Fall Harvest is that special time of year where outdoor activities start to have a snap of chill in the air, and being social takes on new life indoors once the outside fun ends. The Wasatch Back has plenty of space to take your friends for a cocktail or mocktail happy hour with plenty of small bites to compliment your drinks. Our favorite places to snag a drink in this ole’ town are many, but you can just as easily make your favorite concoction at home with some ingenuity and in-season fall ingredients. Here are a few concoctions for you to try at your next gathering!
The Autumn Brunch
Fresh Stone Fruit Bellini Mocktail
- Peel and chill a variety of stone fruit (we love yellow and white peaches, plums in all colors, and white nectarines). You will need approximately one half cup of fresh fruit per serving.
- Puree in a blender until just combined. Spoon puree into the bottom 1/3 of your serving glass.
- Top with sparkling white grape juice or natural flavored sparkling water.
- Garnish the glass with your favorite fall fruit.
To turn your mocktail into a cocktail, use your favorite champagne or Moscato wine in place of the sparkling grape juice.
The Romantic Picnic
Spiced Apple & Pomegranate Mock-Ole’ Fashion
- Warm ½ cup of pomegranate juice with 2 ½ cups of spiced apple cider.
- In a shallow dish, mix ½ cup granulated sugar with ½ teaspoon of ground ginger and ¼ teaspoon of ground clove. Wet the rim of the glass with an orange wedge and dip the rim into the sugar mixture.
- Pour the warm mocktail into the glass and garnish with the orange wedge using a toothpick with a cherry on top.
To create the perfect cocktail, add a splash (1 ounce) of your favorite whiskey and a few dashes of bitters.
The Autumn Dinner
Cranberry Rosemary Martini Mocktail
- Freeze fresh cranberries with a few needles of rosemary in sparkling rosé grape juice.
- In a shallow dish, place sanding sugar with fresh rosemary, add a pinch of salt, and muddle together.
- Wet the rim of your glass and dip in the sanding sugar mixture.
- In the martini glass, place 2 ice cubes and pour equal parts cranberry juice and white peach juice.
- Garnish the glass with white grapes using a toothpick.
To add a bit of ‘warmth’ to your evening add a splash (1 ounce) each of your favorite vodka and floral liqueur, such as St. Germain.
Feeling more like a night on the town? Gather your friends and visit some of our favorite local haunts: The Owl Bar at Sundance, Melvin’s Public House, Afterword, Hideout Steakhouse, Midway Mercantile, The Pub at Zermatt, The Corner Restaurant, Spin Café and, The Lakehouse at Deer Creek.