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The newest spokesperson for Johnnie Walker shares why whisky is powerful
When it comes to drinking, Christina Hendricks' Mad Men character is known for being able to keep up with the boys. But it seems her off-screen persona is a whisky lover as well. As the new representative for Johnnie Walker, Hendricks sat down with The Daily Meal at the House of Walker in Los Angeles for a private whisky tasting. Along with Master of Whisky Stephen Wilson, she walked us through different ways to get the most enjoyment out of each of the Johnnie Walker labels.
At the end of the tasting, though, the conclusion was that whether you prefer to have your whisky on the rocks, neat, chilled, or with a splash of water, there really is no wrong way to enjoy the drink. What makes whisky so fun is the opportunity to experiment and to see how your own unique palate reacts to different whiskies. Hendricks' favorite? Black Label on the rocks.
After the tasting, we had a chance to sit down briefly with Hendricks to chat about… well, what else? Whisky. With whisky’s rising popularity, we were curious to see why she thought this trend is resonating so much with women. "It’s bold. It’s a statement," Hendricks said. "Especially around guys, it really gets their attention."
So if that put you in the mood for some whisky, Hendricks shared one of her favorite recipes, served at her own holiday parties:
The Gold Label Frost
1 ounce Johnnie Walker Gold Label
5 ounces apple cider
Dash apple bitters
Garnish with a lemon peel
Let Us Now Retire the Whiskey Woman
There are several notable species of the bro-girl archetype: In the early 20th century, we called her the tomboy, she of gambling parlors and skeet shoots, personified by celebrities like Clara Bow and Carole Lombard. More recently, modern pop culture gave us the cool girl—bitingly articulated by Gillian Flynn in Gone Girl—who loves dick jokes and fantasy football and downs beer and cheeseburgers without gaining weight. Both figures are beloved for their gleeful acquiescence to male norms. And both, as their names suggest, connote a certain immaturity.
Another modern member of this species has also emerged—an answer to the cool girl’s inchoate womanhood, with all of her gendered genuflection but a little more maturity and, when it comes to her drink of choice, a little less frat-party gusto: the whiskey woman.
Few drinks have inspired the fetishization of women that whiskey (and its brethren, bourbon and Scotch) has. In the pages of men’s magazines, where ladies appear with swollen busts and shrunken thighs, the woman who loves whiskey has become such a common trope (seriously, take your pick) that she’s already a cliché. In a recent GQ piece, Amy Schumer perfectly sums it up, saying in reference to the way men’s magazines profile women: “It’s always right on the precipice of, like, ‘We almost fucked.’ Like, ‘She walked in, and her nipples were just a little hard, and she ordered a whiskey because her throat hurt.’”
Mindy Kaling also mocks this kind of broad sexual politicking in a The Mindy Project episode in which her Mindy Lahiri tries to change her dating life by thinking like a man, which includes channeling the whiskey woman stereotype: When a guy she has her eye on (Max Greenfield) is flirting with another woman, Mindy saunters in between them at the bar and, with loud bravado, orders a whiskey neat. “God, I love the taste of whiskey!” she exclaims to no one in particular. Having shut down her competition, she then takes a sip and spits it out in disgust. Twice.
Who is this woman? Let’s start with who she is not: She is not a person who happens to possess both a whiskey collection and a vagina she is not a person at all. Women who drink whiskey exist in reality the whiskey woman is a fantasy. She is a feminine ideal squeezed through a jigger, emerging buxom but tight, able to execute a smoky eye and a shot of Wild Turkey, endowed with a husky rasp or a breathy whisper, a bro-in-a-bra with sensuality to spare. The whiskey woman is not tailgating in front of the stadium with you, but she also isn’t sipping a finger of Bulleit in sweatpants after a shitty day at work. She is eternally sitting in a bar with leather armchairs and flattering lighting, waiting for you to ask if she wants to get out of here. Or maybe she asks you, because she is drinking whiskey and therefore she is tough (but not too tough) and powerful (but not more powerful than you). She is always sexy, always game, always thirsty.
This is the seductive unicorn so often behind those “knowing nods” and “admiring looks” that actual women talk about receiving from male bartenders—at least one of whom took to the internet with his sociological findings—upon ordering whiskey drinks. (Absurd as his comments are, I had several friends, male and female, tell me in the course of writing this piece how many women brag about their whiskey preferences in online dating profiles.)
