Apple Themed Fall Cocktails

September 19, 2013    |    By +
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The fall holds some of my fondest memories waiting to be re-lived each year, like apple picking, pumpkin carving, and vibrant fallen leaves. My taste buds (especially my cocktail-sampling ones) seem to shift and crave the juicy star of the season: apples! I just can’t get enough. And what better way to enjoy nature’s medicine than when used as part of a delicious cocktail? I’ve picked out some of my favorite apple cocktail recipes for the season. Some are simple, while others are more unusual concoctions sure to impress your friends. Remember, an apple cocktail recipe a day keeps the bartender away!

If you’re planning on hosting an event for the fall season, be sure to skim through our recent cooking and entertaining guides for more inspiration. And for the parties you’ll be attending… see all of our favorite host and hostess gift ideas.

spiked-apple-ciderSPIKED APPLE CIDER FLOAT: Recipe provided by Food Plus Words

2 cups apple cider, chilled

1/4 cup cinnamon simple syrup

1/4 cup applejack or apple schnapps

2 tablespoons bourbon

5 to 6 scoops vanilla ice cream

Place two mugs in the freezer about an hour before you’d like to serve the floats. Then, when you are ready to serve the drinks, place two to three scoops of vanilla ice cream in each mug, depending on how much ice cream you like. In a small pitcher or cocktail shaker, combine the apple cider, cinnamon simple syrup, applejack and bourbon. Shake to combine. Pour the mixture the ice cream in the mugs.

Garnish with a cinnamon stick, and serve with a straw and a spoon. 

sinful-apple-shotSINFUL APPLE PIE: Recipe provided by Hood River Distillers Inc.

¼ oz SinFire Cinnamon Whisky

¼ oz Apple Schnapps

¼ oz Pineapple Juice

Mix and serve as shots.

magarita-fallAPPLE CIDER MARGARITA: Recipe provided by How Sweet Eats

1 ounce Grand Marnier

1 ounce gold tequila

5 to 6 ounces sweet apple cider

orange segments and apple slices

cinnamon, cane sugar and coarse white sugar for rimming the glass

cinnamon sticks for garnish

Add a few spoonfuls of cane sugar, coarse sugar and cinnamon to a plate. Run an orange segment around the edge of the glass, then press into the cinnamon sugar mixture to coat the rim. Add a few orange slices in the bottom of the glass, fill with ice, then add the Grand Marnier, tequila and apple cider and stir to mix. Garnish with apple slices and cinnamon sticks.

cocktail-apple-blossoms APPLE BLOSSOM: Recipe provided by Yazi Vodka

1.5 oz Yazi Ginger Vodka

.5 oz Amaretto

Place ingredients into a mug and top off with hot apple cider. Stir and garnish with a cinnamon stick.

cocktail-caramelCARAMEL APPLE COCKTAIL: Recipe provided by Daydreamer Desserts

3 ounces maple Crown Royal

2 ounces toasted caramel Black Velvet

1 ounce apple liqueur

3 ounces apple juice

1 lemon, juiced

3 ounces ginger ale

apple slices for garnish

caramel sauce for garnish

Combine all ingredients except ginger ale in a large measuring glass or a small pitcher.

Pour into two wine glasses with a few ice cubes and top them off with ginger ale. Gently stir and serve.

Ruffino Atunno Fall Fizz Ambiance

RUFFINO ATUNNO FALL FIZZ: Recipe provided by Ruffino

6 oz Ruffino Prosecco

.5 oz Apple Brandy

small scoop Cranberry Puree

Glass: Coupe or Champagne Flute

Garnish: Cranberry Skewer

Stir the Apple Brandy and Cranberry Puree over ice. Strain into serving glass. Top with 6 oz Ruffino Prosecco.

It’s not too late to try some of Gifts.com’s favorite summer cocktails, but if you’re falling for fall like me, see our Fall Inspiration Pinterest Board.

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