GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) – Many people are getting into fall-mode which means a lot of pumpkin-flavored items! Nate Blury from Drink GR joins us today to show us some autumn-inspired cocktails that are a little different than the usual fall flavors!

Bees Knees

Ingredients:
2 oz gin (I am using Alkkemist Gin)
1 oz fresh lemon juice
1/2 oz Honey-Pepper Syrup
Cracked Pepper, for topping

For the Honey-Pepper Syrup
1/2 c. honey
3 tbsp. water
1/2 tsp. cracked peppercorns

Directions:
Make the Honey-Pepper Syrup

  1. In a small saucepan, simmer honey, water and peppercorns until honey has dissolved. Let cool, then strain. Makes a generous 1/2 cup.
    Make the cocktail
  2. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add gin, lemon juice and syrup. Shake vigorously, then strain into a coupe and sprinkle with coarsely ground pepper, if desired.

Maple Horchata

Ingredients:
1.5 oz Tequila (I am using El Bandido Yankee)
4 oz Unsweetened rice milk
¼ oz maple syrup
1 Dash of pure vanilla extract
Ground cinnamon, plus Cinnamon stick, for serving

Directions:

  1. In measuring cup or large glass, whisk together rice milk, maple syrup, vanilla extract and cinnamon.
  2. Pour over ice and sprinkle with more cinnamon. Serve with a cinnamon stick for stirring, if desired.

Apricot Bourbon Brew

Ingredients:

1 1/2 oz. bourbon (I am using Saint Liberty’s Mary’s Four Grain Bourbon)
6 oz. Apricot nectar or tropical fruit juice
1 Dash bitters

Directions:

  1. Combine bourbon, nectar and bitters.
  2. Pour over ice

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