What Does It Mean to Drink Like a Woman?
Decades of etiquette and marketing about spirits, cocktails and bartending have established stereotypes about how women like to and should drink. Shanna Farrell explores the history of women behind—and in front of—the bar, as well as her own relationship with drinking.
“Ordering whiskey as a woman is a statement. Or perhaps men read it as one,” says Ivy Mix, co-owner and head bartender of New York’s Leyenda and Tales of the Cocktail’s 2015 American Bartender of the Year. “Hopefully, though, she’s ordering it just ‘cause she wants it.” But the whiskey woman fantasy is predicated on one more expression of desire: that a man wants her for it.
Prominent as she is in pop culture now, this woman isn’t new. And she’s been trouble from the start: Though women have always drunk whiskey, the liquor became tied to prostitutes as far back as the Revolutionary War, when working women would sell it alongside their services, says Fred Minnick, author of Whiskey Women. Prostitutes were even featured in 19th-century whiskey advertising, galvanizing a connection that continued through to Prohibition. But after repeal, distillers decided not to market to women at all—a decision that stayed in effect until 1987, says Minnick.
Since then, modern whiskey advertising has only doubled down on misogynistic advertising, with efforts that trade heavily in female objectification, stage-whisper ignorance and thorough deference to men. A couple years back, Buffalo Trace had its “bourbunnies” contests, which engaged female fans of the brand in the Internet equivalent of a wet T-shirt contest. While just last year, Woodford Reserve ran a series of regressive ads—roundly mocked—that featured both a woman leaning hard into some old-school gender roles by swooning that a bourbon-swilling man is the kind who “could build me a bookshelf,” and a man opining that, when he sees a woman drinking bourbon, “I’m prepared to tolerate a lot of her business.” (He goes on to say, “She’s got that rare thing that makes her not just tolerate but enjoy my thorny mess,” which, Jesus.)
Even when two women became the faces of whiskey campaigns—which both Christina Hendricks (Johnnie Walker) and Mila Kunis (Jim Beam) have of late—the script was only slightly rewritten. Hendricks, in a body-con black dress, congratulates the (presumably male) viewer with the speech, “It’s classic. It’s bold. It’s Johnnie Walker. And you ordered it.” And Kunis—her cool-girl cred surely part of her spokeswoman appeal in the first place—delivers her lines in that predictable whiskey-woman rasp.
There is some small solace to be found, though: Hendricks cuts a confident, assertive figure, and Kunis expounds on Jim Beam’s distillation process instead of spouting breathy come-ons she also spends one commercial in worker’s coveralls branding whiskey barrels, an act that, while performative, nonetheless obscures the body Esquire once crowned the sexiest alive. In a historically tawdry game, such are the crumbs of progress.
“In the past, [women] served more as an allure. Now they’re an active participant,” says Beth Egan, associate professor of advertising at Syracuse University’s Newhouse School.
Egan points to a larger shift in whiskey marketing strategy, due in part to women’s larger economic impact. But there’s another place women are having more impact: the bar. As Shanna Farrell notes in PUNCH, there are more women bartenders now than ever before, a shift that has facilitated more discussion around issues of gender and drinking—and, one would imagine, has resulted in bartenders with little truck for contrivances and constructs. (As Mix says, “Hopefully she’s just ordering it ‘cause she wants it.”)
Though writer and bartender Rosie Schaap remembers what a novelty she was for ordering a pint of Guinness and a Jameson neat in a ‘90s New York bar—“It was funny to me how delighted [the bartender] was by my order”—there’s little judgment at the Brooklyn bar where she now works when a woman orders whiskey. Or, for that matter, anything. “What I see at bars, and I’m really happy to see, is more women coming in on our own and feeling more comfortable, like a bar belongs to them as well as to men, and drinking what they like,” she says.
Perhaps living, breathing, whiskey-drinking women might finally be able to outrun the whiskey woman, to replace her with—if one can imagine such a thing—a human person with a beverage preference. At the least, we’ve transitioned into a moment when, on both sides of the bar, there is a growing recognition that real women drink whiskey, and on their own terms. (Perhaps next there won’t even need to be any recognition at all.) Of course, this victory, as women’s victories so often are, is relative.
