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Fun and Fruity Fall Inspired Cocktails

Tara Carlson

Sep 20, 2017

The seasons aren’t the only things that are beginning to change — so are our taste buds. As the warm evenings of summer become the cool nights of fall, it only makes sense that our favorite cocktails match the changing temperatures. With sweater weather officially upon us, it’s time to welcome apples, pears, and of course, pumpkin, back into our cocktail Rolodex. This season, relax and unwind with a few of these fall inspired cocktails.

Apple Cider Mimosas

What you’ll need…

  • 1 bottle of champagne
  • 1 cup of apple cider
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp ground cinnamon

Dress up the rim of your champagne flute by dipping it in water and then your mixture of sugar and cinnamon. Lastly, top it off with a thin apple slice.

Whiskey Sour

What you’ll need…

  • 5 oz Bourbon
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • Your choice of garnishes

Forget the mini umbrellas, today we’re garnishing this traditional favorite with a few rum soaked cherries and a thinly curled orange slice.

Pumpkin Spice Margarita

What you’ll need...

  • 5 parts tequila
  • 3 parts cream
  • .5 part pumpkin spice syrup
  • 1 part simple syrup
  • .5 tsp vanilla extract
  • .25 tsp cinnamon
  • .25 tsp pumpkin pie spice

Because it’s not really fall until you’ve had pumpkin spice!

Apple Pie Vodka Tonic

What you’ll need…

  • 1 red apple, sliced
  • 1 green apple, sliced
  • 1 lemon, sliced
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 cups vodka
  • ½ cup tonic water

Combine all of your ingredients into a large mason jar and leave them to soak overnight. The next afternoon, you’ll have a drink that’s, dare we say, better than apple pie itself!

Pear Sour

What you’ll need...

  • 2 oz pear brandy
  • Fresh pear juice
  • .75 oz lemon juice
  • .5 oz simple syrup
  • 1 pear

Combine your brandy, pear and lemon juice, and syrup into a cocktail shaker with ice and give it a good shake before pouring. You can also add an egg white to the mix, just make sure to shake it for a bit longer.

Apple Caramel Cups

What you’ll need…

  • One apple per person
  • 1 lemon, sliced into wedges
  • ½ cup caramel sauce
  • ¼ cup of cinnamon-sugar
  • 1 large bottle of Moscato
  • 1 cup green apple vodka
  • 1 cup lemon-lime soda

If you’re a fan of apples as much as we are, you’ll love this one! Cut the top of your apple off and core it. Spread a bit of lemon juice on the inside of each apple (to prevent them from browning) and coat the rims in cinnamon sugar and caramel sauce. Once all of your ingredients are mixed, pour them into each hollowed out apple!

Old-Fashioned Maple Bourbon

What you’ll need…

  • 2 tsp. maple syrup
  • 1 tsp. water
  • 1 dash bitters
  • 1 orange peel
  • 2 oz. bourbon
  • 1 cherry, for garnish

If that’s a little too bitter for you, throw in a few cinnamon sticks as well!

Cranberry Margaritas

What you’ll need…

  • 1 cup of ice
  • 2 oz tequila
  • 1 lime
  • 1 ½ tbsp. Cranberry sauce
  • 1 tsp. Unsweetened honey
  • Fresh cranberries

Once your margarita glass has been rimmed with cinnamon, strain all of your already shaken ingredients into your glass, garnish it with a few cranberries, and get ready to toast to fall!

Bourbon Infused Apple Pie Shots

What you’ll need…

  • Apples, thinly sliced
  • Cinnamon sticks
  • Nutmeg
  • Bourbon

Just four ingredients and you’ve got drinks and dessert all in one!

And what goes perfectly with fall’s favorite cocktails? Some fall inspired fruit!


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