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
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 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
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
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
Take advantage of all that is fall with this extremely palatable cocktail: http://www.journal-online.co.uk/article/11247-cocktail_treacle.
2 dashes angostura bitters
10 ml sugar syrup
50 ml rum
Pressed apple juice (not concentrate)
One lemon (for the twist)
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]
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.
Warm Vanilla Cider
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
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
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
¾ cup strong, hot coffee
3 tbsp. Irish whiskey
2 tsp. brown sugar
2 tbsp. heavy cream, whipped nearly to soft peak stage
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.