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BrewView: Fall Beverages! No Pumpkins Here!

Fall Beverages: No Pumpkins Here!

By Brandilyn Brown and Christopher Mitchell

Ah, autumn. The sun comes up later and goes down sooner. There is a chill in the air in the morning, and we are needing to ask ourselves if we’re going to be out past dark. “Will it be cold enough for a sweater today?” Yes, fall is here! And that means it’s time to turn up the heat on our beverages! Cocoa is great, and cider is good too, but what can we drink to heat up our tummies and our hearts? We found all kinds of yummy drinks that do both! Try them all and let us know what your favorites are. Have a favorite not listed? Take a photo and post it on facebook or Instagram and hash tag it #modestoview to share it with us!


Kimoto Sake & Sushi, 1809 McHenry Ave., Modesto
This is a Japanese take on the traditional winter beverage Hot Toddy meaning “Beginning of Winter”. Replace the water with green tea in a traditional recipe, add smooth Japanese Whiskey , honey and lemon to make a drink to chase all the colds and flus away!


O Yasumi
Kimoto Sake & Sushi, 1809 McHenry Ave., Modesto
If you need help sleeping or warming up your toes, this hot sake drink is for you. It translates to “Have a good sleep” and is made with Sho Chiki Bai Jun Mai sake, green tea, plum wine and gin. The tea gives it a nearly-mulled taste, and has a hint of sweetness from the plums.


Spiked Cider
Surla’s, 431 12th St., Modesto
A sweet twist on a hot cider. Made with Do Good Whiskey, apple juice, honey, finished with whipped cream and cinnamon. Better than Grandma’s!


Coffee Break
Twisted Pig, 2717 Coffee Rd., Modesto
This gets you going with a double punch of caffeine and sugar! A butterscotch Irish coffee garnished with a house made cinnamon sugar donut hole, topped with whipped cream. Dessert in a cup!


Hot Buttered Rum
Tresetti’s, 927 11th St. Modesto
A delectable mix of vanilla, butter, special sugar mix, dark rum and their distinctive spice blend! This is a great winter treat.




About the Author:

Bring on the rain, and a bottle of Wonky & Wry's Honey Braggot Ale. Loves to roast marshmallows over a fire. Enjoys the mix of cigars and whiskey.