There are many fall-themed cocktails out there, and with Thanksgiving coming up, now is a good time to practice with them.
Here are two fall-themed cocktails that I am making for a Friendsgiving today (UPDATE: they were a success. I think the group was evenly split with which one they liked better). I tested them last night and they are fantastic, and I can only imagine how good they will be today since I let both alcohols infuse overnight with delicious fall flavors.
You will not believe what ingredients I used!!!*
*(You probably CAN believe it: they are rosemary in bourbon and cinnamon, all spice, cloves and star anise in rye).
The first is from the book Shake, which I have used before in this post (mostly using mezcal, tequila, and vodka). This recipe is under the “autumn” chapter, but I made it for a brunch this summer and it was a hit.
The Rosemary Maple Bourbon Sour
3 shots bourbon
1.5 shots lemon juice
3/4 shot dark maple syrup
1 large sprig of rosemary (plus 2 for garnish)
Add all ingredients to shaker, fill with ice, shake, strain in glass with large ice cube, garnish with rosemary.
The second recipe is called the Honey Cake cocktail, which originated from Jewish Food Experience. The recipe is also featured on Catoctin Creek’s website, which is a Virginia distilery near where I live, and it’s really good stuff.
The Honey Cake Cocktail
3 oz Roundstone Rye Whisky (I used Bulleit)
½ tsp crushed fall spices, such as cinnamon, star anise, clove, allspice, etc. (You can also buy a package of mulling spices and use a coffee grinder or mortar and pestle to crush them.)
2 oz freshly squeezed orange juice
¾ oz honey
1 tsp water
Stir the spices into the whisky and allow it to sit for several hours or overnight to infuse. Strain the whisky through a strainer with a coffee filter to remove the spices. Add the water to the honey and stir to dissolve it into a slightly thinner syrup. Add the spiced whisky, juice and honey to a cocktail shaker with several pieces of ice. Shake for 10 to 15 seconds. Strain into a chilled martini glass or rocks glass. Garnish with an orange peel, twisting before you toss it into the drink to release oils in the peel.
What are your fall-themed cocktails?