Friday, September 7, 2007

It's 5 O'Clock Somewhere- Getting Ready for Autumn

I've personally felt like shit for all of today. I don't know if I was just hung over, because it lasted longer than any hang over should last considering the amount I drank but I have felt awful. And what's worse is my baby, my 527 betrayed me. I guess I can't drink like I used to anymore- I think I'm getting old.
But just because I'm aged and decrepit and not drinking for awhile doesn't mean you shouldn't (drink that is.) And because it is past Labor Day, which means that summer is over, apparently (and I have noticed it's been getting darker earlier;ugh) , here are some cocktail recipes that I've found that are more autumny, or fally if you prefer:

2 oz vodka
4 oz cranberry juice
1 oz lemon juice
3 oz ginger ale

In a tall glass over ice combine lemon juice, vodka, cranberry juice and ginger ale. Stir and serve.

Peppermint Mojito Frappe
2 oz white rum
4 oz brut champagne
1/2 lime, cut into wedges
3 sprigs fresh mint
1 tbsp sugar

Muddle the sugar, mint, and lime with 2 or 3 ice cubes in a cocktail shaker until everything is well crushed. Add rum, cover, and shake. Strain the frothy mixture into a flute, making sure to get some of the crushed mint leaves in the cocktail. Top with champagne

Cranberry Margaritas
1 1/4 cup cranberry juice
1/2 cup sugar
1 1/2 cup fresh frozen cranberries, rinsed
3/4 cup fresh squeezed lime juice
3/4 cup tequila
1/2 cup Grand Marnier

Pour half of mixture in the blender and fill rest with ice. Blend. Repeat with second half of mixture. Makes minimum of two blender batches.

4 oz Puerto Rican white rum
6 oz cranberry juice
1/2 lemon

In a mixing glass filled with ice combine all ingredients. Stir then strain into two 6-ounce glasses filled with ice. (Makes two servings.)

Autumn Twist
1 1/4 oz Calvados or Apple Schnapps
1/4 oz Goldschlager

Shake with ice and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a cinnamon stick.

Apple Pie Punch
2 cups apple juice or cider
4 ounces spiced rum
2 ounces cinnamon Schnapps
1 red apple, sliced
1. Combine apple juice, rum, and Schnapps in a punch bowl or pitcher.
2. Serve punch over ice and garnish with red apple slices.

Pear Brandy Champagne Cocktail
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup plus 4 teaspoons French pear brandy*
2 2/3 cups chilled champagne
1 Seckel or small Bosc pear

*The most well-known brand of French pear brandy available in the U.S. is Poire William (recommended for this recipe).

1. In a small saucepan, heat sugar and 1/4 cup pear brandy over moderate heat until sugar is dissolved, about 5 minutes.
2. Remove pan from heat and cool syrup.
3. Spoon 1 1/2 tablespoons syrup into each of 4 champagne glasses and add 1 teaspoon pear brandy to each glass.
4. Add 2/3 cup champagne to each glass and stir well.
5. Cut pear lengthwise into thin slices and add 1 slice to each cocktail.

Tennessee Highball
(Source: Harry Denton's Starlight Room, San Francisco)

1.5 oz. Gentleman Jack Sour Mash Whiskey
1.25 oz. sweet and sour
Splash ginger ale
2-3 dashes orange bitters

Serve on the rocks with an orange twist

Five-Card Draw
(Source: Cowboy Cocktails by Grady Spears & Brigit Binns)

1.5 oz. bourbon
.5 oz. Bacardi spiced rum
Splash half-and-half

In a cocktail shaker half-filled with ice, combine the bourbon and rum. Shake hard and fast, then immediately strain into an old-fashioned glass over rocks. Drizzle on the half-and-half and serve.

Fallen Leaves
(Source: American Bar by Charles Schumann)

.75 oz. Calvados
.75 oz. sweet vermouth
.25 oz. dry vermouth
Dash brandy
Lemon twist

Shake on ice and strain into chilled cocktail glass. Squeeze the lemon twist over the surface, then drop it into the glass.

Honey Dove
3 ounces of cognac
2 spoonfulls of honey
2 splashes of Silk Vanilla Soy Milk

Pour the ingredients over ice into a shaker cup.
Shake until frothy. Strain into a martini glass.

Scarlett Bloom
2 oz. tea-infused Miller's Gin
3/4 oz. South African youngberry juice
1/2 oz. fresh lime juice
1 bar spoon simple syrup
3/4 oz. champagne

Pour the first four ingredients into a martini glass and add the champagne

Old Fashioned
1-2 dashes Angostura bitters
1 1/2-2 oz. bourbon or Canadian whiskey
Dash sugar syrup or to taste
Dash Water

Mix all ingredients in an Old Fashioned glass and add several ice cubes (no fruit)

Rusty Nail
1 1/2 oz. scotch
1 oz. Drambuie

Pour ingredients into a chilled Old Fashioned glass along with several ice cubes. Stir.

Smashing Pumpkin Martini
3 ounces Infused Spiced Pumpkin Vodka
1 ounce Amaretto
Toasted pumpkin seeds for garnish

1. Combine ingredients in a shaker with ice.
2. Stir gently and strain into a chilled cocktail glass

Just remember the liver is evil and must be punished. Oh and Stay safe out there

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