Let’s talk about the Autumn Apple Diablo cocktail, a real treat for the fall season. To me, apples and pumpkins just scream autumn, and they happen to be perfect ingredients to add to the mix of many cocktail recipes! This drink is bold yet refreshing, making it an easy sipper to enjoy all year long.
There are quite a few steps to this recipe, but the end result is not only a delicious drink to enjoy, but one that’s equally stunning to the eye. So let’s get straight into the build of this cocktail!
The Autumn Apple Diablo was inspired by a classic cocktail: The El Diablo. Most El Diablo recipes consist of tequila, citrus juice, and ginger beer, but there are many ways to create versatile variations.
Before getting into mixing the drink itself, prepare your glass. I prepared mine by giving it a little dip in apple juice. This is just to get the rim wet. Then, roll the rim in a mix of cinnamon and sugar, providing a sweet yet spiced finish with each sip. Once you’re done with this step, simply set the glass to the side until the mixture is ready to serve.
Speaking of which, let’s get into the exact build of this cocktail. Sticking to the classic recipe, start with tequila. It’s the base of this cocktail, adding a smooth, slightly earthy undertone.
Then, in goes the pumpkin butter. This isn’t your everyday cocktail ingredient, but trust me, it’s what gives this drink its autumn soul. It’s creamy, rich, and has that unmistakable pumpkin spice flavor the recipe needs!
Now we’re adding in apple cider to the mix, an autumn essential. Then, a splash of orange liqueur for a bit of citrusy brightness, balancing out the sweetness.
Shake all these ingredients with ice. This not only chills the drink but also helps to blend all the flavors together beautifully.
Finally, it’s time to grab that rimmed glass and pour the mixture in over fresh ice. Garnish with a few thin apple slices and you’re ready to indulge!
Step 1: On a small plate, mix sugar and cinnamon. Dip the rim of the glass into a thin layer of apple juice. Then dip the glass into the sugar mix.
Step 2: Combine the pumpkin butter, apple cider, tequila, orange liqueur and ice in a cocktail shaker. Shake until chilled.
Step 3: Pour into glass over fresh ice. Top with ginger beer and garnish with apple slices.
So, what does this Autumn Apple Diablo taste like? You’ve got the warmth and spice from the cinnamon and pumpkin, the earthiness and kick from the tequila, the sweetness and tang from the apple cider and orange liqueur, and that zingy spice from the ginger beer. It’s like autumn in a glass – warm, comforting, and a little bit exciting.