With restaurants and bars starting to open back up a lot of us are starting to go out and date again. Let’s beat the rush of the crowds out and about and instead try staying in. You can cook a homemade meal and create your own delicious cocktails for a date night. Trust us, your date will be impressed. Turn on some jazz music and try out some of our favorite date night cocktails that you might not know about.
Autumn Apple Bottom Fizz
Apple season is the best. This cocktail is served up with apple butter and a hint of cinnamon. Check out the full recipe below.
- orange wedges for the glass
- 1/2 cinnamon + 1 tablespoon sugar for the rim
- 3 tablespoons apple butter
- 2 ounces bourbon
- pinch of cinnamon
- 4 to 6 ounces chilled ginger ale or ginger beer
- fresh figs for garnish
- Rim your glass with a wedge of citrus. Try orange with this one since it goes nicely with any bourbon. Stir together the cinnamon and sugar on a plate. Dip the rim in the cinnamon sugar.
- Fill a shaker glass with ice. Add the apple butter, bourbon and a pinch of cinnamon. Shake well for 30 seconds. Pour the mixture into the glass. Top it off with ginger beer and enjoy.
Pumpkin Pie Martini
Whats better than pumpkin pie? Try adding a dollop of whip cream on top of this one. You won’t regret it.
- 2 ounces Pumpkin Spice Vodka
- 1 ounces Dark Rum
- ½ ounces Half and Half
- 2 TBS Pumpkin Puree (canned or homemade)
- 1 ounces Maple Syrup
- ¼ tsp Pure Vanilla Extract
- 3 Ice Cubes
- Maple Syrup – to taste
- 1 whole Graham Cracker
- ½ tsp Cinnamon
- 1 TBS Granulated Sugar
Garnish: Nutmeg, Cinnamon Stick
- Crush graham cracker in a Ziploc bag, or food processor until it resembles sand. Stir in the cinnamon and sugar. Line the rim of a martini glass with maple syrup. Dip/roll in the cracker mix. Set aside.
- In a cocktail shaker, combine the ice and remaining cocktail ingredients. Shake vigorously until shaker chilled to the touch.
- Strain and pour cocktail into the prepared martini glass. Garnish with a cinnamon stick and nutmeg. Enjoy!
Apple Cider Sangria
Spice up your date night with another excellent choice that includes apples. Try Honey-crisp with this recipe. They are a fan favorite of ours.
- 1 bottle, standard size of pinot grigio
- 2 1/2 cups fresh apple cider
- 1 cup club soda
- 1/2 cup ginger brandy
- 3 honey crisp apples, chopped
- 3 pears, chopped
- Combine all ingredients together and stir. Refrigerate for about an hour before serving.
Easy Cranberry Margarita
In a rush? This cocktail is simple and quick if you are in need of a simple recipe that offers a delicious taste. Plus, how can you go wrong with Tequila?
- Coarse sea salt, for rimming glass
- 4.5 ounces cranberry juice (3 shots from standard size shot glass), or more to taste
- 1.5 ounces blanco tequila (1 shot from standard size shot glass)
- 1 ounce triple sec (2/3 shot from standard size shot glass)
- 1/2 lime
- Fresh cranberries and rosemary sprigs, for garnish *optional*
- Run a lime wedge around the rim of a glass and dip in salt. Fill the glass with ice.
- Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add cranberry juice, tequila, triple sec and the juice of half a lime. Shake to combine.
- Strain the cocktail over the prepared glass and garnish with fresh cranberries and rosemary sprigs.
Brown Sugar Fig Bubbly
Brown sugar with fig, count us in. This drink will leave you wanting more once your glass is empty. Make extra, trust us on this one.
- 10 to 12 ripe figs sliced and stems removed, plus a few extra for garnish
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- the juice of 1 lemon
- 1 750mL chilled bottle of prosecco
- In the bottom of a large glass or jar, add the figs, the brown sugar and the lemon juice. Use a cocktail muddler to mash and muddle the mixture for a full 5 minutes or so, until the figs break down and you have a syrupy mix. You can remove and large pieces of the fig skin at this time too.
- Add ice to the glass, and add in your fig mixture. You can do 2 to 3 tablespoons per glass or just divide it evenly. Top each glass with prosecco, add a sliced fig in there and enjoy!
Vanilla Chai Old Fashioned
Chai Simple Syrup
Chai Old Fashioned
- 2 ounces (1/4 cup) bourbon
- 1 ounce lemon juice
- 1 dash orange bitters
- 1-2 ounces (2-4 tablespoons) chai tea syrup
- sparkling water, for topping
- cinnamon and star anise, for serving (optional)
CHAI SIMPLE SYRUP
- In a medium pot, bring 1 cup water to a boil. Remove from the heat, add the chai tea bags, cover and steep 10-15 minutes. Remove the tea bags and add the maple. Bring to a boil over high heat. Boil 3-5 minutes, then remove from the heat. Stir in the vanilla. Let cool. Keep in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
- In a cocktail shaker, combine the bourbon, lemon juice, orange bitters, and 2 tablespoons of the chai syrup. Shake to combine.
- Strain into a glass. If desired top with sparkling water. Garnish with cinnamon and star anise.
- 2 oz. fresh apple cider
- 1 oz. cognac
- 1 oz. Cointreau
- fresh lemon juice
- strip of lemon zest and brandied cherries, for serving
- Place cider, cognac, Cointreau, and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker; top with ice.
- Shake until the shaker starts to frost and feels very cold to the touch, 20 to 30 seconds.
- Strain into a coupe and top with zest and brandied cherries.