Bourbon for Fall

October 23, 2018

As the weather gets crisper and the leaves begin to turn, it’s time to prepare gratifying seasonal drinks that’ll warm you from the inside out. 

Forget the pumpkin spice latte; you’re in the mood for something a little stronger. Bourbon, with its rich, smooth taste and distinctive spicy, caramel undertones, is the perfect beverage for a fall evening. 

Whether you’re hosting guests near the holidays, or unwinding after a long day at work, check out these four distinct bourbon-based cocktails you’ll definitely want to get in your glass this fall. Some are creative, some historic, and others are just plain adventurous .

mint julepMix Up a Mint Julep 
As fall comes to an end, and Christmas bells are ringing, you might just be in the mood for something a little more minty. While the mint julep is traditionally enjoyed in summertime, (and often at the Kentucky Derby) the mint in the drink gives is a decidedly holiday twist. You can either crush mint leaves into the bottom of the glass which is traditional, or you can infuse the mint leaves into a simple syrup. It will make your drink taste like it was stirred with a peppermint candy, and a candy cane is a great garnish to give it that holiday twist.

  • 4 -6 mint leaves 
  • 2 sugar cubes or 1/2 ounce simple syrup 
  • 2 1/2 ounces Buffalo Trace bourbon 

buffalo traceHow to: Drop the mint and simple syrup/sugar into a julep cup or other glass. Muddle it well with a muddler or the bottom of a wooden spoon to dissolve the sugar and to release the mint oils.

Pour in the bourbon. Buffalo Trace is an excellent bourbon, and it’s available at all your local Co-op Wine Spirits Beer locations. Then fill the glass with crushed ice and stir.

Get Apple Sauced 
The apple is the epitome of fall fruit, and this is the perfect cocktail to celebrate it alongside some good bourbon. This drink idea uses muddled apple, in place of muddled mint, then adds a dash of tart lemon and sweet maple.

To make it, muddle a slice of Gala apple into the bottom of a cocktail shaker, then pour in 2 ounces of bourbon, three-quarters of an ounce of maple syrup and a three-quarters of an ounce of lemon juice. Shake and strain into a nice Nick and Nora style cocktail glass.

pumpkin bourbonPour a Pumpkin Pie Cocktail 
If a pumpkin spice latte sounds as tempting to you as a fall bourbon cocktail, with this option, you won’t have to choose. It’s like your favorite fall drinks are all in one glass. 

The key to this cocktail is making your own pumpkin pie syrup. Because it’s a little more elaborate in terms of the ingredients and preparation, mixing this one up is better for smaller gatherings or cozy nights in.  

This cocktail mixes that homemade pumpkin pie syrup with bourbon, bitters and crushed ice to make a super-quaffable seasonal drink. You can find the full recipe here.

hot toddyImbibe the Bourbon Hot Toddy
The classic hot toddy warms your soul. There are several variations to this iconic winter sipper, but  bourbon adds a touch of complexity. 

Over the years, Toddies have been everything from winter warmers, to illness remedies and even liquid courage for soldiers.

  • 2 oz Buffalo Trace bourbon 
  • 2 tsp brown sugar, honey, or maple syrup
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 4-6 oz hot water
  • Cinnamon stick & Lemon slice for garnish

Mix all the ingredients together in a mug and sip to stay warm this winter.

If you already look forward to the cooler fall air and the nesting that tends to come with the season, you’ll enjoy fall and winter even more after trying some of these bourbon cocktail recipes. 

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