Clocks are falling back this weekend (praises!) and that means that we get an extra “happy” hour to enjoy a few delicious cocktails. While everyone else will be using the extra time to snuggle up to something pumpkin spiced, I’ll be channeling my inner mixologist with my new favorite liquor brand, EFFEN Vodka.

What I love most about EFFEN is how well their flavors blend with other ingredients to make great seasonal cocktails, perfect for keeping you warm through the holidays.  Two of my favorite drinks to whip up lately have been the EFFEN Spiced Orange Mule, which uses EFFEN Blood Orange’s zesty and smooth flavor to create a twist on the classic mule, but with a spicy kick, and the EFFEN Green Apple Mule, which combines EFFEN Green Apple with spicy ginger beer and lime.

If you’re the type of drinker to keep things classic, EFFEN Blood Orange vodka is great in a Mimosa, and you know brunch isn’t brunch without a great Mimosa.

So if you’re looking for a fun way to spend your extra hour this weekend, grab yourself a bottle of EFFEN and try out one (or all!) of the recipes below.  Trust me, your inner mixologist will thank me!

EFFEN® Spiced Orange Mule

2 parts EFFEN® Blood Orange Vodka

1/2 part DeKuyper Hot Damn

Ginger Beer

Lime Wedge

METHOD: Combine ingredients over fresh ice and garnish with a lime wedge.

EFFEN® Green Apple Mule

1 part EFFEN® Green Apple Vodka

2 parts Ginger Beer

Juice of 1/2 Lime

METHOD: Squeeze the lime half into a Copper Mug filled with crushed ice and drop in the squeezed lime. Add vodka and ginger beer and stir.

EFFEN® Blood Orange Mimosa

1 part EFFEN® Blood Orange Vodka

1 part Orange Juice

3 parts Sparkling Wine

METHOD: Shake first two ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled champagne flute. Top with sparkling wine.