7 Best Warming Cocktails for Fall!

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Apples are synonymous with fall—heading back to school, leaves falling, apple picking and cider drinking—and as a result, fall drinks get you in the mood and help you appreciate the season change even though that means the inevitable return of winter; yet one does not have to be cold for long. Predominately apple related but with a few specialties of note, these cocktails will be sure to warm you up! I introduce to you the 7 best warming cocktails for Fall!

 

Hot Hard Cider

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The classically loved apple cider, kicked up a notch for adult-level loving can be found here: http://www.thekitchn.com/recipe-spiced-a-32035

We also have it below for your convenience.

This recipe gives a basic format, but I highly suggest adding slices of orange and lemon while it is simmering—the smell is heavenly and the drink has that extra level of dimension that will keep you going back for more!

1 gallon

1 gallon fresh apple cider
10 cinnamon sticks
5 anise pods
3 teaspoons whole cloves
1 cup extra dark rum (optional)
Orange slices for garnish

Pour the cider into a large pot and simmer with the spices for 10-15 minutes. If you want, tie the spices up in cheesecloth for easy removal later – or just let people deal with cloves in their drinks. Add the rum at the end. Garnish with a slice of orange.

 

Hard Cider Sangria

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For those who can’t seem to give up the bliss of a pitcher of Sangria, try this recipe on for size: http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/hard-cider-sangria

In a pitcher, combine the apples with the orange, apple juice, lemon juice and brandy. Just before serving, add the hard cider. Serve in tall glasses over ice.

1 cup quartered and thinly sliced unpeeled green, yellow and red apples

1 navel orange—quartered and thinly sliced crosswise

1 cup apple juice, chilled

2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

1/4 cup apple brandy

One 22-ounce bottle hard apple cider, chilled

Ice

 

Treacle

9695_article_wideTake advantage of all that is fall with this extremely palatable cocktail: http://www.journal-online.co.uk/article/11247-cocktail_treacle.

Ingredients

2 dashes angostura bitters

10 ml sugar syrup

50 ml rum

Ice

Pressed apple juice (not concentrate)

One lemon (for the twist)

Method

1. Prepare a rocks glass by chilling it with iced water. In a beaker or tall mixing glass, combine the angostura bitters and sugar syrup. Add loads of ice and slowly stir in your rum in 3 or 4 stages.

2. Empty the chilled glass. Add a few bits of ice and strain your cocktail into the glass. Top the drink with a few drops of pressed apple juice.

3. Cut a long strip off the rind of your lemon and avoid the pith. Twist the strip over your cocktail, then use it to give a final stir of your ingredients.

[Mixed by Adam at Bar Kohl]

 

Mulled Wine

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While more of a Christmas drink, mulled wine has that festive warmth in every sip that can be enjoyed well before the Christmas decorations go up. This simple recipe from BBC Food captures the essence of the drink. Feel free to Google and experiment, however, as experimentation with mulled wine makes it entirely your own and even sweeter to taste: http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/mulledwine_84959

Try making this easy aromatic mulled wine recipe in the slow cooker.

Ingredients

Warm Vanilla Cider

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Martha Stewart knows what she’s talking about, and this recipe for warm vanilla cider is the perfect example. A delightful combination of sweet and spice-y, kick back with a glass and enjoy this beverage and dessert all-in-one. From Martha Stewart: http://www.marthastewart.com/313279/warm-vanilla-cider

 

Hot Toddy

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Also perfect for the oncoming of a cold, the hot toddy brings a cheeky glow to a shivering afternoon. Traditional Scottish preparation involves mixing whisky, boiling water, and sugar or honey. Most often, a lemon slice and a cinnamon stick are added, and cloves are an option as well. The Guardian gives a proper run down of the drink (recipe near the bottom): http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/wordofmouth/2013/jan/02/how-to-make-the-perfect-hot-toddy

 

Irish Coffee

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Enjoying an Irish coffee can happen at any time of year, but the fall feels like the perfect time to enjoy it guilt-free. Sweet and incredibly warming, Irish coffee adds brightness to the start of your day (or any time of day for that matter) that makes the transition between seasons not so bad after all. Check out this recipe: http://www.saveur.com/article/Recipes/Saveur-100-2011-Irish-Coffee

MAKES 1 DRINK

INGREDIENTS

¾ cup strong, hot coffee
3 tbsp. Irish whiskey
2 tsp. brown sugar
2 tbsp. heavy cream, whipped nearly to soft peak stage

INSTRUCTIONS

Combine coffee, whiskey, and sugar in an Irish coffee glass; stir with a spoon to combine. Pour cream over back of spoon into glass and serve immediately.

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