Oh, Fall. You are so sweet...and so short here in Minnesota. That's probably why we do it up big in these parts. What better way to celebrate than with cocktails in all of our favorite flavors? Check out our new favorite fall bevvies - quick to mix and sip! Cheers!
The Cozy Apple
Apple Cider + Bourbon. Why mess with a good thing?
2 oz Bourbon (we like Bulleit best!)
1 oz Calvados (apple brandy)
6 oz Apple Cider
Sprinkle of Dark Brown Sugar
Dash of Cinnamon
1 Small Apple (we used Gala, but Minnesota's own Honeycrisp would work amazingly as well)
1. Combine Bourbon + Calvados + Apple Cider and stir
2. Pour over ice and sprinkle with dark brown sugar and a dash cinnamon
Apple Ring Garnish:
1. Slice small apple with a very sharp knife.
2. Use a plastic or metal straw to pierce center of slice (through the middle of the seed holes is great).
3. Slide over paper straw of your choosing (or keep on the plastic one if you prefer!)
You might be asking yourself: "Why can't I just cut a small hole in the middle instead?" Welp, it's because if you make a hole bigger than the straw itself, it'll fall right down and won't stay up and look all cute and stuff.
Enjoy! Pop that apple slice into the glass part way through and enjoy it, all boozy and delish, at the end of your drink!
The Coconut-Chai Charmer
Chai tea somehow tastes better in fall than other time of the year, so of course we should add some booze to it. Of course. This cocktail uses TWO simple syrups: vanilla and coconut-chai. I know, I know. Simple Syurps are an extra step. But guess what? These syrups taste AMAZING in your morning coffee and last about a week in your fridge. Well worth the 5 whole minutes it takes to brew them up. So let's start with those, shall we?
Coconut-Chai Simple Syrup
Makes 2/3 cup of syrup
1/2 cup coconut milk (I used unsweetened because it is what I had on hand. Sweetened would taste mighty fine as well.)
1/2 cup sugar
2 chai tea bags
1. Add coconut milk and sugar to small saucepan over medium-low heat. Stir.
2. Let the syrup boil and then reduce to a simmer. Add chai tea bags.
3. Let steep for about 5 minutes and then remove from heat and remove the tea bags. Cool to room temp (I know, we all hate skipping this step- but pop it in the fridge if you must) and funnel into a small glass resealable jar.
Vanilla Simple Syrup (from My Baking Addiction)
Makes 1 3/4 cups of syrup (definitely half this recipe if you aren't planning on using the extra for something else)
1 3/4 cups water
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1 vanilla bean, split in half
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1. In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, whisk together water, sugar, and vanilla bean.
2. Bring to a boil and reduce heat. Simmer for about five minutes - sugar should be completely dissolved.
3. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla extract. Cool completely and then remove vanilla bean. Store in glass jar in the fridge.
Coconut-Chai Charmer Cocktail
2 oz vodka
6 oz chai tea (strong)
1/2 oz vanilla syrup
1/2 oz coconut chai syrup
1/2 oz half and half
Cinnamon Stick for garnish (if desired)
1. Brew your chai tea STRONG. I used 2 bags per 6 oz of water.
2. Combine ingredients and shake that baby up! It will get a little foamy from the half and half.
3. Pour over ice and garnish with a cinnamon stick
Pumpkin Beer Float
The great thing about fall is that its not too cold yet for an ice cream float! This bad boy is totally delicious - so much so that I have an emergency mason jar of one in my freezer for a bummer-y day (AKA Monday). Adapted from Anthro.
Vanilla Ice Cream ( I wanted to use cinnamon, but APPARENTLY it doesn't exist. Psh. Whatever. It should)
Pumpkin Beer (if you want this float to be extra pretty, find one that is distinctly orange. Sure the dudes at the liquor store might roll their eyes at "which pumpkin beer is most orange?" but whatever, all is fair for pretty drinks.)
Art in the Age SNAP
Cinnamon Stick for garnish (if desired)
1. Add two scoops of ice cream to a glass
2. Splash with SNAP
3. Top with Pumpkin Beer and cinnamon
Enjoy with a spoon or a straw! Depends on how quickly you want to eat it (you will be tempted to endure an ice cream headache for this guy)