“Let’s face it, men are still threatened by women’s power,” Egan, the advertising expert, says. “I don’t think they’d have Hillary Clinton in these spots.” Though that would be one hell of a campaign.
Whisky-drinking women are ‘strong-minded’
Whisky-drinking women, including actress Christina Hendricks, are “strong and dominating”, according to men survey by Illicit Encounters
The research was carried out by Illicit Encounters, a dating website for married people which surveyed 3,000 of its members, finding that 74% believe they can tell more about a person by which drink they order than by engaging in two minutes of conversation.
Members were asked to match personality traits to a list of drinks, including whisky, rum and coke, and Martini.
A total of 64% of surveyed men claimed they believed women who drink whisky are “forward and strong minded”, while 54% said they were “strong and dominating”. A further 34% identified whisky-drinking women as “attention seeking”.
However, 85% of women claimed men who drink whisky are “old fashioned”, with smaller percentages believing they are “charming” and “cheeky”.
The surveyed men also claimed women who drink Martinis are “untamed”, “opinionated” and “decisive”, while Martini-drinking men are “likeable”, “suave” and “slick”.
Women who drink Cosmopolitan cocktails were said to be “girly”, “flirty” and “independent”, while women said men who enjoyed the fruity mix were “probably gay”.
With regards to gin and tonics, female fans were described by men as “straight-talking” and “self-assured”, while male drinkers were thought to be “well-educated” and “endearing”.
Even more surprisingly, women described men who drink rum and cokes are “philosophers”, while men said women with the same drinks preference were “interesting” and “intelligent”.
“It’s a good idea to learn what drinks stereotypes are associated with personality traits so you know what to order for a prospective partner, and you don’t offend a classy women by buying her a pint of Budweiser on your first date,” said Claire Page, a spokesperson for illicit encounters.
Do you think such gender stereotypes apply to drinks choices? Let us know by leaving a comment below. The Spirits Business recently asked two esteemed bartenders to debate whether consumers make gendered cocktail choice.
Cucumber Elderflower Gimlet
It’s been unseasonably warm here in Kansas City. As much as I want to dust off my boots, I’ve decided to embrace the warmer weather and milk it for all it’s worth. It’s sunny and 70 degrees today! How could I complain?
I wanted to share this refreshing cocktail with you, in the hopes that you’ll savor this warm weather with me. Let’s sit on the patio and enjoy a cool cucumber drink. There’s still plenty of time for pumpkin spice everything.
What is a gimlet, you ask? It’s like a martini, but with lime juice instead of vermouth. This version has been my sipper of choice lately, which was inspired by an elderflower martini that I enjoyed with Tessa in Minneapolis. It’s made with cucumber-y Hendrick’s gin, St. Germain elderflower liqueur, fresh lime juice and cucumber.
St. Germain is the only liqueur I’ve ever loved. It’s infused with elderflowers from the Alps, and it’s not nearly as sweet as other liqueurs. It doesn’t taste artificial in the slightest, because it’s not. It’s a little pricy (around $35) for the bottle, but it’s a beautiful addition to a bar cart. If you don’t want to take the plunge on a full bottle, you should be able to find it in mini bottles behind the counter.
If you love St. Germain like I do, try my watermelon white sangria, and the elderflower Champagne cocktail and strawberry rosé sangria in Love Real Food. Ali also recreated a cocktail that we loved at happy hour the other day, with grapefruit, gin and rosemary. Cheers!
My Night Drinking Whisky With Christina Hendricks
We understand that not everyone can attend a private Johnnie Walker tasting with 'Mad Men' star Christina Hendricks. But Speakeasy was there, so we can tell you what it was like.
On your way into a storefront located at Hudson and Jane Streets in the West Village, you first pass the huddle of papparazzi on the street, anxiously peering at a growing mass of black thunderclouds. Inside, you are greeted by smartly dressed bartenders, waiting behind a bar covered in sparkling rocks glasses and snifters.
Further down the long thin space, two more bars are set up. Behind the first bar, perfume-like bottles hold amber liquids which will later be passed to guests to sniff, to demonstrate what "oak," "fruity," "smoky" and "caramel" scents are. The second bar, at the far back, is where Master of Whisky Stephen Wilson holds court, guiding guests through tastings of the Black label, Red label and Blue label whiskys. Speakeasy joined five other reporters and Ms. Hendricks at the bar, where we were encouraged to call out different flavors and scents that we encountered.
