Mother Nature seems to be extending her hot angry summer season in Oregon. This summer we’ve experienced the record for the most 90+ degree days, which has been torture for us Oregonians who are used to 75-degree summers. This weekend, my daughter played her first soccer game of the fall season under a scorching 90-degree sun. It was so odd. . . and I am so ready for fall!
I know fall weather truly is just around the corner — as early as today, in fact. Cooler temperatures are on their way, along with crisp winds, changing leaves, and Oregon’s bountiful fall fruit harvest (apples! pumpkins! squash!). To celebrate the spice and warmth of the upcoming season, I’m sharing a cocktail recipe that is absolutely perfect for fall: the Cinnamon Ginger Highball.
Cinnamon Ginger Highball
I love using cinnamon and ginger in cooking and baking year-round, but there’s something extra warm and cozy about a cocktail that has these delicious typically-fall-inspired spices.
When drinking this, feel free to start up the fireplace, cuddle on on the couch with a cozy throw, and light cinnamon candles around the house.
What is a Highball?
A highball is simply a cocktail that has a liqueur base that is topped with more non-alcoholic liquids than alcohol. Think: the classic Jack & Coke. I like highballs because they warm you up without making you too boozy woozy (you know what I’m sayin’?).
This highball recipe consists of a cinnamon liqueur, ginger ale, and a few drops of cardamom bitters, poured over a glass of ice.
Sukkah Hill Spirits sent me a few of their aromatic liqueurs to try (their Etrog is the bomb if you love lemon-flavored cocktails!), and I fell in love with the Besamim. This cinnamon liqueur is a balanced blend of fall in a bottle. This would also be great to add to desserts, such as a tiramisu or apple hand pies.
But of course, it shines in a cocktail like this Cinnamon Ginger Highball that allows the cinnamon liqueur to shine.
Cinnamon Ginger Highball Cocktail Recipe
- 2 ounces cinnamon liqueur such as Sukkah Hill Spirits Besamim liqueur
- 5 ounces ginger ale
- 2-4 drops of cardamom bitters or other aromatic bitter such as The Bitter Housewife bitters
- 2-3 ice cubes
- Pour all ingredients over a glass of ice.