Fall is almost here.  Here are some cocktail recipe ideas that are sure to bring out the best of the fall colors and flavors.  Enjoy!

16Apple Cranberry Moscow Mule

What you need:

Ice
4oz. Vodka
¼ cup of cranberry juice
½ cup of sparkling apple juice
2 giner beers
Fresh cranberries for garnish

How to make it:

Fill two large glasses with ice. Add the Vodka and cranberry juice. Add the sparkling apple juice and then fill the rest of the way with ginger beer. Stir gently to combine and serve immediately.

Via Heather Christo

15Espresso Martini

What you need:

1.5 oz. of Grey Goose Vodka
1 oz. of single-origin espresso
.75 oz. of premium coffee liqueur
1 pinch of salt

How to make it:

Add all ingredients together into a shaker and shake vigorously. Strain into a martini glass. Garnish with salted dark chocolate powder.

Via Grey Goose

14Cocoa Butter Cocktail

What you need:

2 oz. of Patrón XO Cafe Dark Cocoa
.75 oz. of Caramel sauce
1 large scoop vanilla ice cream
½ scoop of ice
1 pinch of sea salt

How to make it:

Combine ingredients (except salt) in a blender pitcher and blend until a smooth texture is achieved. Pour into a parfait glass or goblet. Garnish with a pinch of sea salt.

Via Patron Spirits

13The Maple Leaf

What you need:

1.5 oz. of Hennessy VS
3.5 oz of Maple water
Orange twist
Maple Leaf for garnish (optional)

How to make it:

Pour Hennessy and Maple water into a rocks glass, store to combine. Express orange twist over the glass, and garnish with the orange twist and a maple leaf if available.

Via Moet Hennessy

12Spiced Cider Margaritas

What you need:

5 oz. of spiced apple cider
½ teaspoon of lemon juice
.5 oz. of Grand Marnier (or Cointreau)
1.5 oz. of mescal or gold tequila

For garnish:

2 tablespoons of raw sugar
⅛ teaspoon of ground cinnamon
Cinnamon sticks
Apple slices

How to make it:

In a small bowl, combine the raw sugar and cinnamon. Pour a splash of Grand Marnier into a separate bowl. Dip the rim of the glass in the Grand Marnier to moisten it, and then immediately dip the glass in cinnamon sugar. (You’ll have enough cinnamon sugar for about 4-5 cocktail glasses.) Pour all the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake until well combined. Pour over ice into your rimmed glass. Garnish with a cinnamon stick, a slice of apple, and a dash of ground cinnamon if you’re feeling fancy.

Via Serena Wolf of Domesticate Me

11Blackberry Bourbon Smash

What you need:

Granulate sugar (for the rim of the glasses)
Zest from 1 lime (again for the rims)
8 fresh blackberries
7 leaves of mint
Juice from half a lemon
1-2 tablespoons of honey
2 oz. of bourbon, more or less to taste
Ginger beer for topping

How to make it:

On a shallow plate, combine the sugar and lime zest. Run the lime wedge around the edge of your glasses, then invert each glass into the plate to create a sugar/lime rim. In a cocktail shaker or glass jar, add blackberries, mint, lemon juice and honey, using a muddler. Muddle all of the ingredients together, squishing everything to release the juices. Add the bourbon. Add ice to your rimmed glass and pour the drink over the ice. Top the glass with a little more ice and then pour the ginger beer over, gently stirring to combine. Garnish with fresh mint.

Via Tieghan Gerard of Half Baked Harvest

10Cidertini

What you need:

1½ oz. of caramel vodka
½ oz. of apple liquor
3 oz. of cider
A pinch of cinnamon
A cinnamon stick
An Apple slice

How to make it:

Place all ingredients except for the cinnamon stick and the apple slice in a shaker with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a cinnamon stick and apple slice.

