Behold, fall is almost upon us. The transition can be tough, with shorter days, less sunshine, cooler temperatures, and often a change of routine.
Ease into the season this Labor Day weekend with a couple of fun late summer/early autumn cocktail recipes. Replacing wine with hard cider in this sangria is the perfect way to add an autumnal twist on a summer cocktail classic. And the vanilla and pear combo is reminiscent of wintertime, but when served over lots of ice, it proves to be a refreshing fall sipper. Invite some friends over to ring in the new season, enjoy a cocktail that hints at the upcoming season’s bounty, and all of the good that is ahead.
hard cider sangria
- 1 cup quartered and thinly sliced unpeeled green, yellow and red apples
- 1 navel orange—quartered and thinly sliced crosswise
- 1 cup apple juice, chilled
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 1/4 cup apple brandy
- One 22-ounce bottle hard apple cider, chilled
Mix ingredients in pitcher; pour into individual glasses on the rocks. Serves 4.
- 12 ounces pear juice
- 6 oz vodka
- 1/2 vanilla bean, seeds scraped
- vanilla sugar, for rim (optional)
- 2 cups ice, divided
Mix pear juice and vodka in a pitcher or shaker. Split open the vanilla bean, and scrape the seeds into the juice and vodka. Add 1 cup ice, then give it a good shake. Pour into cocktail glasses over more ice and serve with sugared rim, if desired. Serves 4.
images and recipes adapted from foodandwine, two-tarts, howlatthemoon