It’s official, summer has come to an end. We’ll miss those long days by the beach that end in warm nights holding a cold beer in one hand and cigar in another, with your lady by your side.  With the season’s change, come a change in your palate.

Oh Fall, how we love thy flavors you bring! Nothing screams fall quite like those warmth and comforting flavors — cinnamon, pumpkin, apple, BOURBON — galore. Try ringing in the new season will  with these delicious fall cocktail – cigar pairings and you’ll almost forget you have to wait a full year to sit on the beach again.

Read on. Trust us.

Pumpkin Spice White Russian 

Pair with a Briarmont Double Wrap Cigar

1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

1 ounce heavy cream

2 ounces vodka

1 ounce coffee liqueur

Whipped cream, optional

Combine pumpkin pie spice and heavy cream

Fill a rocks glass with ice and pour in vodka, coffee liqueur and heavy cream mixture

Top with whipped cream and chocolate syrup

Bourbon Maple Apple Cider

Pair with a Briarmont Reserve Cigar

6 ounces Bourbon

4 teaspoons fresh lemon juice

4-6 teaspoons pure maple syrup to taste

1 cup spiced apple cider

apple slices for garnish

ice

Fill glasses and a cocktail shaker with ice. Add bourbon, lemon juice, maple syrup, and apple cider; shake vigorously. Strain into glasses and garnish each with a slice of apple.

Bourbon Hot Toddy 

Pair with a Briarmont Double Wrap Cigar

1.35 oz bourbon

1 tsp. fine grain sugar

2 small cloves

1½ oz. boiling water

Add bourbon, fine grain sugar, and cloves in old-fashioned glass or mug. Add 1-2 oz. (or more, if desired) boiling water and stir.

All Irish Black and Tan

Pair with a Briarmont Classic Cigar

 6 oz. Smithwick’s Ale

6 oz. Guinness Draught

Add Smithwick’s Ale to pint glass. Add Guinness Draught beer by pouring it over the back of a spoon

Cranberry & Cinnamon Whiskey Sour

Pair with a Briarmont Maduro Cigar

2 cups fresh cranberries

2 cups water

2 cups sugar

2 cinnamon sticks

3/4 cup bourbon or whiskey

1/2 cup lemon juice

1/4 cup orange juice

1/4 cup lime juice

Ice cubes & cocktail shaker for mixing

In a medium-sized pot add cranberries, water, sugar, and cinnamon sticks. Heat over a medium flame, and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer, and cook, stirring occasionally, until the cranberries have burst open and can easily be stirred into the syrup, resulting in a smooth consistency. This will take about 10 minutes. Once done, remove syrup from heat. Fit a large bowl with a fine mesh strainer and strain the simple syrup, leaving all of the large chunks and skin behind. Let cool for at least 10 minutes before using.

When ready to make your cocktails, add 3/4 cup simple syrup, whiskey, lemon juice, orange juice, lime juice, and a large handful of ice to a cocktail shaker and shake vigorously for 30 seconds. Divide into 4 glasses and serve at once.

*Recipes ccourtesyf delish.com

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