Fabulous Fall Cocktails

The days might be chilly, but these autumn cocktails are sure to warm up guests with seasonal flavors like pumpkin, pear and cranberry. Yum!

Pumpkin Old Fashioned

Photo Source: Saveur

Makes one cocktail

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp. pumpkin puree
  • 1 ½ oz. bourbon
  • 1 oz. maple syrup
  • ½ oz. Grand Marnier
  • dash orange bitters
  • Orange peel twist, for garnish

Instructions:

Combine pumpkin puree, bourbon, syrup, Grand Marnier and bitters in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well and strain through a fine mesh strainer into a chilled old fashioned glass filled with fresh ice. Garnish with orange twist.

Dainty’s Cranberry Gimlet

Photo Source: Saveur

Makes one cocktail

Ingredients:
  • 2 oz. citrus vodka
  • ¾ oz. fresh lime juice
  • ¾ oz. unsweetened cranberry juice
  • ½ oz. agave nectar
  • Lemon twist or fresh cranberries, for garnish (optional)

Instructions:

Combine vodka, lime juice, cranberry juice, and agave nectar in a shaker over ice. Shake vigorously and pour into a chilled coupe or martini glass. Garnish with fresh cranberries or a lemon twist, if you like.

 

Hot Mulled Cider

Photo Source: Food & Wine

Makes 8 cocktails

Ingredients:

  • 1 gallon apple cider
  • 3/4 cup dry white wine, such as Chardonnay
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 quince—peeled, cored and finely chopped
  • One 4-inch rosemary sprig
  • Two 3- to 4-inch cinnamon sticks, broken
  • 4 cloves
  • 1 star anise
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon zest

Instructions:

Combine the cider, wine, honey, quince, rosemary, cinnamon, cloves, star anise and lemon zest in a large saucepan and simmer over low heat for 45 minutes. Strain the mulled cider and discard the solids. Serve the mulled cider warm.

 

Apple-Brandy Hot Toddy

Photo Source: Food & Wine

Makes 8 cocktails

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons honey
  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 2 cups apple brandy, preferably Calvados
  • Eight 3-inch cinnamon sticks

Instructions:

In small saucepan, bring the water to a boil. Remove from the heat and stir in the honey until dissolved. Stir in the lemon juice and apple brandy. Set a cinnamon stick in each of 8 mugs or heatproof glasses, pour in the hot liquid and serve.

 

English Harvest

Photo Source: Food & Wine

Makes one cocktail

Ingredients:

  • Ice
  • 1 ounce London dry gin
  • 3/4 ounce bonded apple brandy
  • 3/4 ounce dry vermouth
  • 3/4 ounce unfiltered apple juice
  • 1/4 ounce orgeat (almond-flavored syrup)
  • 3 dashes of Angostura bitters
  • 1 spiral-cut orange twist, for garnish

Instructions:

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add all of the remaining ingredients except the garnish and shake well. Strain into a small chilled coupe or snifter and garnish with the orange twist.

 

Silver Autumn Blossom

Photo Source: Cosmopolitan

Makes one cocktail

Ingredients:

  • 1 oz NOLET’S Silver Dry Gin
  • .75 oz Lemon Juice
  • .5 oz Simple Syrup
  • .5 oz Aperol
  • One wedge (about 1/8) of a Blood Orange
Instructions:
  1. Muddle blood orange wedge in the bottom of a cocktail shaker.
  2. Add ice and other ingredients and stir well.
  3. Strain into a martini glass.
Candy Apple Martini

Photo Source: Cosmopolitan

Makes one cocktail

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz. Belvedere Citrus
  • 3 oz. Pressed Apple juice
  • .5 oz. Lemon Juice
  • .5 oz. Home-made Toffee Syrup
Instructions:
  1. Shake all ingredients with ice.
  2. Strain into a chilled martini glass.
  3. Garnish with an apple slice.

*Homemade toffee syrup

  1. Place a handful of toffee in the bottom of a saucepan.
  2. Add half a cup of warm water.
  3. Apply a gentle heat and stir until the toffee dissolved.
  4. Allow to cool.

 

Blood Orange Jalapeno Margarita

Photo Source: thekitchn.com

Makes two cocktails

Ingredients:

  • 4 ounces jalapeño-infused silver tequila (*see recipe below)
  • 3 ounces fresh-squeezed blood orange juice
  • 1 ounce fresh-squeezed lime juice
  • 3 ounces Cointreau (I scaled it back to 2 ounces)
 Instructions:
To make jalapeño infusion: Slice up a fresh jalapeño pepper and allow it to steep in 1 cup (I used just half a cup) of tequila for 2 hours. Taste to check the heat level, and continue to steep if a stronger infusion is desired (I left the slices in for a full 4 hours.) Once infusing process is complete, remove the slices by pouring the mixture through a fine-meshed strainer.

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into a cocktail glass. Optional garnish: salt the rim of the glass.

Sparkling Pear & Cranberry Cocktail

Photo Source: Martha Stewart

Makes eight cocktails

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons dry cranberries
  • 1/2 cup organic pear nectar
  • 32 ounces Moscato d’Asti wine
  • 8 small sprigs fresh rosemary
Instructions:
Put cranberries in a small bowl; add 2 tablespoons warm water. Soak until cool, about 15 minutes. Drain, pat dry, and refrigerate until serving.

Divide pear nectar evenly among eight tall champagne glasses. Add cranberries, and then gently pour the Moscato d’Asti into the glasses. Garnish each with a rosemary sprig.

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