Seasonal Sippers

Do you hear that? The rustling of the leaves…the crackling of the fire…the doe in the meadow…and the sweet sweet sound of me pouring myself a delicious cocktail—it must be fall!

The weather is changing and whether you need to wind down, wind up, or make a family-friendly party punch, I’ve rustled up the perfect recipes to satisfy your thirst. I’ve even got a spooky Halloween cocktail!

Get your shakers out, let’s kick off the season right!

Harvest Cider

This recipe is a delight at fall family gatherings with kiddos. It’s got that classic apple cider flavor, a tiny kick from the ginger, and warmth from the cinnamon—and if the adults want to doctor it up, it goes great with whiskey!

What you’ll need…

  • Apple cider
  • Sparkling water
  • Ground ginger
  • Small orange
  • Small apple
  • Cinnamon sticks
  • Ice

Add a half gallon of apple cider (fresh from the farmer’s market if you can), a can of sparkling water, a teaspoon of ground ginger, orange slices, and apple slices to a bowl and stir to combine. Fill glasses with ice and pour over the top, adding a cinnamon stick garnish.

Pro tip: To keep your apple slices from turning brown, squeeze a little lemon juice on them before you add them in!

Spiced Sunset Paloma

This autumnal twist on the classic Paloma is a party pleaser. Don’t let the list daunt you—it’s actually fairly simple to make! Start by making a spiced syrup…

What you’ll need…

  • Cranberry juice
  • Grapefruit juice 
  • Lime juice
  • Tequila
  • Sugar
  • Cinnamon sticks
  • Anise
  • Cloves
  • Vanilla bean
  • Sparkling water
  • Cranberries
  • Rosemary

In a small saucepan combine equal parts sugar and water, a couple of cinnamon sticks, anise, cloves, and vanilla bean. Bring to a boil, stirring until the sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and let the spices infuse for 10 minutes, then remove the spices and set the syrup aside in a jar. Congrats! You just made spiced simple syrup. Look at you, you mixologist!

In a cocktail shaker (or a jar with a lid if you don’t have one), combine cranberry juice, grapefruit juice, lime juice, simple syrup, tequila, and shake!

Pour over ice in a cocktail glass, top off with sparkling water, a sprig of rosemary, dried grapefruit, sugared cranberries, and voila!

Purple People Eater

Alright all you gremlins, ghouls, and glitter fiends, this boo-tiful Halloween cocktail is for you! Let’s start by getting crafty…

What you’ll need…

  • Vodka
  • Lemonade
  • Blue Curaçao
  • Grenadine
  • Purple sugar
  • Lemon slices
  • Berries

Mix a little Blue Curaçao, grenadine, and enough sugar to cover the top of your cocktail glass. Rim the glass with a lemon wedge, then dip the glass in the purple sugar.  

In a cocktail shaker, add ice, 1.5 oz of vodka, 3 oz lemonade, .5 oz Blue Curaçao, and .25 oz grenadine, and shake! shake! shake! Strain mix over ice in your rimmed cocktail glass, garnish with berries, and dance the night away to the Monster Mash—you earned it!

Solstice Mimosa

The days are getting shorter, why not lighten the long night with a festive solstice aperitif? 

What you’ll need…

  • Champagne
  • Sugar
  • Lemonade
  • Blue Curaçao
  • Honey

Dip the rim of your champagne flute in a bit of honey, and then in the sugar—if you’re feelin’ extra fancy you can swing for glitter sprinkles!

Fill the flutes halfway with lemonade, add a splash of Blue Curaçao, and then top with champagne.

Quick! Simple! Blue! What more could you want?!

Thanks for joining in on the fun. Enjoy your festivities and make sure to take pictures with your seasonal sippers and tag @MyBobs on the photos!

About the author / Bob

I consider myself the luckiest spokespuppet ever because I get to talk about the thing I love the most everyday – furniture! Tufted headboards, rustic finishes, the difference between a sofa and a couch (yes, there is a difference)… I could go on and on. Oh, I just love furniture and I’m SO excited that I have this blog to share my passion with you! It may take me a little longer to create posts – have you ever tried typing with clay hands – but I look forward to talking furniture with you!

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