It is a great time to curl up in front of the fire and with delicious fall cocktails. Whether you’re looking for a libation for a celebration or simply gathering over a board game with close friends, these autumnal recipes are sure to impress. Gather, mix, shake, stir, and enjoy! If you’re looking for something new to celebrate the season, try one of these recipes.
Autumn Old Fashioned
The Old Fashioned is one of America’s oldest cocktails, and this fall themed spin is sure to give it an impressive twist while retaining its old-world charm and character. Baked apple syrup, made from fresh apples baked with brown sugar, replaces the simple syrup in this recipe for a warm, caramelly hint of sweetness. Be sure to use a good rye whisky such as Bulleit to create a flavor profile that is spicy, dry, and perfectly balanced. Sip with a large ice cube and garnish with apple slices or a cinnamon stick if desired.
Pumpkin Pie Mimosa
If you’re looking for a crowd pleaser to bring to the next tailgate, this one is your ticket. Orange juice takes a back seat to homemade pumpkin spice juice in this autumnal cocktail. Simply mix pumpkin puree with water, pumpkin spice, and sugar to create the homemade base for this cocktail (be sure to strain well – we recommend a cheesecloth). Add juice to a glass of dry champagne, and don’t forget the rimming sugar! It also pairs well with Thanksgiving leftovers and Cyber Monday shopping.
Cranberry Orange Margarita
The holiday season is nearly upon us, and this seasonal spin on a summer favorite will put you on everyone’s nice list. A base of silver tequila, perfect for mixing, mixes with tart cranberry juice, sweet orange juice, and orange liqueur to create a cocktail that is zesty and fresh without becoming overbearing. Rosemary sprigs for garnish give it a seasonal touch. When choosing cranberry juice, opt for a fresh version, rather than a shelf stable option from concentrate whenever possible. This will naturally impart a more tart flavor.
Ginger Pear Bourbon Cocktail
You would be hard pressed to find a seasonal flavor pairing more satisfying than ginger and pear. The natural spicy, citrusy flavor profile of the ginger pairs perfectly with the sweetness of seasonal pears. Homemade ginger honey simple syrup combines with pear nectar, ginger ale, and bourbon to create this cocktail that will soon be in your fall classics collection. We recommend a sweet American classic like Jim Beam and an extra spicy ginger ale like Verner’s for this recipe.
Spiced Blood Orange Champagne Punch:
The next time you’re at the grocery store, keep an eye out for medium-sized oranges with pinkish-red spots in its flesh. These are blood oranges, and they make a perfectly sweet base for a champagne cocktail. Combined with dry brut champagne, white wine, cinnamon, and star anise, this cocktail is perfectly suited for Turkey prep and holiday season cocktail hours. If you cannot find blood oranges, Cara Cara oranges will work equally well.
Have you jumped on the rosé bandwagon yet? If not, it might be time to take the plunge. This medium-bodied, dry wine with a pinkish hue will pair well with all your fall festivities. But what is rosé, and how can it find a place in your autumnal celebrations?
What Is Rosé?
There is a common misconception that rosé is the result of mixing red and white wine – this is not only frowned upon, it would be a mark of sloppy wine making. To create a beautiful blush hue, red grapes are macerated – or let to sit – for only a day or two. The grape juice’s contact with the red skin begins to create a pinkish hue. At this point, the juice and skins are separated, and the juice is left to ferment, creating a delicious Rosé. The Provence region of France is most famous for consistently producing high quality roses, but you can find good bottles from various regions, including California and at many price points. In general, Rosé is best served chilled and pairs well with all your autumn activities.
It’s the Best Your Transition Wine
People typically associate crisp, white wines with summer and robust, mouth warming red wines with the winter. It stands to reason that Rosé creates a delicious middle ground for your seasonal transitions. Rosé wines come in a variety of styles. Though most are dry, there are deeper, fuller bodied rosés that fit the bill for cooler weather. For tailgating and outdoor barbeques, there are lighter styles that make for easy and carefree sipping. Just like any other style of wine, there are a variety of flavor profiles that match your unique taste buds.
