Champagne Cocktails to Celebrate Fall



Hello lovelies!
You really didn't think I'd welcome you back without a proper cocktail now, did you? Of course not! What kind of hostess would I be? Champagne is always the answer and I've got a two cocktails (and one mocktail) perfect to usher in the season.

First up is this spicy, fall-is-finally-here, cider bourbon sparkle that looks pretty and packs a bit of punch thanks to that bourbon. This is definitely a lovely sipper to enjoy after having a day. (If you know what I mean) It mellows out quite nicely over ice and I've included a recipe for a large batch or single drink as well.

Cider Bourbon Sparkle

For the cider-honey syrup:
1/2 cup honey
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp ground cloves
1 cup apple cider

For large batch:
1 1/2 cups cider-honey syrup (entire recipe)
2 1/4 cups bourbon
2 1/4 cups Champagne, Prosecco or sparkling wine
8-10 springs rosemary

For single cocktail:
1 T + 1 tsp cider-honey syrup
1 oz bourbon
Prosecco, Champagne or sparkling wine to top off glass
1/2 sprig rosemary

To Make: 
1). In a small saucepan over medium heat, whisk honey, cider, ginger, cinnamon & cloves until it starts to bubble. Remove from heat and let cool for 5 mins. 
2). In a pitcher or shaker, mix the honey syrup & bourbon together with ice until thoroughly chilled. Pour evenly into glasses, top with champagne and garnish with rosemary sprig. 
(Note: this is also especially nice over a 2" ice cube or ice sphere)





Next up pairs one of my favorite liqueurs, Domaine de Canton, with bitters giving a subtle ginger nod without being in your face about it. Because ginger (and Gingers) are known for - well, being all in your face... This is refined. And ladylike. But with a hint of sass.


Ginger Simplicity

4 oz Champagne, Prosecco or sparkling wine
3 dashes cocktail bitters (angostura or the like - I used Seven Stills Cocktail Bitters)

To Make: Add Domaine de Canton to glass followed by your favorite bitters and top with champagne. Simple and perfect. 


Finally, a mocktail. Because I like to be having fun even when I can't be having fun. Whether I'm driving that day or just not able to partake, there is nothing worse than sitting there with a big old iced tea. The day I was serving these up I actually had a few sips of each and kept drinking this one. As someone who doesn't drink soda, it was quite a refreshing treat!


Honey-Cider Spritzer

For the cider-honey syrup:
1/2 cup honey
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp ground cloves
1 cup apple cider

Pellegrino or Mineral/Sparkling Water
1/2 sprig rosemary

To Make: 
1). In a small saucepan over medium heat, whisk honey, cider, ginger, cinnamon & cloves until it starts to bubble. Remove from heat and let cool for 5 mins. 
2). Measure 1T plus 2 tsp syrup into ice-filled shaker. Shake until chilled. Pour into cocktail glass and top with Pellegrino or other mineral water/sparkling water, Garnish with rosemary sprig.




Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...

disquis