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Fall Inspiration – Signature Cocktails

With cooler temperatures coming to New Orleans next week, Fall wedding season in full swing, and the holiday season fast approaching, we thought this would be the perfect time to mix things up by sharing some favorite Fall inspired signature cocktails!  I’m not gonna lie… I want to try every single one!!

Les Rouge-Hook

Photo Credit: Galatoire’s 33

If you’re looking for the perfect fall cocktail, why not try Les Rouge-Hook at Galatoire’s 33 on Bourbon Street? The warm colors, citrus peel garnish and spiced flavor all encompass what makes this drink the perfect fall cocktail. It’s sure to keep you warm during the coming cooler months.

Les Rouge-Hook Ingredients:
1.5oz of Pinhook Rye
.75oz Orange Syrup
.75oz Lemon Juice
.75oz Ruby Port
.50oz Dolin Vermouth Rouge
1 Dash of St. Elizabeth Allspice Dram

The Grasshopper

Photo Credit: Hanna Photo for Tujague’s Restaurant

When we asked our friends over at Tujague’s Restaurant on Decatur what their favorite Fall inspired cocktail was, Nancy Weinstock exclaimed, “The Grasshopper of course! Tujague’s is celebrating their 100th anniversary of the Grasshopper this November. What better time to have the famous after-dinner drink? According to restaurant lore, Philibert Guichet, whose family purchased the restaurant from founders Guillaume and Marie Tujague in the 1910s, invented the drink for a 1918 cocktail competition in New York City. It won second place!”

The Grasshopper Ingredients:
White Crème de Cacao
Dark Crème de Cacao
Green Crème de Menthe
White Crème de Menthe
Heavy Whipping Cream

The Champagne Lady

Photo Credit: The Roosevelt New Orleans

Are you a glittering temptress or one of her admirers? Either way, you really stop by The Roosevelt New Orleans for this sparkling, citrus garnished champagne cocktail. It is a fabulous beverage to sip on during fall or holiday parties.

The Champagne Lady Ingredients:
Tito’s Vodka
St. Germain
Veuve Clicquot

Autumn Medley

Barrie, from My House Social, was also excited to share one of her favorites with us… the Autumn Medley. Even the name is perfect!

Autumn Medley Ingredients:
1 oz Vodka
1 oz Spiced Pear Liqueur
2/3 Lime
Pomegranate Juice Mix
Top with Lemon Soda (Sprite)
Garnished with an Orange Slice

I’m feeling all warm and tingly just thinking about that one!

Holiday Sangria

PHOTOGRAPHER: Lance Nicoll Photography

“A holiday sangria is the perfect specialty cocktail for a fall wedding,” says  Krystle Abalos, owner of Everly Event Planning & Design. “A twist on the the traditional red sangria recipe, the holiday sangria screams fall with pomegranate seeds, cinnamon sticks and crisp green pears! Then it’s accented by an orange liquor, brandy, a little agave nectar and finished off with ginger ale for some effervescence. It has all the smells and cozy feels of the perfect, crisp fall day. For an extra unique and pretty photo op. pop- add some whip cream!”

Holiday Sangria Ingredients:
1 Bottle of Red Wine (Dry)
Pomegranate Seeds
Cinnamon Sticks
Green Pears
Orange Liquor
Agave Nectar
Ginger Ale

That one will Jingle my Bells for sure!


Do you have a favorite Fall cocktail that you’d like to share? Feel free to leave a comment below or pop on over to our Facebook post to tell us all about it!

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Jennifer Vogel was raised in Metairie, LA. Now living in Ohio, she still draws from her New Orleans roots for inspiration in her work. Jennifer freelances in web design / development, graphic design and, now, writing for New Orleans Weddings Magazine.

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