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Thanksgiving not only marks the beginning of shopping season, but the beginning of drinking season! Holidays parties are looming, but don't fret. We have a whole host of of holiday-themed drinks to liven up your next soiree.

Cinnamon Rise
By Brian Miller, Death & Company, New York, NY

1 ounce Zacapa 23 Year-Old Rum
3/4 ounce lime juice
1/2 ounce cinnamon bark

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In a cocktail shaker, combine Zacapa 23 Year-Old Rum, lime juice, and cinnamon bark.

Shake and strain into a rocks glass.

More recipes after the jump!

The Corner Store
Created by Preston Eckman of Philadelphia's APO Bar & Lounge

2 parts Beefeater 24
1 part Black and Brown Syrup*
½ part Orange juice
1 Black Mission Fig
2 Sprigs of Thyme

Muddle 2 sprigs worth of thyme leaves and 1 black mission fig. Shake ingredients heavily and double strain over ice in an old fashioned glass. Garnish with a smacked thyme sprig stuck in half a fig set on the rim of the glass.

*To make syrup: Combine 2 cups water and 5 crushed cinnamon sticks and bring to boil for 10 min. Let steep for 10 more min and strain off cinnamon. Add ¾ cup of white sugar and stir until dissolved. Then steep 12 black tea bags for 20 minutes. Cool and use.

Pear Margarita
Courtesy of Little Dom’s

1 ½ oz. D'Anjou Pear Puree
1 ½ oz. El Jimador Blanco
½ oz. Lemon
¾ oz. Simple Syrup

Shake together all ingredients with ice. Pour into a nine ounce bucket and garnish with a thin slice of pear on top.

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Mulled Gin / Hot Gin Punch
Created by London mixologist Nick Strangeway

1 part Beefeater 24TM
2 parts full bodied red wine
1 teaspoon honey
Orange slice
Lemon slice
Orange peel stuck with cloves
1 cinnamon stick
Heat all ingredients in a saucepan and simmer till honey has dissolved. Pour into a toddy glass and drink whilst still warm.

*The above recipe serves 1. For greater numbers just multiply the ingredients by the number of people you wish to serve.

Sweet Dream

1 oz OCEAN Vodka
1oz Baileys
1oz Tuaca
2oz heavy cream

Place all ingredients in a shaker with ice, bruise and pour into a martini glass rimmed with caramel syrup

Season's Greetings

1 ½ oz OCEAN Vodka
1 oz pear nectar
Splash of fresh orange juice

Place all ingredients into a shaker with ice, bruise and garnish with an orange twist

Photo of Cinnamon Rise courtesy of Zacapa Rum/Used with permission

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