For those living in the subtropics, the change of seasons is marked by a shift in flavors. With both cooler weather and Thanksgiving on the way, now is a great time to brew a batch of celebratory cocktails.
Spiced Mulled Wine (serves 5)
To start, try this classic recipe for sweet, spiced mulled wine, perfect for autumn parties.
- 1 bottle of dry, fruity red wine (merlot recommended)
- 1/4 cup brandy
- 1/3 cup honey or sugar
- 2 star anises
- 8 whole cloves
- 8 allspice berries
- 8-10 pomegranate seeds, crushed
- 1 orange, zested, juiced, and sliced into rounds
- 5 additional orange slices for garnish
- 5 cinnamon sticks for garnish
Combine all ingredients (except garnishes) in a large pot or saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until sugar or honey dissolves. Reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes. To serve, pour through a fine-mesh sieve into five mugs and garnish each with a cinnamon stick and orange slice.
You don’t need to buy apples by the bushel to get that fix. Fill that cocktail shaker with this sip and welcome in fall.
- 1 oz. Ketel One Vodka
- ½ oz. Stirrings Apple Liqueur
- 1 oz. apple cider
- ½ oz. fresh squeezed lemon juice
Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake over ice. Pour contents into a rocks glass. Garnish with an orange slice.
Cranberries take center stage in the recipe for Cranberry Celebration, a soon-to-be fall classic.
- 1 ½ oz. Ketel One Citroen
- 1 tbsp. cranberry reduction (recipe below)
- ½ oz. fresh lemon juice
- ½ oz. simple syrup
- Club soda
Combine first four ingredients in a mixing glass. Vigorously shake with ice and pour contents into a rocks glass (fine strain over new ice if you prefer no chunks). Top with a splash of club soda. Garnish with cranberries and a mint sprig.
To make a cranberry reduction, take a 12 oz. bag of cranberries, rinse and add 4 oz. of orange juice and 4 oz. of simple syrup. Bring it to a boil, and let simmer for 5-7 minutes. Stir occasionally while it is simmering. Place the reduction into the freezer for 30 minutes to thicken.
Linus and the Peanuts gang have nothing on this pumpkin-inspired libation. Skip the pumpkin-spice latte and shake up a few of these this Thanksgiving.
- 1 oz. Ketel One Oranje
- ¼ oz. Godiva Caramel Liqueur
- ¼ oz. pumpkin liqueur
- 1 tsp. whipped cream
Combine first three ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake over ice. Strain into a martini glass; top with whipped cream and garnish with a dust of cinnamon powder.
Looking for a new twist on a seasonal sipper? In this cocktail from its fall menu, Tommy Bahama eschews the standard pumpkin spice and nutmeg for a dose of New England with a splash of maple syrup.
- 2 parts Kirk and Sweeney 12 Year Rum
- 3/4 parts fresh lime juice
- 1/2 part maple syrup
- 1 part ginger beer
- 1 dash Angostura bitters
Pour all ingredients into a mixing glass except the ginger beer. Add ice and shake with a Boston shaker to blend and strain over fresh ice. Top with ginger beer and garnish with an orange peel.