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

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

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

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


  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


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


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

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