We can all agree, darker nights and cooler temperatures mean more time spent indoors, and it's almost that time of year again where we invite a few friends over and cosy up with a cocktail. So, why not sip on one of our delicious cocktail recipes, infused and inspired by the best Autumn ingredients.

 

Equipment You'll Need:

The first step to making great cocktails is having the right tools to hand! Here's some of the equipment you will need:

Cocktail Shaker

A cocktail shaker is arguably the most essential tool in cocktail making. Shaking your drink gives a good mix of all ingredients, and most importantly allows the drink to chill with ice cubes with minimal dilution.

Strainer

You've got to get your cocktail out of the shaker and into your glass - preferably without all the muddled bits and the ice you've used to dilute and cool the drink.

Bar Spoon

For stirring a cocktail, a bar spoon's long neck allows it to reach the bottom of even the largest mixing glass. A standard teaspoon will make stirring much more clumsy and slow - and may not reach to the bottom of a glass.

Muddler

For some cocktails, you will need a muddler to allow herbs and fruit to mix well.

Glasses

The amount of glassware you can find for cocktails is seemingly never-ending! There are so many varieties - some much fancier than the other. A nice glass will make your cocktail look even more attractive, though a good starting point is to have a Martini glass, Collins glass, Lowball glass and a Coupe glass.

 

Recipes:

Apple Pie Moscow Mule

An Autumnal Twist on a Spicy Classic, Mixing Seasonal Apples and Ginger, Perfect for a Night Watching the Fireworks.

Ingredients:

113ml. Cider

113 ml. Caramel Vodka

1 bottle Ginger Beer

How to Make:

1. Fill 2 copper mugs (very fitting for the season, but choose whichever glasses you prefer) with ice.

2. In a cocktail shaker combine all ingredients but the ginger beer.

3. Then, shake. Fill the mugs (or glasses) halfway and finish with the ginger beer until full.

4. Garnish with cinnamon sticks and apple slices.

 

Hot Mulled Cider

A classic, easy-to-make Autumn warmer, perfect for a cosy night in after a cold day.

Ingredients:

1 ½ L Dry Cider

7 tbsp Brandy

400 ml Apple Juice

75g Dark Brown Sugar

Zest 1 orange, pared into strips

4 Whole Cloves

2 Cinnamon Sticks, Broken in Half

1 tbsp Allspice Berries

How To Make:

Pour the cider, brandy, apple juice and brown sugar into a large saucepan and gently heat to mull.

Add the orange zest and spices, bring to a simmer, then turn down and keep on a low heat for 20-30 minutes.

Ladle into glass mugs to serve.

 

Blackberry Bourbon

A sweet way to end a cold day - mixing sweet blackberries and whisky, this cocktail is perfect for a night in.

Ingredients:

Granulated Sugar (for the rim of the glasses)

Zest from 1 lime (again, for the rims)

8 fresh blackberries

7 leaves of mint

Juice from half a lemon

1-2 tablespoons of honey

2 oz. of bourbon, more or less to taste

Ginger beer for topping

How To Make:

1. On a shallow plate, mix the sugar and lime zest. Rim the lime wedge around the edge of the glasses, then invert each glass into the plate to create a sugar/lime rim.

2. In a cocktail shaker or glass jar, add blackberries, mint, lemon juice and honey, using a cocktail muddler. Muddle all of the ingredients together, squishing everything to release the juices. Then add the bourbon.

3. Add ice to your rimmed glass and pour the drink over the ice.

4. Tip the glass with a little more ice and then pour the ginger beer over, gently stirring to combine.

5. Garnish with fresh mint.

 

Cran Pom Rosé

Rosé isn't just for summer - mixing champagne and aperol, the Cram Pom Rosé is perfect for Autumn dinners or parties.

Ingredients:

4 oz. Rosé Champagne

½ oz. Aperol

One Dozen Pomegranate Seeds

A few tablespoons of Cranberry Juice to top

How To Make:

Stir together the ingredients, then top with the cranberry juice.

 

Espresso Martini

A Cold, Coffee-Flavoured Classic

Ingredients:

2 part Vodka

1 part Espresso

¾ parts 1:1 Simple Syrup

How To Make:

Shake all ingredients together with some ice and strain into a glass.

 

Gingerbread Martini

A creamy martini with a sweet gingerbread taste.

Ingredients:

150ml Vodka

150ml Irish Cream

75ml milk - Chilled

6 Scoops Vanilla Ice Cream

6 tbsp Gingerbread Syrup

Nutmeg to decorate

How To Make:

1. Pre-chill the glasses by filling them with crushed ice.

2. Then put all of the ingredients into the blender and blend until completely smooth.

3. Finally, empty the ice from the glasses, pour the martini mixture into them and sprinkle a little nutmeg on top.

 

Non-Alcoholic Mulled Wine

Mulled wine minus the alcohol. Combining pomegranate juice and blackberries, it's just as warming as the real deal.

Ingredients:

500ml Pomegranate Juice

25g Golden Caster Sugar

Handful of Frozen Blackberries

250ml Apple Juice

1 Cinnamon Stick

1 Star Anise

4 Cloves

3 Black Peppercorns

1 Orange, quartered

How To Make:

1. Put the pomegranate juice, sugar, blackberries and apple juice in a saucepan.

2. Add the cinnamon, star anise, cloves, peppercorns and orange.

3. Heat gently until simmering.

4. Taste for sweetness, then strain the drink into heatproof glasses.

 

There we have it. Seven warming cocktails perfect for any Autumnal night-in.

If you're looking to make any this Autumn and have taken the time to buy the ingredients, you will need to make sure they stay safe and fresh for as long as possible.

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