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7 Super Easy Fall Drinks to Make in 30 Seconds

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Fall is a time of tragic irony: As the days grow shorter, you have less and less time to enjoy a still-robust roster of fall activities. From leaf peeping to family gatherings to autumnal crafts, there’s much to do and little time to do it. Save yourself some time by making these super easy fall cocktails. They’ll satisfy that autumnal itch (you really should get that checked out) in half the time.

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This Colonial Highball follows the formula: good thing A + good thing B = good thing. The colonists fond of the drink were not well versed in complex cocktail math. Good thing A in this case is rum and good thing B is apple cider. We threw in a dash of Angostura for some bare-bones nuance that will take you literally two extra seconds and a shake of the wrist.

The Essentials

Rum
Hard apple cider
Angostura Bitters
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The shortening days of fall trigger a borage of flowering Chrysanthemums, their innumerable pedals opening like radiant blotches of color in fields across the country. The cocktail that bears the flower’s name also blooms most vibrantly in fall, it’s delicate base of dry vermouth augmented only by Bénédictine and absinthe. If you have the ingredients, the underappreciated classic from Harry Craddock is an elegantly simple beauty.

The Essentials

dry vermouth
Bénédictine
absinthe
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Old Fashioneds are standard fall fare, but you can add some pep to your sleepy autumn afternoon with one simple ingredient switcheroo. Replacing the classic sugar cube with nutty Nocello walnut liqueur makes for an even darker, earthier, nuttier take on the original. Sweeter than a typical amaro-spiked Black Manhattan, the stirred drink will ease you into sweet fall relaxation.

The Essentials

bourbon
Nocello Walnut Liqueur
Angostura Bitters
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Imagine your roommate—or significant other, or uninvited permanent house guest invoking squatter’s rights or what have you—makes you a deal: You procure the ingredients for classic Hot Buttered Rum, and they’ll make the best big batch autumnal punch ever. Now imagine it was your crock pot that said that. (Don’t freak out at the talking appliance. Just take roll with it.) Dump all those ingredients in your crock pot in the morning, let the machine do all the work, and reap congratulations from your crowd of roommates, significant others and squatters at your fall party in the evening.

The Essentials

brown sugar
butter
rum
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Fall is the time for scotchy scotch scotch, and if you’re looking for a way to drink fall’s warmest spirit in relative comfort, there are few better ways than in a Highball. While a Scotch and Soda would do you just fine, imparting some of those classic flavors of woods, dried fruits and grains, a more autumnal mixer, like the sweet ginger ale in a Presbyterian, evokes the cozier side of the spirit. You barely have to crawl out from your wool blanket cocoon to refill your glass.

The Essentials

Blended Scotch
ginger ale
Ice
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Any Whiskey Sour would compliment your bitter seasonal blues, but an inky red-dyed New York Sour has a particular seasonal appeal, the way leaf peeping is somehow more magical in Central Park with skyscrapers all around. A rich Merlot or fruity Malbec adds some character to the basic sour grain profile of the drink, and coats the drink in a dark red cloud, perfect for the early nights of fall.

The Essentials

rye whiskey
lemon juice
red wine
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Low-ABV liqueurs are the key to easy summer sipping, but they also make for a relaxed fall aperitif as well. The texture is light and bubbly, but the flavors range over an entire tasty scale: refreshing Aperol and playful Lillet Blanc floating above the sturdier, dry apple cider, all punctuated by the acidic, fruity punch of muddled cranberries. Leave your beloved Spritz for another summer day, and embrace the sweet apple Highball.

The Essentials

Aperol
Lillet blanc
apple cider

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