What Fruits Are In Season… And How Can I Make Them Into Cocktails?

What Fruits Are In Season… And How Can I Make Them Into Cocktails?

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Liquorland
April 4, 2018
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Nothing is more impressive and intimidating than actually knowing what fruits are in season. Why? It shows that you’re an extremely observant and together person. You know what’s up. Why not take advantage of your knowledge and create some fruity, seasonal cocktails?

Welcome to autumn!

Apple

Ah, apples. An amazingly versatile fruit and a great mid-afternoon snack (that is, if you’re not already snacking on chips). If you want to try something a little spicy, here’s a recipe for an Apple Whisky Sour.

Ingredients:

280mL bourbon Jim Beam White Label Bourbon
1.25L (5 cups) bought fresh apple juice
8 cups crushed ice
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon caster sugar
4 red apples, sides removed, thinly sliced

Method:

Place one-quarter of the bourbon, apple juice, ice, lemon juice and sugar in a cocktail shaker and shake until well combined. Strain into five serving glasses and top with apple slices. Repeat, in three more batches, with remaining bourbon, apple juice, ice, lemon juice, sugar and apple slices. Serve immediately.

(Serves 20)

Grapefruit

It seems strange that grapefruits come into their own in autumn. Don’t they seem like a summer fruit? Well, they’re not, and as it turns out that’s very good news. Because now you get to make some Autumnal Grapefruit Gin Fizz.

Ingredients:

30mL gin Bombay Sapphire
120mL tonic water
1 pink grapefruit
1 rosemary sprig
Ice

Method:

Fill a tall glass with ice, add 30mL of gin and squeeze in one slice of fresh grapefruit. Top with tonic water and stir. Garnish with sprig of rosemary and another slice of pink grapefruit. (Serves 1)

Pears

The pear is a drastically underrated fruit but boy, when it is given the room to shine, it suddenly becomes the best fruit you’ve ever tasted in your life. Why do we even waste our time with other fruits? Let the pear revolution begin! Here’s a classic margarita with a pear twist.

Ingredients:

1 egg white, lightly whisked
2 tablespoons sea salt flakes
125mL pear nectar
60mL (1/4 cup) tequila Sierra Tequila Silver
30mL Cointreau liqueur
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
2 teaspoons honey
Pinch of ground cinnamon
Pinch of ground cloves
Ice cubes, to serve
2 cinnamon sticks

Method:

Place egg white in a shallow bowl and salt on a small plate. Dip the rim of two serving glasses in egg white then in salt to coat. Shake pear nectar, tequila, Cointreau, lime juice, honey, ground cinnamon, cloves and ice in a cocktail shaker to combine. Strain into the glasses and add a cinnamon stick to each glass. (Serves 2)

Strawberries

You know how the famous song goes, ‘There’s no berry like, STRAWberry!’ Just kidding, we made that song up. Seems appropriate though, because these Sparkling Strawberry Cocktails look fantastic.

Ingredients:

450g strawberries, hulled
1 tablespoon icing sugar
Crushed ice (optional)
2/3 cup (165mL) vodka, chilled Finlandia 
1 bottle sparkling wine, chilled Henkell Trocken Brut Sekt

Method:

Place the strawberries and icing sugar in a food processor and blend until mixture forms smooth puree. Pass the puree through a fine sieve into a bowl and discard the seeds in the sieve. Cover the puree with plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator. Half-fill eight champagne flutes with the crushed ice. Divide the chilled strawberry puree among the flutes, then top each with one tablespoon vodka. Top up with the sparkling wine. (Serves 8)

Mandarins

Mandarins are the perfect on-the-go snack – and, it turns out, the perfect ingredient in a seasonal cocktail. It won’t even cost an arm and a leg; for the Mandarin Caprioska you only need to buy four mandarins.

Ingredients:

4 mandarins, unpeeled, cut into 8 wedges
1 tablespoon caster sugar
1 cup crushed ice
250mL (1 cup) chilled vodka Grey Goose
250mL (1 cup) chilled pink-grapefruit juice

Method:

Place the mandarin and sugar in a mortar and pound with a pestle until mandarin is crushed. (Alternatively, place mandarin in a plastic bowl and pound with the end of a rolling pin.) Spoon the mandarin mixture evenly among serving glasses. Top with ice. Pour over the vodka and grapefruit juice. (Serves 4)