13 Festive Fall Cocktails
Cranberry Orange Dark ‘n’ Stormy
A classic Dark ‘n’ Stormy® tastes just fine on its own, no matter what time of year it is. But, if you prefer a festive fall twist, infusing your rum with fresh cranberries, and adding a dash of spicy orange bitters, makes a quintessential holiday treat.
Apple Cider Margarita
This seasonal take on a classic margarita swaps out Cointreau for Grand Marnier and a salt rim for a cinnamon sugar one. We discovered the autumn-hued beverage on the blog, How Sweet It Is, and well, its flavor matches its namesake. The ingredients—cinnamon and cider, apples and oranges—dwindle all the purest tastes of fall down into one cold, sugar-embellished glass.
Bruléed Grapefruit and Ginger Spritz
This sparkling sipper is perfect for the holiday season, with or without alcohol. (But the bubbles are a must.) Made with ginger thyme simple syrup and bruléed grapefruit, the carbonated cocktail comes dressed to impress. (If you don’t already have a sparkling beverage system, here’s one we like.)
Bitters Sweet Symphony
Here, white rum and vermouth pair up in Bar Agricole’s take on the Cuban classic, once enjoyed by the country’s upper class.
2 oz. white rum
½ oz. blanc vermouth
1 tsp. curaçao
1 tsp. grenadine
2 dashes orange bitters
Tools: barspoon, strainer
Stir ingredients with ice to chill, strain into a chilled glass and garnish.
Spice up the ice-cold, age-old beverage with a splash of ginger; it’s a no-fail combination that gives a whole new meaning to the word "refreshment." Stir together three simple ingredients and garnish with orange slices for an easy, crowd favorite.
Honeycrisp Apple Fall Sangria
Who says sangrias are for summer? This rendition features apples and oranges, cinnamon sticks and cloves for a fall twist that might just beat the season’s predecessor.
The Whiskey Smash—starring bourbon and local sparkling cider—is a wonderful cocktail wherein Woodberry Kitchen substitutes the more traditional bubbly wine for the sparkling cider.
3 1/2 Tbsp. (1 3/4 oz.) bourbon (90 proof or higher)
2 Tbsp. honey
1 1/2 Tbsp. grape verjus or fresh lemon juice
Dash of Angostura bitters
2 Tbsp. sparkling cider
1 rosemary sprig
Combine bourbon, honey, and verjus in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Cover and shake well until chilled. Pour into a cocktail glass filled with ice. Add bitters; top with cider. Garnish with rosemary sprig.
Charleston, South Carolina’s, Cane Rhum Bar and Caribbean Kitchen not only knows how to mix up a killer Caribbean-inspired cocktail, they know how to transport you directly to the tropics—the front door is your portal. But no worries if you’re unable to jet off to the Caribbean via Charleston’s hottest rum bar. Here’s how to take an instant vacation from the barstool of your own kitchen.
2 oz lemon grass and ginger infused Mount Gay Silver
1 oz lemon juice
1 oz orange juice
1/2 oz velvet falernum
1. Shake and strain into new ice
2. Top with ginger beer
3. Serve in high ball with lemon garnish
Cane Rhum Bar and Caribbean Kitchen is coming in hot, once more, with a libation that lives up to the title. Featuring rum, cold coffee, coconut water, and nutmeg, this summer-getaway-meets-winter-holiday cocktail is a sweet and bitter blend of all your favorite things.
1 1/2 oz Red Harbor rum
1 oz cold coffee
1/2 oz banana liquor
1/2 oz orgeat
1/2 oz coconut water
1. Shake ingredients and strain
2. Top with banana foam and nutmeg and serve in a coup
Pumpkin Pie Sangria
The name alone is mouthwatering. This indulgent spiced beverage, like all sangrias, is easily whipped up by the pitcher, making it the perfect potion for larger Thanksgiving gatherings (or smaller groups of thirsty guests). Actual pumpkin pie mix gives it its festive color and creamy flavor.
The secret to this autumn-inspired classic daiquiri is the mulling spice syrup: an aromatic blend of brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, black peppercorns, and cloves.
Blood Orange Bourbon Coolers
Blood Orange-Bourbon Coolers are an adults-only treat featuring three different fruit juices, bourbon (of course), and the perfect Halloween hue. It’s the only party-perfect pitcher drink you need this season.