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Our 21 Best Fall Cocktails for Fireside Sippin'

It’s fall, y’all, and while sipping apple cider and pumpkin spice lattes are a given, finding the perfect fall cocktail recipe isn’t so easy. After a season of spritzes and rosé wine, we’re craving cocktails that are equal parts refreshing and cozy. From apple cider margaritas to mulled wine, we rounded up our best fall cocktails (and a couple of mocktails too!).

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    Whiskey & Apple Cider Syrup (aka the Only Fall Cocktail You Need in Your Life)

    Whiskey & Apple Cider Syrup (aka the Only Fall Cocktail You Need in Your Life)

    • Cook time 4 hours • Makes 1 drink Author Notes The glorious combo of whiskey and boiled cider was first introduced to me years and years ago by Helen Rosner at Saveur, and I've been making versions of the drink (every fall, like clockwork) ever since. It's never failed me. It's a two-part recipe, but both …

    Spicy Apple Cider Margarita

    Spicy Apple Cider Margarita

    • Prep time 5 minutes • Cook time 1 minute • Makes 1 drink Author Notes The margarita has always been my go-to summer drink, but this year I'm making it my fall drink, too, with five autumnal takes on the classic cocktail. In this version, inspired by Cookie & Kate's Spiced Apple Margarita, I swapped some of …

    Autumn Ash

    Autumn Ash

    • Serves 1 Author Notes Scotch is often an acquired taste. The peat-smudged smoke can be too intense for some people. However, the hint of apple and elderflower in this drink sweetens the smokiness just enough to appeal to a broader range of palates. Still, I love the restrained way the smoke in this …

    Apple Rye Moonshine Punch

    Apple Rye Moonshine Punch

    • Prep time 10 minutes • Serves 10-20, depending on your tolerance! Author Notes My roommate and I made this punch for a recent housewarming party. The temperature had just dropped outside, and apple cider was abundant all over New England. Wanting an easy party drink that tasted just like fall, we …

    Irish Hot Chocolate

    Irish Hot Chocolate

    • Serves 6 Author Notes This recipe is adapted from Serious Eats. It's also boozy and awesome and makes you feel warm and Irish! —Marian Bull 1 12-ounce bottle Guinness or other stout • 1/4 cup cocoa powder • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar • 1 pinch kosher salt • 3 cups whole milk • 8 ounces chopped dark chocolate • 4 …

    Old Fashioned

    Old Fashioned

    • Makes 1 Author Notes The Old Fashioned is not just a classic, it's delicious, and a great starter cocktail for the home bartender because, chances are, you already have all the ingredients. —Let's Drink About It 2 ounces Bourbon or Rye whiskey • 2 dashes Angostura bitters • .25 ounces 2:1 rich simple syrup …

    Session Manhattan

    Session Manhattan

    • Serves 1 Author Notes For most drinkers, classic cocktails serve as craving benchmarks. When it’s sweater weather and you’ve got whiskey on the brain? Make it a Manhattan. When you’re roasting in the midsummer sun and in desperate need of refreshment? Send margaritas. The trouble is, our benchmarks …

    Spiced Bourbon Cocktail With Pomegranate Syrup

    Spiced Bourbon Cocktail With Pomegranate Syrup

    • Prep time 5 minutes • Cook time 10 minutes • Makes 1 cocktail Test Kitchen Notes A season-ready sipper starring Basil Hayden's® bourbon and a few classic fall flavors, like cinnamon, pomegranate, and fresh rosemary. This recipe is shared in partnership with Basil Hayden's®. Basil Hayden's® Kentucky Straight …

    Figgin' Delicious

    Figgin' Delicious

    • Makes 1 drink Author Notes I spent most of the fall playing with cranberry, pumpkin, pears, and figs in gin cocktails. This one is one of my favorites, combining muddled figs with a hit of maple syrup, tart lime, and spicy ginger beer, all circling around the complex flavors of gin. —fiveandspice Test …

    Mulled Wine Sparkler

    Mulled Wine Sparkler

    • Prep time 5 minutes • Cook time 20 minutes • Makes 1 cocktail Author Notes Instead of simply infusing wine with traditional mulling spices, I like to make this bubbly twist: First, boil a thick cocktail syrup using The Spice Hunter’s Mulling Spices, sugar, and red wine. After that, all you have to do is …

