Drink This Now: The Only Fall Cocktail Guide You'll Need
It’s finally fall, which means it’s time to break out the flannel, cover the porch with perfectly-carved pumpkins and start brainstorming costume ideas for Halloween. And we believe all these exciting traditions deserve to be paired with equally-exciting libations. Lucky for you, we’ve come up with a few delicious cocktails to enhance the most quintessential holiday events. Let’s get started!
It’s prime apple season, and aside from the obvious fun factor, a day filled with apple picking is the perfect excuse to try out this delicious warm apple pie cocktail...not that you needed an excuse. Get the recipe >>
There’s not much better than driving to the mountains to get a glimpse of the changing autumn leaves. But this maple syrup-infused cocktail takes tree appreciation to a whole new level. Get the recipe >>
Cozy in a Cabin
Leave the stresses of everyday life and relax by the fire with this interesting take on a cold-weather classic. Get the recipe >>
Forget milk and cookies. This rum-based cocktail is the cold-weather alternative that will keep you warm on chilly fall nights. Get the recipe >>
Skip the beer and opt for a seasonal sip that is sure to please even the most disgruntled football fan. This large-batch sangria is a real winner. Get the recipe >>
Cooking, cleaning and a whole lot of grocery shopping call for a pre-dinner treat that makes excellent use of one of Thanksgiving’s tastiest ingredients. Get the recipe >>
Spiced Chai Tea
Nothing says caffeine like hitting the outlet malls at 5 am. For an extra boost, give this sweet spiked
You're Stuck at the Kids' Table Again
If you have to spend another year eating at a rickety card table in the company of your four-year-old cousin, you might as well enjoy an adult drink that will be the envy of your pint-sized companion. The Hot Peppermint Rod's bright peppermint stick and whipped cream topper evokes your childhood days, but a healthy helping of vodka makes it distinctly adult.
You Want to Help Friends Through the Season
Pass on some holiday cheer (and help friends preserve their sanity!) by sharing small bottles of liquor infused with seasonal ingredients like vanilla and anise. Get our step-by-step instructions and printable labels.
Your Great Uncle Won't Stop Talking About the Election
If you want to get through dessert without taking the political bait, you'll need to find some common ground. Something we can all agree on: The dirty martini is a year-round crowd pleaser that's just as popular today as it was during the swinging '60s. The only issue on which to vote: shaken or stirred.
Your Brother Brings Five Extra Guests to Dinner
Oh, you didn't get the text he sent about extending an invitation to his new neighbors? It's OK. Just smile and pour a little bit more cranberry juice into the Cranberry Hot Toddy; it's easy to stretch this mix of cranberry vodka, lemon juice, honey, bitters and cinnamon.
You Want to Be in Anguilla, But You're in Annapolis
You love your family, but after hours at the airport and a harrowing car ride, you're ready to escape to the Caribbean — if only in a glass. This frozen cocktail hails from sunny Anguilla and combines coconut, rum and pineapple juice for a tasty, fruity mini-vacation.
Your Aunt Won't Stay Out of the Kitchen
Shouldn't you be using cinnamon in that pie? Where's the green bean casserole? Skip the pre-dinner interrogation this year by asking your relative to be in charge of the morning Bloody Mary station. She'll be so busy setting out the Tabasco sauce, celery spears and olives that she might forget to critique your every move.
You Want to Sip Something Iconic
This colorful, bourbon-based cocktail is recognized for its prominent reputation. You'll often see a traditional Manhattan in the hands of New York socialites or among ritzy, fashion-forward movie personalities such as Marilyn Monroe in Some Like It Hot and the women of Sex and the City. And, of course, no Manhattan is complete without a cherry on top.
You Get a Group of Surprise Visitors
You're glad friends were "in the neighborhood," but you wish you'd had time to shop for supplies. Never fear: Keep a bottle of gin, a few limes and some tonic water on hand for a quick, classic cocktail that can be modified as you please. Cranberry juice? Pomegranate seeds? Campari? Add a bit for festive color and flavor.
Someone Ate the Last Slice of Pie
When someone else calls dibs on your after-dessert treat, mix up this drinkable pumpkin pie replica. Combine vanilla vodka, pumpkin spice liqueur, Kahlua, butterscotch schnapps and half-and-half, then garnish with the perfect "crust" made of crushed graham crackers.