Pumpkin spice lattes are great and all, but sometimes we want something a bit more potent to warm us inside and out. For those times, try one of these fall cocktails inspired by falling leaves, crisp air, and the flavors of the season.
Hot Fall Cocktails to Warm Your Body and Spirit
Hot Buttered Bourbon from How Sweet Eats
This rich cocktail isn’t diet-friendly, but that’s why we love sweater season, right? Brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and other fall flavors blend together with butter and bourbon for a cozy drink that’s perfect for long nights in front of the fire.
Even wine Wednesdays deserve a fall makeover! For this comforting concoction, red wine is simmered together with a mix of mulling spices including cloves, anise, and cinnamon. It’s best made in batches and shared with friends.
The classic hot toddy is a soothing blend of whiskey, honey, herbs, and spices. This version swaps the whiskey for gin and uses honey infused with lavender for an easy and relaxing cold weather sipper perfect for days spent cuddled under a blanket.
1 ½ oz gin
1 tsp lavender honey (or to taste)
1 ½ tsp lemon juice
½ cup hot water
In a cup, stir all ingredients together until honey has fully dissolved. If desired, garnish with a lemon wedge and enjoy!
Crisp Cocktails as Cool as Fall Air
Fig Bourbon Cider Smash from Half-Baked Harvest
Apple cider, sweet fig, zesty citrus, and bourbon – need we say more?! We’ll go with yes, because there’s a surprising secret ingredient to this cocktail: balsamic vinegar. Plus, a splash of sparkling water tops it all off with a bit of bubbles.
The leaves aren’t the only things changing colors this fall: this variation on the summer-ready margarita is decidedly autumnal, blending cranberry and orange juice with tequila. Garnish the glass with a sprig of rosemary or cranberries for a drink as pretty as it is delicious.
It only takes one small tweak to transform an evergreen old fashioned cocktail recipe into the perfect fall cocktail. Just swap the sugar cube for maple syrup, blend it all together, and you’re ready to watch the leaves fall.
1 tsp maple syrup
2 dashes Angostura bitters
2 oz rye whiskey
In a rocks glass, stir together the maple syrup and bitters with a splash of water. Add the rye whiskey and top with ice cubes. Top it off with an orange twist.
Fall Cocktails for Cool Weather Brunch
Chai Spiced White Russian from Inspired by Charm
If we can drink a rich and spicy chai latte before noon, we definitely can have this chai spiced white russian with brunch. Featuring brewed chai tea, vodka, and cinnamon, it’s a recipe meant for sharing, so gather your ingredients and your friends for a leisurely fall morning.
Pumpkin Pie Mimosa from Cake ‘n Knife Pumpkin pie is a quintessential part of fall cuisine, and mimosas are a quintessential part of weekends. So what could be more perfect for fall brunch than a pumpkin pie mimosa? This recipe combines spiced pumpkin juice with champagne for a sweet and sparkly sipper.
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