5 Essential Cocktails for November


Each month, Chilled is bringing you five essential cocktails based on our National Drink Day Calendar.

Don’t forget to reference it so you can prepare for the upcoming holidays.

Can you smell the turkey and pumpkin pie yet? We definitely can! While November is typically the month to celebrate Thanksgiving, we’re giving you five other reasons to pour a drink. One of these five essential cocktails should be in your monthly plans.

Don’t worry, bar owners, each one of these cocktails is open to interpretation. Take what you like and leave what you don’t. Hopefully, these cocktails inspire your upcoming seasonal bar menu—we promise everyone will be ordering them.


Here are five cocktails you should try this November.


Vegan Swaps

This one is for our vegan readers. World Vegan Day (11/1) is the perfect day to dive deep into the way you make cocktails. Celebrate this day by educating yourself on the different ways to serve your vegan guests. While this isn’t exactly a cocktail recipe, it’s good to brush up on ways to cater to everyone.



Apple Pie Shot

Apple Pie Shot

National Shot Day is November 8, and we are bringing you something special. While a classic vodka or tequila shot is always great, when it comes to a bar menu, it’s a good idea to have an option that isn’t straight liquor. Not only does this apple pie shot scream fall, but the added apple juice gives it just enough sweetness to minimize the sweetness.



Vanilla Espresso Affogato

Vanilla Espresso

On November 10, if you aren’t celebrating National Vanilla Cupcake Day, you’re doing something wrong. This vanilla espresso affogato is going to blow away any guest. The mixture of creamy vanilla gelato with bitter, fresh brewed coffee is a match made in heaven.



Copa de Vermouth

Copa de Vermouth

National Happy Hour Day (11/12) always calls for a celebration. If your bar/restaurant will celebrate the occasion, what better way than with a cocktail inspired by a Chilled 100 member? This cucumber-flavored cocktail is not only visually appealing, but it also will make the perfect brunch addition.



Spice It Up Pear Martini

Spice It Up

Of course, we can’t give you a round-up of essential cocktails for November without a Thanksgiving-inspired cocktail. This November 24, celebrate the day of turkey with a pear martini. This cocktail has all of the fall flavors—it’s exactly what you’ll need to wash down your dinner.



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