A chill has fallen over New York City and I am looking for ways to warm up my insides. Good thing I love good booze.
With Oktoberfest right around he corner, I am enjoying more beer cocktails. My colleague at The Beagle, Tom, has created a refreshing cocktail called the Hop Over. Its a refreshing mix of IPA, lemon, Genever and Velvet Falernum, or rather Velour Falernum since Dan has begun making his own.Falernum is a spiced liqueur from the cariibean flavers with clove and lime zest.
On the seasonal front, its apple time here in New York State and I made my own appletini with the last of the fresh raspberries, apple brandy, lemon, honey and ginger. Grate cinnamon over a red apple slice fan and you have a real fall beauty.
Apple Brandy is a wonderful introduction to Fall cocktails. At Fort Defiance we have the Marconi Wireless, a Manhattan variation with Lairds mixed with two kinds of sweet vermouth. How can you go wrong with a Manhattan variation?
And this is my favorite time of year here in NYC. The weather is spectacular so why not celebrate the change of seasons with my favorite drink, a Manhattan? As long as your vermouth is fresh and your cherries aren't radioactive, a well made Manhattan should be easy. Try cutting the vermouth with a rich amaro like Averna or a bitter one like Campari for a different twist on a Manhattan. Or how about half bourbon half rye? Its is Bourbon Heritage Month after all...
2 oz Apple Brandy
1/2 oz honey syrup
1/2 oz ginger syrup
3/4 oz lemon juice
Muddle raspberries with ginger and honey syrup. Shake with brandy and lemon juice and strain over fresh ice into an old fashioned glass. Garnish with a fan of sliced apple and fresh grated cinnamon.