    The Tom Cat

    The Tom Cat

    • Makes 2 cocktails Author Notes One endearing quality of hygge is its embrace of nostalgia and tradition. Vintage decor, clothing styles, and recipes are celebrated facets of a hygge lifestyle. This cocktail recipe, inspired by a nineteenth- century British gin recipe, is an updated version of the …

    Winter Spritz

    Winter Spritz

    • Serves 1 Author Notes Blood orange juice, Campari, cider. Yum. —sandy peccerillo 1 shot Campari • 1 shot freshly squeezed blood orange juice • 1 shot hard apple cider, or more to taste • 1 slice blood or Cara Cara orange Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Have a clean martini or coupe-style glass ready. • Pour the …

    Bourbon Sour With Honey-Plum Syrup

    Bourbon Sour With Honey-Plum Syrup

    • Prep time 5 minutes • Cook time 15 minutes • Makes 1 cocktail Test Kitchen Notes "This drink is perfect for the last days of summer, and the ushering in of a new season," says our Resident Bartender, Elliott Clark. "The base spirit—I chose Basil Hayden's Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, which is …

    The Fall 75 - Fall Champagne Cocktail

    The Fall 75 - Fall Champagne Cocktail

    • Prep time 5 minutes • Cook time 10 minutes • Makes 1 cocktail Author Notes Over these next several months, we’ll have plenty of reasons to celebrate: Friendsgiving, Thanksgiving, and the holidays beyond. Whatever you find yourself toasting to, you never want to show up to a gathering empty handed, virtual …

    Hot Toddy

    Hot Toddy

    • Prep time 3 minutes • Cook time 3 minutes • Makes Makes 2 Author Notes In my digging to understand what makes a hot toddy a hot toddy to people, the most common response I got was that it must “be hot.” (That’s it? Really?) So, already back to square one, I went in search of the definition of “toddy.” Some …

    Smoky Pear & Ginger Margarita

    Smoky Pear & Ginger Margarita

    • Prep time 5 minutes • Cook time 1 minute • Serves 1 Author Notes The margarita has always been my go-to summer drink, but this year I'm making it my fall drink, too, with five autumnal takes on the classic cocktail. I was going for cozy fireplace vibes with this sweet, smoky marg, inspired by a recipe from …

    Change of Address From Eric Nelson

    Change of Address From Eric Nelson

    • Prep time 2 minutes • Serves 1 Author Notes Eric Nelson doesn’t take cocktails—or life, really—too seriously. Seriously! His drinks are well crafted, but they also have a sense of humor, and I love the way he doctors everyday Coca-Cola with savory soy sauce in this recipe. The drink is a killer pairing …

    Spiced Pecan Margarita From A-K Hada

    Spiced Pecan Margarita From A-K Hada

    • Prep time 5 minutes • makes 1 cocktail Test Kitchen Notes “I grew up mostly in Atlanta, and my favorite dessert to eat back home is pecan pie,” says New York City bartender A-K Hada. This margarita hits all of the warm baking spice notes you’d find in pecan pie, thanks to a homemade tea and pecan orgeat …

    Apple Peel Bourbon Ginger Shake-Up

    Apple Peel Bourbon Ginger Shake-Up

    • Serves 1 1 1/2 ounces Apple Peel Bourbon (https://food52.com/recipes...) • 3/4 ounce high-quality triple sec, or Cointreau • Juice of half a lemon • 1 dash Angostura bitters • 1 dash Regan's orange bitters • Strong ginger beer, to top In a mixing glass, mix bourbon, triple sec, lemon juice, and the bitters. • Shake …

    Fresh Apple Shrub

    Fresh Apple Shrub

    • Makes 3 cups Author Notes Shrubs (aka drinking vinegars) are a kind of preserve in which fruit is submerged it in a combination of vinegar and sugar and allowing it to steep for a time. After straining, you’re left with a sweet, highly acidic, fruity concentrate. The shrub can then be used in …

    Kentucky Hot Toddy with Maker's Mark

    Kentucky Hot Toddy with Maker's Mark

    • Serves One Author Notes Being from Alabama, the only true bourbon to drink is Makers Mark. Who can miss its red wax top, and sometimes green wax top for the horse race season. This is a classic Kentucky Hot Toddy. Enjoy! - Table9 —Table9 Test Kitchen Notes This is refreshing, balanced toddy that won't …

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