Fall Cocktails

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.

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.