You know the drill: the changing of the leaves means the changing of the seasons… which means it’s time to introduce new ingredients into your weekly menu. Instead of just adding in seasonal ingredients to your main dishes, here’s three cocktails to try that will have you thanking Mother Nature for Fall arriving.
Pumpkin pancakes, pumpkin oatmeal… pumpkin cocktails? You bet! This pumpkin martini is essentially the taste of autumn in your glass so whip it up when you have a chance. You’ll need 1/2 ounce of cream liquor, 2 ounces of vanilla vodka, ½ ounce of pumpkin spice syrup, and 1 teaspoon of whipped cream with a cinnamon stock for the garnish. First, pour the cream liqueur and vodka into a cocktail shaker and shake it up. Next, add in the pumpkin syrup and continue to shake it all together. Strain it all into a chilled cocktail glass and then add on the whipped cream and top with a cinnamon stick.
If apple picking at your local farm gets you in the mood for everything apple then you’ll appreciate the Smokin Apple cocktail. Combine 2 ounces of whiskey, .75 ounces of fresh lemon juice, 1.5 ounces of hand-pressed apple cider, 2 fresh figs and .5 oz simple syrup in a shaker. Shake well, pour into a martini glass, garnish with a sage leaf, and eat with warm, freshly baked apple pie. If that’s not heaven, then I don’t know what is!
Your last fall cocktail experiment is the Negroni. This calls for 1 ounce each of Campari, Gin and sweet vermouth. Simply add all three ingredients to an Old Fashioned glass, fill with ice, stir and garnish with an orange half wheel. Pair this with a warm apple cider donut, since all the bakeries will start carrying seasonal flavors and you’ll need something to cut the heaviness of the dough.
Moral of this cocktail story? Add some fall inspired cocktails into your life this season and you won’t seem to mind the chill in the air as much… or the fact that frozen margaritas are no longer going to be your drink of choice.