No spring nor summer beauty hath such grace
As I have seen in one autumnal face.

John Donne

This is a bracingly strong fall cocktail, appropriately called Autumn Leaves. It combines rye, apple brandy, and herbal liqueur brilliantly. The apple flavour is pure autumn.

According to Diffords, the cocktail was created in 2008 by Jeffrey Morgenthaler at the now shuttered Bel Ami Lounge in Portland Oregon.


What you need

1 oz Rye whiskey
1 oz Calvados apple Brandy or Applejack
1 oz sweet vermouth (Cinzano)

1/4 oz Strega liqueur
2 dashes Angostura bitters

What you do

Pre-chill the glass.
Fill a mixing glass with ice and add liquids.
Stir until well chilled.
Pour carefully into the serving glass. 

Garnish: Orange zest twist
Serve: Old fashioned Glass
Style: Spirit Forward
Taste: Strong, sweet

Patrick (Paddy) Moore

Patrick (Paddy) Moore is the author of the series Quarantinis, Eh? featuring cocktails that commemorate the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020-2021.

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