AUTUMN SPRITZ – THE ULTIMATE FALL COCKTAIL!

Happy Halloween!

I don’t know about you, but I feel like Halloween kind of came and went with the weekend, you know? Like Monday felt like November. I’m all sorts of thrown off.

BUT- today is spooky Halloween & one of my fav holidays. It’s Lucy’s fave day too. 🙂

As we enter November, expect a TON of food / drink posts. If Halloween came & went as fast as it did, I have a sneaking suspicion that Thanksgiving will sneak up on us in no time… but Thanksgiving is slightly less forgiving when unprepared than Halloween.

I also want to get back to my “for two” roots. & what better way to start than for Thanksgiving!

COLD PRESSED AUTUMN SPRITZ! essellesse makes the perfect fal cocktail with cold pressed cider from trader joe's, black feather bourbon, & sparkling cider

COLD PRESSED AUTUMN SPRITZ! essellesse makes the perfect fal cocktail with cold pressed cider from trader joe's, black feather bourbon, & sparkling cider

On instagram last weekend, I did a quick poll to see how interested people would be in “Thanksgiving for Two” content. I was unsure if people would be spending it full on with their families or keeping things close knit. SO MANY {over 90%} of you guys wanted the “for two” content & your wish is my command!

Each week will be full of food, drinks, & more. Basically, you can mix and match whatever you want & I’ll wrap it all up with a full on shopping list & game plan. Sounds good?!

Today to celebrate my fave holiday, I have a fun little libation for you guys that just SCREAMS fall.

Such a fun cocktail for brunch or before dinner… & it just goes so perfectly with November.

It also uses cold pressed juice, so it’s healthy…ish. 🙂

COLD PRESSED AUTUMN SPRITZ! essellesse makes the perfect fal cocktail with Trader Joe's Cold Pressed Fuji Apple Spiced Cider, black feather bourbon, & sparkling cider

COLD PRESSED AUTUMN SPRITZ! essellesse makes the perfect fal cocktail with Trader Joe's Cold Pressed Fuji Apple Spiced Cider, black feather bourbon, & sparkling apple bite cider

It’s also sooooo easy, no shaking necessary.

All you need is: Trader Joe’s Cold-Pressed Fuji Apple Cider; Bourbon; Lemon; Sparking Cider

Basically, as soon as I saw the Trader Joe’s Cold-Pressed Fuji Apple Cider, I KNEW I had to booze that juice up. Like doesn’t it sound divine already?

I love a good apple cider moment.. but I especially love it with some bourbon. It just gives a nice comforting warmth. Like, you just want to drink it by the fire or under candlelight.

The cold-pressed apple juice is mixed with clove & cinnamon so it just pairs REALLY well with the bourbon imho.

I used Black Feather Whiskey {remember them here?} & it was a perfect match. Here is all the info on Black Feather Whiskey!

TRADER JOE'S COLD PRESSED FUJI APPLE SPICED CIDER FOR AUTUMN SPRITZ! essellesse makes the perfect fal cocktail with cold pressed cider from trader joe's, bourbon, & sparkling cider.

COLD PRESSED AUTUMN SPRITZ! essellesse makes the perfect fal cocktail with cold pressed cider from trader joe's, black feather bourbon, & apple bite hard sparkling cider

{ the exact ciders I used: Trader Joe’s Cold Pressed Fuji Spiced Cider – non alc ::  Apple Bite Hard Cider }

If bourbon isn’t your thing, try it with rum or even gin! Apple & gin is a fun lil unexpected combo. Add a little lemon to balance things out and give a nice lil bite & top with sparkling cider!

For sparkling cider, I used one that does have alcohol in it, but you can find one without if you prefer. Also if you want to keep things virgin, omit the bourbon completely.

For garnish, I sliced an apple through the center, & used the jigger to stamp out small little rounds. Really crafty over here.

“official” recipe & directions below:

COLD PRESSED AUTUMN SPRITZ! essellesse makes the perfect fal cocktail with cold pressed cider from trader joe's, black feather bourbon, & sparkling cider

 

SLS AUTUMN SPRITZ

ingredients per drink

Cold Pressed Apple Cider {I like Trader Joe’s!}; 1.5 oz

bourbon or liquor of your choice; 1 oz

lemon, 1/2 squeezed

cinnamon stick

sparkling hard cider, to top

garnish: apple sliced lengthwise from the center, cut/stamped into a small round

directions

In a cocktail glass {use whatever you want! I used mismatching flutes lol}, add 1 ounce of bourbon, 1.5 ounces of cold pressed apple juice, & squeeze of lemon. Stir with cinnamon stick & leave in glass. Top with sparkling cider & apple round!

To make for a crowd, go off this ration: 2 parts juice : 1 part bourbon in a pitcher or juice bowl & when ready to serve, top with the sparkling cider & throw in apple rounds & cinnamon sticks to garnish!

COLD PRESSED AUTUMN SPRITZ! essellesse makes the perfect fal cocktail with cold pressed cider from trader joe's, black feather bourbon, & sparkling cider

Happy Halloween!! That’s all I got for today.

No spooky plans over here. Over the weekend, we went to our friend’s place in Noe Valley for a fun little party. For a last second costume, I wore all black with my matrix glasses and it worked out quite nicely… nothing like shopping your own closet 😉

I gotta admit – Halloween is my FAV holiday on instagram. I LOVE seeing everyone’s costumes from friends, influencers, to celebrities. Some are just SO creative.

If you dressed up, let me know what you were!!

See ya tomorrow,
SLS

+++ fall playlist here!

♡ THANKSGIVING FOR TWO ♡

+ Sausage & Herb Cranberries

+ Herb Infused Olive Oil Potatoes

+ Lemon Thyme Turkey ~*or*~ Steak

currently digging: gold barware for fall

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