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Drink up! Cocktails for fall
It’s feeling a bit more like fall with cooler weather spreading across Central Florida. Don’t worry, I knocked on wood to ward off the universe from giving us some more 85-plus degree weather.
Seasonal cocktails feel festive. The following drinks are ideal to cap off a fall day or mix up for Thanksgiving.
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• Seasons 52 Cranberry & Sage Cocktail: This cocktail is on Season 52’s Thanksgiving menu.
Place 4 blanched cranberries, 2 sage leaves and 2 lime wedges into cocktail shaker. Add ½ ounce simple syrup and muddle ingredients. Fill highball glass with ice and pour into cocktail shaker. Add 2 ounces white cranberry juice and 2 ounces organic gin on top of ice. Shake ingredients vigorously for 15 seconds and pour contents of tin back into highball.
• Boozy Pomegranate Cider: This mulled wine recipe will keep you warm during our erratic cold snaps. You can find mulling spices at certain grocery stores — or make your own by combining whole allspice, whole cloves, cinnamon sticks and some sort of dried fruit — think citrus rinds or raisins.
In a small saucepan, add 2 cups pomegranate juice, 1 cup apple cider, 4 teaspoons of mulling spice in a mulling bag or tea bag. Place the pan on medium heat and let the mixture come to a simmer. Let simmer for 10 minutes or so, until it’s fragrant. Remove mulling bag.
Divide between two warm mugs, and add a shot of rum to each mug. Serve immediately.
• The Harvest Sipper: This recipe comes form Natalie’s Orchid Island Juice Co.
In a large pot on medium-high heat, add 32 ounces apple spice juice, 8 ounces lemon juice and 2 tablespoons peeled and sliced ginger. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium. Cook for 5 minutes. Remove from heat. Ladle mixture into mugs. Pour 1 ounce of Irish whiskey into each glass and garnish with lemon peel.
• Southern Charm: This Dixie Vodka cocktail recipe can be made in a single serving or prepared in large batches.
For one serving, fill shaker with ice and add 2 ounces vodka, 3 cucumber slices, 2 ounces apple cider, the juice of half a lemon and 2 mint leaves. Shake; pour in ice-filled glass. Top with tonic. Garnish with cucumber slice.