Casamigos Tequila Fall Brunch Cocktails

Brunchology: Casamigos Tequila Fall Brunch Cocktails

It doesn’t take much for us to enjoy a good Sunday Brunch. But nothing beats a fantastic Sunday Brunch experience than creating your own fall brunch cocktails with a great, ultra-premium spirit. That was our recent experience with Casamigos Tequila as we celebrated the fall season by creating three delicious cocktails at the new Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse in Jersey City.

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Armed with all the mixology tools and ingredients we needed, we were all set to create three vastly different  Casamigos Tequila fall brunch cocktails. We started with the quintessential fall flavors of apple cider and cinnamon for the Casa Cider; continued with a smoky margarita with Casamigos’s new Mezcal, and finished off with a not-so-classic Old Fashioned.

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We loved the fall brunch cocktails and know you will too, so we’re sharing the three drink recipes we created, so you can enjoy them for yourself at home. Check them out below:

CASA CIDER

Casamigos Tequila Fall Brunch Cocktails

2 oz. Casamigos Reposado Tequila
1 1/2 oz. Apple Cider
1 oz. Fresh Lemon Juice
1 oz. Agave Nectar
2 Dashes Angostura
1 Pinch Cinnamon
Combine all ingredients into a tin shaker and add ice. Shake vigorously for 8-10 seconds then strain into rocks glass. Add fresh ice and garnish with a thin apple slice, thyme sprig, star anise, and cinnamon sprinkle. This cocktail can also be served hot.

REPOSADO NEW FASHIONED

Casamigos Tequila Fall Brunch Cocktails

2 oz. Casamigos Reposado Tequila
1/4 oz. Simple Syrup
2 Dashes Grapefruit Bitters
2 Dashes Peychaud’s Bitters
Combine all ingredients into crystal or glass mixer and add ice. Stir with a bar spoon for about 30 seconds, then strain into the glass. Add a large ice block and garnish with 1 rolled grapefruit peel through skewer.

SMOKY CASA MARGARITA

Casamigos Tequila Fall Brunch Cocktails

2 oz. Casamigos Mezcal
1 oz. Fresh Lime Juice
3/4 oz Agave Nectar
2 Dashes Orange Bitters
Flamed Orange Peel
Combine all ingredients into a tin shaker and add ice. Shake well and strain into rocks glass. Add fresh ice and garnish with a flamed orange peel.

12 Fall Cocktail Recipes Perfect for Fall Happy Hour

As they say, it’s 5 O’Clock somewhere. And happy hour is the great stress reliever we look to unwind after a hectic day at work. In honor of entering the fall season, we’re sharing fall cocktail recipes that truly celebrate the season of sweaters, warm spices, and cooler days.

From libations for pumpkin spice lovers, not-so classic drink aficionados, and everyone in between, these fall cocktail recipes are perfect to cozy up with at home or enjoy with friends at your favorite hangout. Enjoy these 12 fall cocktail recipes made with Deep Eddy Vodka, Woodford Reserve, Tequila Avion, Corralejo Tequila, Pelotón de la Muerte, Stella Rosa Imperiale, and Zaya Rum.

Pumpkin Spice Pie Martini

2 oz. Deep Eddy Original Vodka
1 oz. Dark Rum
1 oz. Half n half
2 tbsp. Canned pumpkin puree
1 oz. Maple syrup
¼ tsp Pumpkin pie spice
¼ tsp Vanilla extract
Graham crackers
Cinnamon
Sugar
Smash up the graham crackers, cinnamon and sugar together. Wet the rim of the glass with maple syrup and dip it into your cinnamon, sugar, cracker mixture. Combine remaining ingredients into your cocktail shaker and shake for 30-45 seconds. Pour and strain into your rimmed martini glass. Garnish with a little bit of grated nutmeg and cinnamon stick.

Deep Cranberry Bliss (created by Bartender, William Escalante at The Bygone Restaurant)

1 ½ oz. Deep Eddy Cranberry Vodka
¾ oz. ginger syrup*
¾ oz. Tait Farms spiced apple shrub
½ oz. fresh lime juice
1 dash of apple bitters
Shake and strain into a highball glass. Top with a splash of club soda and garnish with dried cranberries and a lime wedge.

*Peel and mince ½ pound ginger. Add ginger to 8 cups water and bring to a boil. Lower heat and simmer 20 minutes. Strain and discard ginger. Add 8 cups sugar, stirring to dissolve.

