Spirits and cocktails can be seasonal too. Though not driven by ripeness in the same way as produce, certain flavors in a cocktail scream “fall.” Some evoke autumn with aromatics like cinnamon, coffee or caraway, or a deeper sweetness thanks to maple syrup or dark brown sugar. Others capture the essence of the apples and pears that ripen when the weather cools.
Think of cocktail recipes as a group of ratios, each one a gentle guide that’s adaptable to your own tastes. A sidecar made with whiskey instead of brandy will be different, but delicious.
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Varying the spirits, mixers and bitters with your own locally available products may change each of these cocktails, and that’s absolutely fine.
Experiment, taste and enjoy these four cocktails from innovative distilleries around the country.
With notes of butterscotch, vanilla and anise, this warm whiskey drink is just as complex as it is sweet.
This sophisticated take on the popular dessert drink combines peppermint liqueur with cold brew.
A classic since the 1920s, quality pears make all the difference in this brandy-forward delight.