As we move further into Fall I find myself flipping through my cocktail book looking for drinks that fit with the season. There are 1000s of cocktails but so many of them seem better suited for Spring and Summer. So I find myself flipping through my cocktail book again and again hoping to stumble upon a warm or hot cocktail, one that isn’t iced or chilled, or one that uses seasonal fruits. Mostly without any success. I do have one more cocktail recipe from a cookbook I’ve previously mentioned, Fresh from the Market. And that’s the cocktail we’re making this week! It’s also the perfect drink for Fall as it places apples center stage!
Red Apple & Bourbon Fizz
- 2 oz. Bourbon
- 1 oz. Apple Juice
- 1 oz. apple syrup
- 3/4 oz. lemon juicw
- splash of ginger ale
- 2 thin apples slices
Combine the bourbon, apple juice, apple syrup and lemon juice in a shaker. Shake with ice and strain over fresh ice in a highball glass. Top with a splash of ginger ale and garnish with the apple slices.
This is a delicious cocktail! A perfect blend of sweet apple and bourbon! As soon as D had finished hers she wanted another one. Cool, crisp, and clean going down the cocktails warms its way down into your core. Bonus: turns out the sliced apples that garnish the drink taste delicious after soaking in your drink.
From the bottle:
The list of spices in this coconut curry hefeweizen is almost as long as the list of awards bestowed on homebrewer, Remi Bonnart. Together, we brewed up a traditional German-style wheat beer whose fruity esters and spicy phenols pair perfectly with the spicy and fruity character of curry spices. Pour yourself a plateful.
From New Belgium’s website:
The aroma is bold and big with coconut and curry tones and a hint of banana from the hefe yeast. With a vast spice list of cinnamon, coriander, fenugreek, ginger, kaffir lime, and cayenne pepper this beer carries a bit of heat but the alcohol soothes the finish. Coconut Curry Hefe will leave an inquisitive smile on the drinker’s mug.
From my notes:
Lovely opaque strawberry blonde color with a white, large bubbled head and nice lacing. Malt and spices on the nose with a hint of coconut and citrus. Coconut milk comes through in the taste as well as several spices. Things are getting complicated here… A little bitter on the finish.
I’m not sure if I understand all that was going on with this beer. Both the smell and taste were very complicated and messy, it got hard to tell what I was tasting… Different. Not different bad. But, I don’t know if I could say different good either. This beer tastes almost too like Thai curry to be enjoyable. I’m glad I tried it but I don’t know if I’ll ever want to drink it again.
Rating (out of 5):
I could only avoid making the Hot Toddy for so long. This is the Quintessential cold weather cocktail. Sure, there’s Irish Coffee but it doesn’t have the universality of the Hot Toddy. Irish Coffee is something you drink after eating or when you first wake up (Hey, Lushes! How ya doing?) the Hot Toddy can be enjoyed any time of day and with or without a meal. It’s warmth and love distilled into a cup.
Honey Bourbon Toddy
- 3 oz. bourbon
- 1 oz. honey
- 1/2 cup of hot water
- 1 cinnamon stick
- lemon peel
Stir honey and water until honey dissolves. Add bourbon. Pour into a toddy cup or mug. Twist a strip of lemon peel over each drink, then add to glass. Stir with a cinnamon stick and serve.
Oh, wow. This was an amazing cocktail and just perfect for the overcast and windy day that I made it on. The warmth of the water and alcohol and the sweetness of the honey feels amazing when it goes down your throat. D didn’t want to have a cocktail but once she had a sip of mine she changed her mind! She was surprised at how warming the drink was and after finishing declared *this* version of the Hot Toddy her new favorite cocktail. I can’t disagree with her. This was really, really good and the perfect cocktail for a cold, cold night.
We joined one! We’ll be getting 12 bottles (six red, six white) every two months from Solano Cellars! D and I are hoping that with this we’ll get a good selection of wines and start to learn a little more about the various types of wine, what makes them good, and what pairs well with what wines! We picked Solano Cellars because they deal in small production wineries!
The wine list