It’s not a secret that one of the reasons we love the fall is the abundance of all things pumpkin (and apple). We pull on our riding boots, wrap ourselves in a scarf, and rush out to get a PSL or grab an apple cider doughnut. But what about the fall-inspired things we can make at home? More specifically, what about fall themed cocktails you can make right in your own kitchen? Instead of blowing 14 bucks on a specialty drink at a bar, pre-game with these easy-to-make cocktails at home.
Apple Cider Shandy (From Back to Her Roots )
6 ounces (3/4 cup) apple cider
6 ounces (3/4 cup) pumpkin beer
1 cinnamon stick
Fill a glass with the apple cider, followed by the beer.
Pop in a cinnamon stick.
Cranberry Sangria (From MyRecipes)
2 cups fresh or frozen cranberries
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
1 (750-milliliter) bottle fruity red wine
1/2 cup brandy
1 cup fresh orange juice
Garnishes: fresh cranberries; orange, lemon, and lime slices
Bring first 3 ingredients to a boil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat.
Reduce heat to low, and simmer 5 minutes or until cranberries pop.
Pour mixture through a strainer into a bowl, using the back of a spoon to squeeze out juice.
Transfer cranberry mixture to a large pitcher.
Stir in wine, brandy, and orange juice.
Chill 2 hours.
Serve over ice; garnish with cranberries and fruit slices, if desired.
Bailey’s Caramel Appletini (from TheBar)
1 ounce Baileys Caramel Irish Cream
1/2 ounce Smirnoff Green Apple Flavored Vodka
1 slice apple
1 teaspoon caramel
Add Baileys Caramel Irish Cream and Smirnoff Green Apple Flavored Vodka to a cocktail shaker.
Shake with ice and strain into a pre-chilled martini glass.
Garnish with an apple slice and caramel.
Cinnamon Toast (From Delish)
1 1/4 ounces Captain Morgan Original Spiced Rum (You can also do a variation with our beloved Fireball)
6 ounces hot apple cider
1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon cinnamon
Add hot apple cider and Captain Morgan Original Spiced Rum to a glass rimmed with sugar and cinnamon.
Bourbon Pumpkin Pie Milkshakes (from How Sweet Eats)
2 cups vanilla ice cream
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup cream or half and half
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2/3 cup pureed pumpkin
1/2 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
1/3 cup graham cracker crumbs
2-3 ounces of bourbon
Frosting and sprinkles (or cinnamon sugar) for glasses
Add all ingredients to a blender (except frosting and sprinkles) and mix until combined.
Rim glasses with a light coating of frosting then dip in sprinkles.
Pour in shake and sprinkle cinnamon on top.
Top with whipped cream if desired..