I’ve been on the search for the perfect fall cocktail recipe, and the other day, inspiration struck and I came up with the idea of a pear and sage sazerac. I made a small batch of sage simple syrup, and a puree with some pears from our CSA box. What followed was a delicious cocktail reminiscent of New Orleans, with just enough sweet and herby flavor to be a fall standard.
Pear and Sage Sazerac
- 1-2 ounce bourbon (depending on your preference)
- Splash of Pernod or Absinthe
- 1 bunch fresh sage
- 4-5 drops bitters
- 1-2 pears
- juice of 1 lemon
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup water
- Begin by combining equal parts sugar and water (I did 1/2 cup to 1/2 cup for a small batch of simple syrup), bring to a boil until it begins to thicken (it should stick a bit to the back of spoon) and remove from heat, stir in 1 bunch of sage and let sit for 30 minutes to an hour. After it’s had a chance to sit, remove the sage leaves.
- Peel and core 1-2 pears (depending on how much puree you’d like), put in a steamer basket and steam for 10-12 minutes or until you can prick them easily with a fork. Once they are cooled, cut and place into a blender with some lemon juice and puree.
- In a cocktail shaker, combine 1 TBSP pear puree, 1/2 ounce sage simple syrup, a few additional sage leaves, and muddle. Add 4-5 drops of bitters, and 1-2 ounces of bourbon (I prefer 2, but then again, I live in Williamsburg), and ice. Shake and strain* into a glass and garnish with a sprig of sage.
*The pear puree can get a bit thick towards the end, if this bothers you, I’d suggest straining through a cheesecloth.
I can’t believe it’s October already! You wouldn’t have any idea based on the dreary warm rain we’ve had in New York lately, but I’ve still been out trying to enjoy the fall as much as possible. Currently I’m craving chunky knits, faux furs, and cashmere everything. My current October goals are finding a perfect mustard yellow dress that can transition between seasons and perfecting an autumn themed smokey eye.
This weekend was a friends 40th birthday, and when we were asked to bring a vegan dessert, I knew that I couldn’t wait to make Alicia Silverstone’s Chocolate Peanut Butter cups– until I got word that the cake was going to be chocolate too. I was back to square one, and stressed at the prospect of finding an easily transitable recipe that feeds 40! Luckily, while perusing the web, I stumbled upon this recipe for vegan pumpkin donuts, I knew it’d be the perfect introduction to fall.
These donuts were a breeze to make, and we were left with a spongy and moist donut, with just enough pumpkin and spices to hint at fall. The only thing I might change from this recipe was the process of dipping the donuts into earth balance prior to shaking them with cinnamon and sugar. My donuts ended up COATED in cinnamon and sugar, and while I just thought that was delicious, some of us that aren’t complete sugar fiends (ahem, Jason), weren’t as crazy about it. Ah, well, all the more for me!
Fall is by far my favorite season for dressing. I absolutely love the deep, rich colors, layering jackets over sweaters over tops, and gold and brown hued accessories. But, let’s be honest, shopping for every season can get awfully expensive. I think if we all had it our way, we’d have a new wardrobe on point with every trend per season, but since that isn’t possible, I always love to pick up a few key pieces that I can work into the clothes I already own. I’m absolutely swooning over this oxblood peplum top from Topshop and these heels from LC Lauren Conrad (wouldn’t they be great with a pair of tweed socks?).
Everything on this list is less than $50, and let’s be honest, you can’t really beat that.
Fall in the Northeast is my absolute favorite. The air gets crisp, the colors start to change, and everywhere you go there is an electricity in the air anticipating the holiday season. I’ve been impatiently counting down the days until my favorite season, and here are a few of the things I can’t wait to do this fall:
- Play hooky with Jason and go to happy hour at Maison Premiere
- Put together fun and original Halloween costumes
- Raise the $5,000 we are asking for on Kickstarter to make the MWTW Documentary Shorts
- Bundle up and read a book outside in the park
- Go apple picking, or to a pumpkin patch
- Rock the dark red lipstick trend with no fear
- Watch as many scary movies as I can in October
- Bake pumpkin everything
- Knit wristwarmers, earwarmers, scarves, and anything else I need for cold winter months
- Get through some of the books patiently waiting in my room
What are some of your goals this fall? Anything special that you can’t wait to do?
Oxblood is the color of the season, and why shouldn’t it be? The rich, dark tones make it feel wealthy and luxurious, and it’s relation to brown allows it to be a near neutral that can be worn with both light and dark colors alike. I love this color in rich fabrics like leathers, velvets, and chiffons, and think it would be perfect paired with a chunky knit sweater and a dash of leopard print. What about you? How do you feel about the oxblood trend?