As we dive into the fall of 2017, it’s clear to just about anyone in or out of Middle Tennessee: Nashville cocktail culture has up and come. So naturally, when you’re looking for imbibing inspiration and/or recipes, you only need to turn to our local mixologists, bars and restaurants for the right stuff.
For Friendsgiving/Thanksgiving/etc., you may be planning a menu now (or ordering a locally done-and-delivered feast), along with fall-friendly cocktails. In case you want to spice things up with a few glasses of something new, below, a collection of fall cocktail recipes, all coming from fixtures on the Nashville cocktail scene.
Nashville distillery Nelson’s GreenBrier not only produces excellent spirits, but they give you great ideas for what to do with said spirits, like this fall-friendly Phantom Regiment recipe — Belle Meade Bourbon, Carpano Antica, black walnut liqueur, Ancho Reyes bitters and a biting Absinthe rinse. “It's like reading a mystery novel in a dimly lit study on a cool autumn night,” they say. (Pictured up top.) Full recipe at greenbrierdistillery.com.
This Golden Suit cocktail recipe is a few years old, but the perfect fall flavors Patterson House bartender Doug Monroe shared with Men's Journal (bourbon, apricot liquor, nutty/clove-y Falernum, nutmeg and more) never go out of style. Full recipe at mensjournal.com.
New Nashville brasserie Henley opened over the summer inside the Kimpton Aertson Hotel, and it’s quickly become a favorite for both the food and cocktails. On the cocktail front, Henley’s head bartender Jon Howard shared this Weekend’s Prize, which lets you enjoy the remains of the fall apple season (with fresh-pressed green apple juice, plus scotch, brown sugar syrup, walnutty Don Ciccio & Figli Nocino and lemon juice). Full recipe at kimptonhotels.com.
Another relatively new addition to the Nashville dining and cocktails scene, rooftop spot L.A. Jackson opened in late 2016 atop the Thompson Nashville hotel, and its cocktails program’s been earning high marks since. Of their Late Harvest cocktail (made with Rye, cranberry syrup, allspice dram and orange bitters), Bartender Mario Salas told Whisky Advocate, “This drink makes you feel like you’re huddled up near a fire at a cabin in the Blue Ridge Mountains.” Full recipe at whiskyadvocate.com.
A lot of us think summer when we think citrus, but we’re really off a few seasons — winter is when a lot of those sweet fruits, like blood oranges and mandarins, are at their best and juiciest. Brentwood’s Firebirds Wood Fired Grill gets it, and welcomes winter with fresh/distilled citrus flavors (citrus vodka, blood orange liqueur, orange juice and cranberry juice, plus sweet vermouth). Nice way to ward off the cold before winter is actually here. Full recipe from newschannel5.com.
The signature milk punch at Adele’s in The Gulch is a year-round favorite for lots of folks in Nashville, but with citrus, spices, brewed tea, black rum and more, it’s particularly fitting for fall. Full recipe at plainchicken.com.
CJ's Off the Square recommends this one for fall weddings, but given the flavors — pear nectar, pear vodka, St. Germain and fresh thyme — it’d go great with a Thanksgiving hang, too. Full recipe at cjsoffthesquare.com.
Hope some of these help your home-bar program this fall.
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