Cocktail of the Week: Autumn Smash

A zingy cocktail to drink right now
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Autumn Smash
Photo: Lizzie Munro for Tasting Table

It's Spirits Month! Get in on all the booze-filled fun.

Brown-liquor cocktails. Fresh apple cider in every market.

To us, these are the indications that fall is underway, and this cocktail celebrates both in all their glory.

We find that a rich, dark rum is the perfect match for crisp cider. Fresh lemon juice and orange bitters punch up the flavor, while amaro, that classic Italian aperitif, cuts the sweetness, leaving a spicy and slightly bitter flavor in its place. Topping it off with ginger beer adds just the right amount of spice for a cocktail that embodies the season.

Cocktail of the Week: Autumn Smash

Recipe from the Tasting Table Test Kitchen

Yield: 1 cocktail

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: N/A

Total Time: 5 minutes



1 ounce dark rum

½ ounce amaro (such as Nonino Amaro)

¼ ounce fresh lemon juice

2 dashes orange bitters

1 ounce apple cider

Ginger beer, to top

Lemon twist, for garnish


In an ice-filled cocktail shaker, combine the rum, amaro, lemon juice, bitters and apple cider. Shake vigorously and strain into a coupe. Top with the ginger beer and garnish with a lemon twist.

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