When fall arrives, many of us are ready to switch over from tropical drinks and summery G&Ts to cocktails brimming with spices, late-harvest fruits, and deeper, richer spirits. We say embrace it! Get into the fall spirit and whip up one of these delicious autumnal cocktails at home.
Hot and Spiced
Add heat to nippy nights with warmed cocktails featuring autumn spices. For a twist on winter’s Hot Toddy, make an autumnal spiked hot cider. Start with a drizzle of maple syrup and a shot of Apple Jack brandy in each cocktail glass, over which you’ll pour heated apple juice or cider. Cinnamon sticks and apple slices are the perfect garnish.
Alternatively, fill a cocktail shaker with a shot of Irish or cinnamon whiskey along with some splashes of dark rum, Calvados, honey, lemon juice, cane syrup, bitters, and ginger juice. Shake well, strain and pour into a heatproof glass mug. A quarter-cup or so of boiling water goes over the strained mixture, and then you stir it up until the honey and syrup dissolve.
Along with warm apple cocktails, other drinks evoking ripening autumn fruits are perfect for fall.
Two such fruits, pears and cranberries, combine for a unique and zesty cocktail. Rehydrate a handful of dried cranberries with warm water, then sprinkle them into champagne glasses, along with sprigs of rosemary or sage. Add a half-glass of pear nectar to each glass, then top with a sparkling white dessert wine.
For an even quicker fall cocktail, add ice and pomegranate juice to glasses. In a cocktail shaker, blend together a shot of vodka for each cocktail that you’re preparing, as well as a few mint leaves, lime juice and zest, and few ice cubes. Shake this blend and pour it over the iced juice.
Or concoct a richly autumnal Cherry Manhattan by blending a shot of rye and a splash of cherry liqueur with drizzles of honey and orange bitters. Strain this mixture into a chilled glass, then garnish with cherries.
The Pumpkin Patch
Pumpkin spices aren’t just for your morning latte, they also work well for your evening cocktail.
Start a pumpkin pie martini by making a simple sugar—water and sugar— in a hot pan, to which you add pumpkin pie spices to taste. Add a couple of spoonfuls of this syrup to your cocktail shaker, along with an equal amount of pumpkin puree, a shot or so of vanilla vodka and ice cubes. Shake, then strain into a martini glass. Hold the olives, of course, but if you’d like to thin out the blend a bit, add some fresh-squeezed lime juice.
And don’t forget to check out Shinto’s Happy Hour, lunch and dinner cocktail options. Autumn-themed options include the Moscow Mule with ginger beer, pear martini, cranberry cosmo and Moonstone Plum sake. These go nicely with our perennially popular spicy red wines, hearty beers, rich whiskeys, and zesty non-alcoholic drinks. Any of them would make a great partner for our acclaimed appetizers and daily specials. So if you’d rather leave the drink mixing to the pros, just stop by Shinto and grab a seat at the bar. We’d be happy to serve you!