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As the air turns crisp and the leaves paint the world in warm hues, there’s no better way to embrace the beauty of fall than with a collection of delicious and seasonal cocktails. From the aromatic spices to the rich flavors of harvest fruits, fall provides a treasure trove of ingredients to create cocktails that capture the essence of the season.
While you may not be able to travel to each of the destinations, it would be nice to enjoy a little taste of them. I have compiled the best cocktail recipe for each holiday so you can celebrate with them at home!
Oktoberfest – October (Germany)
Oktoberfest, which originated in the town of Munich, started on October 2, 1810, in celebration of the marriage of the Crown Prince of Bavaria to Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen. While there weren’t carnival rides like there are now, there was definitely beer. If you’re not into Germany’s favorite beverage, or are if you’re looking for something new to tempt your taste buds, give the Rumplesnuggler a try. It’s basically a boozy hot chocolate and really delicious!
• 1 ½ oz. Baileys Irish Cream Liqueur
• 1 oz. Rumple Minze Peppermint Schnapps
• 8 oz. Hot Chocolate
• Whipped Cream, for garnish
• Prepare the hot chocolate and pour it into an Irish Coffee mug.
• Add the Baileys and Rumple Minze to the mug.
• Top with whipped cream, if desired.
Tip: Add hot water to the Irish Coffee mug to warm the glass and then discard the water.
Halloween – October 31st (Ireland)
The tradition of wearing costumes and dancing around a bonfire to celebrate the harvest was started by the Celts who were living in the area now known as Ireland. Normally, we would say something wicked this way comes, but today, it’s something delicious!
Pumpkin Old Fashioned
• 2 dashes Aromatic Bitters
• 2 parts Irish Whiskey
• 1 part Pumpkin Syrup
• Pour the whiskey, pumpkin syrup, and bitters over ice.
• Stir and pour into rocks glass.
• Garnish with a sage leaf.
Día de los Muertos – November 1st – 2nd (Mexico and throughout Latin America)
Día de los Muertos, The Day of the Dead, is the day when the spirits of loved ones return to visit their families. Altars are constructed and adorned with items such as marigolds, sugar skulls, or even tequila to entice dearly departed relatives to stop and stay awhile. If you make these Pomegranate Margaritas, your family, both living and dead, will be pouring in to see you!
• 4 oz Silver Tequila
• 4 oz Pomegranate Juice
• 1 tbsp Lime Juice
• 2 tsp Agave Nectar
• Pinch of Kosher Salt, more to salt rim if desired
• Pour the tequila, pomegranate juice, lime juice, agave nectar, and a pinch of kosher salt with ice into a cocktail shaker. Shake very well to mix.
• If salting the rims of the glasses, rub a cut lime around the outer edge of the glass. Pour some of the kosher salt onto a shallow dish and dip the rim into it to coat. Fill glasses with ice.
• Strain the mixed cocktail over the ice and serve immediately.
Thanksgiving – Last Thursday of November (United States)
Our last cocktail brings us back to the good ‘ole USA. In 1621, the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag sat together and shared the very first Thanksgiving feast. Pecan pie might not have been on the menu then, but it is now a tradition in homes throughout the country. This year, instead of just eating a slice of pie, enjoy the same flavors in a martini glass.
Pecan Pie Martini
• 1 oz. Pecan Flavored Vodka
• 1 oz. Irish Cream Liqueur
• .5 oz. Vanilla Flavored Vodka
• 2 oz. Heavy Cream
• 1 tsp Maple Syrup
• 1/4 cup Pecans
• 1/4 cup Brown Sugar
• Add a handful of ice to a cocktail shaker.
• Add the pecan flavored vodka, Irish cream liqueur, vanilla flavored vodka, and heavy cream to the shaker.
• Gently, mix the drink.
• Pour the pecan pie martini into a large martini glass and enjoy.
• In a food chopper or food processor, combine the pecans and brown sugar. Pulse the ingredients and then add them to a bowl.
• Pour the maple syrup into a saucer and dip the top of the martini glass into the syrup.
• Gently dip the top of the martini glass into the brown sugar mixture. Give it a small twist.
As you welcome the arrival of fall, these festive cocktail recipes offer a delightful way to celebrate the beauty and flavors of the season. From the warmth of the pumpkin old fashioned to the indulgence of the pecan pie martini, each concoction captures the essence of autumn in a glass. Whether you’re hosting a cozy gathering with friends or simply want to enjoy a relaxing evening at home, these fall-inspired cocktails will undoubtedly add a touch of magic to your moments. So gather your ingredients, raise your glass, and toast to the splendid tapestry of fall with these flavorful creations. Cheers to the season of harvest and celebration!
Let me know which recipe is your favorite!