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7 Uber Autumnal Classic Cocktails to Drink This Fall

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These days, people think a classic fall drink means a pumpkin spice latté. We’re ready to agree that the PSL (especially the boozy version) is a modern classic, but about two weeks into the mania, we start to lose our minds a little. People have been drinking their way through autumn for centuries, so there are plenty of classic seasonal libations to be had. Here are eight cocktails that have stood the test of falls past and are just as tasty in modern times.

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The days may grow shorter in fall, but that’s just an excuse to start aperitivo hour sooner. But don’t feel pressured to sip hefty cocktails before dinner, even if it’s the season to break out the heavy duty-spirits. Keep things light all fall long with this bubbly highball of scotch and ginger ale.

The Essentials

Blended Scotch
ginger ale
Ice
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You’ve got enough on your mind with fall activities like leaf peeping and apple picking and pumpkin carving. Keep things simple when it comes to cocktail prep by making this three-ingredient classic of rye, apple brandy and Chartreuse. The combination conjures all the fall feels and will make you feel warm and fuzzy inside.

The Essentials

Rye Whiskey
Apple Brandy
Chartreuse
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Cool weather has always beckoned drinkers to apple flavored drinks. In the American colonies, that meant apple cider mixed with rum—lots and lots of rum. This version, perked up with a dash of Angostura bitters, is just what the doctor ordered on a crisp fall day.

The Essentials

Rum
Hard apple cider
Angostura Bitters
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This bourbon-based drink from 1937 gets a little funky with allspice dram, Angostura bitters and lime juice. The citrus makes for an unexpected variation on classic fall flavors, but if it was good enough for the Greatest Generation, it’s good enough for you.

The Essentials

bourbon
allspice dram
lime juice
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Just because tinseltown never dips below 40 degrees doesn’t mean they can’t produce a quality autumnal tipple. This riff on a Hemingway Daiquiri from 1930s celebrity hotspot Vendome Club swaps white rum for bourbon and simple syrup for honey. It’s a Daiquiri that’s ready for its turn as a fall starlet.

The Essentials

Bourbon
Grapefruit Juice
Honey Syrup
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This warm, buttery rum drink may be more common at holiday gatherings or bars in deep winter, but we can’t wait until the fall equinox to start layering on cable knit sweaters and breaking out the hot cocktails. If you too tend to jump the gun, ignore the haters (and the thermometer) and batch up a hot buttered rum as soon as the urge strikes you.

The Essentials

rum
hot buttered rum batter
Hot water
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There’s no better city to experience fall than New York. The leaves change in Central Park. The sidewalks clear out a bit. The Thanksgiving Day Parade clambers down Fifth Avenue. The New York Sour is the perfect accompaniment to autumn in the big city—bittersweet like the season itself and tinged a deep fall red.

The Essentials

rye whiskey
lemon juice
red wine

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