Think fall cocktails and almost instinctively visions of apples and pears, cinnamon and nutmeg, bourbon and rye come rushing in. At Danny Meyer's landmark dining institution, Gramercy Tavern, such seasonal expectations are met with a lineup of drinks that breathe new life into familiar flavors. Here are 5 recipes so you can mix them up at home.
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Looking for a bit of crisp-weather cocktail inspiration, I convinced a few bartender friends to share their recipe secrets so I could test them out at home. In the slideshow, you'll find 10 of my favorite bourbon cocktail recipes, from classics and twists on the classics to originals from bars in New York City.
Stepping outside my apartment one morning this week, I noticed the air smelled crisp and autumnal. Summer doesn't officially end until September 22, but plenty of things that herald the fall season are already upon us: the first day of school; the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah; and of course, apple-picking season.
You wouldn't necessarily expect anything you're served at Danny Meyer's elegant Gramercy Tavern in Manhattan to be easy to make. But by focusing on fall flavors, and enriching classic cocktails with a seasonal spin, these five recipes are simple for mixing and sipping at home (and perhaps for serving as a pre-Thanksgiving dinner tipple.) And they're super-delicious, too.
When asked how he is inspired to come up with new drinks, Bourbon and Branch bar manager Ian Scalzo says, "Cookbooks. I look for flavor profiles that I can accomplish with booze, and map it out from there." The drinks almost all use fresh herbs and spices, often in combinations rarely seen outside the kitchen. You'll find these cocktails have a remarkable freshness and fullness of flavor. Best of all, the newest batch of cocktails is perfect for fall, when a little nutmeg in my Porto Flip couldn't be more welcome.
The new PDT Cocktail Book, officially released November 1, is bound to become the tome tipplers reach for at happy hour—it's chock full of recipes for classic drinks dating back before Prohibition as well as the innovative cocktails created over the years at Jim Meehan's iconic East Village bar. Here are five great apple brandy cocktail recipes for fall, plus a chance to win the book!
Bar manager Brian Block has been in residence at Aldea for roughly two years, and the drinks menu highlights his finesse, featuring innovative flavor combinations and thoughtful updates on the classics. Block recently introduced a new fall cocktail menu that features a slew of perfectly autumnal drinks. Here's a look at a few of the fall-friendly offerings that you can sip at Aldea or make at home.