Autumn Sweater Cocktail

Autumn Sweater Cocktail
Staff Writer
Autumn Sweater

Ed Anderson

Autumn Sweater

"We could slip away
Wouldn't that be better?"

The bittersweet lyrics of "Autumn Sweater," from Yo La Tengo's 1997 album, "I Can Hear the Heart Beating As One," serve as the source material for the melancholy change-of-season shoegazer. Serve it over a large block of ice, or over an ice sphere — even better to evoke a fat harvest moon hanging in the nighttime sky.

Made in Sicily since 1868, Averna is a syrupy, bitter herbal liqueur. It isn't overpowering, though, and is a great gateway amaro if you're interested in exploring potable bitters. Amaro Nonino is another mild Italian digestif whose caramel color and warm, spicy burnt-orange notes round out the full fall flavors here. Wrap yourself in an Autumn Sweater and embrace what the season has in store for you.

Notes

Adapted from "Bitters: A Spirited History of a Classic Cure-All" by Brad Thomas Parsons (Ten Speed Press, 2011).

Ingredients

  • 1  ounce  rye
  • 1/2  ounce  Averna
  • 1/2  ounce  Amaro Nonino
  • 1/2  ounce  maple syrup
  • Dash of  Urban Moonshine maple bitters
  • Dash of  orange bitters
  • Ice
  • Thick clove-studded strip of orange zest, for garnish

Directions

Combine all the ingredients except the garnish in a mixing glass filled with ice and stir until chilled. Add a large sphere of ice to a chilled double old-fashioned and strain the drink into the glass.

For the garnish, use a paring knife to slice a thick strip of zest from an orange. Twist it over the drink to release the essential oils and rub along the rim of the glass. Stud the orange zest with 2 whole cloves and drape it over the ice sphere.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
1g
1%
Sugar
9g
10%
Carbohydrate, by difference
29g
22%
Protein
4g
9%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
2µg
2%
Calcium, Ca
26mg
3%
Choline, total
9mg
2%
Fiber, total dietary
7g
28%
Folate, total
9µg
2%
Iron, Fe
1mg
6%
Magnesium, Mg
48mg
15%
Manganese, Mn
2mg
100%
Niacin
1mg
7%
Phosphorus, P
140mg
20%
Selenium, Se
5µg
9%
Sodium, Na
2mg
0%
Water
8g
0%
Zinc, Zn
2mg
25%

Cocktail Shopping Tip

Buy your booze in bulk – transfer what you need into smaller bottles to stock your bar – you’ll save money and have enough leftover for your next party.

Cocktail Cooking Tip

Add another layer of flavor to your cocktails by making your own simple syrup – combine equal parts sugar and water with whatever aromatics you like – fresh herbs, whole spices, citrus, or chile peppers – heat to dissolve sugar and strain before using.