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share a drink? – autumn punch

Autumn Punch Fall Cocktail

This week’s cocktail is an intriguing, unexpected, and masculine mix of fall. The Autumn Punch was created by Seth Hines for the Fortunate Feast collaboration at the Scout blog, an inspiring and beautiful blog by Jenn Elliott Blake in Seattle (if you stop by you will see the soup that they paired with this and a beautiful wedding that she styled in Ireland – love those dresses.)

While spiced rum isn’t generally my drink of choice it does have its moments, and this is one of them. Paired with a hard pear cider which is just such a very perfect thing and Chinese Five Spice powder. Say again? Yes, that’s right, Chinese Five Spice powder. Well, you pretty much can’t not try this cocktail now can you?

autumn punch

Dreamt up by Seth Hines
Serves: 2


  • – 2½ oz spiced rum (we used Kraken Black Spiced Rum – love their packaging designs)
  • – 4 oz fresh unfiltered apple juice
  • – 2 big pinches of Chinese 5 Spice
  • – 2 long threads of lemon peel
  • – 2 cinnamon sticks
  • – 1 bottle of good quality hard Pear Cider


  1. In a shaker half-filled with ice-cubes, combine the rum, apple juice, and Chinese 5 spice.
  2. Shake well and pour into your glass of choice, top with cider and garnish with a cinnamon stick and twist of lemon peel.

Recipe and images from Scout.
Cheers, I hope you stop back and elevate your spirits with me each week.




share a drink? – plum shrub cocktail

share a drink? - plum shrub cocktail

As I mentioned last week, I am a fan of the well-conceived cocktail. And as there are so many inspiring things being done these days, I just had to start sharing a drink with you.

This week’s cocktail is the essence of brooding and depth. It is an evolution of flavors, sharp, sweet, nutty, dry, and touching on the stone fruits. A perfect match for a season that is decidedly fall in the morning and night, but which summer is still resolutely clinging to by day. The Plum Shrub Cocktail comes from Todd, the Drinks Editor at Honestly Yum, an honestly great blog that I like to frequent for food and drink inspiration.

Not only do you get a perfectly composed cocktail with this, but you get an education. What exactly is a shrub anyway? Now we know. Thank you Todd for a truly smart drink.

plum shrub cocktail

Dreamt up by: Todd at Honestly Yum
Serves: 1


  1. Add all the ingredients to a mixing glass.
  2. Fill your mixing glass with ice.
  3. Stir for a full 30 seconds. Sometimes good things take time.
  4. Insert the large ice cube into an old fashioned glass.
  5. Strain your cocktail over ice and garnish with a slice of fresh plum.

Recipe and images from Honestly Yum.
Cheers, I hope you stop back and elevate your spirits with me each week.

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