Sadly, Sept. 22, marks the official end of summer – the autumn equinox – when the length of night and day are equal. So to ease the loss of the summer, ring in the season with one of the inspired cocktails below, all featuring some familiar flavours of fall.
The drinks are all named in tribute to the autumn equinox’s balanced split of day and night
The 50/50 cocktail and Russian Standard Vodka
This drink is a fall-fashioned twist on the classic Moscow Mule cocktail. It uses Russia’s number one premium vodka, Russian Standard. Best of all, enjoy this drink during the day or the night – or both - as an homage to the equal number of hours of sunlight and darkness on this special day.
2 oz Russian Standard Vodka infused w/ apples and cinnamon
5 oz premium ginger beer
Squeeze in a wedge of lime
1. Pour Russian Standard vodka over ice in a chilled mug or Collins glass.
2. Add 5 ounces of ginger beer and stir gently. Garnish with a squeezed wedge of lime and mint leaf.
As the earth spins on its axis, we’ve got a cocktail sure to take your mouth for a whirl.
It features a variety of spirits, including Xanté, a great pear liqueur from Sweden, and Lucid absinthe, the first absinthe available on the U.S. market after the 2007 lifting of the ban. Seasonal favourites, like apple cider and dried apple and pear, will make you smile, as will the delicious chocolate bitters!
1 oz Xanté pear liqueur
1 oz gin infused with dried pear and apples
1/2 oz Lucid absinthe
1 oz local apple cider
1/2 oz fresh lemon juice
3 dashes Fee Brothers Aztec chocolate bitters
1. Shake all ingredients well. Strain into a highball glass.
2. Top with ginger beer. Garnish with cinnamon stick and lemon peel.
The 11.09 cocktail and Flor de Caña 7 year old rum
Check your clock: 11:09 p.m. officially ends the summer season. It’s time to stock up on fall’s best flavours: cinnamon, nutmeg, a little brown sugar. Perfect to whip up into a delightfully delicious drink. The recipe below uses a wonderful rum, Flor de Caña from Nicaragua, to keep you warm all winter long!
2 oz Flor de Caña 7 year old rum
3/4 oz Demerara syrup
3/4 oz Rainwater Madeira
2 dashes Fees barrel aged bitters
1 whole egg
1. Dry shake all ingredients, then shake with ice and strain into a fizz glass without ice.
2. Garnish with grated cinnamon and nutmeg.
Harvest Moon cocktail and Dewar's White Label Blended Scotch Whisky
To mark the moon’s changes, we’ve got a berry-flavoured cocktail, sure to start off the autumn season right! The honey and heather notes of Dewar's Scotch blend well with Crème de Cassis and cranberry, a symbol of fall. It will put your pangs for long summer nights to rest.
1-1/4 parts Dewar's White Label Blended Scotch Whisky
1-1/2 parts cranberry juice
1/2 part Martini & Rossi Rosso Vermouth
1/2 part Crème de Cassis
1. Mix all ingredients in a glass filled with ice. Stir well and serve straight up in a martini glass. Garnish with a strawberry.