Leaves are falling, the air is crisp in the evenings and the nights are becoming longer. I adore this time of the year as I find it so comfortable and cozy. I am breaking out fluffy sweaters and scarves as well as wool blankets to scatter around the house, inviting guests to linger and stay a while. I’m also switching out the home bar, replacing summertime gins, vodkas, and white rums with whiskey, rye, and hard ciders. It’s time to enjoy Fall cocktails full of warmth and flavor.
One of my favorite cocktails this Fall has been what I’m calling the New Old Fashioned. I see this cocktail as the essence of Fall, with a dash of fading summer hanging on the edges. Rich flavors of rye, apples, and maple play against a brightening splash of cherry and citrus.
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Traditionally, an old fashioned is muddled citrus and cherries mixed with some sugar, bourbon, and a splash of club soda. I skipped the muddling and used Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur (a secret weapon for your home bar) and orange bitters. I also switched out the bourbon for rye, which happens to be the original alcohol used in an Old Fashioned. In my humble opinion, rye has a bit more depth.
The real secret is using hard cider in place of club soda. It adds a kick and distinctive flavor alongside the bubbles. I used a Crispin Cider called The Saint, which is made with fermented apple cider and a hint of maple syrup.The cider is yeasty but smooth and a little sweet, which serves as the perfect companion for a rich rye and a wonderful cocktail to take you into Fall!
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The New Old Fashioned: Hard Cider, Rye, and Cherry Cocktail
- 1/2 ounce Luxardo Cherry Liqueur
- 1 ounce rye
- 2 ounces hard apple cider
- Several dashes orange bitters
- Apple slice, for garnish
- Fill a cocktail glass half-way with ice.
- Pour the cherry liqueur and rye into the glass and stir until chilled.
- Top off with the apple cider and a couple dashes of orange bitters. Stir. Garnish with an apple slice.
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