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Scott’s Fall Cocktails

Here is the truth: we miss DC.  Oh, you’re not surprised, right? We love this incredible rural life, but sometimes we would love nothing more than to perch on a seat at one of our favorite cocktail bars in the city. Dim lighting, romantic atmosphere, speakeasies and talented mixologists abound down there, and it is probably one of the things we miss the most.

So Scott, my rising mixologist, has gotten creative on the farm to re-create the date nights we have been missing. After we took the Tiki cocktail class 2 years ago, Scott has been concocting and meddling in craft libations. Though he is modest and would deny the praise, he mixes insanely delicious drinks and I love watching him grow in this hobby.  All I have heard about for the last two months is his autumn cocktail menu, of which I can now present.

Yesterday I walked through the living room to see him furiously jotting notes – and then I peered onto his computer and he was giving life to new cocktail recipes. We sampled his newest creations and took advantage of this 70 degree October weather on the farm to capture a few of them outside. So without further adieu, Scott’s 3 best Fall Cocktails:

The Speckled Pumpkin:

This cocktail was inspired by my recent trip to Catskill, NY. My best friend’s husband’s family (did you get that?) owns Story Farms and had an interesting batch of pumpkins this year, which they have dubbed the “speckled pumpkin”. I brought one home and Scott immediately started crafting a drink with sprinkled bitters on top to get the same effect…

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The Speckled Pumpkin
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Ingredients
  1. 2 oz. bourbon
  2. .25 oz. maple syrup
  3. .5 oz. pumpkin syrup
  4. .5 oz. lemon
  5. 1 egg white
  6. 3 dashes chocolate bitters
  7. 3 dashes orange bitters
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients into a shaker with ice and shake thoroughly
  2. Empty through strainer
  3. Garnish with dashes of bitters for speckled effect
Notes
  1. Tip: Wait until foam of egg white forms at top of drink before using the bitters to garnish (approx. 20 seconds)
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Harvest Old Fashioned:   

This one is all Scott – he adores a good Old Fashioned and is constantly playing with the recipe to create seasonal iterations. This one even I like, so it has to be good. :)  I also appreciate the scent of smoked rosemary, so it’s the perfect first whiff of this cocktail.

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Harvest Old Fashioned
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Ingredients
  1. 2 oz. bourbon
  2. .5 oz. cider simple syrup
  3. .25 oz. maple syrup
  4. .25 oz. lemon juice
  5. 3 dashes of cranberry bitters
  6. Smoked rosemary to garnish
Instructions
  1. First make your cider simple syrup - a 1:1 ration of sugar and cider. Heat on stove and mix until blended. You can make as much as you want - put the rest in the fridge for another night.
  2. Throw all ingredients in a shaker. Shake until blended.
  3. Strain into glass, garnish with rosemary.
  4. Light end of rosemary to smoke.
  5. Drink and enjoy.
Notes
  1. If you don't have bitters - don't fear. Think of them like spices while cooking - they add a certain flavor profile that you can add more, or less depending on taste. If you don't have cranberry bitters, you can add a teaspoon of cranberry juice, but expect a slightly more tart taste.
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Fall on Fox Cross :

And then of course, Scott appealed to my palette and crafted a fantastic cider cocktail that I could put in a fancy glass and feel sophisticated on a Friday night. This is my favorite of the group, and that cider gives it a perfect autumn profile.

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Fall on Fox Cross
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Ingredients
  1. 1.5 oz. rum
  2. 1 oz. apple cider
  3. 1 oz. sweet vermouth
  4. .5 ginger liquor
  5. .5 oz. lime juice
  6. 2 dashes cranberry bitters
  7. 2 dashes angostura bitters
Instructions
  1. Put all ingredients in shaker - shake until blended.
  2. Drink and enjoy.
Notes
  1. We originally included a quarter oz. simple syrup, but it was slightly too sweet for our liking. If you like sweeter cocktails, we suggest adding this to the ingredients.
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 So let us know what you try – CHEERS!

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      1. Fun to make, even more so to drink ;) Thanks for stopping by!!

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