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The 12 Best Fall Cocktails

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You might not care for leaf-peeping or apple-picking, but there is something we can all get excited about when the weather starts to cool off: fall cocktails. Autumn is all about seasonal fruits like pears and pumpkins, warming baking spices like cinnamon and nutmeg, and strong, brown spirits. Embrace the fall with these incredible autumn cocktails.

We love Vieux Carres year-round, but this spirit-forward cocktail really hits the spot in the fall when we're craving something a little darker than a Sazerac. A mix of rye, sweet vermouth, Benedictine and bitters, the Vieux Carre is both crisp and comforting.

The Essentials

Rye
Cognac
Sweet Vermouth
This is not your aunt’s Apple-tini. Our version of the fruity cocktail calls for high quality apple liqueur and fresh apple juice. Take it to the next level by picking the seasonal fruit at an orchard and making your own juice at home. You’ll be crowned the emperor of fall.  

The Essentials

Vodka
Apple Liqueur
Apple Juice
Some people swear the cure for flu season is a Hot Toddy, an elixir of hot water, cinnamon, honey, lemon and, of course, whiskey (or rum or brandy or applejack). But even if you aren’t sneezing or sniffling, this soothing tipple makes a great nightcap at the end of an extra-chilly fall day.

The Essentials

hot water
whiskey
honey
Fall is a perfect time to warm up with bold, high-ABV cocktails. The Rusty Nail is a cozy, two-ingredient cocktail made simply with smoky blended scotch and honeyed Drambuie liqueur. It's the cocktail equivalent of sitting in front of a roaring fireplace.

The Essentials

blended scotch
Drambuie
lemon twist
This cocktail is one of the only tiki classics that doesn’t use rum as a base, instead mixing bourbon and bittersweet Cynar with tiki standbys like orgeat and allspice dram. After a long, tiki-tastic summer filled with Zombies, Piña Coladas and Fog Cutters, you’ll need this cinnamon-spiced drink to transition you from wild beach days to lazy evenings cuddled under a blanket.

The Essentials

Bourbon
Orgeat
Cynar
This creamy (but not too creamy) drink is a great warmup for holiday Eggnog and just happens to pair perfectly with Thanksgiving pies. The Revolutionary-era favorite mixes a whole egg with dark rum, demerara syrup and freshly grated nutmeg. While this cocktail is typically served cold, it can easily be made warm.

The Essentials

dark rum
demerara syrup
whole egg
The queen of fall herself, the pumpkin spice latté, is the definitive autumnal beverage, made even better with booze. Our signature Ultimate Spiked Pumpkin Spice Latté combines bourbon, Baileys and fresh, hot coffee with a homemade pumpkin spice simple syrup—which actually includes real pumpkin, unlike some others we won’t mention by name.

The Essentials

bourbon
coffee
Pumpkin Spice Syrup
A big, thick, juicy pork chop is a work of art already. But with the right cocktail it becomes a masterpiece. This bourbon-based libation from Yardbird Southern Table & Bar uses ingredients traditionally used to flavor pork, like apple cider, thyme and Dijon mustard. It’s the perfect accompaniment to any hunk of meat, not to mention great all by its lonesome. 

The Essentials

Bourbon
apple cider
Dijon Mustard
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Sangria transcends seasonality, acting as a blank canvas for all sorts of ingredients. This autumnal take mixes sweet-tart Moscato with spicy applejack, homemade clove syrup and sliced apples, pears and lemons. It’s cozy and warming, thanks to the spices, but still ultra-refreshing after a long day of leaf peeping or apple picking.

The Essentials

Moscato
Applejack
Apples and Pears
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We’ve been known to turn whole, gigantic pumpkins into serving vessels, like this Halloween punchkin or this pumpkin keg. But this cocktail, served in a miniature gourd, definitely takes the cake for being the most adorable pumpkin-tail. Created by Arley Marks of New York’s Dimes, this twist on an Old Fashioned combines bourbon with pumpkin juice syrup, Angostura and orange bitters, orange peels and soda water. Garnished with candy corn, it’s the cutest—and most delicious—Halloween party drink.

The Essentials

bourbon
pumpkin syrup
bitters
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Peaty scotch is absolutely perfect when the weather cools—especially mixed with fresh apple cider. This smoky sipper blends scotch and cider with lemon juice, demerara syrup and Rabarbaro Zucca amaro (infused with rhubarb, cardamom and bitter orange peel).

The Essentials

scotch
Rabarbaro Zucca
apple cider
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A drink that has the word “fall” right in the name yet dares to forsake both apples and pumpkin? This cocktail manages to capture the spirit of fall without reaching for the cliché ingredients. Bourbon, fig jam and maple syrup give the drink autumnal depth, while pomegranate and ginger liqueurs add some brightness.

The Essentials

bourbon
Liqueur
fig jam

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