Perhaps it all began with that trapeze class we signed up for. Or maybe it was that spur-of-the-moment leather bomber jacket we bought. Either way, we’re feeling a bit daring as the temps start to dip. It seems that our devil-may-care attitude has slipped its way into cocktail hour, too. The usual imbibable suspects — red wine, a vodka cran, mojitos (skinny, obvi) — just won’t cut it anymore. What to do? We’ve got some must-try fall cocktails that will definitely shake things up in the drink department.
Dark & Stormy Combine ginger beer, ginger puree, lime juice, and some good ‘ol rum and you’ve got yourself a spicy fall treat. We’re partial to Rachael Ray’s recipe. Smoky Mt. Rye This concoction, courtesy of Chicago’s The Florentine restaurant, mixes Bulleit Rye, blood orange bitters, honey, and lemon juice. Pucker-licious! Head to Refinery 29 for the recipe. Honeycrisp Apple Sangria They had us at honeycrisp apples! Welcome fall with a seasonal take on sangria (pictured above). See the recipe at Ezra Pound Cake.
Huntress Cocktail About.com says this cocktail is “perfect for the hunting woman.” (Yes, that made us LOL too.) Okay, so we haven’t been scurrying through the woods all day, but we think this drink would be just the thing after a day running after the kiddos. Make sure you have Bourbon, cherry liqueur, cream, and Triple Sec on hand. See the recipe at About.com.
The Ol' One Two Mmm... we’re down with anything incorporating blackberry jam! In addition to the sweet stuff, this drink features Hennessy Black, Stirrings Ginger Liqueur, Chambord, and a smidgen of cayenne. Get the recipe (courtesy of Chicago’s DrumBar) at Refinery 29.
Caramel Apple Cocktails We love caramel apples, but they’re not exactly easy to eat. So here’s one in drink form! All you need is apple cider, butterscotch schnapps, sparkling wine, and a dash of cinnamon sugar. Check out the recipe at Such the Spot blog.