As Thanksgiving approaches, it’s the perfect time to introduce a unique cocktail that complements the warmth and spirit of the season. The “Autumn Ember” is a mezcal-based cocktail that blends the smoky richness of Mezcal with the cozy flavors of autumn, creating a drink that’s as memorable as it is delicious.
- 2 oz Mezcal (preferably a smooth, smoky variety)
- 1 oz Freshly Squeezed Orange Juice
- 0.5 oz Maple Syrup (adjust to taste)
- 0.5 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
- A splash of Ginger Beer
- Two dashes of Cinnamon Bitters
- A cinnamon stick and orange peel for garnish
- Prepare the Glass:
- Chill a cocktail glass in the freezer for a few minutes or with ice water and set it aside.
- Mix the Cocktail:
- Combine the Mezcal, orange juice, maple syrup, and lemon juice in a shaker.
- Add ice to the shaker until it’s about half full.
- Shake vigorously for 15 seconds to chill, and mix the ingredients thoroughly.
- Add the Sparkle:
- Remove the cocktail glass from the freezer or empty the ice water.
- Strain the mixture into the chilled glass.
- Top the drink with a splash of ginger beer to add a fizzy, spicy kick.
- Garnish and Serve:
- Add two dashes of cinnamon bitters to the cocktail.
- Garnish with a cinnamon stick and a twist of orange peel.
- Optionally, lightly flame the orange peel over the drink to release its oils and add a slightly charred aroma.
- The “Autumn Ember” offers a harmonious blend of smoky Mezcal and maple syrup’s sweet, earthy notes.
- The citrus from the orange and lemon juices adds a refreshing brightness, while the ginger beer introduces a subtle spiciness.
- Cinnamon bitters and the cinnamon stick garnish tie the drink together with a warm, aromatic spice, perfect for a Thanksgiving celebration.
The “Autumn Ember” is more than just a cocktail; it’s a celebration of Thanksgiving in a glass. It perfectly captures the essence of the holiday with its warm, inviting flavors and the unique smokiness of Mezcal. Whether you’re toasting to gratitude or enjoying a quiet moment of reflection, this cocktail will surely add a special touch to your Thanksgiving festivities.
Friends and family,
As we gather around this bountiful table on this beautiful Thanksgiving Day, let’s raise our glasses in a toast that stretches from the heart of the SF Tequila Shop family to every one of you, our cherished guests.
Today, we celebrate more than just a festive meal. We celebrate the rich tapestry of friendships, the warmth of family, and the joy of togetherness. Each of us brings a unique flavor to this gathering, much like the diverse and exquisite tequilas we cherish in our shop.
May the spirit of Thanksgiving fill our hearts with gratitude and our lives with laughter. May we cherish these moments, for they are as precious as the finest agave. And as we share this meal, let us extend our table of fellowship and love beyond these walls to those who may need it most.
To the bonds that unite us, the memories we create, and the future we build together – cheers from the SF Tequila Shop family to yours. Happy Thanksgiving!”