The days of Autumn are once again upon us. On top of being the only season with two names, Fall is the season of falling leaves, Thanksgiving, halloween, and falling temperatures. It’s a transition season, bridging the two extremes of Summer and Winter. And as such, everything changes: how we dress, how we spend our time, how we eat, and how we drink. Gone are the refreshing, crisp cocktails of Summer. Fall cocktails are all about depth and flavour, warmth and comfort, fruit and spice. Here are 7 Fall cocktails, meant for enjoying from the comfort of your own living room. Crackling fireplace optional.
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1. Hard Cider Sangria
Sangria – that classic mashup of wine, brandy, juice, and wine – is often seen as a classic Summer drink. But with a few tweaks, and the addition of some apple cider, it transforms into a Fall-approved cocktail, perfect for sharing with friends.
1 cup quartered and sliced apples (preferably red, green and yellow)
1 orange, quartered and sliced
1 cup chilled apple juice
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
¼ cup apple brandy (Calvados works best)
1 22-ounce bottle of hard apple cider
In a medium-sized pitcher, combine and stir the fruit, apple juice, lemon juice, and brandy. Just prior to serving, add the hard apple cider. Serve in a tall glass over ice.
2. Rim With a Few
Cocktails with a pun in their name are usually pretty tasty, and the Rim With a View is no different. Created by the mixologists at New York’s famous Drexler Cocktail Bar, this flavourful concoction features the one spirit tailor-made for Fall: Jagermeister, that spice and herb-filled drink usually served in a shot glass near the end of a long night.
2 ounces Jagermeister (or kick it up a notch with some Spiced Jaeger)
1 ounce bourbon
1 ounce lemon juice
Cinnamon powder (optional)
Combine all ingredients in a shaker. Add ice and shake like crazy. Strain into a small glass of your choice, rimmed with cinnamon powder. Garnish with apple slice and star anise.
3. Apple Cranberry Moscow Mule
Despite the fact that that has nothing do with either Moscow, or mules, the Moscow Mule is a simple and classic cocktail, combining vodka and spicy ginger beer. This version adds the fall flavours of apple and cranberry, giving it a nice fruity kick.
2 ounces Vodka
⅛ cup cranberry juice
¼ cup sparkling apple juice (if you don’t have sparkling, regular will do)
1 bottle ginger beer (recommended: Fentimann’s Botanical)
Fill a Tom Collins (tall) glass with ice. Add the vodka and cranberry juice, and stir. Add the sparkling apple juice, and fill the rest of the glass with ginger beer. Stir gently and garnish with a few cranberries.
The Manzarita is a like a Fall margarita. “Manzana” is Spanish for “apple,” so the key ingredient here is apple cider. With hints of cinnamon and elderflower, this is a perfect cocktail for unwinding after an afternoon spent raking leaves.
½ lemon, quartered
Pinch of ground cinnamon
2 ounces white tequila
1 ounce elderflower liqueur
1 ½ ounces apple cider
1 cinnamon stick
In a cocktail shaker, muddle the lemon wedges with the ground cinnamon. Add ice, tequila, elderflower liqueur, and apple cider. Shake well, and strain into an ice-filled rocks glass. Garnish with the cinnamon stick.
5. New York Sour
When it comes to cocktails, it doesn’t get much more classic than the whiskey sour, with its combination of tartness and refreshment. The New York Sour, created by Tom Macy of New York’s the Clover Club, is a Fall-twist on the whiskey sour, adding both red wine and Wild Turkey.
2 ounces Wild Turkey rye
¾ ounce lemon juice/em>
¾ ounce simple syrup
½ ounce red wine
Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Shake well and strain into a coupe glass or small wine glass. Float red wine over the top.
6. Apple Brandy Hot Toddy
No list of essential Fall cocktails would be complete without a hot toddy, which basically refers to any potent spirit added to hot water. This hot toddy recipe from Paley’s Place in Portland, Oregon, zings it up with a splash of apple brandy and honey.
Ingredients (serves 8)
1 ½ cups hot water
2 ½ tablespoons honey
½ cup lemon juice
2 cups Calvados apple brandy
8 cinnamon sticks
In a small saucepan, bring water to a gentle boil. Remove from heat and stir in honey until fully dissolved. Stir in the lemon juice and apple brandy. Place a cinnamon stick in each of 8 mugs, pour in the hot liquid and serve.
7. Old Irish Cure
According to Sean Muldoon, the irish-born bartender who created this drink, Irish people have mixed whiskey with honey, lemon, and ginger for years to cure colds. Thus, the inspiration for this refreshing and salubrious Fall cocktail. Add a little hot water, and it also makes a great toddy.
1 ⅓ ounces Irish Whiskey (Jameson)
1 ⅓ ounces dark rum
2 ½ teaspoons Calvados apple brandy
⅓ ounce fresh lemon juice
¼ ounce simple syrup
½ teaspoon honey mixed with ½ teaspoon water
½ teaspoon fresh ginger juice
Dash of Angostura bitters
I thin apple slice (for garnish)
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add all liquid ingredients and shake well. Strain the drink into a rocks or coupe glass and garnish with apple slice.
Whether you are with friends, or your bae, or even flying solo, making cocktails is always fun. But when it’s cold outside, and the rain is falling, making cocktails in the coziness of your own kitchen is even more fun. Luckily, when the cocktail-making urge hits, you don’t even have to leave the comfort of home to get started. ParcelPal has you covered. No matter which cocktail(s) you choose to try, simply open the ParcelPal iOS app, order the booze you need, and it will be delivered promptly to your door. No long waits, no mark ups, no hidden fees. So get shakin’.