Gingerbread Toddy

gingerbreadtoddyIt’s raining and fall coziness is in full effect. So Savvy Housekeeping and I made the perfect seasonal twist on the Hot Toddy—the Gingerbread Toddy. Made with a delicious gingerbread syrup, this warming cocktail tastes like real gingerbread. The syrup would also be good in other drinks like a Gingerbread Latte.

Gingerbread Toddy
2 ounces bourbon
1 ounce gingerbread syrup* (recipe below)
1/3-1/2 cup hot water
A squeeze of lemon

Combine bourbon and syrup in a mug. Fill to the top with hot water. Add a few drops of lemon juice and stir.

*Gingerbread Syrup:
1 cup dark brown sugar
1 cup water
1 tablespoon molasses
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon allspice

Combine all the syrup ingredients in a pan. Heat to boiling on a stovetop while whisking until all the powdery substances dissolve. Boil for 2-3 minutes so that the syrup thickens slightly.

Photo by Savvy Housekeeping

Pear Cocktails

Thyme-Kissed Pear-Infused Honey Syrup & The Bee’s Knees from Reclaiming Provinical

Thyme-Kissed Pear-Infused Honey Syrup & The Bee’s Knees from Reclaiming Provinical

Fall has been a whirlwind of activity for me—so much so that I haven’t even I had time to make myself a cocktail. (Something must be done about this, right?) So I’m happy to jump back into fall drinks with these pear cocktails. Pear is a lovely, flexible fruit that tastes great with any kind of liquor and a wide variety of herbs. That makes it tasty and fun to play with. Here are some pear cocktails to try.

Rosemary Pear Cocktail ~ This is a light and flavorful cocktail that’s perfect for these fall nights that feel a little like summer nights.

Sparkling Pear Ambrosia ~ Cardamom-infused brandy, pear nectar and some sparkling wine sounds like exactly what I’d be sipping in front of my fire place, if I had a fire place.

Eros Elixir ~ Thai-chile-infused Chartreuse and a pear syrup with fresh ginger give a spicy, warming kick to this complex cocktail.

Roasted Pear Cocktail ~ I’ve already found out that grilling fruit changes how it tastes in a cocktail, so I’m intrigued by this drink made with roasted pear puree.

Pear-Honey-Thyme Bee’s Knees ~ A variation on the classic Bee’s Knees, this delightful combination of flavors is great for a late afternoon cocktail party. (Yes, have one of those!)

Pumpkin Cocktails

Smashing Pumpkin Cocktail from Garden and Gun

Smashing Pumpkin Cocktail from Garden and Gun

It seems like it’s cool to bash pumpkin spice. Somehow bagging on pumpkin spice drinks gives you hipster/grumpy-old-man street cred? I don’t know, man. Shut your face and pass the pumpkin spice latte, because it is straight-up DELICIOUS and hurray for fall! Would you like some suggested pumpkin cocktail recipes from someone who just said “shut your face?” (I wasn’t talking to you. You are nice. You do not need to shut your face.)

Pumpkin Flip ~ This fall drink is light and fluffy while being bold and spicy at the same time. The light and fluffy comes thanks to the egg-white foam, while the bold and spicy comes from bourbon and allspice liqueur. (PS – also there is pumpkin!)

Spiced Pumpkin Shrub ~ This is not one of those sweet “pumpkin pie in a glass” drinks. A shrub is a syrup made with vinegar, so there’s a little oomph in the cocktail that goes beyond sugar and spice.

Hot Buttered Pumpkin Rum ~ Is it actually cold where you live? It sometimes is here! When that happens, it’s time to cozy up with some warm and spicy buttered rum.

Pumpkin Punch ~ Halloween party drink alert! Made with cinnamon-infused rum and condensed milk, this punch satisfies the sweet and spiced craving that accompanies fall weather without going into cloyingly icky sweet territory.

Smashing Pumpkin Cocktail ~ Bourbon and pumpkin are the stars of this layered cocktail. However, it wouldn’t be complete without the dashes of celery bitters. (You can make DIY celery bitters if you so desire. I think you should.)

