Celebrate, Eat

Cheers to Fall

Hey, Pumpkin

Fall cocktails.  Yes yes, many of us assume that is the only drink flavor of fall is pumpkin spice, but the cooler temps bring so many warm options that celebrate the fruit and spices of the season.  Whether you are sipping fireside, or cozy and crowded at a party, this change of weather is a great reason to experiment with your usual drink choices.

When I’m hosting my own get-togethers, I’m sure to put a few options on the menu.  I’ve included recipes that can be modified and made with or without alcohol, depending on your guests’ preferences.

Salted Caramel Apple

It really doesn’t get much easier than this one.  You will simply mix two ingredients, three if you want to get crazy, pour it over ice.

  • 1-2 ounces of salted caramel vodka
  • 8 ounces of apple cider or apple juice.

You can mix up the cider & juice combo to your taste preference.

Pear Rosemary Cocktail

Jennifer Schmidt @jsfoodphotography

Upping our game a little here, I’ve decided to include a drink that uses fresh herbs.  You’re likely bringing your rosemary in for the winter, and so rather than let it sit there all neglected and looking for a job, take a few sprigs and use it with those seasonal pears.  Or buy pear vodka, whichever you prefer.

Shall we call this one the Prose? (pear-rosemary…nevermind). If you decide to infuse your own vodka, you’re going to need to prep at least 2 weeks in advance.  It’s pretty simple, you fill up a 48-ounce jar with pears, pour in the vodka, and let it soak.  At least 2 weeks, but no longer than 2 months.  You can also buy pear vodka if you are like me and don’t remember what plans you have for dinner today so planning ahead isn’t always the easiest.

  • 1-2 ounces pear vodka
  • 1 Tbs rosemary simple syrup (dissolve equal parts sugar and water over medium heat, add rosemary, let stand for 30 minutes and then remove the sprigs)
  • splash of pear juice or nectar
  • sparkling water
  • garnish with rosemary sprig

Autumn Sangria

Frank Zhang @terasproductions

There are a few ways to make this recipe, so I’ve included two options that pack different punches (get it?).  The one is served chilled (hello Florida friends) and the other is served warm (hey New York neighbors)…but you can choose either one, any time, regardless of where you live. This is a great recipe for when you’re serving a crowd.  This drink is pretty simple and straightforward and can be made ahead of time.

Pomegranate Orange Sangria – chilled

  • 1 bottle of red wine (your choice of a blend)
  • 1 cup brandy
  • 1 cup pomegranate juice
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • cinnamon sticks
  • orange – thinly sliced
  • 1 cup pomegranate seeds
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries

Mix all ingredients in pitcher and chill for at least 2 hours.  Serve over ice.  Garnish with cinnamon stick or orange slice.

Cranberry Orange Sangria – warm

Now let’s take a look at using nearly the same ingredients, but making it in a slow cooker or over the stop top.  Or if you really want to up your game, make this over an open fire as you toast s’mores.

  • 1 bottle of red wine (your choice of a blend)
  • 1 cup brandy
  • 1 cup cranberry juice
  • cinnamon sticks
  • orange – thinly sliced
  • fresh peppercorns – use a spice bag if you have it
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries

Let simmer until warm, or leave on low in your slow cooker and serve in a mug.

Cheers to you and the gorgeous season of Fall.  And don’t forget to partake in a nice warm mug of cider or coffee – yes, you can put your pumpkin spiced creamer in there too.

Alisa Anton @alisaanton

Here are a few photos that I’ve taken that celebrate the foliage of the season.  Foliage.  Love that word.

Fall Foliage by Ty PenningtonFall Foliage by Ty Pennington Fall Foliage by Ty Pennington

 

Ty Pennington

Ty Pennington is best known as the Emmy-award winning host of "Extreme Makeover Home Edition" and as the co-host of ABC Daytime's "The Revolution." He has been recognized as a home design expert, carpenter and leader in the field of volunteerism. TyPennington.com is a space to share his inspiration, design tips, daily musings and more. Ty can currently be seen on TLC's Trading Spaces.

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