Wave goodbye to summer and get ready for the flavors of fall! As we go from flip flops to flats and boots, it’s time to relish the countless ingredients available to use in cocktails and cooking. Save the berry drinks for next summer; now’s the time to enjoy such favorites as apples, cinnamon, figs, pumpkin and pear. According to Partida Tequila’s Bartender Ambassador Jacques Bezuidenhout, fall is a time for experimenting with cocktail flavors. “Fall is one of my favorite cocktail seasons, because flavors like apple, pear, cider and baking spice blend so nicely with aged spirits like Anejo Tequila, Whisky and Cognac. You can still have fun with other spirits like unaged Tequila, but now is the time that brown spirits really shine.”
Partida Tequila is made from 100% blue agave in the heart of Mexico’s Tequila Valley. With four exquisite marques, Partida’s line consists of Blanco (unaged), Reposado (aged six months), Anejo (aged 18 months) and Elegante Extra Anejo (aged 40 months). The aged Tequilas in the Partida line are rested in one-pass Jack Daniels American oak barrels, imparting a pure, deep, complex flavor that is clean and full bodied.
Here are three delicious options incorporating the fine flavors of fall with award-winning Partida Tequila.
Them Apples, by Jacques Bezuidenhout
1.5 oz Partida Blanco
3/4 oz St-Germain
1/2 oz lemon juice
Top with hard apple cider (i.e. Stella Cidre or cider on tap)
Build ingredients in a highball glass with ice, finish with cider. Stir.
Garnish with apple or lemon slices.
Autumn Woods by Mike Ryan, Sable Kitchen & Bar, Chicago
2 oz Partida Reposado
1/8 oz Partida 100% Organic Agave Nectar
3 sage leaves
3 dashes Regan’s Orange Bitters
In first glass, rinse with walnut liqueur and fill with crushed ice.
In second glass, muddle sage. Add in all ingredients, stir with ice.
Toss out ice in first glass and strain ingredients from second glass into it.
Garnish with a sage leaf.
Partida Pumpkin Margarita, courtesy of Crema Restaurant, NY
2 oz Partida Reposado
1 oz fresh lime/lemon juice mix
Splash of pumpkin puree
Rim a cocktail glass with lime juice and sesame seeds. Mix ingredients in a shaker with ice and shake well. Stir into cocktail glass. Garnish with a lime wedge.