Diamond District (by Max Green, Amor y Amargo, Coup)

1 oz. Rye (we prefer Woodford Reserve Rye)
2 oz. Carpano Antica
2 dash of Scrappy’s Lime Bitters
Add all ingredients to the mixing glass, stir and strain into a chilled coup, garnish with a lemon twist. The spice and bright citrus note from the Sancho pepper drive those flavors that we all love in a classic Manhattan while remaining lower in ABV than the original. The lime Bitters add to the drink and challenge your pallet without overwhelming your senses.

Pear in Spirit (Created by Veronica at Stateside using Cardamom Bitters)

1 1/2 dashes Scrappy’s Cardamom Bitters
1 1/2 oz. House Infused Chai Spice Rum
1 oz. Crimson Pear Juice
1/4 oz. Chai Simple Syrup
1/4 oz. Lemon Juice
1/4 oz. Orgeat
Shake, double-strain, & serve up. Garnish with a dried slice of Chai-spiced pear.

Anejo Old Fashioned

2 oz. Avion Anejo
1 barspoon full of Agave nectar
2 dashes of Orange Bitters
1 dash of Angostura bitters
Combine all ingredients into a mixing glass with ice. Stir until cold, then strain into a rocks glass over fresh ice. Garnish with an orange twist.

Beyond The Promenade

1 ½ oz. Avion Anejo
30ml Cinnamon Anise Syrup
30ml Pumpkin Puree
15ml Fresh lemon juice
Combine all ingredients in a shaker tin, add ice and shake vigorously. Strain into Pilsner glass with crushed ice.
Garnish: Cinnamon dust and Star of Anise

Sub Recipes:
Cinnamon Anise Syrup: Add 1qt. of simple syrup, 3 cinnamon sticks, 2 star of anise, and 1 clove. Simmer in med heat for 8 – 10 minutes

Blood Orange Margarita

2 oz. Corralejo Reposado Tequila
3 oz. Fresh Blood Orange Juice
¾ fresh Lime Juice
1 oz. Simple syrup
Rub the rim of an old-fashioned glass (or whatever similar vessel you prefer to drink out of) with an edge of a blood orange slice. Swirl the rim through a small pile of Kosher or Sea Salt to the Rim. Combine a few cubes of ice into a salted glass. Strain the cocktail into the glass and enjoy.

NOTE: 1 basic simple syrup is a 1:1 ratio of sugar dissolved in water. Example—one cup of sugar dissolved into one cup water

Mezcal Mule

2 oz. Pelotón de la Muerte Mezcal
1.5 oz. ginger beer
¾ oz. lime juice
¾ oz. agave nectar or simple syrup

Woodford Reserve Bourbon Milk Punch Milk Punch

 

2 cups cream
2 cups whole milk
1 cup Woodford Reserve bourbon
¾ cup sifted powdered sugar
½ vanilla bean
Freshly grated nutmeg
In a metal bowl over an ice bath, whisk sugar, cream, milk, and bourbon until nice and frothy. Add vanilla bean and strain through a fine mesh strainer into a pitcher. Place pitcher in freezer for 30 minutes to an hour stirring on occasion. Pour into glass and garnish with freshly grated nutmeg.

Sparkling Apple Cider

 

1 bottle of Stella Rosa Imperiale Moscato
1 cup of apple cider
Apples
Pomegranate
Orange slices
Lemon slices
Ice
Combine Stella Rosa Imperiale Moscato with all other ingredients. Add ice when ready to serve. Garnish with apple slices.

Sun Ra

 

1 1/2 oz. Novo Fogo Silver
½ oz. Zaya Rum
½ rosemary simple syrup
1 oz. lemon juice
Shake with a sprig of rosemary. Fine strain over fresh ice. Top with the ½ oz. Zaya Rum. Garnish with rosemary

Buon Viaggio (created by Pietro Filipponi)

1 ½ oz. Fernet-Branca
1 oz. Brancamenta
½ dry curacao
¾ oz. Owl’s Brew coco-lada tea
½ oz. hazelnut crema
Dash of hopped grapefruit bitters
Garnished with a dehydrated key lime infused with Carpano Antica vermouth.

You will want to bookmark these fall cocktail recipes for your next happy hour, so you can fully enjoy the season.

