Think cool fall evenings and you can't picture it without a glass of that perfect cocktail to warm things up. Let these cocktails solve all your problems as you unwind during those cool evening looking back on your summer memories. Get in the spirit with these drinks as fall takes over.
Pumpkin Old Fashioned
Mingling the orange-scented old fashioned with subtly sweet pumpkin yields a brilliantly colored and festively seasonal cocktail.
2 tbsp. pumpkin puree
1 ½ oz. bourbon
1 oz. maple syrup
½ oz. Grand Marnier
dash orange bitters
Orange peel twist, for garnish
Combine pumpkin puree, bourbon, syrup, Grand Marnier and bitters in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well and strain through a fine mesh strainer into a chilled old fashioned glass filled with fresh ice. Garnish with orange twist.
Two simple ingredients, whiskey and cider syrup, combine to make a powerfully good drink. A twist of lemon lends a bitter brightness without diluting the richness of the cocktail.
2 oz. bourbon
1 oz. boiled cider or cider syrup (see note)
A strip of lemon zest
Combine bourbon and cider syrup over ice and stir gently. Twist lemon zest and drop into drink, stir again, and serve.
Note: Boiled cider is a substitute to maple syrup that's found throughout Vermont, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts. To make it at home, gently boil a gallon of apple cider in a heavy-bottomed pot, stirring occasionally, until it has reduced to ? (making 2 cups syrup), about 2 hours. Let cool to room temperature and store, refrigerated, in an air-tight container.
This cocktail from is unlike any other Haymaker we've tried: vodka, ginger beer, and muddled pear make it tart and refreshing, perfect for sipping on a cool fall evening.
FOR THE GINGER SYRUP:
¼ cup sliced, peeled ginger
1 cup sugar
4 oz. vodka
1 oz. fresh lemon juice
1 pear, chopped, peeled, and cored (Anjou, Moonglow, Bosc, or any finely textured and fragrant pears are best)
Ginger ale, to top
1. Make the ginger syrup: Combine sliced ginger, sugar, and 1 cup water in a small saucepan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Remove from heat and allow to cool to room temperature. Strain out ginger solids and discard, reserving syrup in an airtight container.
2. Divide chopped pear between two 12 oz. tall glasses; muddle in each glass with a wooden muddler. Pour 2 oz. vodka over the pears in each glass, and fill with ice. Add ½ oz. ginger syrup and ½ oz. lemon juice to each glass, stir to combine, and finish with ginger ale to top.