Remember a couple weeks ago when I showed y'all how to make a whole bunch of cute DIY cocktail stirrers? Today I'm going to show you how to make some delicious fall-themed cocktails to put your cute little cocktail sticks in! I don't know about in your neck of the woods, but in Arkansas, it is dang cold all of a sudden. So today's fall-inspired post seems sorta wrong. But I'm hoping in a week or two, we'll have beautiful fall weather again, instead of this nasty snowy winter junk! And then I'll be able to make these cocktails without them seeming totally out of place. :)
Umm, this post might be my very favorite. Have I mentioned that I love my job?! Well, I do.
Fall cocktails are maybe the best. While I was making these, I discovered that you can make anything taste delicious just by adding a lil' bit of apple cider. SO delish. These cocktails are perfect for fall weddings, Thanksgiving/Friendsgiving, or any parties you have coming up in the next few weeks. Some of these recipes only serve two people, but make a big ol' batch of them for your upcoming fall festivities!
Pumpkin Pie White Russian
I always thought White Russians sounded pretty gross. Alcohol + dairy? No way. But I tried one for the first time a couple years ago, and I was surprised! They're so good, and I really love this pumpkin pie version! Here's how to make it:
3 ounces pumpkin pie flavored vodka
2 ounces Kahlua
1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
6 ounces whole milk
Cinnamon sticks (for garnish)
Graham cracker crumbs (for garnish)
First, put a small amount of water in a saucer, and a thin layer of graham cracker crumbs in another saucer. Dip the rim of your two glasses in the water and then in the graham cracker crumbs. Fill each glass with ice. In a cocktail shaker (without ice), combine the vodka, Kahlua, pumpkin pie spice and mlik. Give it a good shake and pour into both glasses. Garnish with a cinnamon stick and another sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice.
Apple Cider Mimosa
This one can be made into a cocktail or mocktail (just substitute the champagne with sparkling cider). This one is so simple, but it was probably my favorite of the group! Here's the super simple, easy recipe:
You'll need equal parts apple cider (the kind you buy cold, not the mix) and champagne (I used a spumante). Simply pour 'em in a glass and drink up! If it's too sweet, cut the amount of cider in half. You could also add a tablespoon or so of brown sugar, or a dash of bitters. I liked the simple version the best. Add one of your DIY cocktail sticks or an apple slice to top it off!
Pumpkin Cider Beertail
I actually hate beer, but I love this drink! This one's good for the guys who think cocktails are too girly. ;) Here's what you'll need:
3 bottles Blue Moon Harvest Pumpkin Ale (or any other pumpkin ale)
1/2 bottle sparkling cider
Fill each glass (or jar) about 3/4 full with the pumpkin ale. Top them off with sparkling cider. Add a dash of cinnamon and give it a little stir. Finish off each glass with a fancy straw or a cute paper bunting cocktail stick. Then drink up!
Apple Cider Sangria
Are you noticing a trend here? Like I said, apple cider is good in anything! This one required the most work, but it's still easy! This one wasn't as sweet as the others, so if you tend to shy away from sweet cocktails, try this one! Here's the recipe:
1 bottle moscato or pinot grigio (I used moscato, because I wanted it to be a bit sweeter, but use whichever you prefer)
2 1/2 cups apple cider
1 cup club soda
1/2 cup brandy (apple or ginger brandy, if you can find it)
3 honey crisp apples, chopped
3 pears, chopped
Combine all ingredients in a pitcher and stir! Refrigerate for an hour or longer before drinking... don't skip this step!
Yum! I've still got some of the sangria in my fridge, and I think I better go have myself a glass now. In a few weeks, I'll show you how to make some delicious winter cocktails! There will be a lot of cranberries involved, I'm sure. Are there any cocktails you want to learn how to make?
Y'all have a great weekend! See ya Monday.