This Fall-Themed Cocktail Trio Brings the Sugar, Spice, and Heat

Today marks the first day of Autumn 2016 (fare thee well, good Summer 2016. Alas, we hardly knew ye) so as a man endowed with a more than passing affinity for both alcoholic beverages and Fall weather, it seemed the perfect time to dust off my mixologist’s cap for some Fall-themed drink recipes. Fueling my zeal in this endeavor is my recent acquisition of a cocktail shaker for review from At Home Bar, which greatly facilitated the measuring and combining of my chosen ingredients. This trio of offerings draws upon the unique flavors of cranberry, pumpkin, baking spices, and other things Autumn-inspired. Whether you prefer your drinks Halloween candy-sweet, tart and fruity, or smoky with a spicy kick, this trio of offerings will help you bid Fall a hearty hello.

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Drunken Cranberry Tart

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  • 2 oz. Cranberry-flavored vodka
  • 2 oz. Cranberry Apple Cider
  • 1 oz. Pomegranate juice
  • 0.25 tsp Angostura Bitters

Method:

Fill a martini glass or Cosmopolitan glass with ice water to chill it. Fill cocktail shaker to the midpoint with ice cubes. Combine all ingredients inside shaker, secure strainer and lid, and agitate filled shaker vigorously for 20-30 seconds. Empty ice water from glass. Strain shaker contents into glass and serve.

 

Pumpkins n’ Spice (n’ Everything Nice)

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  • 1 oz. Pumpkin Liqueur
  • 1 oz. Cinnamon whisky
  • 3 oz. Pear nectar
  • 2 tsp fresh squeezed lime juice
  • Sprinkle (about 1/8 tsp) of ground nutmeg

Method:

Fill a rocks or Old Fashioned glass with ice water to chill it. Fill cocktail shaker to the midpoint with ice cubes. Combine all ingredients inside shaker, secure strainer and lid, and agitate filled shaker vigorously for approximately 30 seconds. Empty ice water from glass. Strain shaker contents into glass and serve.

Smoked Ancho Cider

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  • 2 oz. Apple Cider
  • 1.5 oz. Lapsang Souchong tea, chilled
  • 0.5 oz. Ancho Chile Pepper Liqueur

Method:

Fill cocktail shaker to the midpoint with ice cubes. Combine all ingredients inside shaker, secure strainer and lid, and agitate filled shaker vigorously for 10-20 seconds. Strain shaker contents into a rocks glass and serve over ice.

Optional: garnish with slice or wedge of apple

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