Tito's Tangerine Crush


It’s hard to believe fall is already arriving! To transition, I’ve begun incorporating fall-hued ingredients with subtlety such as golds and yellows in my dishes, apples versus berries in my cocktails, and roasting versus grilling for warmth.

My favorite DIY this time of year is a dried apple napkin ring for a top-of-season place setting. But before we head to the table, I have a few  cocktails up my sleeve!

Bella Vita's precious drinkware and accessories complement my tangerine and apple cocktail recipes to rush us toward cooler temperatures. I served up our beverages on a darling galvanized tin tray with a Graciella linen napkin to soften the presentation.

Keep scrolling for the details behind my Tito's tangerine crush and Honeycrisp apple cider punch!


Photos by Christen Jones


Tito's Tangerine Crush
Makes 1 cocktail

1.5 ounces Tito's vodka
6 ounces Tangerine Italian soda (available at Whole Foods)
1/2 juice lime
1 orange slice

1. Fill hobnob wine glass with ice. Pour Tito's vodka directly into glass.

2. Squeeze juice of lime. Top with tangerine Italian soda.

3. Garnish with orange slice. Service cocktail on 


Honeycrisp Apple Cider Punch
Serves 15-20

8 cups apple cider
1 (750 ml.) bottle of dry hard apple cider
3 (12-oz.) bottles of ginger beer
1 1⁄2 cups whiskey
Juice of one lemon
Couple of apples, sliced for garnish

1. Pop open ginger beer bottles with cast iron bird bottle opener.

2. Combine all ingredients and chill. Serve in Artland Double Old Fashion Drinking glass atop a round lemonade tray.


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