The fall season is upon us: The trees are shedding their dying leaves, and we’re trading our shorts for light and cozy sweaters. While we’re all making the necessary transitions toward the colder months, one thing needs no alteration, just a change of atmosphere—your whiskey consumption. Place your julep cups in safe keeping, and skip the mint during your next grocery run. These autumnal whiskey cocktails will keep you warm from the inside out. What are your favorite whiskey cocktails for fall? Let us know in the comments below!
It goes without saying that the Whiskey Sour is a classic. To add more drama to the cocktail, both visually and in taste, add a drizzle of red wine to top off your drink. It adds a depth of flavor perfect for cutting the refreshing taste of the staple, incorporating a much-needed touch of fall heaviness. Pro tip: If at all possible, don’t skip the egg white. Get the recipe for the New York Sour.
A Negroni is a perfect cocktail for any time of year. But switching out the gin for whiskey gives the drink a heft that’s fit for watching the leaves fall from the comfort of your barstool or, for the home drinker, your living room window. Made from just Campari, sweet vermouth and a bourbon or rye of your choice, a Boulevardier is great for your spirit-forward, autumnal needs. Get the recipe for the Boulevardier.
If you’re someone who only drinks tequila in the form of shots, you’re missing out. Another Fine Mes combines whiskey and tequila with the fall favorite maple syrup, along with sweet vermouth and orange liqueur. The result: A cocktail that borders the line between a spirituous Manhattan and a sour Margarita. Feeling adventurous yet? Get the recipe for Another Fine Mes.
Any autumn cocktail list, no matter how short, would be remiss without a warm drink. The Apple Toddy is a pleasant twist on the familiar Hot Toddy, adding the caramelly-goodness of cognac and baked apple. Blow off your friends for the night and snuggle up with the best kind of company. Get the recipe for the Apple Toddy.