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Do you love that first mug of coffee in the morning, a refreshing lemonade on a hot summer day, or a glass of excellent red wine to accompany a meal? F&W’s guide to drinks features everything you need for a good sip. From seasonal cocktails to indulgent hot chocolates, our extensive archive of recipes will keep you inspired—and your thirst quenched—when you want to make drinks at home. There are also tips from our F&W experts on how to pair your drinks with food. For travelers (or even if you want to see what’s new in your neighborhood), we’ve included our picks for where to drink across the globe. Always wanted to learn more about your favorite drink? Read our in-depth guides to beer styles, wine regions, types of tea and more.

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Cherry Cordial

Packed with the sweet flavor of ripe fruit and rounded out with subtle notes of orange, cardamom, and ginger, this cherry cordial has countless uses. Add a splash to a glass of sparkling wine or lemonade, or serve over ice with plenty of tonic water. Brush cherry cordial on layers of chocolate cake before frosting, or drizzle it over crepes or vanilla ice cream.

Pu-erh Tea Digestif

Sweet, smoky earthiness in the tea compliments the barrel-aged Cognac, making for a surprisingly smooth drink.
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Shochu Punch

This vibrant, citrusy make-ahead Shochu Punch features four distinct tastes—sweet, sour, spicy, and bitter—coming from the fruits, flowers, honey, and aromatics that fill the punch bowl. Danielle Chang serves it at her Lunar New Year celebration, where citrus fruits symbolize luck and fertility. This punch may be garnished with a variety of edible flowers, microgreens, and citrus (such as a mix of clementines, lemons, and kumquats). Try floating some in the punch and freezing some in the ice cubes themselves; simply follow the instructions for chrysanthemum ice cubes, swapping in other flowers, greens, and fruits for the chrysanthemums.

Hot Cocktails Are Like Heating Lamps for the Soul

As the weather cools and outdoor dining continues, restaurants are filling their drink menus with warm, comforting cocktails.