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9 Autumnal Cocktails Perfect for the Crisp Days of Fall

9 Autumnal Cocktails Perfect for the Crisp Days of Fall

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Grab a sweater, sit on the porch, and sip on an autumnal treat.

There's just something about fall. When the leaves start turning and there's a crisp breeze in the air there's nothing we crave more than to throw on a nubby sweater and sit by the fire—preferably with a cocktail in hand. And though we love a timeless, seasonless, classic cocktail, the changing of the seasons just feels more appropriately matched with a glass full of flavors like apple cider, pumpkin, and spices. We pulled together incredible recipes for autumn cocktails that will have you covered for every weekend of the best season of the year. 

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Autumn Fizz


2 oz Alibi Gin 

.25 oz lemon juice

Agave nectar, to taste

Sparkling apple cider

Garnished with thyme and apple


Pour gin in shaker, add lemon juice and agave nectar, shake, and then pour into a high ball glass and top with sparkling cider. Garnish with fresh thyme and an apple slice.

From The Ebbitt Room at the Virginia Hotelin Cape May, NJ

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Campfire Sling



2 oz rye whiskey

.25 oz pure maple syrup (grade A Amber is recommended. For a richer version try grade B)

3 dashes chocolate bitters

Orange twist with scorched orange oil


Add all ingredients to an old fashioned glass with a large piece of ice. Stir thoroughly. Release the oils from the orange zest through a flaming wood pick over the surface of the drink and serve.

From Water Grill in Southern California

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Courtesy of Wolfgang Puck Catering

Pear Sour


2 oz pear brandy

2 oz pear nectar or fresh pear juice

.75 oz fresh lemon juice

.5 oz simple syrup

1 pear slice

1 egg white (optional)


Combine pear brandy, pear nectar, lemon juice and simple syrup into cocktail shaker with ice. (If including egg white, add with this step.) Shake and mix well. If egg white was added, be sure to shake vigorously. Strain into martini or coupe glass. Garnish with pear slice.

From Wolfgang Puck Catering, various locations

Apple Cider Mimosas

Apple Cider Mimosas


1 bottle champagne

1 cup apple cider

2 tbsp sugar

1 tbsp ground cinnamon


On a small plate, combine sugar and cinnamon. Dip champagne flutes in water to wet the rims, then dip in cinnamon sugar mixture. Fill champagne flutes 1/4 full with apple cider, then top off with champagne.

From Delish

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Courtesy of Wolfgang Puck Catering

Pumpkin White Russian


1 oz pumpkin spice Kahlua

2 oz vodka

1 oz heavy cream


Combine Kahlua, vodka, and cream into glass over ice. Stir lightly.

From Wolfgang Puck Catering, various locations

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Bulleit Bourbon


Whiskey Sour


1.5 oz Bulleit Bourbon

1 tsp lemon juice

.5 tsp sugar

Orange slice

Maraschino cherry


Add bourbon, lemon juice, and sugar to cocktail shaker. Shake with ice and strain into chilled rocks glass. Garnish with orange slice and maraschino cherry. 

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Kentucky Mulled Cider


1.25 oz Maker's Mark Bourbon

Hot apple cider to top

Dash of allspice

Cinnamon stick

Lemon slice


Add bourbon to a mug. Fill mug with hot apple cider and dash of allspice. Garnish with tall cinnamon stick and lemon slice. 

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Autumn's First Press


1 oz Plantation Rum Traditional Dark 

1 oz Montreuil Calvados 

.5 oz Michelberger Forest herbal liqueuer

.5 oz lemon oleo saccharum 

.75 oz lemon juice 

Rosemary sprig


Shake with ice and strain into coupe glass. Garnish with rosemary sprig.

From King, New York City

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The Harvest


1.5 oz cognac

.5 oz cinnamon syrup

1 large spoonful of apple butter or apple syrup


Shake ingredients before pouring into a sophisticated coupe glass. Garnish with a cinnamon stick.

From Celeste in Chicago, IL

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