The Autumn Daze
Welcome to the south, sun. On September 22 the sun’s ecliptic (the imaginary plane along which the planets orbit) intersected with the celestial equator (the imaginary projection into space of Earth’s equator) to mark the autumnal aequus (equal) nox (night) – more commonly known as the equinox. The days are now getting shorter and the temperature cooler (in the northern hemisphere at least) as the sun spends its time south of the celestial equator.
Last spring we enjoyed a springtime “daisy” cocktail to celebrate the early bird (see why spring came early this year). The classic daisy is light and refreshing with a base spirit (originally gin), citrus and sweetener. It’s only fitting we continue the daisy theme now, and give fall its fair due with this fall-ready riff on the margarita.
The margarita can be considered a daisy with tequila (for a little history of the margarita see here). For this autumn daisy I used a special anejo tequila which has been infused with serrano peppers and cinnamon. Anejo tequilas are aged for at least 1 year, often in oak barrels, which adds complexity and maturity similar to other aged spirits. The aging for this particular tequila is for 28 months, which imparts a rich amber color as well, and the infusion of peppers and cinnamon give it a uniquely warming heat and delicious spice. To this wonderful base I added lime juice and lightly sweetened things up with the perfect dry curacao. Finally a few dashes of chocolate bitters to enhance the orange and cinnamon flavors and we have the perfect fall cup to contemplate these autumn days.
As the days grow shorter, let one of these “Autumn Daze” cocktails put you into a pleasant autumn daze. Cheers!
The Autumn Daze:
2 oz Soltado Anejo Tequila (if you don’t have Soltado, try infusing some spice to a different anejo)
1 oz fresh lime juice
½ oz Pierre Ferrand Dry Curacao
2 dashes Xocolatl Mole Bitters
Shake together over ice and strain into a favorite glass. Garnish with some chilly weather and warm companions.
For the full article and to learn more about the beautiful “Autumn Box” see: