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7 Fall Drinks for People Who Can’t Be Bothered to Go Apple Picking

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Between apple ciders, applejack, apple liqueurs and Calvados, drinkers are well aware that the apple is fall’s star fruit. But autumn also brings tons of other fresh produce and seasonal flavors to enjoy. Go ahead; go apple picking. But when your legs are tired from strolling the orchard and you’ve gotten your fill of apple-y things, treat your palate to something new with one of these delicious seasonal cocktails.

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Cranberry sauce may be the highlight of a good Thanksgiving spread because it pairs well with savory and sweet dishes alike, but the red fruit is also excellent on its own. Far from the plasticy Vodka Cran you may know, this natural version puts the focus on the fruit. Simply combine fresh cranberries with vinegar for a sweet-tart shrub that’ll wake you up to the fruit’s natural flavor.

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vodka
Cranberry Shrub
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Pears are a grossly underrated autumn fruit, but you can give them a chance to shine by adding a heavy pour of pear liqueur to this vodka cocktail. The Rothman & Winter Orchard Pear Liqueur used in this drink is made by mixing pear eau de vie with pear juice, so it has a balanced flavor of sweet, tart and boozy.

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Vodka
Pear Liqueur
Lime Juice
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If there’s one fall fruit that can challenge apple’s reign, it’s pumpkin. Apple pie and pumpkin pie loyalists may have come to a standoff across the Thanksgiving table, but our good friend PSL still reigns supreme when it comes to fall treats. This boozed up version adds bourbon and Baileys to the mix, showing that pumpkin can go toe to toe with apple in the bar, too.

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bourbon
coffee
Pumpkin Spice Syrup
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Yams often play second fiddle to pumpkins, but that's just because not enough people have tried smothering the root vegetable in maple syrup. This bourbon drink plays up that sweet-savory combo, then elevates the duo with bright lemon juice and a seasonal spiced rim.

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bourbon
sweet potato purée
maple syrup
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The color of the Kimoto is a pretty dead giveaway that it’s going to taste exactly like fall. With the smell of maple syrup and orange marmalade wafting from your coupe, you’ll fall in love instantly. But only on a second or third sip will herbs like thyme, rosemary and sage peak through to give you a grassy, fruity hug.

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herb-infused syrup
Maple Syrup
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This Colonial-era punch shows that Americans have always needed alternatives to apples. While applejack is featured in many cocktails of the period, this large batch drink avoids the fruity booze in favor of dark rum, Cognac, black tea and peach brandy. There’s enough here to keep a everyone happy at your anti-apple picking party.

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dark rum
Cognac
peach brandy
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You can’t argue with a drink that’s got fall right in the name. Fig season comes late to the Northeast, where Christian Orlando at New York’s Seamstress takes advantage of the fall harvest by mixing intensely sweet fig jam with bourbon, as well as other cool weather flavors like pomegranate and ginger. A vigorous dry shake with egg white and maple syrup incorporates the thick jams and syrups and gives the cocktail surprising levity.

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bourbon
Liqueur
fig jam

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