I’m so glad you just popped over to say hi this evening! Come on in, I’ll make you a fall drink! My brother, Scott…oh here’s a cute pic of him…is a vinter/enologist for Seabeck Cellars and bartender and we decided to come up with a few drinks for my Fall Bar with Drinks and Decor here on my humble ablog. I used to host mixology classes on cruise ships as well and thought it would be a fun new addition you would enjoy. We had a lot of fun coming up with flavors everyone loves with just a handful of liquor types so as not to break the bank either. So what would you like…a Pumpkin Spiked Latte (get it?!), Cinnamon Cider or Apple Pie? Oh, you want one of each?! Coming right up…that must mean you’re staying a while…yay!
I also want to mention, that bar recipes are going to be a new series for A Host of Things! Now that I’m in my thirties I’m finally feeling adultish… 🙂 and to help solidify that, I need to have things like a mortgage, a child and well…a proper home bar! So now I can check off all three! So this is a quarterly series following the seasons and to start things off right… let me start making those Fall Bar drinks you wanted.
As you’ve probably noticed, I don’t have a “bar” per se. I’ve got several cute bar carts on my radar but I thought I should utilize my dining room shelves better and convert one into a bar entirely for a while. So that’s what I’ve done. I think it’s a great solution for those who don’t have space for a bar cart or if it’s not in the budget quite yet. So turn a bookshelf, a couple wall shelves or a cabinet into your own bar…all you need are the glasses you already own, a few accessories…oh and of course your liquids of choice!
You’ll notice I have a shaker, bottle opener, long spoon, knife and jigger. You could also add some seasonal napkins, an ice bucket, a muddler and coasters if you wanted. I’m sure I’ll accumulate those with time.
Alright, now that you’re equipped, I’ll share these 3 Fall Bar recipes with you!
#1- Pumpkin Spiked Latte
.75 oz Kahlua
1 oz Bailey’s Pumpkin Spice
.75 oz Smirnoff Whipped Cream Vodka
2 oz Cold Coffee
1/4 cup Half N Half
Fill your shaker completely with ice. This helps achieve the coldest temperature as quickly as possible once the ingredients are poured in. For example, if we only filled it half way with ice, it wouldn’t get cold enough fast enough and would just melt…in turn diluting the ingredients. Make sense? Cool! (again, get it?!) Once it’s filled with ice, add the top 4 ingredients and pour into a pumpkin spice rimmed martini glass. You can run a dab of maple syrup along the edge with your finger so the spice sticks to it. Then pour in the cold mixture. Lastly, froth the half n half and gently pour on top. Cheers!
#2 Cinnamon Cider
1 bottle Angry Orchard Cinnful Cider
1 oz J. Seeds Apple Cider Whiskey
This one is really refreshing. It’s a fun spin on regular apple cider and adds even more flavor to an alcoholic cider with the punch of cinnamon. Just pour the liquids into a high ball glass packed with crushed ice and slim slices of apple. Garnish with a cinnamon stick and enjoy! If this doesn’t say “Fall” IDK what does!
#3 Apple Pie Shot
.5 oz Smirnoff Whipped Cream Vodka
.5 oz J. Seeds Apple Cider Whiskey
You’ll notice both these liquors were used in the other two recipes! We did that on purpose so you can mix and match, kind of like clothing! I guess it’s the upcycler/repurposer in me! I mean I don’t drink very much and my husband doesn’t at all, so alcohol lasts a while in our house! So instead of having a flavor for only one specific recipe, now you can actually enjoy it and offer a few different mixtures to your guests! They’ll be pretty impressed!
So just pour the two ingredients into a sugar/cinnamon rimmed shot glass. It’s so yummy!
And a little non-alcoholic option too!
As always, thanks for stopping by! I enjoy your company and appreciate your time! If you’d like to see what I’m up to between posts, you can find all the deets over here! You can also follow my brother’s wine adventures over here! Hope your Fall will be filled with family, friends and love ya’ll! Cheers!