Fall

Friday, September 28, 2012


I've said before that the best way to experience seasons in San Francisco is to drink them in–and this cocktail is perfect for fall! In the last year I've gone from turning up my nose at whiskeys to opening up a bottle of bourbon when I'm at home, so in celebration of my expanded palette, a cocktail that's both bracing and bubbly!


Fall

1 1/2 oz applejack
1 1/2 oz rye whiskey
1 tablespoon maple syrup
orange bitters
Champagne
blood orange rind

Combine applejack, whiskey, maple syrup and bitters in a cocktail shaker with ice; shake for 10-15 seconds. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass, top with Champagne and garnish with orange rind. 


Notes: As usual, no need to use Champagne with a Capital C in this cocktail, although if you have some leftover from an indulgent Thursday night dinner, feel free to top your cocktail off with it! Applejack is something you might not have in your liquor cabinet; it's an American apple spirit, and was used in New Jersey to pay road construction crews during the colonial period–I like to imagine that's how my childhood street was first paved! Cheers!


17 comments:

  1. heaven! It's been well over a month since I've had a cocktail (oh, the shame!) I shall make this my first.

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  2. SF is best for fall. Ah I'm leaving today after an extended stay. So sad!

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  3. I can't believe Applejack was used as payment - too funny! Have a wonderful weekend, Lena!

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  4. That just looks and sounds like fall :)

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  5. I always learn something new in your cocktail posts, Lena! Hope you have a wonderful weekend :) xoxo

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  6. I'm loving the napkins in that photo.

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  7. just reading the ingredients makes me feel all warm and fuzzy

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  8. How did I not know you were from NJ? Where? How fun! My husband lived in Morristown for two years.

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  9. This look so perfect. I love whiskey, especially in the colder months!

    p.s. I nominated you for a little award on the blog today, but no obligation, I'm just passing on the love. ;)

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  10. This looks amazing! There are so many great summer drinks. It is about time for a great fall one! :)

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  11. ooh i must try this. fall in my mouth :)

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  12. Looks good lady! My favorite fall drink is the cardigan. :)

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  13. YUM!! How simply divine...How fabulous with some Vermont Maple Syrup!!!

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  14. This looks amazing. We are definitely trying these. Maple syrup + burbon. how have I never thought of this before. MMMMMMmmmm...

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  15. Applejack, huh? Never heard of it but I'm up for anything! I'm actually not a whiskey drinker at all (my grandpa called it bug juice so us kids wouldn't try to sip it) and that's exactly what it tastes like to me even to this day! However, with all of these other yummy ingredients I might be able to swing it, or should I say "swig" it. :)

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