Cocktails Made With Cider

The Sideshow Cocktail from Pickled Capers

The Sideshow Cocktail from Pickled Capers

Cider isn’t just something you drink in the fall! It can also be a lovely cocktail ingredient that gives a little zip to your sip (I am totally joking with that phrasing although the sentiment is accurate). Here are some crisp and bright cider cocktails perfect for any time of year.

The Sideshow Cocktail ~ Mixing cider with gin gives a summery twist to the cider cocktail. Add in a little herbacious Benedictine and bitters and you have a winner.

Cider Rum Punch ~ Thyme simple syrup adds a fresh flavor to this punch that makes it a fun choice for summer.

Apple Cider Sangria ~ Few things are more summery than Sangria. Have fun with the choice of fruit and make it for a backyard barbecue.

Maple Cider Cherry Whiskey ~ Grab some cherries from one of the summer roadside stands and get to making this cider and whiskey cocktail!

Hard Cider Ginger Shandy ~ Ginger beer and hard cider are a refreshing take on a shandy that will go great with a sunny day.

Warm up with Hot Cocktails

Amsterdam Hot Chocolate from 12 Bottle Bar

I must get cold around this time of year, because last year at this same time I rounded up some hot drinks to warm yourself up with. If you want even more options, here are some other delicious cocktails that are served warm for this cozy time of year.

Calientito ~ This hot pear cider with tequila that is perfect for fall. The recipe calls for Asian pears, which are possibly the best ones!

Trinidad Punch ~ Rum, chocolate, coconut milk, and vanilla … I don’t see how you can go wrong with that combination. (scroll to the bottom of her post for the recipe)

Blackberry Hot Toddy ~ This fruity twist on a classic hot cocktail is a beautiful color, so it’s great for a party situation. The tea and herbs sound like a great complement to the fruit and bourbon.

Amsterdam Hot Chocolate ~ Genever and Grand Marnier add a little extra oomph to already-delicious hot chocolate. Mandatory: top with whipped cream!

Hot Rum Cow ~ Rum and milk with just the right spices makes for a simple cocktail that’s reminiscent of all the creamy holiday drinks without all the heaviness.

Fall Gin Cocktail: Apple Business

Apple Business4 (credit Alice Gao)It’s fall … even though the weather where I am doesn’t quite feel like it yet. To get a little of that autumnal atmosphere into my life, I mixed up an apple cocktail. It’s simple to make, but has a lot of complex flavors going on. The floral notes in the gin really went well with honey. Come on, fall! I’m ready for you!

It’s no secret Nolet’s is one of my favorite gins, so I was more than happy to try this recipe when they sent it to me. I just used plain old clover honey (like the kind that comes in a squeezy bear), but this would be excellent with some blackberry honey or orange honey.

Apple Business

2 ounces gin
1 ounce fresh apple juice
1/2 ounce fresh lime juice
1/2 ounce honey

Shake all ingredients over ice, and then strain over fresh ice into a rocks glass. Garnish with apple slice.

Recipe by Theo Lieberman, Milk & Honey (NYC)
Photo by Alice Gao

Pomegranate Cocktails

diyvsbuy-grenadinePomegranate has a fresh combination of sweet and tart flavor that’s perfect for cocktails–whether you juice one of these bad boys yourself or use the store-bought stuff. If you buy the juice, be sure you’re using 100% pomegranate juice that’s not from concentrate for full effect.

(It’s even the main ingredient in DIY grenadine. The commercial version often just uses red dye instead).

Pomegranate Grapefruit Campari Cocktail ~ With that delicious combination of flavors, it’s impossible to go wrong.

Pomegranate Bourbon Cocktail ~ Pomegranate juice and pomegranate molasses give the perfect sweet and tart one-two punch to this simple bourbon cocktail.

Pomegranate Guava Margarita ~ This is quite an exciting margarita, indeed. Aside from the pomegranate and guava, there’s also ginger to spice things up.

IPA Aperol Pomegranate Cocktail ~ A beer cocktail that includes pomegranate and Aperol, a delicious aperitif is a unique way to mix things up.

