As the days grow short and a chill settles into the air, I find myself drawn toward food and drink that share an essence with Autumn. Foods that are simple, golden-hued, and perhaps, have a bit of bite – just like the crisp morning wind.
As Thanksgiving approached, I wanted to find an encapsulation of the season that would be the perfect accompaniment to all those harvest dishes. In other words, I was on a quest to find the perfect Fall cocktail. To help me in my journey was my talented friend and fellow blogger from Five Dishes. Together, we researched the classics (mulled wine, hot toddies), the overdone (sorry, pumpkin spice anything), and finally found a drink that seemed completely fresh, but traditional enough to play well with the requisite turkey and cranberry sauce (or truly, whatever Fall’s bounty graces your table this year.)
Our chosen cocktail is earthy, fragrant and has a color like a sugar maple in fall. And yes, it has a lovely, subtle bite thanks to the spiced rum. But the best part of all? It was unbelievably easy to make.
Ingredients (makes 2 cocktails)
- 2½ oz spiced rum (we used Chairman’s Reserve Spiced Rum)
- 4 oz fresh unfiltered apple juice
- 2 big pinches of Chinese 5 Spice
- 2 long threads of lemon peel
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 1 bottle of quality hard Pear Cider (apple cider would pair well, too)
In a shaker half-filled with ice-cubes, combine the rum, apple juice, and Chinese 5 spice. Shake well and pour in a glass. Top with the pear cider and garnish with a cinnamon stick and twist of lemon peel.
The recipe is for two, so you can make sure to enjoy with a friend. I can’t think of a better way to toast this holiday of sharing. Cheers!