Autumn Leaves

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This recipe is part two of my New Orleans Mixology Monday post. For the complete story behind this drink, please click here.

And here’s a short video of the Autumn Leaves shot by Philip Beech:


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  • ¾ oz/22.5 ml Wild Turkey rye
  • ¾ oz/22.5 ml Clear Creek apple brandy
  • ¾ oz/22.5 ml Carpano Antica Formula vermouth
  • ¼ oz/7.5 ml Strega
  • 2 dashes cinnamon tincture*
  • 1 large strip orange peel
  1. Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass.
  2. Stir with ice until chilled.
  3. Strain into an ice-filled old fashioned glass and garnish with orange peel.

*To make cinnamon tincture, soak 4 ounces whole cinnamon sticks in 16 oz grain alcohol for three weeks. Strain solids and bottle.

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23 Replies to “Autumn Leaves”

  • Kostas Alexiou says:

    Hey Jeffrey!
    I am making some cinnamon tincture. In this recipe you call for three weeks and in the video for six. Should I go three and see if I want more maturation?
    And I used vodka because here in Greece it’s not that easy to find grain alcohol. Is it a lot different in the final product?

    Cheers from Greece!

  • Fiona says:

    This is the first drink that drew me to your blog, and it remains one of my favorites. Now that autumn has rolled around again I pulled it back out and it’s just as tasty as I remember. Thanks so much for sharing!

  • Kate says:

    Cocktail Virgin just featured the recipe today. It may not have been evident when created, but given NOLA barman Chris Hannah’s apparent one-man crusade for the glory of Strega, that aspect of Autumn Leaves could also be considered NOLA-esque in addition to the Vieux Carré structure.

    P.S. I know what I’m drinking tonight!

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