Today we want to share some of the best fall cocktails to try this season. Fall is a special time full of all our favorite seasonal flavors; pumpkin and apple are hits on the plate this season but why stop there? We have compiled a list of cocktails that are quintessentially fall and represent the best tastes the season has to offer.
White Spiced Coffee
For the coffee lovers out there, try this white spiced coffee to warm up on a chilly evening. It takes a little time and effort to prepare, but the results are well worth it. The coffee, cinnamon, and cardamom flavors pair beautifully with the rum, creating an unforgettable drink. It can also be made without alcohol, making it a great treat for any time of day that everyone can enjoy.
Apple Cider Mimosas
Who doesn’t love apple cider? Who doesn’t love mimosas? A twist on the classics, the best of both worlds combine to create this mouthwatering apple cider mimosa. With only four ingredients necessary, this is perfect for anyone who wants a new seasonal favorite without a lot of hassle. Pop that champagne and treat your tastebuds to a bubbly, sweet cider.
Boozy Screamsicle Shakes
No one with a sweet tooth will be able to resist these boozy screamsicle shakes. Just in time for Halloween, these seven ingredient shakes indulge your inner child and pack a punch all at the same time. Orange sherbet, Oreos, and Vanilla Vodka combine to create those signature festive colors. Though Halloween may be different this year, you can still celebrate with these delicious shakes.
Apple Pie Bourbon Shots
For those looking for something a little more intense, these apple pie bourbon shots will be a new favorite for sure. Only six ingredients are required and it takes about five minutes to prepare. Ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg are key players in making this drink taste just like that signature apple pie. Be careful, they’re so good you won’t be able to have just one!
Hot Mulled Cider
Finally, we want to finish off with a classic: hot mulled cider. Everyone should try making mulled cider at least once and there’s good reason for that; the taste speaks for itself. The drink takes about an hour and requires nine ingredients, making it a little more involved than some of the others, but there’s nothing better than sipping that warm, comforting flavor on a crisp fall night.
We hope you love these fall cocktails and they give you a delicious, boozy boost this season!
December is upon us, which means it’s time to start buying gifts, decorating trees, and planning festive parties. Although we love the season, there is nothing more stressful than hosting a holiday party. As hosts, we worry about everything under the snowfall, from the aesthetic of the log fire to seating arrangements. Most of all, we worry about how much fun our family and friends are having, at the end of the day everybody wants to have a good time and make lasting memories with one another. If you want your holiday party to be a memorable one, try serving up some new fresh drinks this year. Enjoy some, or all, of these flavorful holiday cocktails that will be sure to spice up your party (some of which can be made without alcohol).
1. Eggnog with a Twist: Everyone knows the Christmas classic, Eggnog. Originally I found this recipe on delish.com and it is as creamy and sweet as anyone could hope for, but I found that adding a secret ingredient will meet the high Christmas standards for your party.
For a serving of 4: In a large saucepan, whisk together 5 egg yolks and ⅓ cup of sugar. Add 2 cups of milk, ¼ teaspoon of nutmeg, ½ a teaspoon of cinnamon, and 1 teaspoon of vanilla, lower the heat to a medium-low flame. Then cook until the Eggnog is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon. Take off the heat and mix in ¾ cups of heavy cream, 1 cup of Rumchata if you’re feeling boozy, and (get ready for it) 1 cup of freshly brewed coffee. Finally, refrigerate until cold and serve with whipped cream.
I know it’s a pretty basic Eggnog recipe, but if you’re like me and don’t enjoy drinks that are overly sweet, adding the coffee becomes a necessity. It takes away from the overpowering sugariness of the Nog and mixes well with the cinnamon and nutmeg spices.
2. The North Pole Cocktail: I found this amazing cocktail on halfbakedharvest.com and, honestly, it’s one of my favorites. It has the aesthetic of a hot chocolate with the flavor of a gingerbread house.
