Autumn Cocktail Recipes

Autumn Cocktail Recipes

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Colder temperatures are here and they call for a change in the cocktail menu. While the sizzle of summer means sipping on cool, fruity drinks like a margarita rimmed in salt or a tall gin and tonic, the change in season calls for drinks that are deeper, warmer and bring to mind evenings with friends around a crackling fire. Autumn is a great time to return to traditional cocktails. Dig out your cocktail shaker and try some of the drink recipes below before the holidays arrive. Then, make room for sparkling wines and festive champagne drinks.



This classic drink brings us back to the glamour days of the 1950s. It is simple and quick to make and its rich color and festive cherry speak to the season. You can adjust the ingredients and make more than one serving at a time.

  • 1-ounce sweet vermouth
  • 2 ounces rye whiskey
  • Dash of bitters
  • Maraschino cherry

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Pour in all ingredients and stir rapidly. Strain the drink through the ice and into a glass. Top with a maraschino cherry. The Rob Roy, another classic cocktail, is similar to the Manhattan but it uses blended scotch instead of rye whiskey.



The sugar and bitters in this old favorite create a perfect blend and balance. Serve on the rocks and don't forget the lemon.

  • 2 ounces of bourbon
  • 1 tablespoon of club soda
  • 1 sugar cube
  • 3 dashes of bitters
  • 1 lemon peel shaving

Place the sugar cube, bitters and club soda in the bottom of the glass and mash together to form a paste. Add the bourbon and stir the ingredients until they are blended. Add ice and lemon and enjoy.


Mulled Wine

This is a cocktail that dates back hundreds of years and is still a perfect cap to a cold outing. It takes a little more time than a cold cocktail but it is worth waiting for. There are many variations to this recipe but this one uses a deep red wine with apple cider and it is as easy as it is delicious. This recipe serves 4.

  • ½ bottle of red wine such as a Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 2 tablespoons of honey (add more if desired for taste)
  • 2 cups apple cider
  • ½ orange, juice and zest
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 cloves
  • Orange peel for garnish

Combine all ingredients into a saucepan and bring to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer for about 10 minutes. Pour the mixture into coffee mugs or Irish Coffee mugs and add the orange peel garnish.


Hot Toddy

The name of this traditional cold weather cocktail is enough to make you snuggle into your coziest sweater. Some people say that a dose of a fine hot toddy, taken at the right moment, can fight off an oncoming cold. Experts advise that you heat your drink glass before adding the boiling water as this can prevent the glass from cracking.

  • 1-ounce whiskey
  • 1-teaspoon brown or white sugar
  • Boiling water
  • Cloves
  • Lemon slice

Place the sugar and spirits in the glass and add boiling water. Top with a lemon slice and a few cloves for a more complex flavor. For a festive garnish, stud the cloves into the lemon slice before adding to the drink.

Editor, 11/08/2012

1 | 11/09/2012, 04:28

Thank you, these sound delicious,