We are approaching the second week of October and the weather is finally cooling down. The leaves are changing and it is starting to feel like fall y’all! You know what that means? Seasonal drinks. This week I share with you my top 5 harvest themed cocktails, recipes included. (For readers 21 and older :) )
1. Autumn Pear
1.5 oz pear hard cider
1 oz clove simple syrup
.75 oz freshly squeezed lemon juice
3-4 drops bitters
Pour into a glass with ice and stir to combine. Coat the rim with cinnamon to doll up the glass and to add additional flavor.
2. Fall Sangria
2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 750 ml bottle dry red wine, such as Rioja
1 750 ml bottle sparkling cider or apple cider
Optional garnishes: Cinnamon stick, rosemary sprig, remaining orange slices
Slice apple, pear and orange, place in bowl, stir in sugar and cinnamon
Transfer to a large pitcher. Allow to stand for 1 hour to allow the flavors to meld.
After 1 hour, pour in the red wine. You can use it immediately, or chill for up to 3 hours.
To serve, fill a glass with ice. Fill halfway with sparkling apple cider, then halfway with red wine mixture. Garnish with cinnamon stick, rosemary or orange slices. When you’ve polished off the sangria, you can snack on the sweetened fruit.
3. Blackberry Thyme Margarita
8 fresh blackberries
1 small red plum, quartered (optional)
1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
juice from 1/2 a lime
1-2 tablespoons honey (if needed to sweeten)
2 teaspoons orange zest
2 ounces silver tequila
sparkling water, for topping
1. Run a lime wedge around the rim of your glass and coat in flaky salt.
2. In a cocktail shaker or glass jar, add blackberries, plums, thyme, lime juice, honey (if using), and orange zest. Muddle all of the ingredients together, squashing everything to release the juices from the fruit.
3. Add the tequila. Fill with ice and shake until combined. Strain
4. Harvest Cider Punch
1 gallon apple cider
1 1/2 cups pear juice (or nectar)
1 (750 ml) bottle favorite prosecco
1 1/4 cups Prairie Organic Vodka
2 (12 oz) cans diet ginger beer
3 honey-crisp apples, sliced and de-seeded
2 oranges, sliced
1/4 cup pomegranate seeds (or cranberries)
6 or 7 cinnamon sticks
Few sprigs of fresh thyme
In a large punch bowl, pour in apple cider, pear juice, bottle of procecco (if serving right away), vodka and ginger beer, and mix well. Add apple slices, orange slices, pomegranate seeds (or cranberries) and cinnamon sticks, as desired.
If making this ahead of time, cover punch and chill in the fridge for 2 to 3 hours. When ready to serve, add ice, prosecco and garnish with sprigs of fresh thyme.
5. Harvest Apple Spritz
1/4 cup honey
1 inch fresh ginger,
6 fresh sage leaves, plus more for serving
8 ounces vodka
4 ounces orange liquor
1 1/2 cups high quality apple juice or apple cider
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
4-6 cans (12 ounces) sparkling water
orange zest and apple slices, for serving
1. In a small pot, bring 1/2 cup water, the honey, and ginger, to a boil over high heat. Boil 5 minutes, add the sage, then remove from the heat. Let cool. Remove the sage and ginger, if desired.
2. In a large pitcher, combine the sage, ginger syrup mix, vodka, orange liquor, apple juice, and lemon juice. Chill until ready to serve.
3. . Add the sparkling water just before serving. Garnish each drink with an apple slice and orange zest, if desired.
I hope you guys are inspired to try out these festive drink recipes:)