Fall cocktails can probably be lumped into two categories. First, there’s anything pumpkin–seriously, there’s a pumpkin version of everything. If we could combine bacon, pumpkin, kale and quinoa into a single dish… Actually, now that I think about it, I’m sure this trendtopia exists somewhere and damn it… It sounds really delicious.
Anyhow. The other kind of fall cocktail is basically anything, as long as it’s warm–like mulled wine, spiked cider, spiked chai, and hot buttered anything.
I think there’s another way to think of warmth, though–warmth in the flavor sense. All the spices in good whiskey, plus a little cinnamon there, nutmeg there, and–wow–cumin in a cocktail, I haven’t tried, but starting now, I’m sort of obsessed about it (please stop me if this is bound to end in failure–I DON’T KNOW ANY BETTER).
I do know that this orange and cardamom cold brew coffee I made last year was heavenly. So much so that I want to enjoy the combination of orange and cardamom well past coffee-drinking time, with lots of whiskey. Oh yes.
Don’t let this orange fool you.. We’re only in it for the zest. Not much diluting of sweet, sweet booze happening here! I thought about muddling just a slice of the peel, but either I just don’t peel citrus carefully enough, or it’s inevitable that the white pith always gets in there and makes things bitter. A microplane zester is a bit more work, but it will help you avoid this problem. Of course, you are welcome to try it either way. I am not the boss of you!
So yeah, I just muddled a bit of zest and a cardamom pod and some bitters. A splash of coffee liqueur to get it all squishy (where is a thesaurus when you need one?) in there.
Ice, stir, you know how these things go.
And here we go, champ. It’s almost the weekend! Get fancy. Invite people to your person-cave and make drinks before winter REALLY sets in…
Also, remember last week when I said I was taking a little trip to a dark place? Well! It just so happened that I went to a national park–Great Basin National Park, to be exact–the very weekend before Congress was all:
Anyway, I went partially to escape light pollution/sleep very little, because I wanted to try my hand at this:
It could be better, but I’m definitely going back for more. Even seeing a sky as dark as that was completely unforgettable, you guys. To attempt a shot like this, you have to find the North Star… Which is very easy, considering all you have to do is find the Big Dipper and draw an imaginary line from it. Well. For the life of me, I couldn’t find the Big Dipper–there were THAT MANY STARS. All twinkling. It’s unbelievable, and if you ever get a chance to get yourself far enough away from civilization to see the night sky like it was meant to be seen, do it!! Cheers!
The Spiced Revolver Cocktail
(inspired by the Revolver)
1 cardamom pod
1 teaspoon orange zest
A few dashes orange bitters
3/4 ounce coffee liqueur
2 ounces bourbon
Orange twist, for garnish
Put the cardamom pod and orange zest with bitters and a little bit of the coffee liqueur into a cocktail shaker and muddle well (take your time). Put a handful of ice in the shaker, pour in the rest of the coffee liqueur and whiskey, and stir until thoroughly chilled. Strain through a fine mesh into a coupe or martini glass and garnish with orange twist.