Now that the cooler weather is starting to creep in, it’s impossible not to start thinking of all things apples and pumpkins and spices. Each new season brings new feelings and new flavors… and of course, new cocktail menus! Here are some fun fall flavors incorporated into great party drinks.
Apple Cranberry Moscow Mule
The traditional Moscow Mule gets quite a makeover here, adding both cranberry and sparkling apple juice to the typical vodka and ginger beer, with a sprinkle of fresh cranberries for garnish.
Apple Hard Cider Sangria
Sliced apples, oranges, and peaches meet fresh raspberries, apple juice, orange juice, brandy, AND hard apple cider in this complex and delicious fall take on the popular summer wine cocktail.
Simple and uncomplicated, this drink combines cranberry juice, lime juice, tequila, and orange liqueur for a delicious and fall-inspired margarita!
As simple as it gets – and just as delicious! A great pick for brunch, pear nectar takes the places of orange juice, with fresh pear slices for garnish. If you’re looking for something a bit lighter, this is a good pick!
Maple Bourbon Old Fashioned
For those extra chilly nights, a maple bourbon old fashioned is just the thing. The usual sugar gets replaced with maple syrup, then follows the traditional recipe with water, bitters, orange peel, and bourbon. Add a maraschino cherry for garnish!
If you’re looking for a fun fall DIY, this is a great crowd pleaser, and a super fun way to serve your favorite beer, cider, or other party drinks.
What’s your favorite fall libation?
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If you’re anything like us, you love a good cocktail, especially during the winter months when a boozy pick-me-up is welcome! But often cocktails feel more suited for summer months — cool, fruity concoctions that are refreshing more than warming. When the temperature drops outside and the snow starts to fall, it definitely feels like a little something different is in order.
Besides Irish Coffee, a steaming mug of Mulled Wine, or Spiked Cider, there are plenty of other delicious and unique cold-weather cocktails to add to your repertoire for the next time you’re looking to impress your guests! Here are just a few of our favorites.
New York Sour
Last fall, we went to a local Southern restaurant where the cocktail menu was exclusively made up of bourbon drinks. Not being wild about bourbon, we asked the bartender to make a cocktail that wasn’t particularly bourbon-forward, and a few minutes later a New York Sour was placed in front of us. An unusual combination of red wine, bourbon, lemon, and an egg white, it seemed totally out there at first, but we fell in love. It was delicious, smooth, and completely unlike anything we’d ever tried. Plus, the presentation is stunning!
Ever tried Allspice Dram? If you haven’t, you should! This cocktail has all the makings of a more traditional fruity cocktail — orange liqueur, lemon juice, and cranberry — but with a spoonful of allspice-flavored liqueur added to the mix, it’s transformed into something festive and spicy. This vibrant and dynamic cocktail is so delicious, and a definite crowd-pleaser.
Spiced Cappuccino Cocktail
If warm cocktails are still your preference in the winter, then this Spiced Cappuccino cocktail is a must-try. It features an intriguing mix of spirits and flavors — brewed coffee as the base, with gin, coffee liqueur, and Licor43 in the mix. Licor43 is made with citrus and fruit juices, and flavored with vanilla and a variety of herbs, so it’s got a lot going on but works nicely in so many applications. Especially in this cocktail! Everything plays nicely to create a wonderful, warming cocktail for those extra chilly nights… or an indulgent Sunday brunch!
What’s your favorite winter cocktail?
The Swank Team