Autumn Leaves Cocktail

Autumn Leaves Cocktail with Pisco Porton
Pisco Porton
Prep: 3 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Total: 3 mins
Serving: 1 serving
Yield: 1 cocktail
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
161 Calories
0g Fat
6g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 161
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 1mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 6g 2%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 20mg 100%
Calcium 16mg 1%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 48mg 1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

The autumn leaves cocktail is an interesting fall drink that is packed with intriguing flavors. It begins with the impressive pisco from Pisco Portón on which the complex tastes of Drambuie and Campari are layered. The result is a drink that is multifaceted, deep, and soothing.

As the name suggests, this really is a fascinating drink that is ideal for autumn celebrations. The Drambuie imparts a dark honey herb flavor against the South American brandy that is warm and inviting. At the same time, Campari brings in its bitter profile, which also helps turn the cocktail into a perfect aperitif and a fantastic predecessor to any meal you're cooking up.

Ingredients

  • 1 ounce pisco

  • 1 ounce Drambuie

  • 1/4 ounce Campari

  • 1/4 ounce lime juice

  • Lime twist, for garnish

  • Orange wedge, for garnish

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. In a mixing glass filled with ice, pour the pisco, Drambuie, Campari, and lime juice.

  3. Stir well.

  4. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

  5. Garnish with an orange wedge and twist of lime. Serve and enjoy.

Tips

  • This recipe was created by Pisco Portón, so it naturally recommends that brand. You can use any pisco, just make sure that your substitute is a premium quality brandy.
  • Adding both citrus garnishes really does make this drink stand out. However, they're not necessary, so if you have only one of the fruits, use that garnish alone.
  • Be sure to serve the autumn leaves in a chilled cocktail glass so the drink stays cool and fresh while you enjoy it. The quickest way to do it is to place a few ice cubes in the glass while you mix the drink. Dump the ice before straining.

Recipe Variation

  • If you wanted to substitute another brandy for the pisco, it would be best to choose Armagnac, Cognac, or Brandy de Jerez as they are also distilled from actual wine (fermented grape juice) rather than the leftovers from wine production. You will notice a difference between these options and pisco, however, because pisco is typically not aged. It does not have the oak undertones common to the other styles of brandy.
  • Grappa and other brandies would make a decent substitute as well. Again, neither of these have quite the same taste as pisco from Peru or Chile.

How Strong Is an Autumn Leaves Cocktail?

Whenever you see a short drink made primarily of liquor, you can expect it to be strong and full of flavor. That's certainly true for the autumn leaves cocktail, which will weigh in with an alcohol content around 29 percent ABV (58 proof). It's almost as strong as the average gin martini and one too many will add up rather quickly.

There is another popular cocktail that takes on the "autumn leaves" name. It's more of a twist on the Manhattan and pairs rye whiskey, apple brandy, sweet vermouth, and Strega with a custom cinnamon tincture. This autumn leaves recipe was created by Jeffrey Morgenthaler in 2008 and the bartender and cocktail book author has the recipe on his website, JeffreyMorgenthaler.com.