Fall is one of our favorite times of the year, the cool crisp days and brilliant colored leaves and evenings around the fire pit lending themselves to lots of treats and drinks with warm baking spices and fall fruits fresh out of the orchards. The flavors of fall make for some great drinks, and when the folks at Drizly asked us to come up with a cocktail for fall, we jumped at the chance to explore a cocktail that would embrace those fall flavors. We came up with this great bourbon cocktail we call the Clove and Cider.
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As cocktail bloggers, we think the folks at Drizly have a pretty cool concept, especially as you don’t even need to leave your house to get wine, beer or spirits! Have a hankering for our Clove and Cider? Pull up Drizly or the Drizly app and order your the ingredients, and if you live in one of their ever expanding delivery areas (30+ major cities), in about an hour, you will have all your drinking needs delivered right to your door! This is a pretty fantastic concept, and when combined with Drizly’s focus on providing their customer incredible service, we were really excited to get to partner with the folks at Drizly!
For our Clove and Cider, we wanted to make a cocktail that showcased the flavors of fall. One of our favorite fall flavors is apple cider, especially because we live just a short trip from some incredible apple orchards that make some fantastic ciders. We had recently taken a trip down to the orchards and came home with a nice sweet and tart apple cider. With apple cider as our base, we wanted to find something that would pair up and enhance our cider.
We figured that a good Kentucky Bourbon would be delicious partner to the apple cider, and with us recently becoming fans of the nice Four Roses Small Batch Bourbon (available on Drizly!) when we came up with our Peach and Basil Bourbon Shrub, we got ourselves another bottle and started mixing. Four Roses is a blend of four different recipes which results in bourbon that is full of caramel and oak with a nice spicy finish, so we figured the caramel notes would pair up with the sweet tart apple cider. Four Roses Small Batch Bourbon also has a great flavor profile that works really well with some of those warm baking spices like cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves, all of which work really well with apples.
We wanted to add in a hint of baking spice, so we made a clove infused syrup to add spice and sweetness. The clove syrup worked really well with the apple cider and the vanilla notes of the bourbon. We wanted a little more complexity, so we added a splash of amaro (also available on Drizly!), bringing a deep rich herbal and spice character to the Clove and Cider that really created the feeling of a crisp fall day.
To add a bit of flair and flavor, we smoked the glass with a smoldering cinnamon stick. The smoke from the cinnamon stick perfumes the glass and gives the drink a flavor that reminded us of a the smell of a cold crisp fall evening around a fire pit. We used the smoldering cinnamon stick as a really unique garnish, and kept the tip of the stick smoldering, so that the smoke lazily drifted up. The cinnamon smoke also pairs really well with the apple cider, bourbon and amaro, and added an aromatic quality to the drink that engages multiple senses, making the Clove and Cider more than just a taste experience!
We think the Clove and Cider will be your next favorite fall cocktail that you can enjoy with friends around your fire pit! Cheers!
- 2 oz Bourbon
- 1 oz Amaro
- 2.5 oz Apple Cider
- .25 Fresh squeezed Lemon juice
- .75 Clove Simple Syrup
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup water
- 2 tablespoons whole cloves
- Use a culinary torch or lighter to light the end of a cinnamon stick so it smolders / smokes.
- Place a cocktail glass upside down over the smoldering cinnamon stick and allow the smoke to fill the glass.
- In a mixing glass, add ingredients with ice and stir for 30 seconds or until fully chilled.
- Strain the liquid into the smoked glass.
- Garnish with the cinnamon stick.
- Bring water and sugar to a boil in a small sauce pan.
- Remove from the heat.
- Add cloves and allow to steep until cool.
- Strain and store in a sealed container for up to 2 weeks.
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