Unique Fall Cocktails: Drinks With a Twist
Fall is in full swing and so is the holiday season. From company soirees to meetups in bars, people around the country will savor varied cocktails. But instead of the usual fall drinks—hot toddies, manhattans and the like—try one of these unique cocktails sure to get you in the holiday spirit.
Chocolate Truffle Martini Brown’s Hotel in London is one of the city’s hottest spots to see and be seen. It’s also home to one of the most unique—and expensive—cocktails in the world. The Chocolate Truffle Martini takes a spin on the classic drink. Truffles are soaked in vodka overnight, then mixed with the spirit and chocolate liqueur. The result is a decadent dessert-like drink that is a perfect ending to every meal. But it will set you back $120.
Clarita Francis Ford Coppola is known for his wine almost as much as his films. And his eponymous winery in Sonoma offers some interesting cocktails featuring many of his award-winning wines. The best of the bunch is the Clarita, which, although often enjoyed at poolside at his estate, is an all-season drink that satisfies. It’s part lemon sorbet and part claret, a wine once popular among English aristocracy during the Regency period. Claret is making a comeback and Coppola makes one of the tastiest ones on the market today.
The Polleno What better place to have an apple-centric cocktail than in the Big Apple. The Hudson Hotel’s Henry bar serves up one of the best in town. Crafted by bartender Ryan Chetiyawardana, The Polleno combines both tart and sweet apples, dry sherry and egg whites. The end result: a warming and delicious drink. It’s perfect for a post-Thanksgiving bar crawl.
La Nella Moda Portland is known for its beer and cocktails but Cocotte, a small French bistro on a stretch of dining establishments near NE Killingsworth, isn’t a cocktail destination—yet. Head here for the La Nella Moda. Combining rye, Dolin Rouge vermouth, Amaro Ramazzotti and bitters, the drink rivals any of the other celebrated libations in this drinking mecca. The rye takes center stage but the Amaro and bitters give it the perfect kick for cool weather days.