Autumn Sips


Irish Coffee

  • 1 cup freshly brewed hot coffee
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 jigger Irish whiskey
  • (1-1/2 ounces or
  • 3 tablespoons)
  • Heavy cream, slightly whipped

Fill a footed (or standard) mug with hot water to preheat it, then empty. Pour piping-hot coffee into warmed glass until it’s about 3/4 full. Add brown sugar and stir until completely dissolved. Blend in Irish whiskey. Top with a collar of the whipped heavy cream by pouring gently over the back of spoon. Serve hot.

Source: Four Seasons Hotel, Dublin, Ireland,

Hot Apple Pie

  • 2 ounces Tuaca (a citrus vanilla Italian liqueur)
  • Hot apple cider
  • Whipped cream
  • Cinnamon stick for garnish

Pour Tuaca in an Irish coffee glass. Fill with hot apple cider. Top with whipped cream. Garnish with a cinnamon stick


  • 1 pint port wine
  • 10 sugar cubes
  • 3 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 lemon twist
  • 1 quart boiling water

Ground nutmeg
Rub the cubes of sugar with the lemon twist and add them with the lemon juice to the port. Pour in a quart of boiling water and stir. Sprinkle
top with nutmeg and serve
piping hot.

Source: Complete World Bartender Guide.

Apple Cider Martini

  • 2  ounces vodka
  • 1 ounce Calvados (French apple brandy)
  • ½ ounce cinnamon vodka
  • 2 ounces apple cider or apple juice

Fill a martini glass with ice water to cool it, and set aside. Pour ingredients into a cocktail shaker over ice. Stir vigorously with a cocktail spoon. Pour ice water out of prepared glass. Strain apple martini into glass.

Source: Entertaining Ideas Catering, The New York Times.