It's time to say goodbye to beach season and welcome pumpkin picking, apple cider by the fire, and all the other wonderful things we love about autumn. To celebrate the start of the fall season, here are eight autumn inspired libations.
Blackberry Harvest. (Courtesy Photo)
1. Pinnacle Dessert Table:
• 1 part Pinnacle Pumpkin Pie Vodka
• 1 part DeKuyper Crčme DeCocoa Dark
• 1 part Half and Half
Combine ingredients and serve. Garnish with whipped cream.
2. Blackberry Harvest:
• 1 Part Hornitos Reposado Tequila
• 1/3 Part Lemon Juice
• 1 Dash Angostura Bitters
Muddle four blackberries in a glass, combine remainder of ingredients in a shaker with ice, shake vigorously and strain into the glass over fresh ice. Garnish with a blackberry. All trademarks are the property of their respective owner.
Knob Creek Sweet & Smoky Old Fashioned. (Courtesy Photo)
3. Knob Creek Sweet & Smoky Old Fashioned: (Created by Celebrity Chef Michael Symon)
• 1 1/2 parts Knob Creek Smoked Maple Bourbon
• 1/2 teaspoon Raw Sugar
• 1/2 part Madeira
• 1/4 teaspoon Curry Powder
• 3 dashes Chocolate Bitters
• Candied Bacon for garnish
Add sugar, curry powder and chocolate bitters to a rocks glass and muddle. Add all other ingredients, then add ice, stir and garnish with candied bacon.
4. Otoņo Especias (AKA Autumn Spice): (Created by Cassandra Rosen)
• Salt and Spice Rim
• 1.75 oz. Soltado Spiced Aņejo Tequila
• .5 oz. Agave Nectar
• .5 oz. Cointreau
• .25 oz. Cranberry Juice
• .75 oz. fresh Lime Juice
• Cranberries and a Mint Leaf for garnish
Make the salt and spice rim by adding equal parts raw sugar, jalapeno salt, and cinnamon. Mix thoroughly, pour onto a plate. Using a lime slice, wet and coat the rim of a rocks glass with salt mixture, set aside. In a Boston shaker, add agave, Soltado, Cointreau, and juices. Shake with ice. Strain into the prepared glass filled with ice. Garnish.
Otoņo Especias (AKA Autumn Spice). (Courtesy Photo)
5. Apple Cider Bellini:
• Bottle of Prosecco DOC
• 1/4 oz. Fig-infused Vodka/Liquor
• 3/4 cup Apple Cider
• Powdered Cinnamon
• Granulated Sugar
Pour a splash of the fig vodka into a shaker and add 3/4 cup of cider to the mix. Shake to combine. Set out your champagne flutes, and pour the cider mixture about 1/4 of the way into each glass. Top with Prosecco and serve. Really want to sweeten things up? Add a cinnamon-sugar rim for a festive touch.
Apple Cider Bellini. (Courtesy Photo)
The Maple Apple. (Courtesy Photo)
6. The Maple Apple:
• 1 1/4 oz. Brandy
• 1/4 oz. Nectar P.X. Sherry Wine
• 1/2 oz. Calvados Boulard (Apple Brandy)
• 1/4 oz. Maple Syrup
• 1/2 oz. Lemon
Shake all ingredients together with ice, and strain into martini glass. Garnish with Lemon zest.
7. Royal & Spice:
• 2 oz. Vermouth Royal Extra Dry
• 2 slices Fresh Ginger
• 3.5 oz. Ginger Ale
Very gently crush the ginger in a tumbler. Add ice to glass and top with vermouth and ginger ale. Garnish with an orange twist.
Royal & Spice. (Courtesy Photo)
8. Hot Apple Rum:
• 1 part Sugar Island Spiced Rum
• 2 parts Apple Cider
• 2 to 3 slices of Orange
• 3 to 5 Cinnamon Sticks
Combine ingredients in a crock-pot and stir; heat up and serve as needed. Garnish with a cinnamon stick.
Hot Apple Rum. (Courtesy Photo)
Nicole is the Editor-in-Chief of Hamptons.com where she focuses on lifestyle, nightlife, and mixology. She grew up in the Hamptons and currently resides in Water Mill. www.hamptons.com