Archive for October 9th, 2011
The sun sets much later in the evening, the air has a distinct clean chill, the ground crunches when you walk…yes, fall is here. So imagine coming home from work after a long day, to find one of these tantalizing cocktails waiting for you. Embrace the new season with a series of spiced drinks to warm your spirits in the upcoming chilly evenings.
1. The Pumpkin Martini
Everyone seems to love the Starbucks Pumpkin Spiced Latte, so why enjoy that same fall taste with vodka. This recipe is very easy, assuming you have a strainer, tumbler, and can get your hands on some pumpkin spice liquor. But if the Pumpkin Spiced Latte is your favorite, it may be a good seasonal investment to purchase Pumpkin liquor. Here’s how you make it, recipe courtesy of About.com:
- 1/2 oz Sylk Cream Liqueur
- 2 oz vanilla vodka
- 1/2 oz pumpkin liqueur or pumpkin spice syrup
- 1 tsp whipped cream
- cinnamon stick for garnish
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- Pour the Sylk Liqueur and vodka into a shaker filled with ice.
- Shake well.
- Add the pumpkin liqueur or syrup.
- Shake again.
- Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
- Top with a teaspoon of whipped cream.
- Garnish with a cinnamon stick.
2. Yamazaki Autumn Delight
This drink can either be served cold or warm! The fresh cinnamon stick adds a little kick of flavor while remaining a perfect fall-esque garnish. If you can’t find the Japanese Whiskey, use a mellow Scotch.
- 2 oz Yamazaki 12 year old whiskey
- 6 oz Apple Cider
- Fresh cinnamon
- Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
- Shake and strain into an ice filled old-fashioned glass.
- Dust with fresh cinnamon.
- Garnish with 2 apple slices and a cinnamon stick.
3. Herb’s Harvest
The refreshing taste of rosemary is showing up not just at the dinner table, but behind the bar table as well. This recipe uses Rosemary Infused Vodka and is a modern cocktail with an herbal twist. Fresh ingredients are best for full flavor:
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- 2 parts Herb’s Rosemary vodka
- 1/2 part pear puree
- 1/2 part lemon juice
- 1/4 part almond syrup
- 3/4 part cranberry juice (optional)
- sprig of rosemary for garnish
- Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice.
- Shake well.
- Strain into an old-fashioned glass filled with ice.
- Garnish with a sprig of rosemary.