21 Autumn Cocktails and Infusions

21 Autumn Cocktails and Infusions |  BoulderLocavore.com

The heat of summer seems obvious for refreshing cocktails.  Ripe fruits naturally lend themselves to creative sipping; throw in a pool and mini cocktail umbrella and the day is made perfect.

Fall however is a time to get serious.  As the temperatures cool, the flavors deepen offering a more noteworthy cocktail compared to the flirtatious libations of summer.  It’s a time to slow down and enjoy some sips, truly appreciating a complex beverage and interesting flavor combinations.  Some of my personal favorites include apple, pear, pomegranate and ginger.  They stand out on their own but definitely combine well together for some delicious options.

Red Bartlett Pears | BoulderLocavore.com

Fall is a time perfect to whip up some simple infusions.  It’s never too early to plan for holiday entertaining or for special gifts.  Ripe fall fruits and herbs soaked in alcohol make for an unexpected base to mix layered drinks or something simple such as merely adding tonic water.

Sliced Fall Apples | BoulderLocavore.com

Today I’m sharing some of my favorite cocktails and infusions that I hope you too will love.  A few whimsical options are included too with Halloween in mind;  liquid interpretations of familiar treats we all love!

Homemade Spiced Pear Vodka | BoulderLocavore.com

Simple DIY Infusions (great for gifts!)

Ginger Infused Vodka

Apple Infused Vodka

Spiced Pear Vodka

Rosemary Infused Gin

Hotel Santa Fe Jalapeno Margarita - BoulderLocavore.com

Perfect Autumn Cocktails

Jalapeno Margarita 

Ginger Grouse

Ginger Pear Snap

Hot mulled Apple cider

Ginger Pear Snap cocktail | BoulderLocavore.com

Gingertini

Pomegranate Ginger Sparkler

Ginger Vodka Tonic

Ginger-Vodka and Gingerale

Manhattan

Ginger Pear Gimlet

Apple Martini

Rosemary Gin Martini

Candy Corn Vodka Martini with Pop Rocks Rim | BoulderLocavore.com

Seasonal Novelty Infusions and Cocktails

Cinnamon Candy Apple: a mini Pousse Cafe 

Candy Corn Vodka

Candy Corn Vodka Martini with Pop Rocks Rim

Caramel Apple Martini

Caramel Apple Shot

Classic Manhattan cocktail | BoulderLocavore.com

Trick-or-Treat Ice Cream

Halloween Trick-or-Treat Ice Cream - BoulderLocavore.com

As much fun as Halloween is, I dread the candy.  You know what I mean, it looks something like this: Though that would be a light load.  Even after sorting for gluten, which goes to work with ‘Dad’, and tossing anything open, each of my Trick-or-Treaters ends up with a gallon plastic bag, packed with treats.  I have one child who rations her candy like the world might end; hiding it and selectively taking a piece a day.  My second, the younger, has taken to mass consumption usually finding himself ‘out’ within a week.  This year he has braces so the pile may be less to begin with. I’ve always wanted to do something unique with the candy.  I have friends who barter with their kids trading the sweets for a coveted object or even cash.  Others would tell their tots when they were … {continue reading}

Whimsical Fall M&M Cake

Whimsical Fall M&M Cake - BoulderLocavore.com

Sometimes you just need to make an unexpected cake.  Nothing replaces one for brightening a day! I always love a bit of whimsy and unpredictability in my food, especially when to comes to surprising my family.  They all work very hard at what they do and a fun cake is a great way to take a break and celebrate that.  I had originally imagined this cake as part of a Halloween party-scape but as it began to take on life, the colors of orange and brown appealed feeling quintessentially of fall. M & M’s have expanded to include multiple different flavors as well as three sizes.  I simply love the mega size feeling they look like perfect polka dots.  Creating a pattern with multiple sizes is great fun and as I was separating the colors from buying bulk bags, so many fun color … {continue reading}

Easy Slow Cooker Mole Chicken Thighs

Easy Slow Cooker Mole Chicken Thighs - BoulderLocavore.com

As we all frantically prepare for Halloween, many in the Hispanic community are focused on other impending holidays: El Dia de los Muertos (the Day of the Dead) on November 1 and All Souls Day November 2.  Truth be told, most are not well acquainted with these holidays and often misinterpret them at face value due to the predominance of skeleton iconography. Despite the eerie skeleton representation, these days are celebratory and joyous, and a time the dead are believed to return to commune with their loved ones.  El Dia de los Muertos is a day to celebrate deceased children and All Soul’s Day for departed adults.  I will confess I too did not know about the holidays until more recent years, and found the skeletons haunting until understanding the true essence of the … {continue reading}

Café and Casual Dining in Paris and French Lemonade with Lavender {recipe}

French Lemonade with Lavender {Citron Pressé avec le Lavande} - BoulderLocavore.com

Visiting Paris, or much of Europe for that matter, in August as we did is often met with a cautionary tale from seasoned travelers.  Europeans typically take a more coordinated vacation in the month of August leaving magnetic cities such as Paris with some restaurants and shops shuttered for holiday.   One will also find themselves in the company of more tourists than Parisians in certain localities, and certainly traditional venues such as the Louvre are bursting at the seams with international tour groups. When I was told not to visit Europe in August because ‘everything is closed’ I felt it was not only a ridiculous notion but candidly I feel ANYTIME one can visit a city like Paris they should jump on it.  For all the businesses that are ‘en vacances’, plenty more are open, as … {continue reading}

Butternut Squash Noodles in Sage Brown Butter

Butternut Squash Noodles in Sage Brown Butter - BoulderLocavore.com

I have been waiting to make this recipe since the summer and am so excited the time has come!  Early in the summer I bought a Spiralizer and it opened up an entirely new world of options for food preparation.  If you are unfamiliar with Spiralizers, they are a kitchen gadget which allows turning firm produce into noodles, large spirals and ribbons.  My summer highlights were a Cucumber Melon Spa Salad and a Zucchini Ribbon Mediterranean Salad that were delicious. My initial thoughts jumped ahead to transforming winter squash into faux pasta.  It seems a perfect way to get more vitamin-rich vegetables into the diet and in an unexpected form.  I’ve had in my mind to make Butternut Squash noodles with a simple Sage Brown Butter sauce.  It truly is a dish done in less than 30 minutes; who … {continue reading}