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Ring in the New Season with these Scrumptious Cocktails

Fall is only days away, and I for one cannot wait to stock up my kitchen with bushels of apples, luscious pumpkins and heavenly pears. While I certainly will be preparing some hearty pumpkin soups and delicious strudels, I could never say no to a cocktail every now and then too. So, I've rounded up some Fall Cocktail Recipes for you to enjoy this upcoming season. 

 

1. Caramel Apple Sangria 

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Recipe by: anightowlblog.com

It sounds unbelievably delicious, and believe me, it is!

Tip: Make sure your wine and sparkling cider are well chilled, chop up some fresh apples and mix it all up for some serious fall goodness.

Ingredients: (For a pitcher)

  • 1 bottle white wine
  • 1 bottle sparkling apple cider
  • ¼ cup caramel syrup
  • 4 apples, chopped

Method:

  1. Chill your white wine and sparkling apple cider.
  2. Once cold, mix together wine and cider and add ¼ cup caramel syrup.
  3. Chop approximately 4 apples into small cubes and add to sangria.
  4. Chill in the refrigerator until ready to serve. 
 

2. Pear Vanilla Martini 

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Recipe by: foodfanatic.com

A great way to toast the crisp fall air!

Tip: This drink is pretty pricey. Ordering it at a bar will set you back about $18. You'll certainly save more (per glass) making it yourself, but you may be surprised to discover just how expensive some of these ingredients are. It is a special occasion drink though, and will be worth every buck!

Ingredients: (Serves 2)

  • 3 1/2 ounces pear vodka
  • 3 ounces pear nectar
  • 1 1/2 ounces triple sec
  • 1/2 vanilla bean pod

Method:

  1. Add the vodka, pear nectar and the triple sec to a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
  2. Cut open the vanilla bean pod and scrape both sides with the back of a knife and place the seeds inside the shaker.
  3. Shake vigorously and strain into 2 martini glasses. 
 

3. Apple Pumpkintini 

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Recipe by: eat-drink-love.com

Perfect drink to celebrate the first weekend of fall!

Tip: Surprise your guests on Thanksgiving with this heavenly treat.

Ingredients: (Serves 2)

  • 2 1/2 tbs. pumpkin puree
  • 3 ounces apple cider (I used the Spiced Cider from Trader Joes)
  • 2 ounces vanilla vodka
  • 1 ounce ginger ale
  • Cinnamon and sugar (for the rim)

Method:

  1. In a shallow dish, mix together a couple of tablespoons of sugar and about 1/2 tsp. cinnamon. Rub some apple cider along the rim of each martini glass. Dip the rim in the cinnamon sugar mixture to coat.
  2. In a cocktail shaker, add about 3-4 ice cubes. Add in the pumpkin puree, apple cider, vodka, and ginger ale. Shake well and pour into the martini glasses and serve. 
 

4. Pumpkin Spice White Russian 

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Recipe by: nutmegnanny.com

With pumpkin pie spice and a drizzle of chocolate syrup, this cocktail is perfect for fall!

Tip: If you're not a fan of vodka, you can leave it out for a less potent (but equally delicious) cocktail.

Ingredients: (Serves 1)

  • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 ounce heavy cream
  • 2 ounces vodka
  • 1 ounce coffee liqueur
  • Whipped cream, optional
  • Chocolate syrup, optional

Method:

  1. Shake together pumpkin pie spice and heavy cream to combine.
  2. Fill a rocks glass with ice and pour in vodka, coffee liqueur and heavy cream mixture.
  3. Top with whipped cream and chocolate syrup if desired. 
 

5. Apple Cider Shandy 

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Recipe by: backtoherroots.com

Even if beer is not your first drink of choice, you'll still love this fabulous cocktail.

Tip: While pumpkin beer is widely available come Halloween, finding the right blend may be a little hard - New Belgium Pumpkick is a pretty good option.

Ingredients: (Serves 1)

  • 6 ounces (3/4 cup) apple cider
  • 6 ounces (3/4 cup) pumpkin beer
  • 1 cinnamon stick

Method:

  1. Fill a glass with the apple cider, followed by the beer. Pop in a cinnamon stick. Enjoy! 
 

6. Apple and Pear White Sangria 

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Recipe by: ovegrowswild

This bright and refreshing sangria with freshly-squeezed lemon juice and plenty of lemon zest is full of flavor.

Tip: Chill for at least 4 hours before serving and serve each glass with plenty of wine-soaked fruit.

Ingredients: (Serves a small group)

  • 1 bottle Moscato wine
  • 1/2 cup lemon liqueur (I used Caravella)
  • Zest of 2 lemons
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice (from two lemons)
  • 1 Granny Smith apple, cored, halved, and thinly sliced
  • 1 Bartlett pear, cored, halved, and thinly sliced
  • 1 can (12 ounces) seltzer

Method:

  1. In a large pitcher, combine wine, lemon liqueur, lemon zest, and sugar. Stir until sugar dissolves. Add lemon juice, apple slices, and pear slices and mix well. Place pitcher in refrigerator for 4 hours to chill and allow flavors to blend. Just before serving, top sangria off with seltzer. 

– You can also strain sangria after chilling to remove lemon zest, if desired.  

 

7. Sparkling Champagne Cider 

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Recipe by: stylemepretty.com

An easy mix of apple cider and champagne. But as simple as it may sound, it is just so good!

Ingredients: (Serves a small group)

  • Champagne or Sparkling Wine
  • Apple Cider
  • Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • Coarse Sugar or Cinnamon

Method:

  1. Combine pumpkin pie spice and coarse sugar in a shallow bowl. (We replaced sugar with coarse ground cinnamon). In another shallow bowl pour a bit of the apple cider.
  2. To rim glasses, first dip the glass rim in the apple cider then dip into the spice mixture
  3. Finally, fill each flute with a mixture of 3/4 champagne to 1/4 cider and voila! Sparkling Champagne Cider for you and your guests to enjoy! 
 

8. Spiced Pumpkin Cocktail 

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Recipe by: theblondcook.com

A rich, creamy drink to ring in the new season.

Ingredients: (Serves 1)

  • 2 parts Pinnacle Pumpkin Pie Vodka
  • 1 part Irish cream liqueur
  •  ½ part half & half
  • Whipped cream topping
  • Nutmeg & granulated sugar mixture for rimming glass & topping; 1:1 ratio

Method:

  1. Rim glass with nutmeg & sugar mixture.
  2. In a shaker with ice, vigorously shake vodka, Irish cream & half & half. Strain into glass. Top with whipped cream topping. Sprinkle with nutmeg & sugar mixture.

 
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