Charles Pringle created the Leafpeeper cocktail using fresh North Carolina apple cider and Earl Grey tea. It's a great mix for a fall drink. The vanilla and butterscotch notes of bourbon combine beautifully with the bergamot and citrus found in Earl Grey tea while locally sourced cider brings a taste of fall comfort. You can find it at the Winged Lion or make one for yourself at home.

1 oz hot Earl Grey tea
1 oz. apple cider
2 oz. bourbon
Garnish: lemon slice and apple slice

Combine all the ingredients in a mug. Stir to combine and serve.

Photo credit: Nick Breedlove/Jackson County Tourism