Time for a Drink: Fallen Leaves

Let's get this weekend started right. Here's a cocktail to kick things off. Need more than one? Here you go. Cheers!

I first noticed it two weeks ago, when I'd look out my front window in the morning: The first few branches on the maple tree near the street were tinged with bits of yellow and orange. Now, the sidewalk is lightly coated with broad yellow leaves, and in a couple more weeks, I'll have to shuffle my way through the crunchy mounds beneath the trees just to get to the corner.

I love October.

This is a perfect autumn cocktail. With the color of its namesake foliage, the Fallen Leaves has a rich, delicate flavor derived from that most seasonal of spirits, aged apple brandy. It's fine to use Calvados in one of these, but I like to reach for the 8-year-old Eau de Vie de Pomme, from Oregon's Clear Creek Distillery. At a time when the autumn chill is becoming a little more apparent each night, a Fallen Leaves can be a great evening companion.

About the author: Paul Clarke blogs about cocktails at The Cocktail Chronicles and writes regularly on spirits and cocktails for Imbibe magazine. He lives in Seattle, where he works as a writer and magazine editor.

Time for a Drink: Fallen Leaves

About This Recipe

This recipe appears in: Drinking in the Season


  • 3/4 ounce Calvados or other apple brandy
  • 3/4 ounce sweet vermouth
  • 1/4 ounce dry vermouth
  • 1 dash brandy


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    Pour ingredients into a mixing glass and fill with ice. Stir briskly for 30 seconds; strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Twist a large piece of lemon peel over the drink, and use the twist as garnish.


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