For a serving of 4: In a cocktail shaker, combine 4 tablespoons of chocolate syrup, 3 teaspoons of molasses, 1 teaspoon of vanilla, ⅛ teaspoon of ginger, ½ a cup of vodka, and ¼ cup of optional Kahlúa, then (OutKast voice) shake like a polaroid picture, hey ya! Add some ice and shake it, shake it, shake it. Strain the beverage into four glasses, and add ½ a cup of heavy cream. Top it off with whipped cream and a candy cane.
I find this drink really gets me in the mood for the holidays. It smells and tastes like the spices that make up the pleasing aroma of Christmas, and that bite of peppermint from the candy cane makes it even better.
3.The Sufganiyot Cocktail: When I first saw this on thedailymeal.com I thought it must have been very intimidating, but “sufganiyot” is actually Hebrew for “jelly doughnut,” traditionally eaten on Hanukkah. This drink is very potent but still carries the taste it promises in its name.
For a single serving: Rub a lemon wedge on the rim of a martini glass and dip in powdered sugar, then add ice. In a cocktail shaker combine ⅛ a cup of vanilla vodka, ⅛ a cup of citrus flavored vodka, and ¼ cup of Manischewitz sweetened blackberry wine. Then shake it up like a magic eight ball being passed around at a slumber party. Finally, strain into your glass and enjoy.
The Manischewitz wine in this cocktail is so delightful, when mixed with the vodkas it creates a harmony in the mouth.
4. Holiday Punch: This is a delicious traditional drink in my household. Funny enough, I’m not sure who created it or how it began, but every year we throw this bad boy together and enjoy.
When I say throw this bad boy together I mean that literally. The measurements for this drink are whatever you want (except for the alcohol). Firstly, grab a punch bowl fill the bottom with ice. Then pour in a carton of cranberry juice, followed by half a carton of orange juice, and finally a bottle of 7Up for extra fizz (stir in ⅓ cup of gin if desired). Based on how you like your drinks you can switch around the cranberry and orange, however I like this beverage a little more tart. Finally, garnish with whole cranberries and orange slices.
If you like something that’s fruitier than Eggnog with plenty of fizz, you will want to try making Holiday Punch. From my family to yours.
5. Apple Pie Shot: This simple yet tasty drink will be a favorite at your party this year. I found this recipe on allrecipes.com after searching for a dessert beverage. I was lucky the link for this little guy popped up.
For a single serving: In a shot glass pour ⅛ a cup of apple cider and ⅛ cup of Tito’s Vodka or ¼ cup of apple cider if you don’t want it dirty. Then top it off with whipped cream and a large sprinkle of cinnamon.
You may think that this would taste like nail polish remover, as most shots do, but surprisingly this one is rather pleasant. It doesn’t taste completely like a warm apple pie, no beverage can ever be that good, but it does have a nice apple flavor.
From the hills of North Georgia, Belles Organics began as a small company with big ideas inspired by the creative genius of Jessica Flores, co-founder and CEO, and her husband, Daniel. As happenstance would have it, just as with so many other great ideas, Jessica and Daniel were attending a fourth of July party in 2011 when someone asked, “Where are the cocktails?” Instead of blending a store-bought drink mix added to vodka, Jessica insisted on fresh, organic ingredients: lemons, oranges, peaches, and, of course, wheat vodka. Crafting cocktails with her original recipes derived from years of having fun, the libations were an overwhelming success. While driving home that evening, Jessica decided to start a company constructing the best organic cocktails in a container: ready to serve just by adding ice. Into the early morning, Belles Organics was conceived, featuring five distinctive cocktails, each with a southern belle flair.
