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Top 10 Autumn Cocktails

Written by: Catalogs.com Editorial Staff

October 10, 2011
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One of the top ten autumn cocktailsContributed by Lisa Pratto, Catalogs.com Top 10 Guru

Autumn conjures up images of pumpkins, hayrides, raking leaves and apple picking. But did you ever consider creating autumn-themed mixed drinks?

The array of flavors available for autumn cocktails is staggering (and yummy). Not sure where to start? Try one of these top ten autumn cocktails the next time you want the taste of fall.

Chosen specifically for their seasonal scents and tastes, these drinks are sure to make you think of the falling leaves, cozy fires and autumn holidays. They’re also great for seasonally-themed parties (Thanksgiving in July, anyone?)


10. Appletini

One of the top ten autumn cocktails


The crisp taste of apples just screams autumn. Mix 2 parts of vodka and 1 part apple schnapps. Use caramel vodka instead and this becomes a Caramel-Appletini. It’s wonderful for combining the classic flavors of autumn, and a guaranteed hit at an adult Halloween cocktail event. All you need to ask is “Shaken or stirred?”

9. Mulled Wine

One of the top ten autumn cocktails


There are many recipes for mulled wine. If you have never tried it before don’t be intimidated; it’s just red wine that has been simmered on the stove with a variety of warm spices (think cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg), citrus slices and sometimes brandy.

Use a bold red wine that will stand up to the infusion of flavors, such as a Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot. Mulled wine is perfect for taking the chill off after raking leaves, taking a long walk in the crisp Fall evening with your dog, or coming home after watching your team win the football game.

8. Cranberry Liqueur

One of the top ten autumn cocktails


Another classic autumn cocktail, but this one doesn’t require any mixing. Pour some ruby-red cranberry liqueur in a cordial glass, pair it with a soft cheese and some buttery crackers, then enjoy it while enjoying the colors of an autumn sunset. What better way to end a fall day?

7. Ginger & Jack

One of the top ten autumn cocktails


There is something about ginger beer that feels like fall. Mix it with Jack Daniels for an interesting twist on Jack and Coke, or try it with rum for a winter twist on favorite summertime tropical treats.

Looking for a great mocktail idea? Mix ginger beer with raspberry and lemonade for a flavorful alchohol-free cocktail.

6. Brandy

One of the top ten autumn cocktails


You can drink Brandy any time of year, but it’s especially nice once the weather cools down. Be sure to have a proper snifter on hand to enjoy the delicious experience of sipping a fragrant brandy as it warms in your hand. There are few drinks more elegant and old world to enjoy on an autumn evening.

And while brandy is delicious on its own, a Brandy Alexander is another wonderful autumn choice, with its rich blend of brandy, creme de cacao and cream. It’s ideal for sipping in front of a fireplace, or relaxing with friends after a chilly autumn walk.

5. Pomegranate Martini

One of the top ten autumn cocktails


This popular fruit that ripens in early fall is the perfect excuse to make a tasty pomegranate martini:

2 oz citrus vodka
1/2 ozfresh lemon juice
1/4 ozfresh pomegranate juice
1 oz simple syrup

Shake with ice and serve with a flamed orange peel.

4. Maple Cordial

One of the top ten autumn cocktails


Not just for pancakes, the flavor of maple is always associated with fall. From Vermont or Canada, maple liqueur can be sipped as a typical cordial or served on-the-rocks.
. This tasty autumn beverage is extra delicious with some crisp ginger cookies or a crisp and tangy autumn-ripe apple.

3. Cinnamon Apple Shooter

One of the top ten autumn cocktails

Hot and sour in one tasty drink. Just mix equal parts cinnamon schnapps and apple vodka to make this classic autumn cocktail. Serve in a shot glass. You will be warm to your toes in seconds!


2. Hot Toddy

One of the top ten autumn cocktails


Turn your hot tea with lemon into a soothing autumn cocktail by adding 1 oz. of brandy, whiskey or rum. This is the cocktail that’s not a cocktail. More parts therapy than party, the hot toddy has been known to unchill frozen bones and weather-weary travelers. That and a warm cashmere throw will keep you cozy on a blustery day.


1. Pumpkin Spice Liqueur

One of the top ten autumn cocktails


I love pumpkin pie, but I had no idea that same rich pumpkin-y taste was available in an “adult beverage!” But it is! This is the epitome of autumn cocktails: a pumpkin liqueur. No mixing needed. Just kick back and sip it from a cordial glass in front of an outdoor fireplace and relax. Ahhhhh. Now that’s autumn!



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