Nothing screams fall more that hot cider, caramel apples, cinnamon, and yes… pumpkin spice. In this week’s edition of Whiskey Wednesday we are taking you on a hay ride through some of our favorite fall inspired cocktails. Whether you’re enjoying them with friends and family or simply sipping one in front of the fireplace with your favorite cigar, these recipes are perfect for the season. So, grab your sweater, sit back, relax, and let this week’s journey begin…
Turkey Apple Cider
Gobble Gobble Y’all! With Thanksgiving just around the corner, we thought it was only fitting to have a cocktail with a little Turkey in it. If you are a fan of hot apple cider and Wild Turkey 101, this cocktail may just make you “gobble till you wobble!” 🙂
- 8oz of non-alcoholic apple cider
- 1 Green Apple Slice
- 2oz of Wild Turkey 101
- 1 Cinnamon Stick
- 2oz Caramel Sauce (apple dipping sauce)
- On the stove, add your apple cider to a pot and bring to a simmer.
- While your cider is heating up, take your apple and cut it in half. Then cut a ¼ in slice from one half of the apple and set it to the side.
- In a mug, add 2oz of Wild Turkey 101 and your 2oz of caramel sauce
- Once your cider is ready, poor your cider into the mug.
- Garnish with a cinnamon stick and an apple wheel from the slice of apple you made earlier
Maple & Oak
The holidays are a busy time of the year. Family gatherings, decorating, work, and lots of cooking. The thoughts of adding a hard to make cocktail to the list of things to do doesn’t sound too appetizing. So here is a quick and easy recipe for you to try the next time you have guest coming over. Oh, if quick and easy didn’t sound nice enough, it also has some Woodford Double Oaked in it….. Drooling yet?
- 2oz Woodford Reserve Double Oaked
- .5oz Fresh Lemon Juice
- .5 oz of Maple Syrup
- 1 Cinnamon Sick
- Cocktail shaker if you have one
- Add ice to your shaker
- Add 2oz of Woodford Double Oaked to your shaker
- Add .5 oz of maple syrup to your shaker
- Add .5 oz of lemon juice to your shaker
- Add an ice ball or large ice cube (if you have them) to a rocks glass
- Shake your mix for 10 sec or so.
- Poor over your ice ball
- Stir and garnish with a cinnamon sick. (if you would like more cinnamon, add a stick to your shaker before you shake.)
A Old-Fashioned Variant
When we talk about Fall Fashioned we aren’t talking about flannel shirts and boots, we are talking about rye whiskey and deliciousness. Nothing says fall whiskey better than a good Rye and one of the best ryes to add to any cocktail is Knob Creek Rye. (or, if you saw my last article, Rittenhouse Rye) The cinnamon, black pepper, and baking spices will have you thinking of fall from the first sip. Our next cocktail is a Fall inspired Old Fashioned.
- 2 oz Knob Creek Rye (or your favorite Rye Whiskey)
- 2oz of Ginger Beer
- 1 cube of sugar
- 1 Slice of Orange
- 2 Luxardo Cherries
- In a rocks class add your sugar cube and 1 dash of bitters.
- Break up your sugar cube
- Add your orange and lightly muddle
- Add 2oz of ginger beer
- Add 2oz of Knob Creek Rye
- Add an ice ball or cube and lightly sir
- Garnish with your cherries
Pumpkin Spice Kentucky Hug
White Russian Variant
You knew we couldn’t make a fall cocktail list without having a little pumpkin spice in the mix…. That would just be un-American! LOL. In honor of the Jim Beam legend and master distiller Booker Noe, he is said to have coined the term “Kentucky Hug”. This is the warm sensation that you feel in your chest after drinking some higher proof whiskeys. Since we are using Knob Creek in this cocktail, what better way to honor the man and the brand. Although you probably won’t feel that hug in this cocktail, there are many other Beam products that will give you that “comforting” sensation.
- 1oz Pumpkin Spice Liqueur
- 1oz Kahlua
- 2oz Knob Creek 9 Year
- 1oz – 2oz Heavy Cream (Depends on how creamy you like it)
- In a rocks class, add an ice ball or cube
- Poor in the Kahlua
- Add in the pumpkin spice liqueur
- Poor in your Knob Creek
- Add the heavy cream
- Lightly stir
As always, I want to thank you so much for taking the time to read this. Until the next Whiskey Wednesday, if you’re going to enjoy a little smoke & oak just remember, “Life’s too short, enjoy the good stuff”…. and do it responsibly!
Are you a cocktail person? If so, what are some of your favorite fall recipes? We would love to read about them! Good conversation, good cigars, and good whiskey (or alcohol free alternative!) is why we are here, so please share them with everyone in the comments below!