- Sunday Brunch’s Pritesh Mody shares the recipe for the perfect autumn evening, including swapping prosecco for cider
- From a bonfire themed cocktail to one that uses seasonally foraged berries, Pritesh tells us how to make our autumn nights multi-sensory moments to remember
With the mercury falling and the nights closing in, the nation is preparing to stay in and cook up a feast – with 39% of adults saying that eating a delicious home cooked meal is a key ingredient of a perfect autumn evening.
According to research from Merrydown Cider, 26% of Brits claim they prefer the colder months as they take refuge in front of the fire, whack on their favourite movies (48%) and tuck into their favorite comfort food – with a stew (42%), roast dinner (36%) and a piping hot soup (30%) among the most popular dishes as we look to keep warm and cosy.
To celebrate what Brits love most about autumn, expert mixologist and Sunday Brunch presenter Pritesh Mody has partnered with Merrydown Cider to create a range of cocktails that capture and hero the flavours and feelings that made this time of year so special,
‘Autumn is a time for celebrating and using seasonal produce is a perfect way to bring the outdoors, in. Ingredients at this time of year are fantastic for heightening those cosy, warm feelings associated to Autumn; from berries hand-picked on Autumnal walks, to apples freshly fallen from trees and packing a punch with spices. I particular enjoy using cider at this time of year to add depth to cocktails; by using a cider with high juice content, golden hues or extra effervescence, you can bring cocktails to life and really capture the flavours and colours that make this time of year so popular’, explains Pritesh.
54% of us associate the changing colours of leaves with autumn, so Pritesh has come up with the perfect cocktail to capture those rusty, golden tones – the Merry Fashioned*, a warming Autumnal take on the traditional cocktail, using foraged sloe berries and cider.
And for those of us who love to cozy up in front of the fire, Pritesh has invented the perfect cocktail-based solution. The Bonfire Mulled Cider** uses gunpowder tea to mimic that bonfire night aroma, creating a multi-sensory experience to make your November 5th one to remember.