Leaves from 4 to 5 mint sprigs
2 sugar cubes or 1/2 ounce simple syrup
2½ ozs bourbon whiskey
Place the mint and simple syrup or sugar into a julep cup, collins glass, or double old-fashioned glass. Muddle well to dissolve the sugar and to release the oil and aroma of the mint. Add the bourbon. Fill with crushed ice and stir well until the glass becomes frosty. Garnish with the mint sprig.
*Tips for a Better Mint Julep. Gently muddle your mint. You want to open up the veins of the mint leaves to release the essential oils, not tear the leaves to bits that get stuck in your teeth.
PUMPKIN PIE MARTINI
1.5 fl oz vanilla flavoured vodka
1.5 fl oz crème de cacao
1 graham cracker crushed
1/3 cup milk
1 tbsp honey
2 tbsp pumpkin puree
1 pinch pumpkin pie spice
1 cup crushed ice
Place graham cracker crumbs on a shallow plate. Rim the Martini glass with honey and dip glass in cracker crumbs to coat. Combine milk and pumpkin puree in a cocktail shaker and shake to combine. Pour in vodka, crème de cacao and add ice. Shake well and pour into the martini glass. Garnish with a sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice.
AUTUMN TEA PUNCH (non-alcoholic)
Prep time: 10-15 minutes | Cook time: 10 minutes
1 cup granulated sugar
2 cups cold water
1 cinnamon stick
Juice of 2 lemons
Juice of 2 oranges
1 cup unsweetened pineapple juice or apple juice
6 cups boiling water
4 sachets Cinnamon Spice Tea
Orange slices and whole cloves for garnish
Combine sugar, cold water and cinnamon stick in a sauce pan and bring to a simmer, stirring until the sugar is dissolved. Add the fruit juices to the sugar water and simmer for 7 minutes. In a separate pot, pour 6 cups of boiling water over the tea and spices, and steep for 10 minutes. Remove the tea bags. Combine the tea with the fruit juice mixture. Serve hot with an orange slice or let cool and serve iced. If you put it into a punch bowl, garnish with orange slices studded with cloves.
ELDERFLOWER CHAMPAGNE COCKTAIL
½ oz elderflower liqueur
½ oz peach liqueur
4-5 oz champagne or prosecco, or enough to fill the glass
1 sugar cube – brown or white
Make sure you layer your drink in this way: 1. sugar cube 2. liqueurs 3. champagne