This is a drink I created in October of 2005 while working on Federal Hill in Providence, Rhode Island. Fall in New England – if you’ve never experienced it – is an 8-week or so window between September and November that is all about the foliage.
Some people track the progression of peak color zealously, utilizing up-to-the-minute maps and daily news feeds to plan their serpentine journey through the countryside. Whenever I would hear the first guests strategizing about the best leaf-peeping route, I knew the holiday season was just around the corner. Why fight it? I’d make myself this drink and start planning what I was going to make for Thanksgiving.
AUTUMN LEAF PEEPING
2 parts cognac
1 part pumpkin liqueur
1 part Cointreau (or premium triple sec)
1 part Green Chartreuse
Splash of lemon juice
Splash of pineapple juice
Add all ingredients to a pint glass ¾ filled with ice. Cover with Boston shaker and shake hard for 10 seconds. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
One small pineapple frond or a light dusting of cinnamon.