Few things make us happier in October than the excuse to make Netflix dates on the couch; strut about town in luxurious faux fur coats and eat every carby thing in sight (for the warmth, of course…).
Plus, you’ve got all the classic flavours and scents that generally accompany Autumn. Cinnamon; nutmeg; apples; roast maple; cranberry; pear; allspice…the list seriously goes on. Can you think of anything better than curling up on the couch with a homemade hot toddy, or sipping on sophisticated autumnal cocktails with your posse? Nope, didn’t think so.
From naughty cocktails to comforting hangover-relief beverages…we’ve rounded up a bunch of our fave Autumn drinks we believe you should be drinking right now.
1. Hot Mulled Cider
This hot mulled cider is perfect for warming up on a chilly Guy Fawkes night or serving to friends or cooking up for friends when they visit.
This edgy twist on mulled wine is made by combining 1 gallon of apple cider, 3/4 cup of dry white wine, 1/4 cup honey, 2 quince, a sprig of rosemary, 4 cloves, 2 broken up cinnamon sticks, one star anise and the zest of half a lemon in a pan. Simmer the mixture on a low heat for ten minutes or so, then strain.
Store the cider in a warm thermos for a quick and easy swig at the park.
2. Hard Cider Sangria
It might seem like the days of drinking sangria on hot summer nights are over, but this Hard Cider Sangria ensures it just puts on a different coat.
Grab a pitcher and throw in a cup of quartered and sliced apples; one orange, quartered and sliced; a cup of apple juice, 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice and 1/4 cup of apple brandy. Mix them all together then pour over a 22oz bottle of hard cider. Serve in glasses over idea, for the perfect chilly treat.
3. Apple Brandy Hot Toddies
This apple brandy ‘hot toddy’ is awesome for keeping the colds and sniffles away this winter. Bring 1 and a half cups of water to the boil, then stir in 2 tbsp plus 2 tsp honey. Once dissolved, add 1/2 cup lemon juice and 2 cups apple brandy. Set a cinnamon stick in eight mugs and pour in the hot liquid. Mmmmm, total autumn deliciousness.
4. Vanilla Vodka Chai
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This frothy, soothing mug of chai is just what anyone needs to get their spirits up or recoup after a long day. Spiked it with vodka, its great for impressing friends and turning a quiet night in into a real crowd-pleaser.
Bring 3 cups water to the boil and use it to steep four strong chai tea bags for 2-4 minutes. Allow it to cool and refrigerate. Then, combine the chai with 2 oz vanilla vodka, 3/4 amaretto, 1/2 oz sugar and 1/2 oz milk of your choice in a tall glass or cocktail shaker. Give it a good shake to allow the ingredients to infuse and create a bit of froth.
Pour into some tall mugs and garnish with come cinnamon. We swear its better than Starbucks.
5. Cranberry & Cinnamon Whiskey Sours
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These cranberry and cinnamon whiskey sours will really spark things up! Get the party started and warm yourself up while you’re at it by heating two fresh cups of fresh cranberries, two cups of water, two cups of sugar and two cinnamon sticks over a medium flame. Bring to the boil and simmer and for around ten minutes (or until the cranberries have broken down).
Strain the mixture and allow to cool for ten minutes, before putting it in a cocktail shaker and adding 3/4 cup simple syrup, 3/4 whiskey (or bourbon), 1/2 cup lemon juice, 1/4 cup each of orange and lime juice and a good handful of ice. Shake vigorously for 30 seconds before serving in four glasses. Divine.
6.Warm Apple Pie Cocktail
Apple pie??! In a COCKTAIL, you say? Count us in!
If there’s anything better than warm, crispy apple pie on a cold autumn day, it’s got to be an apple pie cocktail. This warming, on-point cocktail has all the decadence of a dessert, with the warmth and kick of a cocktail.
Combine 6 cups apple cider, 4 cinnamon sticks, 6 cloves and 8 whole allspice in a heavy saucepan. Gently boil and simmer for ten minutes, before straining out the spices and stirring in one cup of rum. Pour into eight glasses and top with whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon. Mmmm.
Photo by Miss In The Kitchen
7. Fennel & Fig-Infused Vodka
Feeling adventurous? Why not have a go at making your own vodka? Fennel & fig-infused vodka, to be exact. Whilst one whiff of the fennel will leave you feeling cleansed and refreshed, the fig gives this innovative drink a wildly fruity taste.
Mix 18oz vodka with 1/2 pound dried figs and one small fennel bulb in an airtight container. Refrigerate it for a week, giving it a little shake each day. When ready to serve, strain a fine strainer into a pitcher and divide between 6-8 ice-filled rock glasses. Garnish each one with a fresh black fig. Your friends won’t know what hit them.