“There is something in October sets the gypsy blood astir: We must rise and follow her, When from every hill of flame She calls, and calls each vagabond by name.”
― William Bliss
Maple. Caramel. Apple. The flavors and aroma of fall.
Harvest parties, Halloween and Thanksgiving are all just around the corner and it’s never too early to begin planning the menu. Especially the cocktail menu.
All of these work well for small gatherings or large groups and if you are having friends over to watch the game on the big screen or even just kicking back by the evening fire, these autumn-inspired cocktails are perfection.
Below are three recipes to help get you in the mood for fall whether it’s a drink for one or cocktails for 25. Enjoy!
- 1 oz. Tap 357 Maple Rye Whisky
- 2 oz. Ginger Beer
- 2 oz. Apple Cider
Build all ingredients in a rocks glass with ice and stir. Garnish with a wedge of apple.
Caramel Apple Sangria
- 1 (750ml) btl Van Gogh Dutch Caramel Vodka
- 2 btls sparkling wine or champagne
- 1 quart fresh apple cider
- 2 apples, sliced
- Ground cinnamon
- Cinnamon sticks
Combine vodka, apple cider and cinnamon in a punch bowl. Let sit for 30 minutes. Add an ice block and apple slices. Pour into glasses and top with chilled sparkling wine.
- 1 (750ml) btl Van Gogh Wild Appel Vodka
- 1 (750ml) btl Tap 357 Maple Rye Whisky
- 2 cups pomegranate juice
- 2 cups apple cider
- 1 cup lemonade
Add all ingredients to a punch bowl with ice. Stir well to chill and dilute. Let sit in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes. Garnish with cranberries, apple, orange, and lemon slices**. Serve out into punch glasses.
**Optional – Stud fruit with cloves.
Tap 357 Canadian Maple Rye Whisky (SRP, $29.99/750ml) is a premium small-batch Canadian whisky that marries 3-, 5- and 7-year old rye whiskies with pure “Canada 1 Light” maple syrup tapped at the first hint of spring in Quebec. Distilled four times then matured in bourbon barrels, after blending, the rye whiskies are combined with the purest, high-grade maple syrup of the region and allowed to rest before release.
Van Gogh Vodka (SRP $27/750ml) is handcrafted with the finest ingredients in Holland by third-generation Master Distiller Tim Vos at the Cooymans Distillery in Tilburg. Unquestionably the leader in vibrantly flavored, authentic vodkas, each sip of Van Gogh will transport you to an orchard, the tropics, a chocolate shop or your favorite coffee house. It is a feast for the senses.