Whilst we were hoping September was going to serve us a late summer after its rather poor performance this year, it would seem that autumn has arrived, and to be honest, we’re not mad about it. Autumn brings with it a slew of fun socialising events, from small dinner parties, Halloween get-togethers to bonfire nights – and all of them pair extremely well with cocktails.
With the transition of the seasons, it’s time to say goodbye to fruity, refreshing drinks and hello to cosy and warm autumn cocktails.
We’ve compiled a list of the 5 best cocktails for autumn including a few hot tipples to warm you up on those cold nights. Ditch the pumpkin spiced lattes and make these your autumnal drink of choice!
Maple Whisky Sour
When life gives you lemons, make whisky sours of course! The combination of sweetness from the sugar, sour from the lemon and warmth from the whisky makes the whisky sour a popular choice. This classic and historic cocktail (it was first recorded in a recipe book in 1862!) gets an autumn makeover by using maple syrup instead of simple syrup and garnishing with cinnamon.
35ml Lemon Juice
12ml Maple Syrup
½ Fresh Egg White
Orange Slice and cinnamon stick (for garnish)
- Place all the ingredients (except the garnish items) into a shaker and shake hard for 20 seconds
- Strain into an ice filled glass
- Garnish with extra the orange slice
Whisky Sours are a great cocktail to get experimental with. Try adding a drop of ginger liqueur for extra autumnal flavour.
Top Tip: If you ever have a recipe which calls for egg yolks and leaves you with loads of egg whites leftover, then freeze them. Put the egg white into an ice cube tray, and freeze for up to 3 months. Then simply pop them out into your shaker 30-60 minutes before you want to make your cocktail, and voila. DON’T use frozen egg whites to make meringues though – it really won’t work. Trust us.
77 Black Espresso Martini
But first, coffee. Everybody’s favourite cocktail, the espresso martini, shows no sign of losing its popularity as we transition into the new season. Rich, indulgent and creamy, it’s perfect as a post dinner digestif or for a caffeine hit if you’re flagging on a night out. Experiment with vodka flavours or add salted caramel syrup for a sweeter twist.
25ml Fresh Espresso Coffee
35ml 77 Black
Coffee beans (for garnish)
- Pour the vodka, coffee and 77 black into a cocktail shaker and fill with ice
- Chill a martini glass with ice as well
- Shake the liquid vigorously (this helps create the frothy top)
- Strain into a martini glass
- Gently place3 coffee beans on top for garnish
Top tip: You must use espresso coffee if you want to achieve the creamy layer on top (and provide something for your coffee beans to float on!)
Hot Spiced Apple and Gin
This cocktail ticks all the boxes for the perfect autumn cocktail. Served hot with a combination of tart, spicy and sweet flavours, it’s perfect for warming you up as the nights get colder. This is also a great one for non-drinkers, just serve minus the gin!
50ml Elemental Apple Gin
200ml Apple Juice
1 Cinnamon Stick
25g Brown Sugar
Slice of Apple to Garnish
- Heat all the ingredients (apart from the gin) gently in a pan for five minutes
- Remove from the heat and add gin
- Strain into copper cups or jars
- Garnish with an apple slice
If warm cocktails aren’t your thing, replace the apple juice and brown sugar with apple cider and sugar syrup and shake vigorously in a shaker, then strain into glasses.
Caramel and Apple Mule
Reminiscent of eating toffee apples around the bonfire (but more fun!) This cocktail is the perfect autumn blend of caramel, apple and ginger
50ml St Patricks Vodka
30ml Caramel Syrup
50ml Apple Cider
Apple Slice (to garnish)
- Place all ingredients into a shaker and shake for 20 seconds
- Pour into jar glasses
- Garnish with Apple Slice
Cranberry and Rum Autumn Warmer
Hot cocktails are the perfect antidote to the cold, dark evenings and this one is no exception. The cranberry juice is a nod to the festivities ahead whilst the dark rum and spices add a delicious warmth.
50ml Dark Rum
1 Cinnamon Stick
2 Tablespoons of Lemon Juice
200ml Cranberry Juice
- Place all the ingredients (apart from the rum) in a saucepan and heat gently over a medium heat for five minutes
- Remove from the heat and stir in the rum
- Garnish with cinnamon stick and serve immediately