While summer is slowly starting to fade away, there is reason to be excited for fall. Not only is it one of the most colorful times of year, but it always gives way to exceptionally creative flavors for cocktails, with ingredients like cranberry, spice, cinnamon and thyme making a strong impact on some glorious cocktails.
Here are a few recipes to try out this fall, that are sure to compliment every occasion from Thanksgiving dinner to just hang out by the fire.
Red Wine Hot Chocolate
This seems so simple, but it is undeniably amazing. You already pair red wine with chocolate, so just cut out the middle man and mix the whole thing together!
- 2 bars of dark chocolate
- 1 bottle of Merlot (under $15 works fine)
- Mulled wine mix (star anise, allspice, cloves, cinnamon)
- Whipped cream
Break down the two chocolate bars and allow to melt in a pot on low heat. Meanwhile, pour the red wine and mulled wine mix into a separate pot and bring to a simmer. Once the wine has had a chance to sufficiently draw out the spices, mix the two pots together, straining out the spices. Pour into large mugs and top with whipped cream.
Cranberry Apple Cider Moscow Mule
Moscow mules are already a perfect fall drink, but with some simple substitutions it can become an essential part to any fall party.
- 2oz Wyborowa Vodka
- 1oz Cranberry juice
- 2oz Sparkling apple cider
- 1 bottle of ginger beer
- Fresh cranberries
Fill a mule mug with crushed ice. Pour in the vodka, cranberry juice and apple cider. Top with ginger beer, stir gently to combine and garnish with fresh cranberries.
Honey Pear Margarita
Margaritas may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of fall, but you don’t have to give up all the summer goodies just because the weather is changing. Again, taking advantage of some fall flavors keeps these from going stale during the fall season.
- 8oz Pear juice
- 2oz Espolon blanco tequila
- 1oz Triple sec
- 2tsp Honey
- 1 Rosemary sprig
Pour pear juice, tequila, triple sec and honey into a cocktail shaker and add ice. Shake well to combine ingredients. Pour into a highball glass and garnish with a sprig of rosemary.