Isle of Pines Cocktail ~ Rum and grapefruit are a nice counterbalance to pomegranate in this pretty cocktail that’s pretty tasty.

Fig Cocktails

Honey Fig Redemption from 12 Bottle Bar

Honey Fig Redemption from 12 Bottle Bar

Figs are fantastic! They’re everywhere right now, as we transition from the hot hot summer into the (still hot for some reason) fall. Muddle it, infuse with it, roast and puree it! There’s so much figs can do for your cocktails.

Hey, Fig Spender ~ This drink uses a fig-infused bourbon as a base for a Manhattan-like cocktail. I used Dubonnet, but it’s also good with sweet vermouth. The fig-infused bourbon would also make a great Old Fashioned!

Fig Cocktail No. 1 ~ For a lighter, more summery drink, try this one made with vodka, rosemary simple syrup, lemon, and of course figs. A fresh and unexpected flavor combo!

Two-Hit Fig Punch ~ Whiskey and spiced rum turn this fresh fruit punch into a complex and very adult party punch.

Honey Fig Redemption ~ Rye and red wine, along with honey-mint syrup and lemon, elevate the simple fig into a sophisticated cocktail.

Roasted Fig Cocktail ~ A roasted fig and balsamic vinegar puree is the star of this whiskey drink, which also has the autumnal flavor of maple syrup on its side. Yum!

Pumpkin Flip

I never get sick of pumpkin-flavored everything. My new favorite is this pumpkiny bourbon cocktail I made with Savvy Housekeeping. It’s light and fluffy while being bold and spicy at the same time. It’s the perfect special-treat cocktail for all of autumn. Whether you have leftover pumpkins from Halloween or just want a Thanksgiving cocktail, this one will do the trick!

We used St. Elizabeth Allspice Dram, but you could also make it with homemade allspice dram. (I used up all my DIY allspice dram on Tiki creations already!) For the pumpkin puree, you can use the canned variety (just be sure it’s not flavored at all) or make your own fresh pumpkin puree. If you’re concerned about using raw egg whites, you can use pasteurized egg whites. However, we used fresh eggs straight from the Savvy Housekeeping chicken coop!

Pumpkin Flip
1 1/2 ounces bourbon
1/2 ounce allspice liqueur
1/2 ounce simple syrup
2 tablespoons pumpkin puree
1/4 ounce lemon juice
1 egg white
2-3 dashes Angostura bitters

Pour the bourbon, liqueur, simple syrup, puree, lemon juice, and egg white into a shaker without ice and shake hard for about 30 seconds. Add ice and shake again for about 1 minute. Ice will build up on the outside of the shaker if you’ve done it right, so you’ll need to cover the shaker with a tea towel first so your hands won’t get too cold. Crack the shaker open and pour out the drink through the gap. Top with bitters.

Cocktails with a touch of cinnamon

Maple Leaf Cocktail from Leite’s Culinaria

Of all the spices and flavorings, cinnamon is probably the Falliest (that’s a word I made up that means “appropriate for Fall,” since I use the word autumnal way more than I should). Whether using a cinnamon syrup, a few dashes as an accent, or a cinnamon stick garnish, this spice can really, well, spice up any drink. Here are some new ways to add cinnamon to your drinking:

Scottish Dream ~ This one is smoky, spicy, and sweet all at once with black mission fig bitters from Brooklyn Hemispherical Bitters, cinnamon simple syrup, grapefruit juice, and blended Scotch whiskey.

Maple Leaf Cocktail ~ Bourbon, cinnamon, and maple syrup … that combination just shouts out FALL.

Kakkoii ~ A very unusual combination of gin, cinnamon syrup, plum wine, and lemon makes for a fun cocktail.

Nui Nui ~ Another Tiki drink that uses an autumnal spice, this one mixes the complex flavors of cinnamon, allspice, and vanilla mixed with rum and fresh juices.

The Street Cocktail ~ Green apple and tarragon are refreshing partners for the spiciness of cinnamon in this vodka-based cocktail. It’ll surprise you.