As October casts its golden-hued spell over the landscape, the time is ripe for savouring the cosy comforts of autumn. This month, let’s celebrate with a brand new gin cocktail that captures the essence of the season: The October Harmony.
Background on Botanicals and Ingredients
Before we delve into the recipe, let’s take a moment to appreciate the botanicals and ingredients that make this drink truly special.
Gin is a versatile spirit made from juniper berries and a blend of other botanicals. The juniper provides a piney, earthy flavour, while other botanicals like coriander, angelica root, and citrus peels add complexity. For this recipe, consider using a gin that leans into its herbal or spiced notes.
Nothing evokes autumn quite like apple cider. This seasonal beverage provides a sweet, tangy base that complements gin beautifully.
A woody herb with a fragrant aroma, rosemary brings a Mediterranean touch to the drink. Its pine-like flavour synergises well with the juniper in gin.
A ubiquitous autumn spice, cinnamon adds a warming kick. It not only enhances the flavour but also fills the air with its comforting scent.
A nod to the season’s harvest, maple syrup provides natural sweetness and complexity, balancing the tartness of the apple cider.
- 50 ml gin
- 100 ml apple cider
- 1 sprig of rosemary
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
- Ice cubes
- Apple slices for garnish
- Fill a cocktail shaker with ice cubes.
- Pour in the gin, apple cider, and maple syrup.
- Add the rosemary sprig and cinnamon stick.
- Shake well for about 20 seconds.
- Strain the mixture into a glass filled with ice.
- Garnish with apple slices and an additional sprig of rosemary, if desired.
There you have it, The October Harmony—a cocktail that embodies the spirit of the season. The blend of botanicals, seasonal flavours, and spices creates a drink that is not only delicious but also steeped in the richness of autumn. Cheers!