Autumn Cocktail 101

Posted on October 15, 2011. Filed under: Astoria, Wine Tasting |

There’s nothing like relaxing at home on a lazy fall afternoon sipping a homemade cocktail, or 10! I first met Joe Thompson, area man, drink master and musician in the summer of 2010. His mixing expertise was noted in the 2010 fall edition of Edible Queens.

While doing a photo shoot for the Notable Edibles article, I was fortunate enough to see the master at work in his own home, preparing a neighborhood favorite he calls “Harvest 718”. It is a warm and sultry mix of citris and spices simmered on a stove top for drinking on those chilly days of fall.

Harvest 718 (recipe first published here)

½ stick butter
½ gallon apple cider
2 ounces butternut squash purée
2 ounces bourbon
½ ounces honey
Mulling spices: cinnamon, 
cloves, star anise
Angostura bitters
Orange peel

In medium saucepan over low heat, brown butter. Stir in cider, squash puree and mulling spices; cover and simmer 30 minutes. Let cool.* In shaker, combine 4 ounces of the cooled cider mixture, bourbon, honey, a dash of bitters and ice; shake to combine. Rub rim of glass with orange peel before pouring in the cider mixture.

The Harvest 718, a simmering stove-top delight.

A warm drink to accompany your favorite seasonal treats.


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I look forward to you serving me this! 🙂


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