Celebrate Intensely: Barrow’s Intense Ginger Liqueur for the Holidays

Forget Peppermint, Cranberries, and other traditional Christmas flavors, this holiday season, it’s all about Ginger. Since the holidays are all about celebrations, we’ll be raising a glass or two of a delicious cocktail made with a very special ginger liqueur. Toast to the holiday season with delicious libations made with Barrow’s Intense Ginger Liqueur, a handcrafted, Brooklyn-made spirit created with 200 pounds of fresh ginger per batch.

Barrow’s Intense Ginger Liqueur is made with lots and lots of fresh Ginger with no extracts and no chemicals. It is also is vegan, gluten-free, and kosher certified. If you’re a fan of the taste of pure, big, bold, powerful flavor of fresh Ginger, then Barrow’s Intense Ginger Liqueur is exactly what you’re looking for.

The Passport, created by Jason Foust, Late Harvest Kitchen

1.5 oz Vodka
.75 oz Barrow’s Intense Ginger Liqueur
.75 oz fresh lime
Red grapes

Basil Preparation:
Muddle red grapes and basil in a shaker and add the rest of the ingredients. Shake and fine strain over fresh ice in a double rocks glass. Garnish with basil and grape.

Mortimer & Mauve, created by Pamela Wiznitzer, Seamstress, NY

1.25 oz Whistle Pig Rye Whiskey
1.25 oz Chai infused Martini & Rossi Rosso Vermouth*
.5 oz Barrow’s Intense Ginger Liqueur

* Chai-Infused Vermouth:
1 750ml bottle of Martini & Rossi Sweet Vermouth Add 4-5 Chai tea bags Allow to sit for 30 minutes. Take out the bags and pour the infusion back into the bottle.

Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass and stir over ice until well chilled. Strain into a rocks glass over a large ice cube. Use orange twist to extract oils. Discard peel.

Intense Digestif

Did you know that Barrow’s Intense Ginger Liqueur was originally enjoyed as a digestif? This spicy and refreshing liqueur is perfect for calming and settling the stomach and digestive tract. Just pour over ice for a perfectly chilled and delicious way to stimulate your body.

Want to experience this intense spirit for yourself? Barrow’s Intense is available in 375ml (around $24.00) and 750ml (around $39.00) bottles that can be purchased online or at several retail locations nationwide. Check out the Barrow Intense store locator for the closest retailer near you.

Italy to Brooklyn: Campari America Liqueurs Fall Cocktails at August Laura

So many wonderful alcohol and cocktail posts to do, and so little time. It’s been a tailspin of cocktail experiences over the past few weeks, it’s almost hard to keep up. we recently had the pleasure of experiencing a barrage of delicious Italian fall cocktails at the newly opened Italian cocktail bar, August Laura, in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn. What better spirits to celebrate this wonderful new Italian cocktail bar with than these Italian Campari America liqueurs: Campari, Aperol, Cynar, Frangelico, etc.

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To celebrate the fall season, we had a chance to indulge in a few of August Laura’s new fall cocktail offerings, all of which are made with the bitter liqueurs from the Campari America, all of which are authentic to Italy.

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We got to enjoy five Fall inspired Italian cocktails (their recipes are featured below): The Passport, Fall into Italy, Carciofi Shandy, Italian Bird, and So It Appears. These perfect seasonal cocktails feature several of the Campari America Liqueurs: Campari, an alcoholic spirit obtained from the infusion of bitter herbs aromatic plants and fruit in alcohol and water; Averna, a Sicilian Amaro that boasts a bittersweet taste, carrying hints of orange and licorice, balanced with notes of myrtle, juniper berries, rosemary and sage; Cynar, an artichoke-based bittersweet liqueur with a taste enriched by an infusion of 13 herbs and plants; and Aperol, a unique, bittersweet aperitif with a low alcohol content derived from a secret recipe.

