Fall Cocktail Recipes

The Local Craft Spirits Festival is coming up soon! The festival is scheduled for October 15, 2016, in Cambridge, and includes three hours of unlimited tastings, live music, and local food available for purchase. Tickets are available at localcraftspirits.eventbrite.com. In honor of such a cool event, I thought I would post a few cool fall cocktail recipes I found on some of the participating vendors' websites! 
I'm enjoying this delicious pumpkin cider as I write; Downeast's Pumpkin Blend comes with the interesting directions across the top to shake hard, then count to ten and open slowly. This is to mix in any pumpkin that may have settled in the drink, which is very tasty. Stowe Cider, based out of Vermont, will be at the festival. I'm not sure which ciders they will bring as samples, but I hope they bring Tips Up, the Rum Ginger Hard Cider, and the High and Dry.   At the website of Boston Harbor Distillery, they recommend a few 'Fall Classic' cocktails, including the Downeastah, by Beth Herron. This includes an oz. of Putnam New England Rye, 1/2 oz. lemon juice, 1/2 oz. simple syrup, and two dashes of Fee Brothers Barrel Aged Whiskey Bitters. Then the cocktail is topped off with Downeast Original Cider, and they recommend an apple peel rose as a garnish. 
Molly's Irish Cream liqueur now has a pumpkin spice variety seasonally available, so for any cocktails that contain Irish cream, if you'd like to make them more seasonally-appropriate, you can!
 
Another option for adding a little pumpkin spice to your cocktails is Fulton's Harvest, a pumpkin pie flavored liqueur. If you're anything like me, though, you prefer cranberry to pumpkin, when it comes to fall flavors. I'm more likely to try a Craneberry Coder, a drink on the GrandTen Distillery page. It's made of 1.5 oz Craneberry liqueur, 1 oz vodka, and .5 oz lime juice, and then topped off with soda water. 
 
If you prefer rum, there are definitely fall options for you! Captain Morgan's just released their new pumpkin flavored rum, and, more locally, Privateer Rum has plenty of cocktail suggestions on their website. I'd like to try the Light & Stormy, a mix of 2 oz Privateer Silver Reserve, 4 oz good ginger beer, and 3 or 4 basil leaves. Given that many of the producers that I mentioned here will be there, I'm definitely looking forward to the local craft spirits festival on October 15!

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