You don’t need a heavy wool coat to warm you up as the weather gets colder — just a well-crafted cocktail.
Our friends at Food52 have provided us with the perfect way to shake those autumn chills with the best fall-inspired drink recipes.
From a twist on the classic Hot Toddy to a cider shandy, these cocktails will warm both your hands and your palate.
Dirty Chai Toddy
For a strong drink with “conviction,” this dirty chai toddy is sure to satisfy.
Featuring the classic hot toddy combination of espresso and bourbon accented with the spiciness of a good chai, this adventurous drink will take away the cares of the world without putting you to sleep. Served hot.
Apple Rye Punch
For a taste of fall in a glass, this cold punch is sure to deliver. Containing both regular and hard ciders, the apple flavour is pretty powerful in this drink, so there’s no need for top shelf whiskey.
Add your favourite bitters to give the flavour a bit more complexity.
Brown Butter Spiced Ale
This unique take on the hot toddy includes 12 ounces of your favourite ale, a splash of brandy, browned butter, and a whole lot of spice.
Garnished with a stick of cinnamon, the Brown Butter Spice Ale will keep you warm as the days grow colder.
Bumble Brown Punch
Another cocktail full of warmth, spice, and ale (are you seeing the pattern?). This time, honey amber lager is called for, as well as rum.
It’s served warm with apple slices for garnish and crunch.
Maple Pisco Sour
This autumn-themed drink is a take on the classic Pisco sour that features real maple syrup. What better way to mix South America with New England?
Follow this recipe to make a Maple Pisco Sour >>
A Boulevardier is a before-dinner cocktail, similar to a Negroni. Instead of gin, however, it has a larger proportion (2:1) of bourbon.
Follow this recipe to make a Boulevardier >>
Summer may be over, but shandy isn’t done yet. Switch out the beer for a hard cider and you’ve got a tasty drink that mixes two season’s signature fruits.
It will stay with you long after all the leaves have fallen from the trees.
Apple Blow Fizz
Apple brandy gives the apple blow fizz its strong flavour. Top it with cinnamon for an even more fall-like flavour reminiscent of everyone’s favourite holiday treat, apple pie.
If hot mulled cider can warm your bones, what happens when you add a bit of apple brandy? Good things, that’s for sure.
Add SNAP, a gingerbread-inspired spirit, and you’ve got a fall cocktail worthy of its legendary pedigree.
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