Orange juice is tricky as a mixer, but this classic cocktail with subtle maple flavors is truly delicious, bright and complex.
"When we get to this season," says PDT's Jim Meehan, we switch from white spirits like tequila or white rum to brown ones like rye, and move toward stirred cocktails instead of refreshing, hydrating shaken ones." This smooth fall drink features rye and apple brandy and uses fragrant Lillet Blanc as a counterweight, picking up the orange flavors and connecting the base spirits to the liqueur and bitters. The floating orange twist is meant to look like the reddish-orange harvest moon.
This classic drink appeared in Hugo Ensslin's 1916 Recipes for Mixed Drinks, which Meehan calls "one of the last great cocktail books (self) published before Prohibition." The Honeymoon Cocktail is essentially an apple brandy sour, boozy and sultry but balanced with fresh acidity.
This smooth apple brandy cocktail incorporates sloe gin, which is traditionally made in England and carried in flasks during hunting season. Lemon juice keeps the cocktail in balance.
This wine cocktail has a touch of apple brandy and maple syrup to spice it up in perfect fall style. You can use any light-bodied red wine you have on hand.