Winter is Coming, Fall is Here | Warm Up With These Cocktails!
The summer sun is fading and giving way to autumn leaves and cooler temperatures. Gone by are the days out on the lake, drinking margaritas, beer and hard seltzer. Just because the summer has faded, doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy yourself with a nice cocktail with your friends and loved ones. Try some of these unique and delicious recipes for fantastic fall drinks to wow your family and friends! From the classics, to more modern and complex cocktails, you can create anything you can imagine.
Which Liquor Should I Use?
This is a question based on personal preference. While the old wives tale that whiskey makes you feel warmer may seem true, you can drink whatever you want to! Many of the popular cocktails people drink in the fall and winter contain whiskey. However, there are so many alternatives that are just as delicious. Fall and winter cocktails boast robust flavors and complex recipes for those who want to take the time making the art. Here are a few different whiskey cocktails and a few made with other spirits as well.
Whiskey is my favorite spirit as of now, because it is so versatile and flavorful. You can make some amazing custom creations with it, as well as the timeless classics we all love. Let’s start with a couple classic whiskey cocktails that are perfect for the cool weather:
This classic cocktail is also one of the simplest to make. This Scotch based cocktail was invented in the 1800’s and still is a solid drink to choose. If broken down, the Rob Roy is pretty much just a Scotch Manhattan. If you want a true Manhattan, use rye whiskey as the spirit. The ingredients for this drink are:
- 2 oz Scotch Whiskey
- 3/4 oz sweet vermouth
- 1 dash angostura bitters
- cherry, or lemon twist
In order to make this, combine the Scotch, bitters and vermouth in a shaker with ice. Shake well, and strain into a martini glass. Then add your cherry or lemon twist. Voila! You have created the classic Rob Roy.
Another classic favorite! This coffee based drink warms you right to the bones. Be careful though, this one definitely can sneak up on you in the buzz department. Start your weekend with a nice warm glass of Irish Coffee and beat the cold weather. The ingredients are as follows:
- 5-6 oz Coffee
- 2 oz Whiskey (Irish Whiskey is what makes it an Irish Coffee!)
- Whipped Cream or Heavy Whipping Cream
In order to make this drink, combine the sugar, whiskey, and coffee in a stemmed and warm glass. Stir until the sugar dissolves, then add the whipped cream on top. If you prefer to simply use whipping cream, flip a spoon over and pour it over the spoon. This will create a top layer of sweetness like the whipped cream. Enjoy!
Another timeless classic. This drink is very similar to the Manhattan, with the main differences being the sweet vermouth, and a topic of debate, the cherries. I personally believe the Old Fashioned should not have cherries so I do not add them as this was the original recipe. You may if you want to, of course. It actually originally started as water, sugar, bitters, and whiskey, but over time has developed into the drink it is today. The ingredients and process to make this delicious beverage are as follows:
- 2 oz Whiskey (I like to use bourbon, such as Woodford Reserve)
- 1 Sugar Cube
- 2 Dashes Angostura Bitters
- 1 Whiskey Cube (Or regular ice if you don’t have specialty ice cubes)
To make this, combine the sugar and bitters in the bottom of your rocks glass that you will drink from and muddle. After this, add your whiskey. Stir the mix in the bottom of your glass for about 20 seconds or 45 rotations, then add your whiskey cube. Garnish with an orange twist. Pro tip: if you squeeze your orange peel around the edge of the glass, you will give it an aromatic characteristic that is pleasing to the senses.
While I prefer whiskey, other spirits make fantastic cocktails as well. I will cover some of the ingredients and processes to make these cocktails in another blog covering fall and winter drinks. For now, some great examples of cocktails that are great for winter but don’t use whiskey are:
- White Russian- You can add some pumpkin spice creamer for an autumn twist as well.
- Anejo New Fashioned
- Apple cider mimosas
- Any Hot Chocolate with vodka and cream or whipped cream
The possibilities are endless when you get into all of the different ways to create a delicious cocktail. Between the main ingredients, the rim of the glasses, and their garnishes, you can make a true work of art for your friends and family to enjoy!