How is it autumn already? This year has understandably felt like a bit of a blur for most people, but that doesn’t mean to say you can’t still celebrate the new season as it rolls in. As the temperature drops and the leaves begin to fall, this will put you in the mood for heartier food and spirits that warm the insides as well as the soul.
Here is our autumn drinks guide 2020 to tell you more.
Starting with an old favourite, mulled wine is the perfect drink to enjoy as we get into the colder months and can be made in just a few minutes. First pour some red wine into a pan and gently heat it up. The next step is to add in some spices, and the exact blend is completely up to you. Ground nutmeg works quite well, as does cardamom and star anise which will give it a real kick. Add in 50g of demerara sugar as well as a cinnamon stick.
Finally, slice an orange into thin slices and place it into the pan. Give everything to stir and leave for up to 30 minutes making sure the wine never comes up to the point of boiling. Before serving, give it a final taste test to check if any other spices need adding. Use a ladle to serve and enjoy!
P.S: Mulled wine pairs excellently with a mince pie, even if it’s only October!
No, a Gaelic punch isn’t a reference to the fiercely fought battle between Scotch whisky vs Irish whiskey. Instead, it’s a deliciously warming drink that would stifle off even the most incessant of sniffles which become commonplace at this time of year. The recipe uses Irish whiskey, boiling water, sugar and lemon.
To make a Gaelic punch, simply mix lemon zest and sugar together before adding the boiling water until the sugar dissolves. Strain the mixture and stir in the Irish whiskey. Give it a stir and garnish with some lemon. An optional addition is some honey, though this definitely verges into hot toddy territory.
Toffee Apple Cocktail
With Halloween fast approaching now is the time to bust out the toffee apple. If you are yet to experience flavoured vodka, then our Thunder toffee vodka is a real treat for the tastebuds. There are several ways you can enjoy it either neat as a shot or with a mixer drink.
Alternatively, you can make a warm toffee apple cocktail too. Gently melt some toffee apple into a pan, and add brandy and a dash of cider. Stir in caster sugar, unsalted butter and water. Bring the mixture together, remove from the heat and serve.
Cranberry Spice Cocktail
The Spice Girls were missing Victoria at their last reunion, but not to worry as the delectable cranberry spice cocktail is here to save the day. You’ll need a wedge of orange, a large handful of cranberries, some crystallised ginger, 2 ounces of Aperol, 1-ounce Lillet blanc, ice, 4 ounces of cider, and 4 dashes of cranberry anise or Peychaud’s bitters.
In a cocktail shaker, add the orange wedge with 10 of the cranberries and the ginger. Follow up with the Aperol, Lillet Blanc, bitters and ice. Shake well and strain the drink into an ice-filled class. Finish by adding the cider and the remaining cranberries. A nice touch at the end is also to add a slice of ginger on a toothpick into the glass.
There is perhaps not a drink on the planet that is more warm and comforting than a hot chocolate. The great thing about hot chocolate is that there are so many ways to enjoy it. There is, of course, the powder version where you just need to add hot water. However, it’s traditionally made using double cream, milk and of course a combination of milk and dark chocolate. Melt the ingredients together in a slow cooker and leave to simmer for a couple of hours.
Of course, here at Bring. Me. Drink. we love nothing better than putting an alcoholic twist on things. There are several ways you can spice up a hot chocolate, but perhaps the party favourite is to add in some Bailey’s Irish Cream. For the ultimate luxe touch, finish your drink off with some chocolate shavings which will slowly melt as you take each sip.
To Sum Up
Just because summer is behind us for another year, that doesn’t mean to say all the fun is gone where your drinks are concerned! Autumn is the perfect time to sample tangy berry tipples such as mulled wine, sloe gin and cranberry flavoured cocktails. You can also have lots of spooky fun experimenting with flavoured vodka for all your Halloween drinks too.
The above is just a snapshot of our autumn drinks guide for 2020. We are keen to hear what you’ll be serving up this autumn! You can also follow us over on Facebook where we will share the latest news, tips and competitions here at Bring Me Drink.