What to drink this fall? Modern cocktails to discover from Top Note Tonics

We sometimes curate drink lists from the various creative bartenders in the world for our customers for inspiration. Everyone keeps talking about the fall, well fall is upon us, along with fall activities. This year you may find yourself hiking, biking, raking and being outside around a fire with a select group of friends. So why not try a few different spins to classic cocktails. Make a pitcher and pass it around.


Let's bring apples into this to start. You can make a beautiful cocktail like above with simple ingredients.

CranApple Gin

5 oz Gin (We like Koval Barrel Aged Gin for this)

4 oz Apple Cider

2 oz Cranberry Liqueur (You can substitute Grenadine)

2 oz Lemon Juice

Lemon Wedge for Garnish

Pour the ingredients above together in a pitcher, add ice and give it a good stir.

Add 8 oz Top Note Club Soda (1 Bottle) or to taste.

Give a gentle stir and serve over ice in a rocks glass. Garnish as you see fit!


The Transfusion

The Transfusion is a golf club staple, but even if you’ve never picked up a golf club, this recipe makes for a uniquely delicious way to transition into cold-weather cocktails.

If you don’t happen to have Concord grapes on hand, red or black grapes can be substituted, and Concord grape juice can be found at most major grocers.

And for those of you celebrating sober, the Transfusion also makes for a great mocktail: just leave out the vodka!

2 oz vodka

.5 oz ginger beer reduction

.5 oz lime juice

2 oz @topnotetonic club soda

Add the vodka, ginger beer reduction and lime juice to a cocktail shaker with ice and shake. Strain into a rocks glass over Concord grape juice ice cubes. Top with club soda and garnish with Concord grapes and crystallized ginger. If more sweetness or color is desired, add a splash of the juice!

Ginger beer reduction: pour an 8.5 oz bottle of @topnotetonic ginger beer into a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 15 minutes or until reduced by half. Remove from heat and let cool. Keep refrigerated.

Concord grape juice ice cubes: pour Concord grape juice into an ice cube tray and freeze for at least 8 hours.


Infusing pears or apples into liquor is a heck of a lot easier that people think. Just slice them up, and place into a pitcher with the liquor. Give it a stir and store refrigerated for a couple days. This recipe goes a little further, faster with pear purée. And Gin with it's high notes of juniper pair really well with pear.

Gin Pear Collins - 1 cocktail

2 oz Pear Puree Syrup

1.5 oz Gin

0.5 oz Lemon Juice

3 oz Top Note Club Soda No 1

  1. Make a pear puree syrup; In a saucepan, pour 2 cups pear puree, add 2 T lemon juice, 1/2 c sugar, 1/2 c water, a sprig of rosemary, and 1/2 t cloves. Bring to a boil for only 1 min or until sugar has dissolved. Cool and store in the fridge. You may remove the rosemary sprig.
  2. In a shaker, add the pear puree syrup, lemon juice and gin. Add ice and shake.
  3. Build your cocktail glass with slices of pears and ice. Strain the shaker over your glass.
  4. Top with Top Note Club Soda.

To batch this out, make 2 cocktails at a time in a large shaker. The shaking adds some froth and density to the drink.



These Top Note Mixers are now available for subscriptions. Keep your pantry stocked!

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