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-slingerJeffrey 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 suggestsWild Turkey, butWoodinville Whiskeyrye is good, too), 3/4 ouncesClear Creekapple 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 bookOur Mutual Friend. This recipe s fromGood 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 (Voyagerwould 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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