This autumn is characterised by warm sunny days, cool clear nights, and a hopeful feeling in the air. It’s the perfect season to entertain with cosy, lush cocktails that will make you the envy of your guests. So, let’s dive straight into more delectable and effortlessly easy autumnal cocktails.
First thing’s first, grab your cocktail shaker and keep it at the ready for these delightful drinks. A shaker makes it much easier to achieve the brilliant colours, consistencies, and cremas of these cocktails. The Art Deco Cocktail Shaker from BarCraft is perfect for all your cocktail making needs, and doubles as a striking decorative piece for your bar cart or table! If you prefer a silver finish and bit of pizzazz, the Parker Cocktail Shaker is a stunning choice, and even includes two matching glasses for a complete look.
The perfect espresso martini is as much about the quality of the liquor and coffee you use as it is the correct ratio. With 1 part coffee liquor, 1 part vodka, and 1 part espresso, there is no way to go wrong. Not every ingredient has to be the top shelf product, but it certainly does help the taste if either your coffee liquor or vodka is premium.
My favourite recipe is:
- 45ml Patron XO Café
- 45ml Seacliff Vodka
- 45ml Espresso (Cold Drip works great)
Simply combine all the ingredients into your cocktail shaker, throw in a scoop or two of ice, and shake like your life depends on it.
Once the shaker is cold to touch and the sound inside is smoother to the ear, or about 30 seconds, strain into your favourite martini glass.
Krosno has you covered, no matter how you like to serve your espresso martinis: The Duet Martini Glasses provide a crisp modern look, whilst the coupe-style of the Avante Garde Cocktail Glasses make for a classic feel.
For the best crema (that delectable froth on top) I find a mesh conical strainer to be superior, but a hawthorn or even a generic tea strainer gets the job done.
Serve with coffee beans or a piece of praline for an indulgent look.
If you find having caffeine in the evenings keeps you up all night (no matter how much vodka you throw into the mix), then you might be better suited to a creamy, tangy whiskey sour.
With a sour, the technique is more important than the quality of liquor – though, as always, it’s usually worth going a little higher up the shelf to create an envy-worthy drink. Especially when there’s so few pricey ingredients.
The best recipe I have formulated is:
- 60ml Jameson whiskey
- 30ml lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon white sugar or 15ml sugar syrup
- ½ egg white or 15ml aquafaba
If you’re vegan, or just not keen on including raw eggs in your drinks, substituting in aquafaba is a very practical alternative that doesn’t compromise on the silky texture of the drink. Simply skipping the ingredient throws off the balance entirely and ends up being a waste of time and energy to make (trust me, I’ve been there).
Now, this is the secret sour technique: add all your ingredients into your shaker with only one or two ice cubes, close the shaker, and shake it hard for 10 seconds. Open, add a generous scoop of ice, and shake again for another 20 seconds.
The first shake works to emulsify the ingredients with the egg or aquafaba and changes the consistency of the drink entirely, into the silky delight that sours are. The second shake makes it ice-cold and adds that unique frothy layer that we all know and love.
With sours, I’m always torn between whether to serve them in a tall, stemmed glass, like the Duet Balloon Glass from Krosno, or whether to keep them closer to your palm in a stylish tumbler like the Verona range from Maxwell & Williams.
Whichever style you prefer, strain into a glass of your choice, and top with a maraschino cherry or a twist of lemon for a stylish garnish.
Sloe Gin Negroni
If your first world problem is that you’re craving the warmth of a whiskey cocktail, but cannot stand the taste of whiskey, fear not. We have the solution for you!
I am a huge gin lover – with a collection large enough to make my parents ashamed – but as the weather begins to turn, a simple G&T or southside just doesn’t give me the cosy feel my partner gets when they sip on their whiskey on the rocks. The answer, as it turns out, is Sloe Gin.
A Sloe Gin Negroni doesn’t have the tang of whiskey, but still manages to warm your insides in that same way. It keeps the deep amber-orange glow of autumn and contains it all in your humble glass.
It is also one of the easiest cocktails to make, for an ideal choice at dinner parties.
My go-to recipe is:
- 30ml Plymouth Sloe Gin
- 30ml Campari
- 30ml Sweet Vermouth
Pour over ice into a tumbler and stir for 15 seconds or until chilled to your desired amount.
A stylish, detailed glass like the Bond Tumbler from Salt & Pepper is my ideal style to serve a negroni, but if you’re into a more subtle look the Canaletto Glasses from Luigi Bormioli are also a great option.
Personally, I think it always looks best topped with a slice of fresh or dehydrated orange, but really the options are endless.
These recipes are our favourite ways to keep the drinks flowing and spirits high over this autumn season. With our huge selection of glasses and barware accessories, Zanui has you covered for all your cocktail making, serving, and styling needs.