I am loving fall!  Apples, pumpkins, crisp days and finally, cool nights for sleeping.  Where I am from [in the north of NZ] there really isn't such a definite change of season from summer to winter; we pretty much just go from warm to not so warm...
One of the best things about my first American fall (last year) was discovering apple cider.  My kids too, couldn't get enough of it and we must have tried every incarnation of fruit cider our local supermarket had.  Something about that mix of spices is quite addictive.  We had drinks one evening at the always fabulous Huntley Taverne - all with a fall theme, so I have tried to recreate one of them here.  [Apologies to the barman if I am way off track but hey, it was a year ago...may have to return soon and see if it's still on the menu!]

Kentucky Apple Juice

3 oz of your favourite Kentucky Bourbon
8 oz spiced apple cider 
squeeze of lemon juice

Tip all ingredients into cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake for 30 seconds.  Strain into cocktail glass (or old mason jar for authentic effect) filled with ice.  Serve with a slice or two of fresh apple and a cinnamon stick.  

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Tonight, I made some Southern Boys!  It's a damp rainy September night and this drink is helping bring back a taste of summer...well, that and we'll be watching the latest train wreck installment of Jersey Shore that we have on the dvr!

Cheers and enjoy...Martha

The Southern Boy

7 mint leaves
simple syrup
lime wedges
Maker's Mark bourbon
ginger ale

Tear up the mint leaves and put them in the bottom of a tall glass.  Add 1-2 table spoons full of simple syrup (depending on how sweet you like things) and muddle the mint (you can use a wooden spoon if you don't won a muddler).  Add about 1-2 ounces (or a jigger) of Maker's Mark.  Fill glass with ice, fill with ginger ale. Squeeze a wedge of lime into the glass and drop it in. Stir once and enjoy!