Cocktails are usually synonymous of summer and long nights in sunny countries, but there is no reasons to not having a cocktail whenever you want. But as much as our food habits change with the seasons, so should be the drinks. The good news is that there are cocktails for every seasons, so here are some of the best for the autumn.
This might not be considered like a cocktail by purists but it is still a great autumn party drink and contains two types of alcohol: wine and brandy. You can find spices ready to mix with the alcohol, but mulled is quite easy to make. In a pot, mix a bottle of red wine with 60ml of brandy, 8 cloves, 80g of honey, 3 cinnamon sticks and 2 tsp of ground ginger. Cook on medium heat for 25-30 minutes and serve hot.
A classic variation of the Martini when you need a bit more fire in your mouth. The key ingredient here is whisky. The original one used for a Manhattan is rye whiskey, but the cocktail works with any other whisky. Put 2 oz of whisky, ½ oz of sweet vermouth, and 2-3 dashes of Angostura bitters in a mixing glass with ice, stir, and served with a Maraschino cherry.
Another autumnal variation, this time on the hot toddy. This will warm you up on a cold drizzly night and get you in the mood for the coming festive season. You need some honey to coat a cup or coffee glass. Then pour 2 oz of whisky or apple brandy, and fill with hot apple cider. Garnish the glass with a lemon wedge, a cinnamon stick and a couple of cloves.