7 Seasonal Sippers: Fall-Inspired Cocktails

The leaves are a-changing and with a little nip in the air, as radiators kick on and nights grow darker, there is no better a time to end the evening with a fall-inspired cocktail. This list of seven highlights the savory and the sweet with something for everyone! 

Pumpkin Spice White Russian

 Image via  Nutmeg Nanny    What do you get when you combine the Dude from  The Big Lebowski  and, well, a basic, PSL-loving bae? A  Pumpkin Spice White Russian  of course! This cocktail is a simple play on the original with a dash of pumpkin pie spice. For fans of the classic, this fall treat is most certainly worth a shot.

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What do you get when you combine the Dude from The Big Lebowski and, well, a basic, PSL-loving bae? A Pumpkin Spice White Russian of course! This cocktail is a simple play on the original with a dash of pumpkin pie spice. For fans of the classic, this fall treat is most certainly worth a shot.

Maple Bourbon Cocktail

 Image via  Jelly Toast   For those interested in bourbon, look no further than the straightforward  Maple Bourbon cocktail . With the addition of zippy orange juice and earthy, sweet maple syrup, this libation is warming, lasting and goes down oh-so-smooth. Garnish with a maraschino cherry or orange peel for added appeal and remember to sip slowly. This easy sipper will not last long!

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For those interested in bourbon, look no further than the straightforward Maple Bourbon cocktail. With the addition of zippy orange juice and earthy, sweet maple syrup, this libation is warming, lasting and goes down oh-so-smooth. Garnish with a maraschino cherry or orange peel for added appeal and remember to sip slowly. This easy sipper will not last long!

Apple Cider Mimosas

 Image via  The Cookie Rookie    A two ingredient cocktail? Sign us up! The  Apple Cider Mimosa  is exactly what you expect: Champagne and apple cider. A fun and easy way to add a little fall into your midday brunch or girl's night, this bubbly beverage is simplicity done right.

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A two ingredient cocktail? Sign us up! The Apple Cider Mimosa is exactly what you expect: Champagne and apple cider. A fun and easy way to add a little fall into your midday brunch or girl's night, this bubbly beverage is simplicity done right.

The Hibernating Honey Bear

 Image via  In Sock Monkey Slippers    Not sure what do with the extra sage you have leftover from your last  smudge ceremony ? This  Hibernating Honey Bear cocktail  has you covered! With simple syrup made from honey and sage, this bourbon base drink is the perfect combination of slightly sweet with an autumnal, earthy edge. Honey and bourbon are a perfect match and this time of year is sage's time to shine. Though a touch more prep work, this fall infused beverage is definitely worth it.

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Not sure what do with the extra sage you have leftover from your last smudge ceremony? This Hibernating Honey Bear cocktail has you covered! With simple syrup made from honey and sage, this bourbon base drink is the perfect combination of slightly sweet with an autumnal, earthy edge. Honey and bourbon are a perfect match and this time of year is sage's time to shine. Though a touch more prep work, this fall infused beverage is definitely worth it.

Apple and Pear White Sangria

 Image via  Love Grows Wild    If sweet, sweet, sweet calls to you, this  Apple and Pear Sangria  will fit the bill. Light and bright, the recipe calls for a moscato - which will surely up the sugar and sweetness quotient - but if you are a fan of the drier style, try a light-bodied sauvignon blanc or vinho verde to balance the pear and granny smith apple tones. Either way, this is a refreshing alternative to this season's robust pumpkin and bourbon offerings. 

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If sweet, sweet, sweet calls to you, this Apple and Pear Sangria will fit the bill. Light and bright, the recipe calls for a moscato - which will surely up the sugar and sweetness quotient - but if you are a fan of the drier style, try a light-bodied sauvignon blanc or vinho verde to balance the pear and granny smith apple tones. Either way, this is a refreshing alternative to this season's robust pumpkin and bourbon offerings. 

Apple Cider Martini

 Image via  Will Cook for Smiles    For the vodka drinkers, an  Apple Cider Martini  is a playful twist on the classic cocktail. Just grab some apple flavored vodka - or if you're feeling frisky, play around with a jigger and use fresh squeezed apple juice and plain, old vodka - cinnamon liqueur and Gran Marnier, mix, stir and pour.  Pro-tip: You only want to shake cocktails when there is citrus or egg whites involved.  So grab a bar spoon and get stirring! 

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For the vodka drinkers, an Apple Cider Martini is a playful twist on the classic cocktail. Just grab some apple flavored vodka - or if you're feeling frisky, play around with a jigger and use fresh squeezed apple juice and plain, old vodka - cinnamon liqueur and Gran Marnier, mix, stir and pour. Pro-tip: You only want to shake cocktails when there is citrus or egg whites involved. So grab a bar spoon and get stirring! 

The Pear Spice Flip

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Egg whites in cocktails are truly a magnificent addition! Adding a frothy, silky texture and a little more weight to the drink, I can't stress enough how awesome egg white cocktails taste. Seriously, add an egg white to a margarita and you will truly be in heaven. Even this Pear Spice Flip - with its gin base, egg white head and rosemary garnish - is the definition of herbaceous and lavish with a playful autumnal vibe.

As always, please drink responsibly. Cheers!

- KCH