Autumn Cocktails

October 19 2014

Fall is here. If you haven’t already outfitted yourself in your favorite trusty sweater, de-mothballed your wool throw blankets and swapped out your no-show socks for those of the cozy crew variety, chances are you will soon. While you’re at it, it’s probably a good idea to brush up your beverage repertoire. Fall calls for bigger, darker spirits, apple sweetness and plenty of aromatic spice. We paid a visit to our good friends at Saison in Richmond to test drive three new cocktails from their autumn menu, perfected for the chilly months ahead.

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Carter Mountain Punch

Named for the hilltop apple-picking haven in nearby Charlottesville, the Carter Mountain Punch is a delightful cider-like sipper. Combining two complimentary apple brandies with homemade cinnamon honey, lemon juice and Fernet Branca (which creates a delicate froth when shaken), the Carter Mountain Punch is a fall-time crowd pleaser.

2 dashes Angostura Bitters
.25oz lemon juice
.5oz cinnamon honey (equal parts water and honey with cinnamon sticks steeped overnight)
.5oz Fernet Branca
.5oz Calvados Apple Brandy
1oz Lairds 7 1/2 Year Apple Brandy

Shake with ice, serve in punch cup.

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Night Moves

Lovingly described as “a cage match of flavors”, Night Moves is a coveted Saison creation. Sweet Cruzan rum meets the citrusy notes of blanco tequila while the vegetal smoke of Cynar balances out the mix and a bit of salinity peaks through in the finish. Take care when making this one, you’re walking on hallowed grounds.

2 dashes salt
.5oz Cruzan Black Strap Rum
1.5oz Blanco Tequila
.75oz Cynar
Lemon twist

Stir with ice, serve up with lemon twist.
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I Went to College

A three spirit Fall Old Fashioned. I Went to College takes the enduring classic and throws in a nice sweet cinnamon kick. Drink it on the porch while you watch the leaves change.

2 dashes Meyer lemon bitters
1 Bar spoon cinnamon honey
.5oz George Dickel’s Tennessee Whiskey
.5oz Captain Apple Jack Bonded
.75 Ansac cognac

Stir with ice, serve in a double old fashioned glass with a king cube, garnish with a lemon twist.
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