Via Dan George of Mantitlement

9Aperol Peach Spritz

What you need:

1 oz. of Aperol
.5 oz of peach liqueur
.5 oz. of fresh lemon juice
.5 oz. of fresh orange juice
Club soda to top

How to make it:

Add ingredients to a shaker with ice, shake gently and serve in a rocks glass over ice with Prosecco and a dash of club soda.

Via Lucinda Sterling, a bartender at Middle Branch

8Moonraker Elite

What you need:

1½ oz. elit Vodka
¾ oz. Old Harbor San Miguel gin
¾ oz. Lillet
3 dashes Bittermens Orange Cream Citrate
Pinch of salt
Fresh basil leaf, for garnish

How to make it:

Combine all ingredients (except garnish) and ice in a cocktail shaker. Shake. Strain into a coupe. Garnish with a leaf of fresh basil.

Via Tyler French, a bartender at Lion’s Share

7Twisted Bocktail

1¼ parts Très Agaves Reposado
¾ part Lemon
½ part Cointreau
½ part simple syrup
Hefeweisen

How to make it:

Combine all ingredients minus the beer; shake and strain into a highball. Top with beer and garnish with lemon.

Via Pamela Wiznitzer, creative director of Seamstress

6Orange Cinnamon Blossom Wine

What you need:

1 bottle of Santa Margheria Prosecco Superiore
½ a lemon
½ an orange
1 tablespoon of honey
¼ cup of sugar
3 whole cloves
3 whole allspice
2 cinnamon sticks

How to make it:

Rinse the lemon and the orange, and thinly slice them, discarding seeds; quarter the orange slices. Put fruit in a 4-5 quart pan. Add honey, sugar, cloves and allspice. With a knife, cut the cinnamon sticks lengthwise into thinner strips. Add cinnamon and 2 cups water to pan; bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat and boil gently for five minutes. Pour Prosecco into hot citrus base and heat until steaming. Keep warm over low hear. Ladle into heatproof cups or wineglasses.

Via Santa Margherita

5The Bungalow

What you need:

¾ part MAker’s Mark Bourbon
¾ part simple syrup
½ part fresh lemon juice
1 part fresh orange juice
Champagne

How to make it:

Combine Maker’s Mark, simple syrup, lemon juice, and orange juice and shake. Top off with Champagne.

Via Maker’s Mark Bourbon

4American Dream

What you need:

2 parts Bache-Gabrielsen American Oak
⅓ part Cherry Heering
⅓ part Dry Vermouth

How to make it:

Stir all ingredients together, pour in a stemless snifter and add 4 ice cubes. Garnish with Cognac-marinated cherry bits and sprinkled caramel cracker. Shake with ice and strain into a cocktail glass.

Via Joel Cuellar, beverage director of Brandy Library

3Wine Supercooler

What you need:

1 part Reisling
1 part Pomegranate Blueberry Sparkling Ice
Pomegranate seeds
Cranberries
1 teaspoon of Agave
Mint

How to make it:

Mix all in a pitcher, pour into wine glasses and add mint leaf garnish.

Via food and beverage stylist Mark Loader

2Pisco Flower

What you need:

2 parts Pisco
1 part St. Germain
1 part Apple Sparkling Ice
Rosemary syrup
Raw honey
Sliced apple and rosemary sprig

How to make it:

Heat honey and rosemary gently with a splash of Crisp Apple Sparkling Ice. Leave to cool. Shake syrup mix with Pisco and ice. Pour into cocktail glass and top with Crisp Apple Sparkling ICe. Garnish with rosemary sprig and apple slice.

Via food and beverage stylist Mark Loader

1Blueberry Basil Margarita

What you need:

2 parts CRUZ Silver Tequila
1 part agave nectar
12 to 15 blueberries
1 lime squeezed
A couple sprigs of basil

How to make it:

Muddle blueberries and basil with the tequila. Add remaining ingredients. Shake with ice and serve over fresh ice (do not strain). Garnish with basil leaf float. Add dash of filtered water for more liquid.

Via CRUZ Tequila

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