Favorite Fall Beverages

Happy Friday Ya’ll.  And a very happy birthday to Courtney from Eat Pray Run DC.  

In the spirit of birthdays and celebrations, I’m rounding up a couple of my favorite fall beverage recipes for another edition of the Friday Five.

If you’d like to check out the other posts in the linkup, be sure to visit our hosts blogs.  Courtney, Cynthia and Mar are sure to liven your Friday with their spirit.

Speaking of spirit, let’s talk fall spirits.

It’s been two years since I’ve been behind a bar pouring drinks, but I’ll never forget those delicious libations.  When I think of fall cocktails, I think of ciders, aromatic bitters, spices, and oaky whiskey drinks.  These are just a handful of fall favorites.

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Old Fashion – This classic cocktail has stood the test of time, and rightfully so.  It’s cherry, orange and sugary ingredients combined with the creamy, oaky tone of the whiskey produces the perfect autumn cocktail that is sure to keep you warm when the thermostat dips,

1 packet of sugar

1.5 oz whiskey (don’t go cheap on this one)

3-5 dashes of Angostura Bitters

1 cherry

1 orange slice

splash of club soda

Empty the sugar from a single packet, cherry and orange slice in the bottom of an old fashioned (highball) glass and top with 3-5 dashes of bitters, add a splash of club soda. Muddle until sugar is dissolved. Fill the glass with ice and add 1.5 oz of whiskey.

Espresso Martini – One of my all time favorite cocktails to drink and make.  

1 shot of espresso – room temperature

1 oz of Kahlua

1.5 oz of espresso vodka

Combine a shot of espresso,into a shaker tin.   Shake vigorously with ice, then strain into a martini glass. If you wanna get real fancy for guests, drop three espresso beans into the foamy/frothy layer on top.  (the three beans are meant to represent health, happiness and prosperity)  

Pumpkin Spice White Russian – This white russian is anything but basic.  It’s basically the bomb diggity.

1.5 oz Whipped Cream Vodka

1.5 oz Pumpkin Spice Kahlua

2 oz of Half ‘n Half

You can shake this up with ice and strain into a martini glass or pour over ice into a highball.  Garnish with a shake of pumpkin pie spice.

Apple Cider Sangria –  Cider + Sangria = party in a pitcher

2 honey crisps apples, chopped

2 pears of any variety, chopped

1 orange, sliced

2 cups of Apple Cider

2 bottles of Ginger Beer (Goslings or Sioux City)

1 bottle of Pinot Grigio

Combine chopped fruit into a large pitcher then add ginger beer, cider and wine over top.  Stir mixture well, refrigerate for 2-3 hours, then pour over ice into glasses.

Mulled Wine – Spicy, sweet and easy to make in 30 minutes.

1 bottle of red wine

1 orange, zested, then sliced

8 cloves

5 allspice berries

1 cinnamon stick

1/2 cup sugar

1/4 cup brandy

2 star anise pods

In a non-aluminum pot, combine orange zest and juice, cloves, allspice, cinnamon, wine, sugar, and brandy. Heat over medium heat, stirring, until sugar dissolves,  After a few minutes, reduce heat to low; simmer for about 30 minutes. Pour through a  sieve, and serve immediately.

What is one of your favorite fall drinks?  

What spice or flavors represents fall flavors to you?

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16 thoughts on “Favorite Fall Beverages”

  1. The Pumpkin Spice White Russian and the Espresso Martini both look fabulous! My favorite holiday martini is a Peppermint Martini. I’ll break those out after Thanksgiving when I’m ready to move on from pumpkin and onto one of my all-time favorite flavors peppermint! Happy Fall!!

  2. My husband LOVES an old fashioned! I’m not as much of a brown liquor girl but I have started liking apple jack for a good fall or wintery drink. We made some pumpkin spice martinis last year for Halloween and I wish we saved the recipe. We tweaked them a few times and they ended up being really tasty!

    1. I know what you mean. I’ve forgotten recipes many times myself and can never replicate certain ones just right. It’s the worst feeling. Especially when you remember how good it once was.

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