To celebrate, we’ve developed a list of seasonal fall cocktails inspired by the five Florida cities that now have alcohol delivery from ABC Fine Wine & Spirits. The weather may still be warm in Florida, but these five delicious cocktails will certainly put you in the fall spirit.
Florida Fig Old Fashioned – Sarasota
Figs grow in the central western region of Florida. The Florida Fig Old Fashioned honors local fruit by combining in-season figs with fresh Florida orange juice. The addition of maple syrup and balsamic vinegar offer a sweet and savory combination, all in one glass. Bourbon adds its own depth, allowing you to experience layer after layer of flavor. Get figgy with it, Sarasota!
- 1/2 Sarasota Fig
- 2 ½ oz Bourbon
- 1½ oz Fresh Squeezed Florida Orange Juice
- ¼ oz Maple Syrup
- 1 tsp Balsamic Vinegar
Remove the stem from the fig and cut it in half. Cut one of the halves in half again and place the in the bottom of a cocktail shaker. Add the maple syrup and muddle into a paste. Add the bourbon, orange juice, and balsamic vinegar, and fill the shaker with ice. Shake and double strain into an old-fashioned glass with ice.
CCB Apple Pie Dark & Stormy – Tampa
Cigar City Brewing Company is a Tampa staple. There’s no better way to welcome fall than with an Apple Pie Dark & Stormy featuring a seasonal twist from Florida’s favorite brewery! Rum and CCB Apple Pie Beer give this drink a sweet and spicy combination that is heightened by the inclusion of lime juice and ginger beer. This versatile drink can toast the last warm days of summer or the first cool days of fall. We say both. Salud!
- 4 oz Ginger Beer
- ¼ oz Lime Juice
- 2 oz Dark Rum
- 2 oz CCB Apple Pie Beer
- Lime Wedge
Combine the CCB Apple Pie Beer, rum, and lime juice in an ice-filled glass. Top with ginger beer and garnish with a lime wedge.
Forgotten Florida Pear – Jacksonville
The pear. Did you know that northeast Florida grows some of the best pears in all of the United States? We celebrate Jacksonville’s native fruit and big personality with the Forgotten Florida Pear. The sweetness of the fruit with the spice of the ginger and nutmeg work together to balance the punchiness of cachaça. We celebrate you, Jacksonville!
- 2 oz Leblon Cachaça
- 3 oz Pear Nectar
- 1/4 oz Lemon Juice
- Slice of Ginger
- Pinch of Nutmeg
- Pinch of Cinnamon/Cinnamon Stick
- 1 Thinly Sliced Pear
Muddle the ginger in a cocktail shaker. Fill the shaker with ice and add the cachaça, nectar, and lemon juice. Shake vigorously and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a pinch of nutmeg, a cinnamon stick, and a thin slice of pear.
Gulf Shore Stone Wall – Naples
The Stone Wall is a perfect drink for Naples, which features some of the most beautiful, protected landscapes on the Gulf Coast. This drink features fresh Florida pears highlighted by sweet and spicy ginger simple syrup (DIY recipe below!), bourbon, and fizz from the hard apple cider. It’s ideal for sipping through those last few summer sunsets.
- 2 oz Bourbon
- 1 oz Hard Apple Cider
- 1 oz Ginger Simple Syrup
- 1 Pear, Diced
- Club Soda
Place the pear in the bottom of a cocktail shaker and muddle. Fill with ice, and pour in bourbon and simple syrup. Shake vigorously. Fill a highball glass halfway with ice. Strain in the contents of the shaker and top with hard apple cider and stir. Top off with club soda.
Ginger Simple Syrup:
- 1 Cup Water
- 1 Cup Sugar
- 4 Inches Ginger Root, Cut Into Disks
Mix one cup of water with one cup of sugar in a small pot. Bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer. Add ginger pieces and simmer for 20 minutes. Allow to cool and strain into a jar.
Four Vagabonds – Fort Meyers
Thomas Edison famously loved his summer home in Fort Meyers, which became a frequent hangout for his pals Henry Ford, Harvey Firestone, and John Burroughs. Together, they called themselves the Four Vagabonds. We’ve created this four ingredient drink in their honor. The base of vodka is boosted by clean, bright flavors offered by Luxardo and fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice. A few dashes of bitters add depth of character that leaves people wondering… what’s the secret ingredient?
- 3 oz Vodka
- 1 oz Luxardo
- 2 oz Fresh-Squeezed Grapefruit Juice
- 4 Dashes Bitters
- Luxardo cherries
Mix all ingredients together in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake vigorously. Strain into an Old Fashioned glass and garnish with cherries.