7 Fall Cocktails to Cozy Up With
What pairs perfectly with your couch and some heavy knits? A warming cocktail featuring our favorite fall ingredients, of course. This weekend, stock the bar cart and treat yourself to one of these cozy drinks, plus make a spiked shake for dessert.
Who knew your favorite summer drink could be so versatile? Sip sangria all through fall with Bobby Flay’s mulled version (pictured above), made with Spanish red wine, brandy and sugar. Heat the ingredients, add in some citrus fruits and ladle into mugs for the perfect post-hay ride drink.
Channel the cast of Mad Men with Giada De Laurentiis’ sweet-and-spicy martinis. Chilled maple syrup gives the drink its sweetness, while a garnish of dried chiles keeps it from being too sugary.
Once you’ve snuggled up with a mug of Rachael Ray’s 5-star buttered rum, we can almost guarantee you won’t be getting off the couch (and there’s nothing wrong with that). Combine brown sugar, honey and the trifecta of cold-weather spices (cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves) until smooth, then stir it into a mix of spiced rum and boiling water. Garnish with a cinnamon stick, then dive under a blanket.
Reserve a few farmers market apples to garnish Guy Fieri’s pie-inspired cocktail, made with whiskey, apple liqueur and cranberry juice. Slice the apples, shake up the drink, then serve them together in a rocks glass for All-American perfection.
Banish those cold-weather blues with Food Network Kitchen’s ginger-y take on the hot toddy. A homemade syrup — made with fresh ginger, lemon and sugar — gives this classic cocktail a new, slightly spicy twist, and it can last for up to a week in the fridge.
Not a fan of brown liquor? Fear not, there are still plenty of other ways to feel festive. Rachael’s crisp Ginger Snap cocktail has all of the fall flavors we know and love, but it relies on a lighter base of vodka and ginger liquor.
It wouldn’t be a fall cocktail roundup without some boozy cider, and this 5-star recipe from Aaron McCargo, Jr. is an easy win for dinner parties and date nights alike. Add dark rum, cinnamon schnapps and lemon juice to your favorite cider, then garnish with big chunks of crisp Granny Smith apples.
Salted caramel meets booze in the best way with Guy’s bourbon-spiked milkshake. Make a batch for friends and save some extra salted caramel for yourself — it’s the perfect addition to all of your fall desserts.