Autumn Cocktails: Seasonal Updates for Your Favourite Drinks

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Favourite Tipples

With an Autumnal Twist

By Tayla Powell

The darker and colder Autumn nights are calling for more nights in. There’s no better time to roll out the bar cart, invite the girls over and get creative. With the upcoming festive season bringing a mass of social events and gatherings, now is the time to perfect your signature tipple. 

Why not give your favourite drink a seasonal Autumnal twist? We’re bringing out all the warm spicy, citrus and seasonal fruity flavours. 

 

WINE 

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It’s time to turn your Summer Sangria into Mulled Wine. Ok, mulled wine at Autumn is hardly reinventing the wheel, so if you’re looking to step up the classic Winter warmer, then the sparkling Ginger Mulled Wine Cocktail is the one. 

INGREDIENTS 

  • 50ml of dark rum 

  • 50ml of cold mulled wine (red wine, cinnamon, cloves, sugar, water, orange zest, star anise, cardamom and nutmeg) 

  • Ice cubes 

  • Ginger ale 

METHOD 

  1. Fill a shaker to halfway with the ice cubes and pour over the dark rum and cold mulled wine 

  2. Seal with a lid or Boston glass and shake well for 30 seconds. Pour the contents of the shaker, including the ice, into a tall glass and top up with ginger ale. 

 



TEQUILA 

There’s something about the mental image you conquer up when you think about tequila that makes it seem so unseasonal. We think Summer, Mexican beaches and sombreros. But we bring good news: Margaritas are for life not just for Summer.  

We’ll be giving ours an Autumnal update by creating Apple Cinnamon Margaritas as there may not be another flavour combination that screams Autumn any more than that. 



INGREDIENTS (Makes 2) 

  • Margarita Mix - 60ml 

  • Blanco tequila - 60ml 

  • Triple sec - 30ml 

  • Apple juice - 90ml 

  • Crushed ice 

  • Apple slices for garnish 

  • Star anise for garnish 

  • Cinnamon sticks for garnish 

METHOD

  1. Rim the glass edges with a mixture of 1 tbsp of sugar and 1tsp of cinnamon. 

  2. Mix together the tequila, triple sec, apple juice, and Margarita Mix in a large glass. 

  3. Divide the ice between the pre-rimmed glasses and pour the cocktail over the ice. 

  4. Garnish each cocktail with a slice of apple, star anise, and cinnamon stick. Serve immediately. 

 




GIN 

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The summery garden inspired Gin & Tonic filled with fresh berries are behind us for another year. Rather than stick to the classic G&T combination, why not add a little spicy, orchard fruit twist with the Spiced Pear Gin Fizz

This recipe features a bonus – the spiced pear simple syrup is made by hand and perfect for adding to any drink this season, alcoholic or not. Perfect if you are also entertaining non-drinkers and little ones this festive season. 

INGREDIENTS 

SPICED PEAR GIN FIZZ 

  • Gin - 60ml 

  • Fresh lemon juice - 35ml 

  • 1 large egg white 

  • Spiced Pear Simple Syrup (recipe below)  - 20ml 

  • Soda water – 30-60 ml 

  • Star anise for garnish 

SPICED PEAR SIMPLE SYRUP 

  • 1 cup water 

  • 1 cup sugar 

  • 1 pear, cored and cut into pieces 

  • 3 star anise 

  • 2 cardamom pods 

METHOD

SPICED PEAR SIMPLE SYRUP 

Add the water, sugar, pear, star anise, and cardamom pods into a small sauce pan. Bring to a simmer over medium heat; stir to dissolve sugar. Simmer on low for 5 mins. Remove from heat and allow to cool completely. Strain out pear and spices. Extra syrup can be stored in the fridge. 

SPICED PEAR GIN FIZZ 

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add the gin, lemon juice, egg white, and Spiced Pear Simple Syrup to cocktail shaker. Replace lid and shake for 15 seconds or until shaker becomes frosty. Strain into cocktail glass. Top with the club soda, garnish with star anise, and serve immediately. 

 





VODKA 

This one screams Autumn and is every basic girl’s dream – A Pumpkin Spice White Russian. You can’t have Autumn without pumpkin spice. A great dessert cocktail to indulge in at the end of a long week when the pumpkin spice latte just won’t cut it. 

This one is super simple and quick to prep at your next girl’s night. 

INGREDIENTS 

  • Vodka - 60ml 

  • Coffee liqueur - 30ml 

  • Double cream - 30ml 

  • 1 tablespoon canned pumpkin puree 

  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice 

METHOD

  1. Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake and strain over ice. Garnish with pumpkin pie spice. 

  2. If you want a more traditional looking White Russian, you can pour the double cream on at the end. 

 

 

Now you’ve got the inspiration, it’s time to put that bar cart to good use …