5 Must Have Fall Cocktail Recipes
The best fall cocktails utilize fresh, organic, seasonal ingredients and boast flavors that wow your tastebuds, and will keep your guests asking for another round. We've selected five must-have fall cocktail recipes that you will want to serve at your next harvest party!
The Pear Sour
Just what exactly is a pear sour? Even though it sounds like a drink you’d probably pass up on the craft cocktail list at your local watering hole, this delicious pear cocktail drink is part of the classic family of mixed cocktails called “sours.” A classic style "sour" are composed of a base liquor, citrus such as lemon, lime, or sour orange juice (which contributes the sourness) and a sweet component. This pear sour cocktail recipe begins with pear brandy, Kern's pear nectar, freshly squeezed organic lemon juice. In addition, this pear sour recipe also utilizes pasteurized egg whites, which are optional, but provide a silky foam on the top of the drink.
2 & 1/4 ounces of Kern's Pear Nectar
2 ounces of pear brandy
1 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 & 1/2 ounces pasteurized liquid egg whites (optional)
1 slice of ripe, juicy pear for garnish
Grated fresh nutmeg for garnish
Fill your favorite cocktail shaker 1/2 full with ice. Add in the pear brandy, pear nectar, egg whites, and the lemon juice. Shake intensely for a full 20 seconds, or longer if you can stand the cold on your hands. Strain into a frozen martini glass, and garnish with a grate or two of fresh nutmeg, serve with a slice of fresh pear on the rim of the glass.
The Campfire Sling
What cocktail flavors say fall more than smokey whiskey, maple, and fresh orange? This campfire sling cocktail recipe is not only quick and easy to make, but is quite an impressive party trick when you flame the orange oil.
2 oz High West Rendezvous Rye Whiskey 1/2 oz Pure Maple Syrup (Grade B Amber, use real maple syrup people, not pancake syrup!) 3 dashes Fee Brothers Chocolate bitters 2.5 inch long strip of orange zest
In a cocktail shaker, add a cup of ice cubes, the whiskey, maple syrup and bitters. Shake vigorously for a full 20 seconds. Strain cocktail into an old fashioned (rocks) glass with a single large cube or sphere of ice. Release the oils from the orange zest by flaming the strip of orange zest over a burning wooden skewer over the surface of the drink, run the orange zest after flaming around the rim of the glass, add to cocktail as a garnish and serve.
Pumpkin Spice White Russian
We all know fall triggers pumpkin spice mania. Everything is pumpkin spice, from pumpkin spice lattes to pumpkin cookies, cakes, and now pumpkin spice cocktails. This pumpkin spice cocktail recipe utilizes just five ingredients and takes seconds to make. It's perfect as an after dinner cocktail, digestive, or as a dessert itself.
1 & 1/2 ounces Pumpkin Spice Kahlua
2 ounces Absolut Vodka
1 & 1/2 ounces heavy cream
Graham Cracker Crumbs
Dip the rim of a rocks glass in heavy cream, then into a shallow dish of graham cracker crumbs. Fill the glass 3/4ths full with ice, add in Pumpkin Spice Kahlua, Absolut vodka, and the heavy cream. Stir to combine. Sprinkle a dash of cinnamon on the top as a garnish. Optionally, garnish with a dallop of whipped cream as well.
The Fall Harvest
This exquisite fall harvest cocktail recipe features the flavors of fall, apples! Featuring calvados, an apple brandy from Normandy, France. Served up in a coupe style glass to add a whole air of class to this refined cocktail.
1 & 1/2 ounces Calvados
1/2 ounce Torani Cinnamon Syrup
1 heaping tablespoon of apple butter
Luxardo cherry for garnish
In your favorite cocktail shaker, add ice, cognac, cinnamon syrup, and apple butter. Shake ingredients vigorously for 20 seconds before pouring into a coupe or martini glass. Garnish with a Luxardo cherry.
Boozy Pumpkin Spice Shake
When your love for pumpkin spice cocktails and ice cream come together in perfect harmony as an "adults only milkshake". This deliciously creamy pumpkin spice cocktail milkshake recipe can't be beat!
1.5 oz Bailey's Pumpkin Spice Irish Cream 1.5 oz Captain Morgan Spiced Rum 2 scoops vanilla bean ice cream 1 cup whole milk Mint
Combine Baileys Pumpkin Spice , Captain Morgan, milk, and vanilla ice cream in your blender. Blend until deliciously thick and creamy. Pour the cocktail into a highball glass, add an optional float of pumpkin spice irish cream, garnish with a fresh mint leaf.
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About the Author: Certified Master Chef Sean Andrade is Executive Chef/Owner of AWG Private Chefs, named the #1 Private Chef company in California. Chef Sean has worked in the restaurant and hospitality industries worldwide for more than 25 years. His company AWG Private Chefs offers highly custom tailored, bespoke private chef dining experiences, select location meal delivery, and event catering in over 30 countries around the globe.