club soda, $12). Northeast Kingdom in Bushwick let's patrons try out their Old Bushwick Cocktail (Jim Beam, bitters, lime, $9), while Casa Nonna makes The Tuscan (Woodford Reserve Bourbon, peach honey syrup, Marreti Biscotti liquor, bitters, $14).