It was all pretty commercial, but it allowed us to use the headline "My Night Drinking Whisky With Christina Hendricks." So there's that.
The invite-only event is part of Johnnie Walker's push to be considered for Father's Day gifts. Cheeky examples of "bad" gifts, such as the singing fish and a sad chess set, lined a wall, set up like museum relics.
Who Would Retta Spend a ‘Parks & Rec’ Treat Yo Self Day With? You May Be Surprised
As Donna on Parks and Recreation, Retta was unabashed about enjoying the finer things in life (her Benz, her lake house and her annual Treat Yo Self Day). So, it&rsquos no surprise that in real life, Retta, who loves coffee so much she became International Delight&rsquos first-ever Creamerista earlier this year, knows how to pamper herself.
When we chatted with the 49-year-old Good Girls star about her new Creamerista gig and the third season of her hit NBC series&mdashit premieres Sunday, people!&mdash, we had to ask: Which co-star, past or present, would she like to enjoy a Treat Yo Self Day with? The answer may surprise you. (For those unfamiliar, Treat Yo Self Day is 24 hours that Retta&rsquos and Aziz Ansari&rsquos Parks and Rec characters took to indulge their most extravagant whims with clothes, cars, spa treatments and more.)
After thinking about it for a moment, Retta replied, &ldquoI spend a lot of time with Mae [Whitman] and Christina [Hendricks] and Christina and I have very similar taste when it comes to shopping.&rdquo
&ldquoChristina would probably be my favorite in that she will encourage any kind of spending and vice versa. We are forever on the Real Real app, asking each other, &lsquoShould I buy this?&rsquo &lsquoAbsolutely, yes. You should buy it. You deserve it.&rsquo And I don&rsquot know why we even bother trying to convince each other anymore because we&rsquore gonna buy it. If we like it, we&rsquore going to buy it.&rdquo Amen.
‘Real Men Drink Whiskey’
Lynn House is the national spirits specialist and portfolio mixologist for Heaven Hill brands, which include Elijah Craig Bourbon and Rittenhouse Rye, among others. She’s worked with Heaven Hill for seven years but, before all that, she was a bartender in Chicago. She created the cocktail list for the Michelin-starred Blackbird restaurant where, one day, a customer came in and asked her to get him the bartender.
“‘I am the bartender,’ ” House told him. He requested she make him something that she wouldn’t drink. “The assumption was, I guess, as a woman, or as a person of color, that I would only drink super sweet things,” House recalls. “So, I made him a vodka soda.”
She wasn’t putting him on. House is a whiskey drinker, weaned on Bourbon since her childhood in Bowling Green, Kentucky. She likes Tequila, Cognac and aged rum, too. “‘I don’t drink vodka sodas,’ ” she remembers telling her customer, “‘So I gave you what you asked for.’ ” He stuttered, and House kindly allowed him to start their exchange over.
“That’s just one of a handful of stories I could tell you about people making assumptions about who you are, what you drink and what you know.”
Lynn House, national spirits specialist and portfolio mixologist for Heaven Hill brands / Photo courtesy of Heaven Hill
In the binary world of gendered alcohol, vodka sodas, with their low calorie counts and allegedly unchallenging-to-nonexistent flavors, are coded feminine. Other “girly” drinks often include fruity tropical cocktails, rosé and anything involving elderflower liqueur.
Whiskey, on the other hand, aligns with machismo. On the show Parks & Recreation, this phenomenon is embodied by the character Ron Swanson, a white, heterosexual, middle-aged, mustachioed male played by real-life Lagavulin enthusiast Nick Offerman. In addition to his penchant for woodworking and emotional remove, Ron demonstrates his masculinity with his affinity for Scotch whisky.
“Whiskeys and Bourbons are considered ‘manly’ spirits,” says Sarah McCoy, bartender at Tony’s Corner Pocket in Houston, Texas. Both categories have made inroads to “become more gender-inclusive…appealing to females as well as queer spaces,” she adds.
But what seven seasons of Ron Swanson’s Lagavulin or 17 editions of Jim Murray’s prose show is that this concept is entrenched. Whiskey has long been marketed as liquified masculinity, served on the rocks in a heavy-bottomed glass. Or, better yet, enjoyed neat in a room with a fireplace and many leather-bound books, per Anchorman’s Scotch-drinking Ron Burgundy.