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Italian Bird

.75 parts Campari
1.5 parts Appleton Rum
.5 parts Fino Sherry
.5 parts Honey Water
Pinch of Salt
Pineapple Sage
Garnish with an orange wedge

The Passport

1 part Campari
1 part White Vermouth
1 part Fresh Grapefruit Juice
.5 Lime
.5 Simple Syrup
Rhubarb Bitters
Top with soda, garnish with orange wedge and cucumbers

Fall into Italy

.75 parts Averna
.75 parts Cognac
.75 parts Appleton Rum
.75 parts Fresh Lemon Juice
.75 parts Simple Syrup
2 dashes Chocolate Bitters
Garnish with an orange wedge

Carciofi Shandy

1.5 parts Cynar
1 part Apple Cider
.75 parts Fresh Lemon Juice
.5 parts Cinnamon Syrup
Top with Ginger Beer

So It Appears

1 part Aperol
1.5 parts Cinzano Prosecco
.75 parts Fresh Lemon Juice
.5 parts Soda Water
.5 parts Vanilla Syrup
Muddled Pear Slices
Top with prosecco. Garnish with a thin slice of pear

To indulge yourself in these wonderful fall cocktails, head over to the August Laura Italian cocktail bar, located at 387 Court St, Brooklyn, NY. Are you a fan of Italian liqueurs? What are your thoughts on the Campari America liqueurs and these fall cocktails?

Pinnacle Vodka “Life Skills of the Highly Entertained” Event

We’ve been so busy transitioning our wardrobe from summer to fall, we forgot about another important seasonal switch that has to be made, the transition of our cocktails from summer flavors to fall flavors. We had the pleasure of attending a Pinnacle Vodka event celebrating fall cocktails, and the launch of their new original vodka bottle design (pictured on the left), hosted by charming Charleston Blogger, Chassity Evans.

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Great, fall-ready accessories are a must for great style, and the best fall accessory is a delicious cocktail made with Pinnacle Vodka. Chassity likes to change things up a bit by incorporating seasonal flavors like in the Cranberry Punch cocktail (the recipe and the two others we enjoyed at the event are featured below). A favorite at the event, this spiced up version of a popular summertime punch includes the award-winning, five-times distilled and made with imported French vodka and a hint of vanilla, Pinnacle Original Vodka.

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In order of appearance in the photo above, the must-try Pinnacle Vodka fall cocktails are as follows:

Apple Cider Sipper

2 parts Pinnacle® Original Vodka
6 parts apple cider
Cinnamon for garnish
Pour vodka into a glass, then fill the rest of the glass with apple cider. Garnish with cinnamon stick.

Bubbly Bliss

1 part Pinnacle® Original Vodka
2 parts Champagne
Rock Candy Stick
Pour vodka into a champagne flute and then top with champagne. Garnish with a rock candy stick.

Cranberry Punch*

2 parts Pinnacle® Original Vodka
1 part DeKuyper® Triple Sec Liquor
3 parts cranberry juice
6 parts ginger ale
2 parts orange juice
Sprinkle of cinnamon allspice
Sprinkle of nutmeg
Sprinkle of sugar
1 orange slice
Add the first five ingredients to a punch bowl or pitcher and stir. Then add spices to taste, and garnish with an orange slice. *Serves 3-4

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The new Pinnacle Original Vodka bottle design features a more polished and refined look. This new bottle encapsulates the clean and smooth profile of Pinnacle Original Vodka. Along with enjoying an unlimited supply of the delicious Pinnacle Vodka fall cocktails, we drooled over the gorgeous accessories from Bauble Bar, and  also took note of some of Chassity’s wonderful tips and tricks for fall accessorizing. Check them out below:

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  • Swap out your beach tote for a leather clutch. Chassity is a fan of this creamy tassel leather clutch, perfect for transitioning from the office to cocktails with friends after work.
  • Summer may be over but your accessories can still be colorful and feature materials that pair perfectly with sweater weather! Chassity loves the Bauble Bar drop earrings, which have a little color and texture, they’re perfect for fall.
  • Gold accessories are always “in” for autumn, so Chassity recommends pairing a gold structural cuff – a piece that’s a perfect complement to Sunday brunch with the girls or Monday’s important client meeting.

What do you think of the new bottle design? What tips are you incorporating in your summer to fall fashion transition?

The Revered Old, The Delicious New: Makar Glasgow Gin

Are you currently doing what I’m doing?  Are you begrudgingly going into the deep recesses of your closet to pull the Fall/Winter items to the forefront of your everyday rotation? Perhaps you can’t seem to let go of that favorite tank top or perfect sun-bleached khaki short but, let’s face it, Fall is here.  Now figure for a sec that you discovered buried behind your treasured summer linen suits and shirts, a delightful but surprisingly forgotten gem of an article of clothing that somehow became lost over the years.  For me, it was a pair of full cut trousers that my dad had made for me back in college.

