3 Cocktails you should all savour this autumn

While the weather may be getting worse, your nights out needn’t dampen down. Here are three deliciously sweet, vibrant cocktails to enjoy this autumn. You could even have a go at making them yourself!

1, a Mojito: the proper Cuban way

Probably the world’s most famous rum-based cocktail, the Mojito is renowned for its refreshing and zesty flavours. But for the autumn season, only the proper Cuban way will do. Strong, warming aged white rum with a bit more citrus makes this the top choice for many.

You will need:

Tall, highball glass
Handful of crushed ice
Whole lime

2tsp, cane sugar
Havana Club Anejo Blanco rum (1 part)
Handful of fresh mint
Soda water (2 parts)

How to concoct the proper Mojito:

Add the sugar to a highball glass along with the juice of half a lime (save the other half for garnish later) and a handful of mint sprigs. Crush together gently with a muddler while slowly filling the glass about half full with soda water.

Add a generous handful of crushed ice and fill to the near-top with the Havana Club Anejo Blanco Rum. Make sure to leave a little room at the top for the lime. Stir well.

Slice the remaining half of the lime in two, carefully drop one quarter into the cocktail and use the final quarter as a garnish, perched on the rim of the glass.

There you have it! Enjoy responsibly.

2, The slightly spicy Ragamuffin

Designed by the folks over at Circo Bar, this is a heart-warming, spicy and fruit-sweet cocktail designed to leave you “feeling naughty”. Although Circo suggests using Licor 43, if you prefer coffee flavours try using Kahlua instead for a darker, richer, spicy cocktail.

In the picture, I have used Licor 43

You will need:

Cocktail shaker
Oval-based Martini glass
Scoop of ice cubes (for shaking)
Licor 43/Kahlua Espresso liqueur, 50ml
Cinnamon spice
Cloudy apple juice
Juice from half a fresh lemon
Cinnamon stick (optional)

How to shake up the perfect Ragamuffin:

In an ordinary tall glass sprinkle half a teaspoon of cinnamon powder. Add a single 50ml measure of Licor 43 (or Kahlua). Add ice cubes and the juice of half a fresh lemon. Shake together hard in a cocktail shaker before straining the mixture into an oval-based martini glass.

Top up with cloudy apple juice and, if you like, garnish with a cinnamon stick.


3, fresh n’ floral Willow Fizz

For this excellent cocktail – usually one best enjoyed in the summer – why not follow our recipe below for a slightly sweeter, but just as refreshing, autumn take.

You will need:

Cocktail shaker
Wine glass
Chase Elderflower liqueur, 50ml
Southern Comfort, 50ml
Schweppes Canada Dry Ginger Ale
Scoop of ice cubes (for shaking)
Scoop of ice cubes (for glass)
Sugar syrup, 25ml
Juice of half a lemon
Slice of lemon (optional)

How to whip up a Willow Fizz:

Pour the measures of Chase Elderflower liqueur, Southern Comfort and sugar syrup over ice. Add lemon juice. Shake vigorously. Strain into a wine glass full of ice and top up with ginger ale.

Simple, but refreshing, sweet and delicious.

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Written by Ben Franks

Edited by Laura Thompson

Photo credit: Niamh Harkett

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