5 Cocktails To Keep You Cosy This Autumn

Like a hygge in a glass...

Warm up in a blanket, take your position by the fire and say f**k yeah to the new season with these Autumn cocktails.

Chase Toffee Apple

Bonfires. Toffee Apples. This cocktail by the Chase Distillery crew is basically Bonfire Night in a glass. 

  • 50ml Apple Juice
  • 50ml Chase Vodka
  • 30ml Butterscotch liqueur
  • 15ml Honey

Put all ingredients into a cocktail shaker, add ice and shake hard. Strain into a rocks glass over crushed ice. Sprinkle with brown sugar crystals for a sweet, crunchy garnish. Ooh mama. 

Smoked Maple Old Fashioned

When the temperature drops, you want something that's gonna warm you to the core. Our answer: whiskey. Always whiskey. Better yet, whiskey turned into a flavourful, warming Old Fashioned like this one by Jessica Merchant from HowSweetEats

  • 1 lemon or orange rind spiral
  • 15ml maple syrup
  • 2 to 3 drops Angostura bitters
  • 60ml Bourbon whiskey
  • cinnamon stick

Use a kitchen torch (or a lighter if your thumbs can take it) to light the lemon or orange rind and place it in a glass, covering the top for a minute or two (you could use a coaster - whatever you have lying around). Remove the rind, run it along the rim of the glass and add an ice cube. Add a few drops of bitters, then add the maple syrup and then the bourbon. Stir down with an ice cube, add the cinnamon stick and serve. 

Boozy Pumpkin Spiced Freak Shake

If you get freaky for PSL season, you're gonna lose your god damn mind for this one. A couple of years ago, Baileys brought out their own Pumpkin Spiced edition, and it shook the world so hard the leaves dropped off the trees before Autumn solstice even hit. Then they went even more extra with this beast.

Line the rim of a mason/jam har with caramel sauce and sprinkle with crushed biscuit.

  • 5 large scoops of vanilla ice cream
  • 50ml shot of Baileys Pumpkin Spice OR 50ml Baileys classic Irish Cream with a measure of MONIN pumpkin spice syrup to spice things up
  • a dash of double cream and maple syrup (which you'll need to blend together until smooth)

Pour the mix into the mason jar.

  • Top with whipped cream (fresh is better, but if you wanna get some of that squirty cream into the mouth action, you go for it)
  • A slice of pumpkin pie (not essential but hey, we're going extra here!)
  • Then more whipped cream on top of the pie
  • Drizzle caramel sauce over the top and finish with a sprinkle of crushed biscuit.

Aaaaaand indulge.

Bullshot

So we can't gather in groups of more than 6, but we can pull a Prince Andrew and host a "straight forward shooting party". While we might swerve the actual shooting bit, we're down with wanging on our wellies for a walk in the country if we can take a flask of this wild warmer with us. This recipe serves 4 so adjust to your party size if you're willing to share.

Image & recipe source: shootinguk.co.uk

  • 500ml meat stock, reduced - venison or beef work best (hit up your local butcher if you're struggling to find a decent one)
  • 300ml tomato passata
  • 160ml Scotch whisky
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • 1tsp horseradish sauce
  • 1tsp red wine vinegar
  • A few drops of Tabasco (add more if it’s a cold day)
  • A good dash of Worcester sauce
  • Salt and pepper

Heat up the venison stock and tomato passata in a saucepan, add the rest of the ingredients and then warm gently. Adjust seasonings to suit your taste. Serve in a mug/flask/hip flask and let it accompany you the next time you wanna go feel the crunch of leaves beneath your feet.

La Finca

If you wanna channel some world-class mixology this season, you gotta give this smasher a go. It's a creation by one of the world's leading coffee experts and Mr Black ambassador Martin Hudák, who happens to be a Tails of The Cocktail 2020 top 4 finalist for Best International Brand Ambassador. No biggy. This creation is light on alcohol but big on flavour. The sherry-honey combo layers on top of the natural coffee 'funk' to create a sweet-and-savory flavour beast. And it looks f*cking ace.

Add ingredients to a mixing glass and stir over ice until properly chilled and diluted. Pour over an ice cube in a either a pony or rocks glass (whatever you have - you do you) and serve. Garnish with a fig slice for that autumnal juicy hit, or make it fancy with a floral garnish. Whatever. Its your drink now. 

 

For more Autumnal vibes, check out these new boozy launches coming this season