Sure, it’s hard to exchange a very sunny summer for fall’s less-bright horizons. But think of all the fun fall highlights:pretty leaves fluttering in the breeze, soft and warm autumn sweaters and, of course, the following five drinks. Each of these is bound to make you enjoy fall a little more—even if they might not completely make you forget summer.
This was created by magical Portland drink-slinger Jeffrey Morganthaler. It’s delicious, inventive, and a wonderful complement to the season. Fill a cocktail shaker or mixing glass halfway full with cracked ice. Add 3/4 ounces rye (Jeffrey suggests Wild Turkey, butWoodinville Whiskey rye is good, too), 3/4 ounces Clear Creek apple brandy, 3/4 ounces Carpano Antica, 1/4 ounce Strega, and 2 dashes cinnamon tincture. Stir well. Fill an old-fashioned glass with ice cubes. Strain the mix into the glass and garnish with a wide orange peel. A Note: To make the cinnamon tincture, soak 4 ounces whole cinnamon sticks in 16 ounces grain alcohol or vodka for 3 weeks. Strain through a fine-mesh strainer to remove any solids, and then store in a glass bottle away from sunlight.
Though fall isn’t always cold, a good warmer is important for any fall drink menu. Purl’s been used in this capacity for many, many years. The great novelist Charles Dickens was a big fan and Purl shows in many of his books, including as an inscription, “The Early Purl House,” on the bar in the book Our Mutual Friend. This recipe’s from Good Spirits: Add 6 ounces porter, 6 ounces ale, and 1/2 teaspoon grated ginger to a small saucepan. Heat over medium-heat until warm but not boiling. Carefully pour the porter-ale mixture into a pint glass that has been slightly warmed (by running it under warm water). Add 1 ounce gin (Voyager would be nice, as it’s a London-style gin) and stir. Sprinkle 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg over the top.
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