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Best Autumn Cocktails: How to Amaze Your Friends

Remember the scent of cinnamon wafting in the air. Taste that apple so juicy it drips down your chin with that first bite. Remember that creaminess of pumpkin pie in your mouth. These are some of our favorite parts of fall. Are you planning a fall gathering? Whether it’s Thanksgiving, a Halloween party, or an Oktoberfest with friends you will need some autumn cocktails and food.

I admit that sometimes when I search for cool cocktails I find ones that I like, but when I look at the ingredients or directions they are too complicated. I mean really, unless you are a recluse, who wants to be stuck in the kitchen the whole time. You planned the party. You want to enjoy it.

We came up with these easy fall cocktails for you to make at holiday gatherings. And now, I have just added 2 more Autumn cocktails as well as a fun scarecrow cake for dessert.

Although we can’t always be with the ones we love during the holidays, these drinks will transport you to gatherings past and future.

NEW! Bourbon Cider Autumn cocktail

one of our new autumn cocktails, apple bourbon mixed with cider in a glass, garnished with an apple slice

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 oz. Jim Beam Apple
  • 2 1/2 oz. Apple cider
  • apple slice for garnish

Simply fill a glass with ice, and add Jim Beam and apple cider. Then stir, and garnish with an apple slice. Can’t get easier than that. For warm autumn cocktails, skip the ice and warm the cider before mixing in the Jim Beam.

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NEW! Pear Martini Autumn Cocktail

one of our new autumn cocktails, a pear martini made with Grey Goose pear vodka and pear nectar garnished with a pear slice

This is definitely one of my NEW fall signature cocktails!

Ingredients for Pear Autumn Cocktails

  • 2 1/2 oz. Grey Goose Pear Vodka
  • 2 oz. Pear Nectar
  • pear slice for garnish

Mix vodka and pear nectar in an ice filled cocktail shaker. Then strain into a chilled martini glass, and garnish with a pear slice. It’s that easy! These are great fall vodka cocktails for vodka lovers.

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Autumn Cocktails #1: Apple Pie ala Mode

Apple Pie a la Mode

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 oz. Evan Williams Apple Whiskey
  • 1/2 oz. Chila Cinnamon Cream
  • cinnamon
  • apple slice for garnish

Directions

  1. First shake whiskey and cinnamon cream in a cocktail shaker. Then pour over ice in a rocks glass.
  2. After that sprinkle with cinnamon and garnish with an apple wedge.

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Similarly, you may garnish the drink with a cinnamon stick instead of an apple wedge.

Note: We made several attempts at this drink before finding the right brands and proportions. We found that these brands gave us the exact flavor we were looking for. On the other hand, if you use different brands your results may differ.

Autumn Cocktails #2: Pumpkin Pie

Pumpkin Pie

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 oz. Pinnacle Limited Edition Pumpkin Vodka
  • 1/2 oz. Fulton’s Harvest Pumpkin Pie Cream Liqueur
  • whipped cream
  • cinnamon

Directions

  1. First, mix vodka and liqueur in a cocktail shaker. Then pour over ice into a rocks glass.
  2. After that, top with desired amount of whipped cream. Finally, sprinkle with cinnamon, and serve. These are wonderful October cocktails.

Autumn Cocktails #3: Cranberry Sauce

Add this sparkiling cranberry beverage to your list of Autumn cocktails to serve at Thanksgiving topped with fresh cranberries
Cranberry Sauce

This drink is a great drink before or during a holiday dinner because its light and not too filling.

Ingredients

  • 2 oz. cranberry simple syrup
  • 2 oz. white rum
  • 1 tbsp. lemon juice
  • seltzer
  • fresh or frozen cranberries

Directions for Cranberry Autumn Cocktails

  1. Begin by filling a cocktail glass with ice.
  2. Then mix simple syrup, rum, and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker and pour in the glass over ice.
  3. After that, top with seltzer, and garnish with cranberries. I like using frozen cranberries because they help keep the drink chilled.

To make cranberry simple syrup mix two cups of sugar with one cup of water in a pot over medium heat. Then add one cup of cranberries. Stir until sugar is dissolved and liquid is dark pink. Don’t boil because cranberries will burst. After cooling strain the liquid. Further, you can use the leftover cranberry mixture as a substitute for preserves on some toast. Store simple syrup in the refrigerator.

I often make this syrup recipe with other berries such as blueberries or strawberries. It makes a great pancake topping.

We usually buy our liquor at Total Wine. They have a wide variety at reasonable prices.

NEW! Scarecrow Cake to serve with autumn cocktails

an autumn cake with a scarecrow made from granola bars on top

I have to admit, I don’t do a lot of complicated baking because I don’t have the patience for it. However, this cake was simple enough to create with the help of a teenager and a 7 year old. As usual I adapted a recipe I found years ago to simplify it.

Ingredients for Autumn Cocktail Scarecrow

  • 2 tubs of whipped frosting
  • 1 box devil food cake mix
  • 6 chewy granola bars
  • pumpkin cookie iced with orange icing
  • yellow and blue food coloring
  • shredded wheat cereal
  • 15 or more Starburst candies

How to Make Autumn Cocktail Scarecrow

  1. Make the cake according to package directions and bake in a 13″x 9″ glass baking pan.
  2. While the cake is baking, assemble the scarecrow on a tray lined with wax paper. “Glue” 2 granola bars together with icing to great the scarecrow body, and place on the wax paper.
  3. Then “glue” a granola bar on each side for arms. Don’t worry if they fall apart a little, just push them back together. Then do the same for the legs. I like to cross one over the other to make it look more realistic.
  4. After that, “glue” the cookie head onto a few shredded wheat cereal to prop it up and place it where the scarecrow’s head should be.
  5. Then divide the rest of the icing from the first tub into 2 bowls. Mix a few drops of blue food coloring in one and yellow food coloring in the other. Mix until you get the color you want.
  6. Once the colors are mixed, use a small spatula to spread the blue icing on the scarecrow’s legs for pants. Similarly, spread the yellow on his arms and body for his shirt.
  7. Place the scarecrow in the refrigerator until the cake cools and you are ready to finish the project.
  8. Meanwhile, warm the starbursts in your hand so they become soft. Then remove the wrappers and using a rolling pin flatten them like pancakes. Once flattened, use a leaf shaped cookie cutter to make autumn leaves. In addition, you can reuse the scraps by rolling them out again or using small pieces as patches for the scarecrow’s clothing. You can even use some to make him a hat.

To assemble:

  1. When the cake has cooled, use the second tub of icing to ice the cake. By using a glass pan the chocolate shows through the sides to look like dirt.
  2. Then carefully slide the scarecrow onto the cake using a large spatula.
  3. Use icing for any touch ups. Then break up some shredded wheat to look like straw hands and feet. Add leaves wherever you choose and any additional decorations you like.

Oops! Our head is a bit warped. I thought I had a pumpkin cookie in the freezer, but I only had ghosts! And we used all of our candy eyes on our Halloween cookies!

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