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Drink of the Day: Autumn Leaves - Shaun the Bartender : Shaun the Bartender

Drink of the Day: Autumn Leaves

April 7, 2016 | By |

When putting together cocktails, I try to still highlight the flavor of the main spirit, yet give it more character by adding ingredients that will not only enhance the overall experience, but will also add to the overall drink by sharing its own flavors and aromas.  Again, balance is important when creating drinks.   A true imbiber will appreciate the many tastes and essence of the finished product.  Not too fruity or sweet.  Just enough added to hide the bite of the liquor and to bring out the best the spirit of choice has to offer, all the while bringing ingredients on-board that won’t override or mask the flavor.

The Autumn Leaves is a great example of balance of the primary and secondary ingredients.  The flavor of bourbon is still there, but is smoothed by the honey syrup, blood orange liqueur, and fruit juices.  A true cocktailer will appreciate the many layers of flavor and aroma in every sip.

Enjoy your day.  Remember, this very moment is the beginning of the rest of your life.  Time to start living!  Cheers!


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1 1/2 oz. Bourbon

1/2 oz. Honey Syrup

1/2 oz. Blood Orange Liqueur

Splash of Cranberry Juice

2 oz. Orange Juice


Method:  Add all ingredients in a mixing glass filled with ice.  Cap with a tin and shake well.  Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.  Garnish with a twist of orange.


This Day in History:

1913 – 5000 suffragists marched to the Capitol in Washington DC, seeking the right for women to vote.

1927 – US Secretary of Commerce, Herbert Hoover’s speech was seen and heard in New York, as the very first long distance television transmission took place.

1948 – The World Health Agency, a UN subsiduary, was founded.

2003 – Cecil de Brunhoff, the creator of Babar the Elephant, died.


Notable Birthday:

Filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola was born on this date in 1939.

Notable Quote:

“Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.”  –  Confucius



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