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Holiday Entertaining - The Autumn Lane Cocktail

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I’d like to give the credit to The Christmas Spirit, but truthfully it’s booze that buoys me through the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. When I’m feeling a little less than merry, I like to put a splash of Torres brandy in my coffee. But when company comes, it’s nice to think outside the bottle a little.

I’m not much of a cocktail buff, so when I set out to write about such things I like to canvas my friend Jackson Murphy, the Bar Manager at Canoe Brewpub. The following is one of Jackson’s original recipes, using a few handy tools from the Cook Culture inventory. Read on and cin-cin! - Dee

Autumn Lane Cocktail - Jackson Murphy 

The inspiration for this well-balanced boozy beverage came from trying to come up with something warming for the chilly months ahead. It’s a delicious blend of sweet and spicy, with a strong yet smooth bourbon backbone which lends itself nicely to seasonal fruit flavours.

  • 2 oz Buffalo Trace Kentucky bourbon whisky
  • 0.5 oz Aperol
  • 0.5 oz Averna amaro
  • 1 oz Fall syrup*
  • Stirred and strained, garnished with an apple skin swirl 


Fall Syrup: There’s no hard-and-fast recipe for this syrup. Simply poach some apples and pears, adding a little water, fresh sliced ginger, a couple of pinches of ground turmeric, sugar (to taste - you can always add more later), and a healthy dose of Angostura bitters. Simmer all ingredients in a pot for at least an hour, stirring occasionally until thick and syrupy. Double strain the syrup into a container and keep refrigerated. 

While I prefer this cocktail served straight up in a well-chilled glass, it’s also great over ice and does benefit from mellowing out a little over time. If you go that route, use a nice big piece of ice such as a hex (FoxRun Hex Tray Large Ice Cube Tray Silicone) or sphere (Tovolo Sphere Ice Molds - Set of 2). Those ice moulds are a must-have for any home or professional bartender and make excellent Christmas gifts.

The tea strainer (Danesco 4-in. Stainless Steel Strainer) is used for “double straining” and is also an essential, as it helps us avoid any unwanted shards of ice. The OXO swivel peeler stays sharp for a long time, and is nice and heavy so it won’t break like many of the cheap peelers around. Use it here to peel a nice long swirl from a ripe red apple for garnish!

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