It’s the perfect time of year for this cocktail!
Fall has arrived and I’m going to say this year in particular we deserve and need a treat.
Of course, there’s a pandemic and we’re not going out to bars and restaurants or throwing parties, but I have to share with you this oldie but goodie from a few years back when Bob and I went to the popular Chicago Latin food restaurant, Carnivale.
Carnivale was offering a holiday cocktails class to demonstrate how to make a few cocktails and Bob and I signed up right away.
In addition to all the drinks we made and tasted, and the delicious appetizers that went along with them, we heard some of the best tips for hosting a party. Not that we’re having parties these days… but we can dream!
Anyway, keep these tips in your back pocket for when it’s safe to gather again.
- Instead of hiring a bartender and spending money on expensive liquor and mixers, offer your guests the “drink of the night.”
- After everyone arrives, let your guests know they are going to be their own bartenders and have fun making their own drinks. Begin a mini lesson.
- Demonstrate exactly how to make your chosen drink and leave the necessary ingredients and utensils out on a table along with instructions. (As the night goes by your guests’ memories might be slightly impeded so keep it simple!)
Make sure to provide enough food, don’t run out of booze and don’t let people get wasted!
fall smash cocktail
In my opinion, the vanilla and cinnamon absolutely make this drink. It just feels like autumn! Be sure to use high quality products.
4 lemon quarters
8-10 mint leaves
¾ oz. simple syrup with an added touch of vanilla and cinnamon to taste
2 oz. apple cider
2 oz. Bulleit or any other kind of bourbon
In a glass, muddle together the lemon with the mint leaves. Add vanilla cinnamon simple spice syrup. Stir in the rest of the ingredients. Add ice and mix well. Enjoy!
Check out the amusing night Bob Sirott and I went to Chicago's Carnivale restaurant and attended a cocktail class! We had just started the Suso's Fork food website (now Savvy-Planet.com) and we were in the mood for festive drinks!