Ginger’s Lost Island from Food & Wine
Summer cocktails get the most attention because of all the fresh fruits available. But fall can be just as fun. Here are a few fall-inspired cocktails to mix up this weekend.
Vanilla, Pear & Vodka Cocktail ~ Whether your pear juice is fresh or from a can, this simple cocktail is a great way to welcome autumn.
Calvados Hot Toddy ~ French apple brandy, apple cider and cream give you something luxurious and warm to sip by the fire.
Ginger’s Lost Island ~ A complex combination of cardamom, cinnamon, ginger liqueur and smoky mezcal evokes international flavors.
Bitter Pumpkin #2 ~ Pumpkin butter and hot dark chocolate give a rich texture to this amaro and spiced rum cocktail.
Fall Classic ~ Apple brandy and bourbon get an assist from citrus and herbs to give you that happy fall feeling.
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Today I’m a guest on Middays With Michelle Dawn Mooney — talking about pumpkin cocktails for Thanksgiving. Below are the recipes I talked about, plus a few extra ideas for you. Enjoy, and Happy Thanksgiving!
Pumpkin Spice Syrup
1 cup water
1 cup sugar
4 cinnamon sticks
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ginger
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 tablespoons pumpkin puree
Bring the sugar and water to a boil and then add the rest of the ingredients and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool for 15 minutes, then strain and refrigerate. Add a tablespoon of vodka, if desired, to increase the shelf life. Continue reading
Persimmon Sour from Serious Eats
I love persimmons! However, the persimmon doesn’t get much love. When you’re not eating them, you should be drinking them. With liquor! Why are you not doing this right now? It’s very autumnal. Here are some fall persimmon cocktails to try.
Spice Trade ~ I’m starting off fancy: a genever and persimmon cocktail with an anise and cardamom syrup for depth and sweetness.
Orange-Persimmon Margarita ~ It’s margarita time … only with persimmon added to the mix to give you some fall fruit goodness.
Persimmon Sour ~ Persimmon puree, gin and lime with a little simple syrup is a simple and satisfying fresh cocktail.
Persimmon Rum Spritzer ~ Refreshing and lightly sweet for those fall days that feel a little more like summer (we’ve been having a lot of those where I live).
Persimmon Mojitos ~ Mint and bubbles give the persimmon (and fall) a little oomph.
In honor of Thanksgiving, I got together with Savvy Housekeeping for a turkey-day-appropriate cocktail: the Cranberry Margarita! Aside from the gorgeous, deep red color, this drink has a refreshing tartness that is just the thing for a holiday built around heavy savory foods.
We used 100% cranberry juice for that true cranberry pucker. However, if you like things a little sweeter you can either add a little simple syrup (or agave) or you can use sweetened cranberry juice cocktail. Hey, this could even be a job for cran-apple, cran-raspberry, or another cran-juice.
1 1/2 oz cranberry juice
1 oz tequila
1/2 oz triple sec
Shake ingredients over ice, then strain into a cocktail glass. Spear fresh cranberries for garnish.