Rendered by a pair of older masterful hands, my dad had made those trousers tons of times, but never in the fabric I brought to him. I picked out a crisp yet beautifully fluid Super 150’s taupe gray wool gaberdine.  Having only making these pants in thicker worsteds and twills, my dad and I arrived at a nice collaboration of the full cut I wanted, and I also got a lesson in a classic trouser cut in modern fabric.  The result was superb and my underlying lesson learned was that sometimes it’s better to have the knowledge and inspiration of an older learned hand to produce a combined great experience of modernity and a revered classic. That’s how I felt when sampling Makar Glasgow Gin.

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Here we have a brand new, under a year old gin that’s elegant, refined, crisp and bottled beautifully. The Glasgow Distillery Company was inspired by one of Glasgow’s original distilleries founded in Dundashill, Scotland in 1770.  What Glasgow Distillery took for their Makar Glasgow Gin was the focus on an intense and sophisticated flavor profile through small batching and a recipe of key local ingredients to ensure a unique and modern taste experience achieved via the way of time-honored tradition.

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The result?  Makar Glasgow Gin is a really great gin to cap off my official ‘Month of Gin’ series.  The melange of notes come together to create this juniper-led dry gin that is fresh and dare I say, sexy.  How can something taste sexy?  Well, take, for example, how I sampled this gin.  Simple, clean, over the rocks with just some orange zest.  When you taste a drink with an intricate flavor profile you have to pat attention to the subtleties.  That’s what makes it a sexy gin.  The subtleties are discreet, tease the taste buds and trigger synapses in the brain that case connections with the familiar and the pleasant as far as the notes go.  The citrus pop of the lemon peel, the herbal soothing of the angelica root & rosemary, the fragrant woodiness of the cassia bark and the coriander seeds and then the beautiful contradiction of the black pepper and licorice make a tantalizing and soothing cocktail.

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Since I’m waxing a bit of nostalgia, I think I’ll slip on those handsome trousers and fix myself another drink.  Sleek, sexy and complex with nods to classic, cultivated and familiar; that’s the modern way to drink.  Makar Glasgow Gin is available now at your finer wine, spirit and liquor stores and here at bespoke spirits.net, and as always, please remember to drink responsibly.

Deliciously Dark Days Ahead: Alberta Rye Whisky Dark Batch

Deny it if you want to!  Your calendar can lie if you don’t flip the page but the weather, the lessening sunset and the crowded morning commutes are all testament.   The summer is almost over folks.  Now while that vacation you finally took is something you’ll probably bask in for a minute, all you’ll really be left with is the memory of what you did or didn’t do while laying on some beach in God knows where with whoever.  So, outside from that half used bottle of sunscreen, the “I Left My Dignity In Cabo” tee or those well-worn flip flops, why not create memories that could subsequently take you back to that oceanfront villa while lounging at your present domicile. What transports one to a better state of other-worldliness than an awesome cocktail with Alberta Rye Whisky Dark Batch?

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With the official end of summer only days away, I began ‘jonesing’ for this delicious new whisky I discovered that happily made the days longer and the nights more welcoming.  Alberta Rye Whisky Dark Batch is a new dark whisky from renowned Alberta Distillers.  What’s nice about what they’ve done with this wonderfully aged whisky is all in its flavor.  It’s all at once a tad smoky & woodsy with a slight underlying note of sweet and a hidden, dare I say, spiciness that rounds out this whisky and makes it a great one to add handsome color and bold flavor to a cocktail.  Very necessary when you want the nuances, experiences and expressions of summer to last be they via the way of the tastebuds.

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The way I had my experience was classic with a twist literally. I had an Alberta Rye Whisky Dark Batch as the star of my remixed Old Fashioned and then garnished it with slices of a lime, a Meyer lemon, sweet navel orange, a couple slivers of bruised ginger and a topper of seltzer. The garnishes were characteristically summer to me but they also allowed the flavor or this pleasant dark whisky to shine since it kept the heft of the drink within it robust flavor profile.

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What more is there to look forward to after the autumnal equinox kicks in next week? A more delectable hot toddy perhaps? You can find Alberta Rye Whisky Dark Batch at your finer spirits retailers and as always please remember to drink responsibly.