Just as the summer comes to an end and the crisp chill of autumn sets in, we begin to switch over our cocktail preferences in order to align with the season. No more frozen drinks and light flavors, chilly weather cocktails call for ingredients with a little more oomph. The Pilgrim Cocktail is a perfect way to ease into autumn cocktail season.

The main spirits in the Pilgrim Cocktail are dark rum, light rum, pimento liqueur and bitters. Dark rum is a sensational spirit for cold weather, as it has an incredible spice to it that warms the body with each sip. Pimento liqueur is an herbal liqueur that is typically enjoyed as an after dinner drink, made by redistilling spirits with ingredients such as flowers, herbs and chocolate. This sweet treat is also a body-warming liqueur that is perfect for fall cocktails.

The use of bitters in this cocktail adds another hint of spice to make for a very comforting drink. The intense, concentrated flavor in bitters is spicy and complex, complementing the rest of the cocktail incredibly well.

Straining image via Tom Swain/FlickrCCWhat really makes the Pilgrim a perfect autumn cocktail is that it can be served hot or cold. When there is a bustling chill outside, a hot drink inside is absolute perfection.

Below is the recipe for the Pilgrim Cocktail. Cheers and happy cocktailing!

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The Pilgrim Cocktail

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1/2 oz Dark Rum
1/2 oz Light Rum
1/2 oz Orange Curacao
1/4 oz Pimento Liqueur
1/2 oz Lime Juice
2 oz (fresh) Orange Juice
1 dash Angostura Bitters

Combine all ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Strain into a cocktail glass. Can be served hot or cold. Garnish with a wedge of lime.