Fall is the time to start adding heartier flavors, and frankly, getting a little boozier. That’s why we picked out some of our favorite Fall cocktails that will be sure to make you want to pick apples and jump into a pile of crunchy leaves.
Vanilla Pear Bourbon Cocktail
Nothing says Fall like Bourbon, right? This Vanilla Pear Bourbon Cocktail from Food 52 is one of our favorites because of its sweet-spiced-bitter flavor combo. The sweetness of the pear and vanilla balances out the bitter bourbon and spicy cinnamon and nutmeg. This one is great through the winter too.
Pumpkin is the quintessential Fall flavor, so pair your pumpkin pie and apple cider doughnuts with this Pumpkin Punch, courtesy of Serious Eats. The secret? It’s made with cinnamon-infused rum for a spicy kick. We like this one for Halloween parties because it’s festive and perfect for your punch bowl.
A Brooklyn cocktail bar called The Jakewalk created an Autumn cocktail that tastes exactly like apple pie in drink form—the Mr. October. Tim Miner, the creator of the cocktail was on a mission to recreate that apple pie flavor, and it even got him into the New York Times. Tim was kind enough to share his recipe so we can recreate it at home.
- 1 ½ oz. Laird’s Bonded Applejack
- ¾ oz. Lemon Juice
- ¾ oz. Cinnamon Syrup
- ½ oz. Galliano L’authentico
- 2 Dashes St. Elizabeth’s Allspice Dram
Combine the ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Fill shaker completely with ice and shake vigorously. Double strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Grate fresh nutmeg over the top. Smile!
[Written by Caitlin Heikkila]