Today marks the first day of fall and also a rare day that both Fiance and I have off. To celebrate, I pulled together this delicious collection of cocktails to go with the upcoming sweater weather. Hopefully these cocktails will warm your heart and your stomach.
Spiced Apple Cider
As the days begin to get colder and shorter, nothing is more satisfying than a cup of hot cider. Using hard cider and spicing it with a cinnamon liqueur just makes it even better. If you don’t wish to make your own cinnamon liqueur, Fireball provides a nice spicy kick if you don’t mind the sweetness. I used Hard Pressed Hard-Apple-Cider for this drink because the flavor is fairly mild, but any hard cider will do.
6 oz Hard apple cider
1.5 oz Cinnamon liqueur
- Warm the hard apple cider on the stove over medium heat until it begins to gently boil.
- Transfer to a mug and add the cinnamon liqueur.
Sitting around a bonfire and roasting marshmallows becomes even more pleasant as the weather cools down. If, like me, you are not in a position to start a bonfire in your back yard you can still enjoy a chololatey and sweet treat with the added bonus of creating a buzz. Be careful though, these guys pack a bit of a punch.
1 oz Chocolate Liqueur
1.5 oz Baileys
1 oz Vodka
Graham cracker crumbles (optional)
- Pour the chocolate liqueur into a shot glass.
- Shake the Baileys and vodka with some ice.
- Using a spoon, gently pour the Baileys mixture over the chocolate liqueur to layer the drink.
- Top with graham cracker crumbles if desired.
Maple Old Fashioned
Die-hards will insist that I am profoundly mistaken for naming this an old fashioned because it substitutes maple syrup for plain sugar. I chose to maintain the name simply because of it can instantly be recognized. The maple syrup adds an enticing warmness befitting the colder months to a standard old fashioned. There’s a more earthy and almost calming aspect to this drink than other old fashions I’ve tried. It fits in perfectly with a sweater, blanket, and good book.
1.5 oz bourbon
.25 oz maple syrup
2 dashes Angostura Bitters
- Shake bourbon, maple syrup, and bitters with ice to create proper dilution.
- Pour into a rocks glass with a large cube of ice.
- Garnish with a orange peel.
Dirty Pumpkin Latte (AKA Slutty Pumpkin)
Few things scream fall more than pumpkin. I decided to try this particular take on a pumpkin latte when Fiance and I were watching his favorite show, How I Met Your Mother. Just as the Slutty Pumpkin captured Ted’s imagination and returned to his thoughts often, the thought of my own Dirty Pumpkin Latte entered my thoughts regularly until I deemed it appropriately fall-like to return to the pumpkin craze.
1 tbsp Pumpkin puree
3 tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice
1 cup Irish cream
1 shot Espresso
- Over medium heat, cook the pumpkin puree and pumpkin pie spices for 2 minutes.
- Add the Irish cream and heat until bubbles begin to form.
- Transfer the pumpkin Irish cream mixture into a mug.
- Add espresso and stir to combine.