Fallen Leaves Recipe

Aged apple brandy makes the Fallen Leaves a perfect warming Autumn Cocktail to enjoy by the fire.
Fallen Leaves Cocktail Recipe

Method

Stir

Glass

Coupe or Martini

Category

Calvados

FALLEN LEAVES RECIPE INGREDIENTS

50ml Calvados or other Apple Brandy
45ml Sweet Vermouth
20ml Dry Vermouth
5ml Cognac

HOW TO MAKE A FALLEN LEAVES COCKTAIL

Add all ingredients to a mixing glass and fill with ice.

Stir for 30 seconds then strain into a chilled coupe glass.

Take a piece of lemon peel and twist over the drink.

GARNISH

Lemon Peel Twist

TELL US ABOUT THE FALLEN LEAVES COCKTAIL RECIPE

The Fallen Leaves was created by German bartender Charles Schumann in 1982.

Schumann is a legend in the German bar scene, having ran the iconic Münchener Schumann’s since the mid-1980s.

His book “The American Bar: The Artistry of Mixing Drinks” draws upon over 20 years of experience in the bar industry; he knows what he’s talking about. The book is a great read, the perfect gift for cocktail lovers.

Schumann's Bar, home to Charles Schumann, inventor of the Fallen Leaves Cocktail Recipe

In the book Schumann writes about the importance of knowing the effect and “hour” of a cocktail. He notes that “bartenders and bars have often gone down in history for having created the ideal cocktail for certain occasions.”

The Fallen Leaves is a pure example of this philosophy.

From first hearing or reading the name, you are transported to the later months of the year, walking through a misty forest.

EXPERT TIP

The sweetness of the Calvados and Vermouth is balanced nicely by the warmth from the Cognac.

Use a smoky one (Knob Creek Smoked Maple is a great option) and you’ll perfectly capture the essence of an Autumn evening by the fire.

WHAT TO DRINK NEXT

Try a Toffee Apple Martini or a Smoked Maple Old Fashioned

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