I have seen several versions of this seasonal cocktail but I’m not sure if I need to try another one. This one is festive and fabulous. I first tried it on Halloween and now plan to incorporate it into my Thanksgiving weekend menu. Perfect! 🙂
The recipe was adapted from thehealthfulideas.com, contributed by Veronika. I used gold tequila and added maple syrup.
For the Cinnamon-Sugar Rim:
1 tablespoon turbinado sugar
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
A lime wedge
For the Margarita:
1.5 oz tequila
0.5 oz Cointreau
0.5 oz freshly squeezed lime juice, or more, to taste
2 oz apple cider
0.5 oz (1 T) pure maple syrup
small dash cinnamon, optional
1-2 dashes orange bitters
apple and/or lime slices, for garnish, optional
To Make the Rim:
Combine the turbinado sugar and cinnamon on a small plate.
Run a lime wedge around the rim of your glass and dip it in the sugar. Set aside.
To Make the Margarita:
Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker, add a handful of ice, and shake for 10-15 seconds until it’s very cold to touch.
Pour into a margarita glass (or another glass of choice) over ice.
Garnish with an apple and/or lime slice, if desired, and enjoy!
After picking eight heaping quarts of beautiful strawberries, I had to try a couple of new strawberry cocktails. I must say that it is difficult to make a strawberry cocktail that I would prefer to my favorite Strawberry-Basil Martini and (close second) The Union Square Strawberry Cocktail. Thankfully, we had plenty of strawberries and beautiful evenings to be able to enjoy all of them! 🙂
Both of these cocktails are incredibly simple and quick to prepare. The first is a Strawberry Gin & Tonic- perfect because one of my favorite summer cocktails is a classic gin and tonic. The recipe is from hometoheather.com. The second is a Spicy Strawberry Margarita. My husband made it as a celebratory cocktail on my birthday. ❤ He garnished the rim of the glass with a mixture of coarse salt and chile powder. The recipe was adapted from vinepair.com, contributed by Natalie Migliarini. Tasty and refreshing.
Strawberry Gin & Tonic
Yield: 1 cocktail
1 shot gin
1 wedge lime
tonic water, to fill
1 mashed strawberry
lime wedge or slice, or strawberry, for garnish
Use a highball glass and fill about ¼ full with ice.
Pour the gin over the ice.
Add your mashed berry, squeeze the lime wedge and fill with tonic water.
Garnish with lime or strawberry and serve.
Spicy Strawberry Margarita:
Yield: 1 cocktail
1.5 ounces tequila
1 ounce of lime juice
1/2 serrano or jalapeño chile, seeded (if desired), chopped or sliced into rings
3 strawberries, chopped
1/2 ounce agave nectar
salt and/or Tajín or chile powder, for the rim
1 cup ice
Rim a rocks glass with salt and/or Tajín or chile powder.
Chop peppers and strawberries and add all ingredients into shaker, shaking to chill and combine.
Pour chilled mixture, including the ice, into rocks glass.
This festive seasonal cocktail was absolutely fabulous. My husband and I enjoyed it prior to our quiet Thanksgiving feast this year.
This recipe was adapted from Jamie Oliver via francoiselaprune.com. I poached thin slices of pear so that I could use them as a garnish. I may poach even larger slices next time. We preferred it with a little bit less alcohol so I noted a range in the recipe below.
The delicious pear syrup can be made in advance, making this perfect for Thanksgiving or a party. We used the leftover syrup to make more cocktails! 😉 It could also be drizzled over ice cream.
Yield: Makes one drink (plus additional Vanilla Pear Syrup)
For the Vanilla Pear Syrup: (makes enough syrup for approximately 10 drinks)
1 Bartlett pear, cut in half or quartered, cored, & cut into thin slices
200 g (7.1 ounces, 1 cup) granulated sugar
200 ml (7 ounces, scant 1 cup) water
1/2 vanilla bean, split, seeds scraped
For the Cocktail:
30ml (1 ounce, 2 T) Vanilla Pear Syrup
30ml (1 ounce, 2 T) freshly squeezed lemon juice
44 to 50ml (1.5 to 1.75 ounces) vodka
poached pear slices, for garnish
Add the pear slices, sugar, water, vanilla seeds with vanilla bean pod to a small saucepan. Simmer on low heat for 30 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.
Let the poaching liquid infuse and cool down for another 30 minutes.
Strain through a fine wire mesh strainer, reserving the poached pear slices for garnish. Keep pear syrup in a jar in the refrigerator; it will keep for 5 days.
Combine the lemon juice, vodka and 30ml of the vanilla pear syrup into a cocktail shaker. Shake well and strain into a cocktail glass with ice.
Garnish with a thin pear slice (or two).
Note: This cocktail was also wonderful with Meyer lemon juice. (I used the juice of my very first lemon from my Meyer lemon tree!) 🙂
This simple sparkling drink is a very light and refreshing end of summer cocktail. It can easily be diluted with club soda or seltzer, to taste.
The recipe was adapted from drinkoftheweek.com. I used a white nectarine and lemon seltzer instead of club soda. The original recipe also suggests using plums, peaches, cherries, or apricots instead of nectarines.
Yield: One drink
1 1/2 oz vodka
1 oz honey syrup (half honey, half warm water)(I used Italian Melata di Bosca honey)
1/2 oz lemon juice
1/2 nectarine, sliced, plus more for garnish
club soda or lemon seltzer
fresh mint, for garnish, optional
Muddle the nectarine slices in the honey syrup.
Add the vodka and lemon juice and stir.
Top with ice and club soda or seltzer.
Garnish with nectarine slices and/or mint, as desired.