The October Julz


When the weather outside is cold, and you start to shiver, come inside and create liquid fire, down your throat; feel it spread to your neck and beyond. This is effect of The October Julz, an original birthday gift to my beloved husband, Jules Mitchel. This is fire, you won’t ever want to put out. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.



This is NOT a summer cocktail. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.



Ingredients (for 2 people)


2 jiggers of your best Bourbon

2 jiggers Apricot Brandy

2 jiggers Orange Curacao or Cointreau

1/2-1 jigger Amaretto liqueur

2 Cinnamon sticks (1 per glass)

1 Orange, for the peels

1 Lime, for the peels

Candied orange peels, for garnish

Luxardo cherries, for garnish



All the liquor and liqueur were purchased from Sherry-Lehmann, a reliable and amazing resource, for decades. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.



Sturdy glasses for this substantial cocktail. Good for some spiked cider, as well as this recipe. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.



Besides glasses, you need a jigger and a container to pour the ingredients into. You don’t need the strainer, shown, above. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.



You’ll need a small cutting board, a Y peeler, a paring knife if you prefer. Cut long orange peels and thick lime peels, one each, for each drink you make. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.



Cut a long slit in each lime peel. Fold the long orange peel, and slip it through the slit in the lime peel. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.



Into each glass, put the orange/lime peels, a cherry, a cinnamon stick and a candied orange peel (if you can find it), stuck onto the rim of each glass. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.



Next step is to stir, not shake, all the ingredients, in a cocktail shaker or tall glass cocktail pitcher. Use a long cocktail stirrer, then pour the cocktail into each glass. You can serve this cocktail over ice cubes or straight up, neat. Our recommendation is not to use ice, as it will soon dilute a drink that needs no diluting.



Cinnamon stick adds to the flavor. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.



Using cinnamon sticks with this cocktail adds an autumn touch. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.



This is a very smooth bourbon. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.



A delicious but powerful addition. Use only 1/2 jigger for each drink or its flavor will take over. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.



Apricot brandy was the first ingredient to come to mind for creating this cocktail from scratch. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.



A favorite everywhere! ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.



Added just the right touch. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.



The fruit adds nuance to this warm mellow October Julz cocktail. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.



I knew I wanted to create a brand new cocktail, that I would name after Jules, as a birthday present; however, together, over a period of about two or three weeks, I put together dozens of combinations of ingredients, trying to get the exact flavor and color that I had in mind. We tried, orange juice, mango puree, champagne, Proseco, Campari, Aperol, seltzer water, Sprite, and many other liquors and liqueurs. It turned out to be a fun filled, drawn out experiment, that ended up with what we think is a new great cocktail, the October Julz


We hope you’ll try it and let us know how you liked it, and if it warmed you.


This was a Halloween birthday weekend to remember! Below are two birthday desserts for two separate birthday dinners.



Boo! ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.



Moist chocolate layer cake with pumpkin ice cream. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.



From Our Table to Yours !


Bon Appetit!



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