All the Drinks are Browning: 3 Must-Sip Fall Cocktails

The leaves are changing and the days are darkening, which can only mean it’s finally fall. And with the new season comes the yearning for its signature flavors of spice and smoke. So it’s time to turn away from the tropical-inspired concoctions and chilled glasses of rosé that refresh us of summertime to those that better match autumn’s look and taste.

Josue Gonzalez, bar manager at Seven Reasons in Washington, D.C., says there’s a definitive difference in the drinks bar patrons order when the weather changes. When tipplers belly up to the bar in colder months, “they gravitate toward brown spirits like whiskeys and rums—spirits that have been aged lend themselves to the season as the time they spend in barrels gives them a warming-spice quality.”

Here are three cocktails you can shake up at home after a cool, crisp day spent leaf peeping, apple picking, pumpkin carving or generally reveling in the best fall has to offer.

Breakfast Cocktail

Courtesy of Brooklyn Brew Shop.

3.5 oz stout
2 oz iced coffee (or hot coffee cooled down)
1.5 oz Averna amaro
Cocoa powder
Coarsely ground sea salt
Combine iced coffee and Averna in a shaker with ice and gently shake. Place 1 large ice cube into a rocks glass and pour mixture from shaker into glass slowly. Pour stout slowly over mixture. Stir to combine gently so as to not disturb beer’s mild carbonation. Sift cocoa powder over large ice cube before sprinkling sea salt over ice cube.


Seven Reasons Old Fashioned

Courtesy of Josue Gonzalez, Bar Manager of Seven Reasons

.75 oz Monkey Shoulder Rum
.75 oz Santa Teresa Rum
.5 oz Jägermeister
.25 oz Fig Syrup
3 dashes Angostura Bitters
Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass and stir. Pour into a rocks glass and garnish with an orange twist.


Star of Autumn

Courtesy of BACARDÍ Rum

2 oz Laird’s Applejack
.5 oz part Maple Syrup
.5 oz lemon juice
Shake all ingredients with plenty of ice and strain into a coupe glass. Garnish with a thin apple wedge or curled apple peel.