1. Apple Cinnamon Sangria
1 bottle Astoria "Primo Rosso" Red Blend IGT
1/2 cup Soberano Brandy
1 cup apple cider
1 Golden Delicious apple, diced (reserve a few slices for garnish)
1 Honeycrisp apple diced (reserve a few slices for garnish)
1/2 orange, sliced
1/2 orange, juiced
2 cinnamon sticks (plus 1 for garnish)
Fill a large pitcher with the cinnamon sticks, diced apples, and sliced oranges. Add wine, brandy, apple cider, and orange juice. Stir well. Pour into a stemless wine glass filled with ice, garnish with cinnamon stick and colorful apple slices, and enjoy.
2. Hot Pumpkin Buttered Rum Cocktail
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
1/2 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
1 cup dark spiced rum
3 cups boiling water
Beat butter, brown sugar, pumpkin pie spice and pumpkin puree in a blender on medium speed until combined, about 1 minute. Whisk together 2 tablespoons spiced pumpkin butter with 2 ounces dark rum in each of 4 heatproof glasses. Pour 3/4 cup boiling water over each and stir. Serve warm and enjoy!
Recipe courtesy of Dine and Dish.
3. The Hibernating Honey Bear
for the honey and sage infused simple syrup:
1 cup water
1/2 cup honey
10 fresh sage leaves
for the cocktail:
1 1/2 to 2 ounces Kentucky bourbon
honey and sage infused simple syrup
1 orange peel
1 sprig fresh sage
In a pot over high heat, bring water, honey, and sage to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 2 minutes. Turn off heat and allow the mixture to cool completely. Remove sage. Once the syrup has cooled, fill a lowball glass (or a short mason jar if you want to be southern about it) with ice.
Pour bourbon over ice and top off (fill the glass) with the simple syrup. This simple syrup is not sweetly strong but if you want to add the syrup according to your tastes, please feel free to do so. Squeeze the orange peel over the bourbon to release the oils and place the peel in the glass. Stir and garnish with sage and enjoy!
Note: The syrup recipe makes enough for 3 to 4 drinks. It’s easily halved or doubled.
Recipe courtesy of In Sock Monkey Slippers.
4. Blackberry Moscow Mule
1 cup blackberries
1 tablespoon sugar (or to taste)
2 shots vodka
1 bottle ginger beer
for garnish: additional blackberries and mint
In a large glass container muddle blackberries, sugar and vodka until berries are mashed and smooth. Set aside.
Fill 2 tall glass with ice and fill each glass halfway with ginger beer. Tilt glass and gently pour in blackberry mixture until glass is full. Garnish with additional blackberries and mint and enjoy!
Recipe courtesy of Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch
5. Pumpkin Spice White Russian
1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1 ounce heavy cream
2 ounces vodka
1 ounce coffee liqueur
whipped cream - optional
chocolate syrup - optional
Shake together pumpkin pie spice and heavy cream to combine. Fill a rocks glass with ice and pour in vodka, coffee liqueur and heavy cream mixture.
Top with whipped cream and chocolate syrup if desired and enjoy!
Recipe courtesy of Nutmeg Nanny.