Drink Me: Recipe Ideas for Your Harvest Happy Hour

Caramel Apple Sangria

Jan. 28 2015, Updated 2:12 p.m. ET

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It's officially fall, and with the autumn season comes plenty of costume parties, pumpkin everything, and maybe a few happy hours around a campfire. Preface your smores with one of these yummy beverages.

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Basil Hayden Autumn Harvest

Basil Hayden Autumn Harvest

Basil Hayden Autumn Harvest, Recipe by Charles Joly


2 parts Basil Hayden’s Bourbon

¾ parts Heering Cherry Liquor

1 dash Aromatic Bitters

2 parts Milk Stout Beer

Fresh Nutmeg

Directions: Combine Basil Hayden’s Bourbon, cherry liquor, and bitters into a mixing glass. Next, add ice and shake. Roll in the milk stout beer and strain into an old fashioned glass with ice. Lastly, garnish with freshly grated nutmeg and cherry on top.

Apres Ski

Blood Orange Cider

Apres Ski


2 oz. SKYY Infusions Blood Orange

6 oz. Hot Apple Cider


Cinnamon Stick Garnish

Directions: Combine all the ingredients in a snifter glass. Next, sprinkle with nutmeg and garnish the cocktail with a cinnamon stick.

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Caramel Apple Sangria

Caramel Apple Sangria

Caramel Apple Sangria


1 part Pinnacle Caramel Apple Vodka

2 parts Light Red Wine

2 parts Chai Tea

½ part Simple Syrup

Fresh Lemon Juice to Taste

Directions: Serve the drink in a large serving bowl. Add in diced pears, plums, and red apples as the garnish.

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Vanilla ZING


Vanilla ZING


2 oz. ZING Red Velvet

1 oz. Milk or cream

½ oz. Vanilla Simple Syrup

Directions: Shake and strain the drink into a martini glass. Garnish the drink with a vanilla bean or cinnamon.

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EFFEN Salted Caramel PB & Grape


EFFEN Salted Caramel PB & Grape


1 ½ parts EFFEN Salted Caramel Vodka

¼ part Torani Peanut Butter Syrup

1 part Concord Grape Juice

Splash Fresh Lemon Juice

Garnish with Grapes and Soft Caramel

Directions: Muddle all of the ingredients except the vodka in a mixing glass. Add the vodka and stir with ice. Next, strain it into a chilled rocks glass over ice. Garnish the drink with a skewer of two grapes and one cube of soft caramel.

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Kilbeggan Autumn Elixir


Kilbeggan Autumn Elixir


1 ½ Parts Kilbeggan Irish whiskey

½ Part Yellow Chartreuse

½ Part Lemon Juice

¾ Part Honey Syrup (2 parts honey, 1 part water)

3 Blackberries

Directions: Muddle the blackberries with honey syrup in a shaker base. Add the rest of the ingredients and ice. Next, shake and double strain into a chilled coupe glass. Garnish the cocktail with lemon zest and blackberries.

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Orange Spiced Cider


1 Numi Orange Spice Tea Bag

8 oz. Apple Cider

2 oz. Dark Rum

Directions: Heat the cider until it's very hot. Steep one tea bag directly in the cider for five minutes, covered. Next, uncover and add the rum. Stir and garnish with a cinnamon stick.

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Skinny Girl

Skinny girl

Skinnygirl Prosecco, $20

Skinnygirl Chardonnay, $12

Skinnygirl Pinot Grigio, $12

Skinnygirl Cabernet Sauvignon, $14

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Whiskey Flight

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Whiskey Cocktail Flight, $21

Available at The Living Rooms of W New York, Times Square, and W New York Downtown

Recipes Courtesy of Gerber Group Resident Mixologist, Andres Santillana

Old Fashioned

Muddle sugar cube with a tiny dash of soda water

1 dash Angostura Bitters

1 dash Regan’s Orange Bitters

2 oz. Buffalo Trace

Stirred (in glass), Rocks, Orange & Lemon Twists


2 oz. Rittenhouse Rye

1 oz. Antica Sweet Vermouth

2 dashes of Angostura Bitters

Garnish with a Lemon Twist

2 Pony Kick

2 dashes Xocolatl Bitters

1 tsp. Demerara

2 oz. Coffee and Cacao Bean infused Makers Mark

Stirred, Rocks, Orange & Lemon Twists

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The Red Si Martini


The Red Si Martini


1 ½ oz. Figenza Fig Vodka

1 oz. Blood Orange Juice


Blood Orange Slice for Garnish

Directions: Shake the cocktail well. Top it off with champagne and serve up. Garnish the cocktail with a blood orange slice. for more recipes


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