Feel that chill in the air? The Gentlemen of Elegant Leisure certainly do. Must have something to do with the apple harvest! Darned apples are everywhere! What can you do with them? You can’t eat ‘em. What are you, are horse? A worm? Come on. There’s only one option I’m afraid, and that’s to drink ‘em. Ready? Let’s go.
First up is a tasty little number called Autumn Rye. It was found in the Sept/Oct issue of Imbibe Magazine and is credited to Jason Renner at Bar Marco in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
-Jason Renner, Bar Marco - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
1 1/2 ounces rye whiskey
3/4 ounce fresh apple juice or unfiltered cider
1/2 ounce Allspice liqueur
2 dashes Peychaud’s bitters
Cinnamon stick for garnish.
Stir all the ingredients together with ice, then strain into a ice-filled rocks glass
Garnish with the cinnamon stick.
Fresh apple juice! That’s the kicker. What a lovely drink. American Thanksgiving is just around the corner. Maybe this is just the sort of thing to take the edge of the presence of your horrible family. Or my horrible family for that matter!
But what about dessert you say? Look no further than this delicious drink from the brand new (Sept 2017) book, New York Cocktails by Amanda Schuster. We also found this drink all over the web just by Googling it’s name, Mr. October.
-Timothy Miner, the JakeWalk in Brooklyn (now at Long Island Bar in Boerum Hill)
1 1/2 ounces Laird’s bonded applejack
3/4 ounce cinnamon syrup
3/4 ounce fresh lemon juice
1/2 ounce Galliano L’Authentico
2 dashes St. Elizabeths allspice dram
grated fresh nutmeg
Combine all ingredients with ice in a cocktail shaker. Shake and double strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Grate fresh nutmeg on the top.
Oh sweet Thanksgiving turkey this drink is good. It’s like apple pie in a glass. Really. The vanilla notes from the Galliano, the spice from the Allspice liqueur, the play between the lemon juice and the cinnamon syrup; not to mention the applejack, all combine to make this taste like apple pie with ice cream. In a glass. To drink.
We'd suggest you do it right now.
Oh! And as promised, here’s a picture of Jason in the bathroom at Dear Irving in New York.
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