Fall can enter in an instant. One moment, you’re relaxing on the beach in flip-flops; the next, you’re reaching for scarves and sweaters and crunching through fallen leaves. But more importantly, you’re also reaching for the bourbon and aged rum, and that’s something we can totally get on board with.
We tapped our DrinkWire contributors to see what fall cocktails they cherish. These are five recipes worth saving.
It wouldn’t be fall without a pumpkin cocktail. Most drinks that use the popular fall squash can be cloyingly sweet and overbearing, so look for a balance of flavors like you find in the Bibbity Bobbity Boo. If you’re feeling indulgent, you can always add fresh whipped cream as an extra garnish.
Get the recipe and check out more from DrinkWire contributor Dan Magro.
Cozying up next to a fire is best when the weather starts to cool and you can feel good about indulging in a sweet treat. This s’more-inspired dessert drink will play up your adult nostalgia. Best of all, it’s super easy to make.
Get the recipe and check out more from DrinkWire contributor The Frosted Petticoat.
If the Old Fashioned has a season, it’s definitely fall. The O.G. sipper begs for a fall twist and gets it here with apple, honey and black walnut flavors. The Plymouth Old Fashioned even adds a little rum for extra spice.
Get the recipe and check out more from DrinkWire contributor Doc Elliott's Mixology.
An often-underappreciated fall fruit, the persimmon has sweet flavors that shine in a dessert cocktail with traditional autumn spices. This easy recipe, made with a persimmon simple syrup, Drambuie and chocolate mole bitters, is a great shoulder-season primer and one that you’ll fall in love with all year long.
Get the recipe and check out more from DrinkWire contributor Gavin Railing.
A modern classic inspired by a marriage between the Toronto and South Side, the Fort York gets its name from the region located on the south side of downtown Toronto. It shows off the flavors of summer and fall, making it the ultimate transitional cocktail.
Get the recipe and check out more from DrinkWire contributor The Whiskey Muse.
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