“When I was young, I was like, ‘I need to drink whiskey because that’s what manly men drink,’ ” says bartender Justin Golash. He recalls how, early in his career, a cool-seeming male regular told him, “Real men drink whiskey.” It was formative, says Golash. Then in his early twenties, he adjusted his drink preferences accordingly.
“I’ve evolved since then,” he says.
Golash has worked at two whiskey-centric bars in Washington, D.C. He notices “men egging other men on” about whether their orders are masculine enough. “I also see cocktails getting gendered, where you have people who refuse to drink out of glasses with stems because they think that’s not manly.”
Portland, Oregon bartender Joshua Madrid has seen similar behavior among all-male groups of drinkers at Multnomah Whiskey Library, which has a 1,500-bottle spirit collection.
“Working at a whiskey bar that has a sizable Scotch portfolio, I often hear men calling each other out if one of them isn’t able to handle peated whisky,” says Madrid. “I’ve heard such things as, ‘Oh, didn’t notice you were wearing a skirt’ when their fellow male guests declined a peated whisky and instead chose from another spirit category altogether.”
That man might just opt not to order a whiskey that night. Or, he might disavow the one-upmanship of whiskey culture for life. For whiskey brands, this presents a serious disadvantage in a competitive industry where vodka is the top-selling spirit with nearly a third of domestic market share. Whiskey, always the bridesmaid, comes in at 24%.
Julia Ritz Toffoli, far left, at a Women Who Whiskey Kilbeggan event / Photo by Daphne Youree
79 Modern and Classic Gin Cocktail Recipes
We could drink gin cocktails all the time and never get bored. Of course, there’s the classic gin and tonic as well as the martini and its many, many variations. But gin, whether it’s a bold juniper-laced London Dry or a more floral or fragrantly botanical style, fits into a lot of our favorite cocktails for spring, summer, and the rest of the year. The best gin drinks can be bracing and boozy or light and refreshing, stirred or shaken, frozen or fizzy. Below you’ll find our ever-growing list of the best gin cocktail recipes around, coming to your personal at-home happy hour soon.
Looking for more drink ideas? Check out our new interactive cocktail recipe finder.
The Difference Between Bombay, Tanqueray, Hendrick’s, and Beefeater, Explained
In warmer months, and all year round, really, you can’t go wrong with bright and botanical gin-based cocktails. Thankfully, there is an amazing array of gins, all of which use their own unique blend of ingredients. To help find the perfect tipple, VinePair took the measure of four popular brands.
While Bombay, Tanqueray and Beefeater fall into the London Dry designation, new kid on the block Hendrick’s Gin has also proven a worthy challenger.
So throw some ice in a Highball, crack open your favorite tonic, and keep reading to learn how each of these brands will fare in your favorite drink.
Bombay Sapphire can be traced all the way to distiller Thomas Dakin’s 1761 Warrington Gin, which was subsequently renamed and relaunched as Bombay Original in the 1950s. Thirty years later, the Bombay Original recipe was rejiggered with the addition of two botanicals into what is known today as Bombay Sapphire.
Tanqueray’s story begins with Charles Tanqueray, the son of a clergyman who opted out of the church and decided instead to make gin with his brother. Tanqueray entered into the distilling industry in 1830 and would go on to be one of the first known innovators of London Dry gin.
Once advertised as “the gin of England,” Beefeater was founded by Devon-born pharmacist James Burrough in 1863. Although the distillery’s inaugural location was based in Chelsea, it has since been moved to the south London neighborhood of Kennington.
The youngest of the bunch, Hendrick’s Gin, has been produced in the seaside town of Girvan, Scotland, since 1999. The recipe was created by master distiller Lesley Gracie, who has remained at its helm ever since.
In 2019, Bombay Sapphire, which is owned by Bacardi, came in at second place with global sales of 4.7 million cases, while Diageo-owned Tanqueray was not far behind in third place, with 4.5 million cases sold.
Beefeater, whose parent company is Pernod-Ricard, found itself fourth on the list, and Hendrick’s, owned by William Grant & Sons, came in seventh with sales of 1.4 million cases.
Alcohol Content in the U.S.
