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What's your favorite (organic) fall cocktail?

post #1 of 11
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When I say "fall," feel free to mention your favorite "changing leaves, curled up under blankets" beverage or even your favorite Indian summer cocktail. 

This weekend, it was pretty hot and my boyfriend and I were talking about cocktails...what would be refreshing on a late August day...then of course, it got to be kind of later at night and one of his neighbors was having a fire (not exactly eco-friendly but it sure did smell nice). That made me think of mulled wine.  Organic mulled wine of course!

So here's the question.  What are your favorite fall cocktails?

Since I mentioned mulled wine, here's a nice basic brown sugar organic mulled wine recipe:

  • 2 bottles dry Cabernet Sauvignon or red table wine (try True Earth for a decent organic red)
  • Peel of 1 organic orange
  • 1 cinnamon stick broken in half (Simply Organic has organic cinnamon sticks, I think)
  • 8 whole cloves (check Simply Organic again)
  • 1 whole nutmeg
  • 1/4 c. packed organic brown sugar

Pour your wine into a slow cooker.  Then you wrap the orange peel, cinnamon stick, cloves, and nutmeg in a cheese cloth and let that cook away on high heat for 2 to 2.5 hours.  Toss your bag of spices and serve!  And if you want, you can always garnish with your organic orange slices.
post #2 of 11
Last fall, one of my favorite things to do was curl up on the couch with a nice hot mug of apple cider.  I actually went apple picking at one point and made some fresh.

Here was my (very basic) recipe...

What you need:
  • 15-30 apples
  • 1/2 gallon apple cider (optional)
  • Nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon, sugar to taste

I core and slice my apples and throw them in a food processor.  After they're fully pureed, I put them in a large soup post over medium high heat and add my apple cider and spices.  Bring it to a boil and let simmer for 30 minutes to an hour.  Strain your cider into a jar or bowl (or another pot).  Then you've got your cider and homemade applesauce to boot!

Then of course you can also play around with your cider...a friend of mine uses Red Hots to add some spice to it.  I added cayenne to a few glasses (but just be sure not to over do it).  Other folks add lemon or maple syrup to their cider.  And if it's been a rough day, you can always add a bit of brandy. 
post #3 of 11
Mmmm, both of those recipes sound delicious. I could go for some mulled wine tonight....

In the fall and winter I like to make a tea of cinnamon, cloves, and ginger. Then I add a bit of lime and honey. It's really soothing when you don't feel so hot or just need a comfort tea.
post #4 of 11
Hot chocolate!! I'm not over 21 so not cocktails for me, but I love hot cocoa in the fall. If you take your favorite cocoa (organic or not) and mix it with milk and a bit of cream, it's yummy, rich, and chocolatey. I recommend trying it even if your cocoa says mix with water. It's always better with milk.
post #5 of 11
I love to get the fire going, and curl up with a steaming cup of organic hot chocolate, with home made whipped topping.
post #6 of 11
I love warm drinks with pumpkin flavors. It feels so good. Smelling and tasting pumpkin always reminds me that the time of year for egg nog and cookies is here.  I love fall!!! Especially after a hot, tiring summer!
post #7 of 11


This Homemade Chai Tea Syrup Recipe is Sooooooooooooo good to sip on an autumn day (and you can always spike it if you desire)! --

What makes this recipe even better is that cartoonist Lucy Knisey has illustrated it, and her work is amazing... 

post #8 of 11

Is there such a thing as organic beer, cuase that,s my favorite cocktail drink!  Please Reply

post #9 of 11

Anyone have a really good organic Sangria recipe?


post #10 of 11

My husband recently asked me about the benefits of organic wine - could any of you connoisseurs enlighten me?


I bought a bottle once and didn't taste so good. I know that means I could have just bought the wrong one, so I'm wondering about taste and benefits to the planet, thanks.


post #11 of 11

pkwrigley - Peak Brewing makes a pretty solid organic Fall Summit Ale, and thye have fairly wide distribution for a micro...maybe try Whole Foods.


Sadly, there's no organic bourbon in existence that I can find. Rules out most of my favorite Fall cocktails.

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