Cocktails or Mocktails, you choose… either way these two cocktail recipes are fresh, easy and delicious!
Here are two of my favorite fresh and easy Fall cocktail recipes. You can choose whether of not you want to add the spirits. I’m including both recipe versions for each drink…cheers!
In full disclosure, I’m not widely versed in the art of mixology– but I truly appreciate seasonal flavors and utilizing simple, fresh ingredients. Moderation is key in everything, so please partake responsibly. Either of these fresh and easy cocktails should compliment any Fall menu you may be planning…
First Up, a Ginger & Spiced Pear cocktail:
This cocktail is absolutely delicious and so fitting for the Fall season. I fill a cocktail shaker (or a mason jar with a tight fitting lid) with ice, pear nectar, pear vodka, ginger liqueur, a squeeze of fresh lemon and shake vigorously. Serve the mixture over ice with a garnish of freshly sliced pear.
Ginger & Spiced Pear Cocktail
- 1/2-3/4 Cup Pear Nectar
- 1 Ounce Pear Vodka
- 1/2 Ounce Ginger Liqueur
- 1/4 Ounce Pear Liqueur
- 1 Wedge Fresh Squeezed Lemon
- 1 Slice Fresh Pear
- 1 Cup Ice
- Place ice in a double old fashioned glass and set aside. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add first 5 ingredients, cover and shake vigorously for 30 seconds. Pour over ice and garnish with fresh pear slice. Serve immediately.
***If you prefer to make it a Mocktail, simply mix pear nectar in equal part with a ginger beer (I prefer FeverTree Ginger Beer) and serve over ice with a garnish of fresh pear. Occasionally, I will garnish with a cinnamon stick and/or a little freshly grated nutmeg as well.
Last but not least, Apple Cider & Winter Jack cocktail…
This time of year my local @publix carries an absolutely delicious, fresh, cold pressed, all natural, unfiltered and minimally processed apple cider from Red Jacket Orchards. It is in the refrigerated section of the produce department. It’s only ingredient: Apples. No heavy sugar, just fresh apples. Its fabulous!
To dress it up, I garnish the rim of a double old fashioned glass with a mixture of cinnamon and sugar. Then, I fill a cocktail shaker (or a mason jar with a tight fitting lid) with ice… pour in the fresh apple cider with Jack Daniel’s Winter Jack and shake vigorously. To finish, I add a slice of fresh Honeycrisp apple. Although I serve it over ice, it is sure to warm your toes on a crisp Fall evening.
Apple Cider & Winter Jack Cocktail
- 1 Cup Fresh, Cold Pressed Apple Cider, shaken
- 2 Ounces Jack Daniel's Winter Jack
- 1 Slice Honeycrisp Apple
- 2 TBS Sugar
- 1 TBS Ground Cinnamon
- 1 Cup Ice
- Mix the sugar and cinnamon together and place in a salad plate. Put some water in another salad plate and dip the rim of a double old fashioned glass in the water then into the sugar and cinnamon mixture to coat the rim of the glass. Fill the glass with ice and set aside. In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, add the apple cider and Jack Daniel's Winter Jack. Place the lid on tight and shake vigorously for 30 seconds. Pour into prepared glass and garnish with a slice of fresh Honeycrisp apple. Serve immediately.
***If you prefer to make a Mocktail version, I simply repeat the cinnamon and sugar rimming of a double old fashioned glass, fill it with ice. Shake and pour in the fresh apple cider. Garnish with a fresh slice of Honeycrisp apple and a cinnamon stick.
I hope you will give these fresh and easy seasonal Fall cocktails a try. Whether you choose to serve them with spirits, or you prefer them more simply, I hope I have inspired you to gussie up your gatherings with a little taste of the season’s bounty: pears and apples. Either of these concoctions will pair with my suggestions for a Charcuterie Board…if you missed that post, just click the link here to check it out.
For the next installment in my series All About Fall and Let’s Set A Fall Alfresco Table, I’ll share a favorite main course dish that’s sure to please…
Leave me a comment and let me know what you think-especially if you try one of the libations!!!
Until next time…
“Finally brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is pure, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent, or praiseworthy–think about such things.” Philippians 4:8