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DIY-on-the-Fly presents: Our favorite fall drinks!

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The Sazerac
This recipe traveled all the way up the Mississippi from New Orleans.

What you need:

3 oz Sazerac rye whiskey 1 sugar cube (or a tsp. of sugar) 3 drops bitters (Peychaud Bitters are preferred) Absinthe lemon twist

What you do:

Chill a lowball or martini glass. In a separate glass, combine the whiskey, sugar and bitters. Stir until sugar dissolves. Swirl 2nd glass with absinthe. Strain whiskey mixture into glass. Garnish with a lemon twist.

The Aviation

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The Maraschino Liqueur's rich berry-flavor and Creme de Violette's floral work together to mellow the gin and create harmony.

What you need:

2 oz gin 1/2 oz lemon juice 1/2 oz Maraschino Liqueur 1/4 oz Crème de Violette

What you do:

Shake ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice and strain into a chilled martini glass.

[recipe courtesy of Food and Spirits]

Portuguese Rose

Port wine, not often seen is cocktail recipes, brings sweet currant flavor which blends beautifully with the citrus.

What you need:

2 oz Port wine 1 oz brandy 1oz lemon juice 1/2 tsp. sugar 1 dash of grenadine

What you do:

Shake all ingredients with ice in a cocktail shaker and strain into a chilled martini glass.

[recipe courtesy of Imbibe Magazine]

Ginger Honey Rummy

Sweet and spicy, this drink would also be wonderful warm.

What you need:

2 oz rum 1 oz honey syrup (equal parts honey and water, brought to a boil, simmered five minutes, then cooled) 3/4 oz lemon juice 3 slices of fresh ginger

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What you do:

Muddle the ginger and honey syrup in a shaker. Add remaining ingredients and shake with ice. Strain into a rocks glass and garnish with a lemon slice.

[recipe courtesy of Esquire]

Pimm's Cup

This English pub favorite is good in any season.

What you need:

2 1/2 oz. Pimms #1 Ginger ale cucumber slice

What you do:

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Fill a lowball glass full of ice, add the Pimms #1, top with ginger ale, garnish with a cucumber slice.

Smoked Bourbon Manhattan This drink will keep you very warm on a cold night.

What you need:

To smoke the bourbon: hickory or mesquite chips your favorite bourbon

Simply put the bourbon in your smoker and smoke for 1/2 hour-1 hour or more for deeper flavor. Keep smoker at a low temperature. We liked this method because it was easy and tasted great--although the jars did scorch. To avoid condensation when making larger batches you can try THIS

Once your bourbon is smoked and cooled use it in your favorite Manhattan recipe. Here's ours:

2 oz smoked bourbon 1/2 oz sweet vermouth 1/2 oz dry vermouth 1-3 dashes of bitters

Stir ingredients together in glass with ice, then strain cocktail into a second ice-filled glass.

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Cheers! and happy fall.