It Pairs with Your Favorite Fall Foods
Rosé can be an ideal pairing with the hearty, flavorful foods that come with fall. Try it with eggplant pizzas, dishes with smoky Gouda cheeses and mushrooms, grilled red meat, salads, chicken chili, and maple and miso glazed salmon. As a dry wine, Rosé also pairs perfectly with fall sweets like cookies, cakes, blondies, and s’mores.
It Is Crisp and Refreshing
Perhaps the most compelling reason to try Rosé this season is the nature of the wine itself. Touted as a crisp and refreshing wine, it emulates the spirit of the season itself. It can class up your next tailgate or accompany a tree-framed cookout with friends. No matter where your fall plans take you, Rosé can be a perfect accompaniment.
There is a Rosé For Everyone
As we approach the gift giving season, it’s nice to know that Rosé can meet a variety of tastes and price points. Choose a darker variety for your friend that loves a good Cabernet Sauvignon or a paler variety for your pal who sips Chardonnay. Tucked into gift baskets with locally made chocolates, meats, and other eats, Rosé can be the perfect, budget friendly wine for giving. Come in and buy a variety to see what you like – and pick some up for friends while you’re at it!
Are you looking for a new whiskey to explore? Try Heaven’s Door Whiskey – a whiskey developed in partnership with Bob Dylan.
Heaven’s Door Spirits developed this award-winning handcrafted American whiskey in partnership with Bob Dylan. The bottle showcases the welded iron gates he crafted in his studio, Black Buffalo Ironworks, as a symbol of that partnership. The Chicago-based distillery recently celebrated the 50th anniversary of Bob Dylan’s famed album, “Nashville Skyline”. They announced that the Heaven’s Door Distillery and Center for the Arts in downtown Nashville will open in Fall 2020.
After working with Dylan himself to develop various flavor profiles, Heaven’s Door Spirits’ Ryan Perry and Master Distiller Jordan Via produced Heaven’s Door Whiskey as a trilogy in the following varieties:
- Tennessee Straight Bourbon Whiskey (90 Proof)
- Double Barrel Whiskey (100 Proof)
- Straight Rye Whiskey (92 Proof)
The Straight Tennessee Bourbon comes from a unique mashbill primitive to Tennessee and utilizes 30% small grains. These grains are complementary to the overall character imparted from a minimum of 8 years in American Oak Barrels. Overall a smooth and harmonious blend with notes of vanilla and baked bread layered with toasted oak.
While Bob Dylan is renowned as a Nobel Prize winning poet, singer-songwriter, author, and visual artist, he also expresses his creativity as an iron sculptor. The artist’s ironwork, created from found objects discovered in farms and scrapyards yards across America, is in demand. The image of Dylan’s original iconic gates is featured on bottles of Heaven’s Door Whiskey, illustrating the close partnership the artist and the distillery enjoy.
Heaven’s Door Whiskey working its way across America and is currently available in the following states:
- Washington, D.C.
- New Jersey
- New York
- South Carolina
Don’t see your state? You can also purchase Heaven’s Door Whiskey online. If you’d rather purchase from a store, check the locator to see if a store near you may stock it. Continue to check in if your state is not on the list, as new stores add Heaven’s Door Whiskey to their selections.
Want to learn more about Heaven’s Door Whiskey? You can contact the distillery via email or find them on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. The employees are available to answer your questions or inquiries about the whiskey, a job, or general information. Heaven’s Door would love to hear from you.
A whiskey made in partnership with Bob Dylan and that focuses on his ironwork is something special. It’s a new way of drinking a high-quality whiskey in a commemorative bottle for you to add to your collection. If you’re looking for a new whiskey to try, get a bottle of Heaven’s Door and see what you think. It just might surprise you.
Contact Heaven’s Door to locate a store near you so you can give this exceptional whiskey a try. This is a special whiskey that’s also a work of art.