By Faria Ahmed
The green leaves are already turning to a burning yellow-red before they reach their crisp brown form. As I look out through my window, I see the autumn foliage striking bright against the cloudy skies. Each year I enjoy every moment of my favourite seasons with seasonal drinks, both hot and cold, pumpkin flavoured pies and desserts, a fall wardrobe and so much more. Today I’m sharing my top 2 go-to cocktail recipes that help me transition from the summer colours to the cozy fall. The best part is that they can both be made virgin if you prefer and still keep seasonal flavours intact!
Mai Tai: Are you living in denial that the summer is over? You’re not the only one! I had been served this fruity delicacy by a coworker of mine just a few weeks ago. Somewhat related to a Malibu Summer Cocktail and a Pineapple Rum Punch, this was called a Mai Tai.
Spiced Rum+Coconut Spiced Rum-⅓ cup
(Virgin Alternate: Coconut Water)-(⅓ cup)
Pineapple Juice (⅓ cup)
Orange Juice (⅓ cup)
Top it with: paper umbrellas, pineapple chunks, cherries
You can play around with the proportions, but remember to ‘layer’ the juices to achieve that beautiful gradient of orange and yellow. To do this, mix in the rum, pineapple juice, orange juice and ice well. Pour it into a glass. Then, slowly pour a small amount of the grenadine syrup so it seeps through the ice. If you do not have grenadine, you can try getting some cherry syrup and it should look the same.
Pumpkin Martini: Nothing says fall like pumpkin flavoured drinks! If you like martinis and you like pumpkin desserts, this creamy dream of a cocktail should make your day extra special.
Vodka (1-2 shots) (Virgin Option: Pumpkin Puree -1tbsp)
Cream of Cocoa, Heavy Cream (⅓ cup)
Pumpkin Spice (1 tsp)
Top with: Whipped Cream and a tiny amount of sprinkled Cinnamon powder
Mix your vodka, ice and pumpkin puree very well. Pass through a strainer. Add the pumpkin spice, cream of cocoa and heavy cream and mix well. Add ice and toppings as preferred.
There you have it! My top two choices: a fruity punch and a creamy cocktail, both of which help me to transition from the summer heat to the snug embrace of fall.