34 days until Halloween: let’s drink!

Happy Monday, folks!  With it being the start of the week, I thought you guys could use some Autumn drink recipes to help you get through.  Not only will these delicious beverages make the week go a little smoother, they’re perfect for this time of year.  I don’t drink all that much, but these drinks I’ve actually tasted and can definitely recommend them.

These recipes are sure to be the highlight of crisp, night bonfire or kick off a scary movie date night with your honey!

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Lets start with some great beers and ciders for Fall.  I have heard these are favorites of a lot of my friends.  I got to taste most of them a few weeks ago and usually beer is gross to me, but these are not bad at all:

Samuel Adams, Octoberfest– Of course I had to include this popular one! This beer has an almost roasted malt fruit flavor and it’s very smooth. Has a great aftertaste.

The Bruery, Autumn Maple– If you’re like me, you’re over the pumpkin flavor already.  This seasonal beer has a hint of maple and cinnamon, with a dark appearance. It is differently awesome, if that makes sense.

Angry Orchard– Here’s where we get into ciders. I have tried all of Angry Orchard ciders and none of them disappoint. Here are my favorites: Crisp Apple, Apple Ginger, and Cinnful Apple. All have “punch you in the chest” flavor and are very smooth.

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Now the recipes you’ve been waiting for.  These are my favorites and I know you’ll enjoy them too!

Apple Cider Mimosas

These mimosas are perfect for celebrating Autumn! Yahoo!

You’ll need:

2 tbsp. sugar

1 tbsp. ground cinnamon

1 cup apple cider

1 bottle champagne

Directions:

  1. On a small plate or in a bowl, combine the sugar and cinnamon. Wet the rims of your glass, whether it be a wine glass or flute, and dip in sugar cinnamon mixture.
  2. Fill glasses 1/4 full with apple cider, top off with champagne.
  3. Garnish with cinnamon stick or apple slice. Enjoy!

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Apple Pie Bourbon Shots

Tastes like a dessert, almost makes you want to skip the pie and just go for this drink! Well, maybe not…haha

You’ll Need:

2 apples (one green, one red), chopped

3 sugar cubes

1 whole nutmeg, slightly shaved

4 cinnamon sticks, plus a few more for garnish

1 one inch piece of fresh ginger

1 large mason jar

1 1/2 cup bourbon

Directions:

  1. Fill the mason jar with bourbon, apples, sugar cubes, nutmeg, cinnamon and ginger.
  2. Let mixture sit and soak for 2 to 4 days. (Check the taste after 2 days, let sit longer if desired.)
  3. Pour mixture into shot glasses and garnish with a cinnamon stick.
  4. Sip and enjoy!

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Apple Cider Sangria

Brings you more happiness than pumpkin carving!

You’ll Need:

3 of your favorite apple types, I used these-

1 Granny Smith apple, sliced

1 Red Delicious apple, sliced

1 Honeycrisp apple, sliced

1 lemon, sliced

1 orange, sliced

2 cups apple cider

2 bottles of ginger beer

1 bottle white wine

1 large pitcher

Directions:

  1. Fill the pitcher with sliced apples, lemons and oranges.
  2. Add apple cider, ginger beer and white wine.
  3. Stir mixture together, serve and enjoy!

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Cinnamon Toast

This will help you get toasty – the chilly autumn air can get to you!

You’ll Need:

1 1/2  ounces Captain Morgan Original Spiced Rum

6 ounces hot apple cider

1 tbsp. sugar

1 tbsp. cinnamon

Directions:

  1. Add hot apple cider to Captain Morgan in a glass rimmed with sugar and cinnamon. Enjoy!

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Kahlua Pumpkin Spice Martini

A quick and easy way to get your pumpkin fix.

You’ll Need:

1 part Kahlua Pumpkin Spice

1 part Vanilla Vodka

1 part Irish cream liqueur

1 cinnamon stick

Directions:

  1. Combine liquors in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake and strain into chilled glasses. Rim glasses with cinnamon sugar, if you like.
  2. Garnish with a cinnamon stick. Enjoy!

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Apple Hot Toddy

If I can’t shake my head cold tonight, I might have one of these later!

You’ll Need:

2 ounces of boiling water

1/2 baked Macintosh apple (350 degrees for 40 mins, until soft)

1.5 tsp of sugar

2 ounces of your favorite cognac or bourbon

1/2 whole nutmeg, grated

Directions:

  1. Once 1/2 apple is cooled, put it with the sugar and mix them together quickly.
  2. Add 1 ounce of boiling water, stir.
  3. Add 2 ounces cognac or bourbon, stir.
  4. Add 1 ounce of boiling water, stir.
  5. Grate nutmeg over the top and enjoy!

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Simple Whiskey Cider

Cheers to simplicity! Cheers to Fall!

You’ll Need:

3/4 cup of hard cider

1/4 ounce of whiskey

1 piece of lemon rind

1 cinnamon stick

1 cocktail glass

Directions:

  1. Fill your cocktail glass with large ice cubes (2 at max), pour in cider and whiskey.
  2. Add lemon rind and stir with cinnamon stick to infuse flavor. Enjoy!

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I hope you enjoy these on a cold autumn night, at a bonfire or just looking out your front window at the beautiful leaves. Cuddle up on the sofa, sip one of these and you will not have a care in the world! Let me know how they taste!

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