Leaves are starting to turn to a deeper rusty color. The cool air surrounds us and frost dots the ground. These can only mean one thing: fall is here! Autumn is known for celebration of harvest which is perfect party idea especially when the weather is crisp and the temperature is getting colder.
Gather your friends and family and welcome fall and the bountiful harvest it brings with these awesome cocktails.
Let’s start with the Apple Crisp, courtesy of the Huffington Post:
The Apple Crisp
Crisp and light, a nip of this dessert drink is a perfect way to cap off a heavy meal (and we know how much you can carbo-load during these times).
- 1 oz. proof whisky
- ½ oz cinnamon simple syrup
- 4 to 4 oz apple cider
Fill a highball glass with ice, and then pour in the ingredients. Dunk a cinnamon stick in the drink for garnish. You can also serve this cocktail warm.
Martha Stewart, the queen of home and kitchenomics in the US, doesn’t disappoint with this amazing pear-rosemary cocktail. Bask in the freshness and spiciness of this drink. Some waiting time is in order though—as you have to wait for two weeks up to two months before you can take a sip from this cocktail.
Pear and Rosemary Cocktail
- 6 to 10 pears
- 4 cups of vodka
- 1 cup sugar
- 12 sprigs fresh rosemary
- 1 ½ cups pear nectar
- 4 cups sparkling water
Fill a 48-ounce glass jar with pear. Pour in the vodka, seal the jar and steep at room temp from two weeks to two months.
Combine sugar and 1 cup water in a medium saucepan. Stir over medium-high heat until sugar has dissolved. Add in the rosemary, stir, then remove the mixture from heat. Let it steep for 30 minutes. Remove the rosemary and let the mixture cool completely. Refrigerate the syrup in an airtight container for a month.
Now for the exciting part: fill half of 12-ounces with ice. Pour in 4 tablespoons of vodka and 3 tablespoons of pear nectar to each. Pour in half a cup of sparkling water and you’re done. Garnish with rosemary sprigs.
Last but not the least is the scotchsicle. A bit on the spicy and sweet side, YumSugar.com’s scotch-whisky cocktail recipe signals all the holiday cheer that comes with autumn.
- 2 ounces Scotch whisky
- 1 ounce orange liqueur
- 3/4 ounce vanilla syrup
- 3/4 ounce orange juice
- Ground cinnamon, for garnish
Pour all ingredients except the ground cinnamon in a shaker.
Shake vigorously then strain into a cocktail glass.
Dust with powdered cinnamon.
Off Topic Tip: Make sure you shop smart these days especially when the holiday season is near. Buy the ingredients you know you’ll need when those dates come, to avoid last minute shopping (or hoarding). This may come as a risk that’s why make sure that you check the expiration dates, and the ingredients that you can buy in bulk as early as today. Buying in bulk can save you more than buying in pieces.
Princess Padilla is a Food and Beverage Expert. She shares that Asian and Italian cuisines are really close to her heart. She looks up to Rachel Ray and Bobby Flay for their ingenuity and yummy creations and is an avid fan of the two kitchen icons’ shows. She also watches Iron Chef for her regular dose of food entertainment and to improve on her cooking skills. Unbeknownst to most of her colleagues, Cess is also a wicked mixologist who can whip out delicious cocktails from scratch.