Let me introduce the cocktails: Miss Georgia Belle is a delightfully smooth cocktail of peaches, cream, and whole wheat vodka with a jazzy kick of vanilla. Miss Belle on the Beach is a refreshing blend of cranberries, peaches, and oranges combined with whole wheat vodka. Miss Banana Belle is a marriage of banana, coconut, white grapes, and sugar cane rum. Miss Beri Belle is a blissful blend of lemonade, blueberries, and wheat vodka. And finally, my personal favorite: Miss Southern Belle is a thirst-quenching balance of southern lemonade and whole wheat vodka. And yes, it is all 100% USDA organic, and winner of 21 awards for the best “Ready-to-Drink” cocktail on the market.
The five southern belle labels are much more than cocktail names. These ladies are actual employees of Belles Organics, all trained and very talented in dancing, singing, and acting. Just take a look at the music video “Bathtub Shimmy.” Whenever Belles Organics has a promotional event, the five beautiful belles perform song and dance routines and serve up their favorite cocktail, but during a “typical” work day, their jobs include sales, marketing, website design, and theatrical productions.
Ms. Flores fosters camaraderie, friendship, and a strong work ethic amongst her employees, who are like family members to her. When in working relationships with other businesses, which she calls “partners,” she fosters the company’s common goal of crafting the finest organic products without adding potentially hazardous additives to preserve taste and shelf life. That’s quite a task—so how does this Southern girl from Sumter, South Carolina, accomplish this mission?
“It is not easy,” she said, “but with planning, perseverance, and a commitment to excellence Belles Organics has succeeded.”
Yes, the upstart beverage company, only in business 2 or 3 years, is now distributed in several states following the roll out of their national marketing campaign with their network of committed “partners.” The keywords to keep in mind are fresh, truly organic (read the labels of other organics), no additives, no high temperature pasteurization, and proprietary packaging from Tetra Pak to seal in the freshness for more than a year.
Customarily worn by the five belles, the southern belle costumes with thigh-high slits and hosiery to match were designed and sewn at the dining room table by Jessica Flores, Pat Rosenberg, and Violet Davidson, together with the help of Jessica’s daughter, Cicily. Adding a few accessories like top hats with feathers and ribbons, bustier tops, corsets, and high heels, the belles are always ready to display their musical talents wearing their authentic designs. When not performing the “Bathtub Shimmy,” the belles, dressed in fashionable street clothes of the era, may be seen driving around town in a 1938 Buick convertible and having a little fun along the way.
Hats off to Jessica Flores for breaking through the glass ceiling for women and advocating investor and retiree rights as she worked with Wall Street banks. Instead of placing her career on cruise control and driving toward her golden parachute, she followed a different path to create a company, and quality products and jobs for Americans, all while setting an example of superb corporate governance focused on the betterment of employees and the community. Looking beyond Belles Organics, Flores’ visionary perspective leans toward American crafted luggage with a timeless design, luxurious but affordable handbags where quality trumps logos, and 1930’s bedroom furniture and accessories to bring back romance and “pillow talk” in the bedroom. Stylish by day and by night, she explained, “The furniture line is about dressing for bed. This whole era of wearing yoga pants to bed should be illegal. Quite frankly, the minute you wear yoga pants to bed, you can go ahead and work on your divorce papers. You lose your femininity and then your chemistry [in the marriage].”
If Ms. Flores had a time machine, she would certainly travel back to the 1930’s after the market crash, when families came together, romance flourished, and fashions were elegant. Since she cannot travel backward in time, she has decided to bring the 1930’s into today with a jazz cabaret dinner theatre hosting outstanding fine dining, entertainment, and, of course, Belles Organics cocktails.
Learn more Jessica and the five belles at bellesorganics.com, and if you want to purchase the cocktails online, then log onto caskers.com.
For more articles by Terry Check, visit ClicheMag.com Photography: Terry Check; Models: Danielle Roundtree, Lauren Jordan, Lindsay Orr, Josette Pimenta, and Gabriella Clemente; Fashion Designers: Jessica Flores, Pat Rosenberg, Violet Davidson, Cicily Flores; Makeup Artist: Michael McKeever; Hair Stylist: Analea Murray