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Best Fall Cocktails


As the sweltering days of summer lead into the unsettled, chilly days of autumn our taste in drinks tends to change accordingly. We tend to seek out warm drinks that help the body beat the new chills and are also inclined to choose flavors of the season: the apples that are filling the orchards with color, the cranberries that are prime picking and sweet honey. Many of these flavors are found in some of our favorite fall cocktails, here are a few.

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1. Hot Apple Pie

Hot Apple Pie autumn mixed drink recipe

Apple cider is a big hit in autumn and this warm drink features that wonderful, distinct taste. The liqueur used is Tuaca, a hidden treasure from Italy that has deep roots and a hint of vanilla and citrus flavors.

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2. Hunter's Cocktail

The Chrysanthemum Cocktail - Pernod Absinthe

It's a tradition that every fall thousands of hunters pack their gear, don their long johns, and trek through the fields with one goal, getting the big one. Returning to camp, whether successful or not, cannot get much better than if there's a great drink waiting for you and this simple whiskey and cherry brandy mix is ideal in such a situation.

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3. Manhattan

Manhattan Cocktail
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Classic and classy. When a Martini just won't do, the Manhattan steps in and takes care of all desires. Sweet flavors, warming whiskey, and smooth palate are characteristics that place this drink into the fabulous fall cocktail line-up.

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4. Pumpkin Martini

Pumpkin Martini autumn cocktail

One of the distinct flavors of autumn is pumpkin. This cocktail is a creamy delight that captures the sweet flavor of pumpkin in an easy to make drink. Serve this one up for Halloween, Thanksgiving, or anywhere in between. It makes a great dessert cocktail for the season.

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5. Hot Peppermint Patty

Oaxaca Chakas Milagro Tequila Cocktail

Autumn is the perfect time to cozy up with a good book and a warm mug of hot chocolate. The Hot Peppermint Patty adds mint and cocoa liqueurs to your favorite cocoa, creating a warm and relaxing night cap.

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6. Irish Coffee

Irish Coffee Cocktail
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Few warm mixed drinks can rival the iconic Irish Coffee. This classic is very easy, just requiring a little brown sugar, whipped cream, and, of course, your favorite Irish whiskey. It warms you up and keeps you going for whatever lays ahead in your day.

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7. Mulled Wine

Mulled Pomegranate Warmer
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Taste a bit of the Old World with a tradition that stretches back centuries. Mulled Wine is perfect for fall entertaining when something warm and zesty is called for. The trick to the perfect Mulled Wine is a slow warm up that allows all of the spices and sweet flavors to meld together.

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8. Godfather

Godfather Cocktail
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What would this list be without a good Scotch drink? The distinct flavor of amaretto enhances the smooth pleasure of a Scotch on the rocks without disturbing the flavor too much. Try this one out at happy hour after a tough day at the office.

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9. Golden Green Apple Cocktail

Golden Green Apple Cocktail

This is a take on the popular Apple Martini and has a depth of flavor that is not found very often in any of those recipes. The golden cocktail is made of Irish whiskey, sour apple schnapps, and white cranberry juice. The sweet and sour with the lighter berry and flavorful whiskey makes one great autumn drink.

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10. Manuka Flip

42 Below Black Mission and Manuka Flip

It does not get much more seasonal than this and it can quickly become a new favorite. The inviting drink uses a honey vodka with Benedictine, pear, figs, cinnamon, and the comforting texture of a shaken egg.

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