Falling Leaves

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Cocktail History

The Falling Leaves is a fall cocktail that was created by Jassy Davis and included in her book Winter Warmers: 60 Cosy Cocktails for Autumn & Winter. It takes the familiar template of a Manhattan and gives it some fall flair with a unique amaro and crème de figue.

Cocktail Ingredients

To make this cocktail, you’ll need the following ingredients:

Rye: This is the base spirit. It’s a type of whiskey made from at least 51% rye grain. We used Sazerac Rye 18-Year-Old Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey because it has a nice spiced whiskey flavor with notes of vanilla, pepper, and herbs. For a low-proof version of this drink, try The Gospel Responsible Rye Non-Alcoholic Whiskey in place of the whiskey.

Amaro Montenegro: This is an Italian amaro made from a secret blend of forty botanicals, including vanilla, orange peel, and eucalyptus.

Toasted Fig Syrup: This is a sweetener that adds rich fig flavor. We used Liber & Co. Caramelized Toasted Fig Syrup because we couldn’t find Crème De Figue in our area.

Chocolate Bitters: This is a type of spirit infused with cocoa and botanicals. They add chocolate flavor and spice to the drink for more complexity. We used Fee Brothers Aztec Chocolate Bitters because they offer a unique combination of cacao, pepper, and spice flavors.

Orange Slice: This is the garnish. It adds fresh citrus aroma and flavor.

Tasting Notes

This Falling Leaves features aromas of bright orange and sweet chocolate with a slight hint of the amaro’s spices and has an immediate punchy rye whiskey taste sweetened by the fig syrup. The taste is made deeper and more complex by the Amaro Montenegro while held in the mouth, and it’s all followed by sweet chocolate notes to complement the spiced, herbal aftertaste.

Our Opinion of This Cocktail Recipe: We both liked this drink a lot and felt the name “Falling Leaves” was very appropriate; the whole experience embodies fall coziness from start to finish.

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Alex’s Take: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“This is a delicious drink! It reminded me a lot of a Manhattan with its fairly similar recipe, but this is much, much better. The Amaro Montenegro, which was actually a substitute for Amaro Averna after unsuccessfully locating a bottle, adds a great depth, a slight bitterness, and a lot of herbal notes. Then the fig syrup we used brings a sweetness and even some extra spice to it. The chocolate bitters give it an even more dessert-like quality, which again reminded me even more of a Manhattan. Overall, this drink just screams ‘cool and cozy fall weather’ and makes me want to put on a sweater while I sip it.”

Kendall’s Take: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“I love tiki drinks, but my heart will always belong to fall flavors. And wow, was this an incredible autumn-inspired tipple with which to start the season. I usually prefer bourbon, but rye is the perfect pairing with this recipe’s deep chocolate notes. The Falling Leaves is truly a delight, and I can definitely see myself drinking it a lot this season.”

Recipe

This cocktail recipe was adapted from Winter Warmers: 60 Cosy Cocktails for Autumn & Winter by Jassy Davis.

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AuthorWinter WarmersPrep Time5 minsRating

Ingredients
 1 ½ oz Rye
 ¾ oz Amaro Montenegro
 ½ oz Toasted Fig Syrup
 2 dashes Chocolate Bitters
 1 Orange Slice

Method
1

Add rye, Amaro Montenegro, toasted fig syrup, chocolate bitters, and ice to a mixing glass.

2

Stir for 30-45 seconds.

3

Strain into a lowball glass over fresh ice.

4

Garnish with orange slice.

Ingredients

Ingredients
 1 ½ oz Rye
 ¾ oz Amaro Montenegro
 ½ oz Toasted Fig Syrup
 2 dashes Chocolate Bitters
 1 Orange Slice

Directions

Method
1

Add rye, Amaro Montenegro, toasted fig syrup, chocolate bitters, and ice to a mixing glass.

2

Stir for 30-45 seconds.

3

Strain into a lowball glass over fresh ice.

4

Garnish with orange slice.

Falling Leaves

Tools & Glassware We Recommend

Anchor Hocking Manchester Rocks Old Fashioned Whiskey Glasses, 10.5 oz (Set of 12) -
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More Autumn Cocktails

If you like this autumn cocktail recipe, here are a few others that we’ve tried that you may enjoy:

Rhubarb & Gingerbread Negroni Cocktail Recipe

Rhubarb & Gingerbread Negroni: A gin cocktail made with Campari, sweet vermouth, gingerbread syrup, and an orange peel

Mountain Man Cocktail Recipe

Mountain Man: A rye cocktail made with Amaro Montenegro, toasted fig syrup, chocolate bitters, and an orange slice

Mott & Mulberry Cocktail Recipe

Mott & Mulberry: A rye cocktail made with Amaro Abano, apple cider, lemon juice, Demerara syrup, and apple slices

Pumpkin Spiced Espresso Martini Cocktail Recipe

Pumpkin Spiced Espresso Martini: A vanilla vodka cocktail made with espresso, coffee liqueur, pumpkin spice syrup, and grated nutmeg

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2 Comments

  • Jessica
    Posted November 24, 2022 12:11 am 0Likes

    This was not a win. We tried it twice with two different chocolate bitters, and it didn’t help. The site won’t let me leave a star review, but this was a 2 at best. Both drinks went down the drain.

    • Alex & Kendall
      Posted November 24, 2022 9:44 am 0Likes

      Interesting take. We’re bummed to hear you didn’t like this one because this happens to be one of our favorite fall whiskey cocktails. We’d recommend swapping out the whiskey first if you try it again since changing the chocolate bitters won’t do much to alter the flavor combination. But thanks for the heads up that reviews aren’t working so we can look into it!

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