Bombay Sapphire has been steady at 94 proof, barring a strange mix-up in 2017 wherein bottles accidentally produced at 154 proof were distributed in Canada. Tanqueray and Tanqueray No. Ten are both bottled at 94.6 proof, while Hendrick’s comes in at 82.8 proof. And until recently, Beefeater sold in the U.S. was bottled at 94 proof, but following the company’s move to “provide a more consistent brand experience globally,” is now, to many of its fans’ disappointment, bottled at 88 proof.
VinePair’s review of Bombay Sapphire praises its appearance, calling it one of the most “striking bottles on the gin shelf.” On the inside, the gin is a complex mix of juniper, licorice, and almond, on both the nose and palate.
Touted by VinePair as the quintessential London Dry, a taste test of Beefeater notes aromas of candied lemon peel, rosemary, and sweet juniper, with black pepper and berries on the palate. However, Tanqueray No. Ten receives slightly higher marks for its delicate lemon thyme, mint, and sweet cucumber aromas and honeyed floral notes on the palate.
Hendrick’s, yet again the outlier, is well known for including rose petal and cucumber essence after distillation, technically taking it out of the London Dry category. Traditionalists need not worry, though, juniper is still one of the 11 included botanicals.
Use in Cocktails
As demonstrated by the tasting notes, this ubiquitous spirit offers a startling array of flavor profiles. While perfect for a variety of cocktails, the individual gin utilized is an intensely personal choice. Any one of these brands could work perfectly in classics like the Aviation, Martini, or Tom Collins. As VinePair discovered, even the pros can’t decide for you.
Why the Pros Love Each
For Renato Marco Tonelli, a blogger and bartender at Evelina in Brooklyn, all four brands are equally versatile, making them must-haves for any bar. However, when it comes to choosing one over another, especially in a classic like the Gin and Tonic, it boils down to personal preference.
“If you want to taste that strong typical flavor that gin has, I would go with Bombay or Tanqueray because of their juniper-heavy flavor and aromatic spice notes,” Tonelli says. For the drinker seeking a slightly more subtle juniper flavor than the aforementioned brands, he believes Beefeater is the best bet, and “for those who aren’t crazy about the traditional taste of gin,” Tonelli suggests Hendrick’s.
Of the London Dry gins, Tonelli touts Beefeater as being “the smoothest and most palatable in my experience.” And when it comes to cocktails like a Negroni, in which the gin “must compete with other strong flavored ingredients,” Tonelli reaches for Tanqueray and Bombay.
How to Make Apple Cider Sangria:
We’re starting out with some of my favorite ingredients – fall fruits, brandy, cider and Crown Royal Regal Apple Whisky. Crown Royal Apple is a favorite ingredient of mine to use when mixing up drinks because it adds the whisky flavor without being overpowering at all. And it’s SO DELICIOUS.
Next I grabbed sparkling apple cider to keep up with the cider theme, but you could also get a bottle of Prosecco or sparkling wine if you want to kick up the boozy level in this sangria – not that it needs it – but it would definitely be tasty.
This sangria only takes minutes to put together too…get a pitcher and throw in your ingredients (the order of adding in the ingredients really does not matter at all). So throw in your sliced fruit, a few cinnamon sticks, a few star anise and pomegranate seeds. Pomegranates can be a messy thing to work with, so be really smart and buy the seeds in a jar in your produce section!
Add the whisky and brandy to the bottom along with the fruit and spices, and then pour in the sparkling cider. I like to use Prosecco (or any other kind of sparkling wine instead of sparkling cider, but it’s up to you!) Then pour in 2 cups of apple cider and give it a stir.
That’s it – that’s all there is to it. You’re not going to believe how amazing this Apple Cider Sangria tastes! Make sure you make a large enough pitcher because this stuff will be gone in a flash! In fact, doubling the recipe is an even better idea because everyone will ask for more.
If you’d prefer to chill the sangria for a few hours and let all of that fruit soak up the delicious flavors in the sangria… then plan to add the sparkling cider or wine just before serving. Either way, it will be just as delicious!
If you’re looking for more fall recipes, you may also like to try my Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread or these Apple Pie Bars. Pumpkin Pound Cake, Cranberry Meatballs and this Pumpkin Beer Cocktail are also delicious recipe choices for fall.