Autumn/Fall Cocktails with Stolichnaya Gala Apple

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At Summer Fruit Cup we’re big fans of summer cocktails, but, as the leaves start to change colour and the sea winds begin to blow, we thought that it’s time to start looking at more seasonally-appropriate cocktails.

There are many possible spirits to choose from when making autumnal cocktails, but when I recently tried the new Stolichnaya Gala Applik, I knew that it would be perfect for the job.
Stolichnaya Applik is flavoured with crisp Gala Apples (my favourite variety) and is bottled at 37.5%. Stolichnaya have also recently released a new, duty-free, flavoured vodka, Stolichnaya Chocolate Raspberry.

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What is an Autumnal Cocktail?

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To me, this is a tricky creation, as it needs to aid a smooth transition from the summer coolers of July and August to the winter warmers of January and December. As a result, they need to be both refreshing and comforting and/or warming. Here are the ones that I’ve tried.

Squashed Apple

#1 – Squashed Apple
[25ml Stolichnaya Gala Apple, 25ml Apple Juice, Muddled Butternut Squash, 1 Dash Angostura Bitters -SHAKE]
Very fresh and crisp, and very easy to drink. The muddled butternut squash adds both a rich gold colour, as well as a light, sweet butteriness.

#2 – Toffee Apple Toddy
[50ml Applik, 25ml Caralicious Vodka, 25ml Lemon Juice, 100ml Boiling Water]
Warming and not too sweet, nor too intense. There are hints of caramel and vanilla, as well as toffee and fresh apple. The drink is a bit lighter than a winter toddy, but still has warming quality; perfect for September dusk.

Applik Alexander

Applik Alexander

#3 – Apple Alexander
[25ml Applik, 15ml Amaretto, 50ml Single Cream, Pinch of Cinnamon, SHAKE]
A most unusual mixture, but very nice; fresh and creamy, with spiced apple flavours and a dry, bakewell-tart finish. Both spicy and fresh, it provides the comforting balance that I’m looking for in  an autumnal cocktail.
Mrs B (not a fan of cream cocktails) declared this, “My favourite cream cocktail; they are usually heavy and sweet, and this is neither.”

Autumn Collins

Autumn Collins

#4 – Autumn Collins
[25ml Applik, 25ml Honey Syrup, 25ml Lemon juice, Top up with soda Water]
Fresh and crisp, with predominantly apple flavours alongside some hints of honey and spice. For some extra flavour, mix the garnish berries round a bit.

#5 – Apple Blackberry Fix
[Equal Parts, Applik Vodka, Lemon Juice, sugar syrup. Pour over a tumbler full of crushed ice. Stir. Pour half a part of Creme de Mure over the top]
This is a variation on the Gin Fix or Bramble; Apple Stolichnaya works well with the flavours of blackberry. The sweetness from apple and honey are balanced out by the tartness of the lemon juice.

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In Conclusion

.I think Stolichnaya Gala Applik is quite a versatile product and it lends itself particularly well to these sorts of cocktails. The flavour of the vodka is crisp and fresh and, thankfully, doesn’t have the artificial air of many other flavoured spirits.

Our favourite cocktails were the Apple Alexander and the Autumn Collins.

Stolichnaya Applik is available for around £19 for 70cl from The Whisky Exchange.

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