To celebrate the arrival of fall, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite harvest-y cocktails (and cocktail-related goodies). Any one of these would be a seasonal crowd pleaser, and adding a signature cocktail to your bar menu is a nice personal touch. If you’re on a budget, consider offering only beer, wine, and a signature cocktail (or two!) in lieu of an open bar.
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An intriguing variation on the traditional Fig Old-Fashioned, this modern recipe from The Kitchn calls for fresh figs, bourbon, maple syrup, and balsamic vinegar.
PHOTO BY JOE VAUGHN VIA SUGAR HOUSE / ILLUSTRATED RECIPE FROM THE RIVER HOUSE RESTAURANT
Originating in Savannah, Georgia, in the 1850s, Chatham Artillery Punch is a Southern favorite. “It is said that the concoction possesses a kick greater than the two brass cannons presented to the Chatham Artillery by George Washington,” states Savannah Style, Savannah’s Junior League cookbook. Originally brewed in ice-filled horse buckets, the traditional recipe called for sugar; lemon; a quart each of brandy, whiskey, and rum; and Champagne.
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Learn how to make these fall-inspired cocktail napkins from Better Homes and Gardens.
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Chef Tyler Florence shares his classic hot toddy recipe. Just looking at this photo makes us feel warm and cozy.
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If you’re ready for fall but still clinging to the last remnants of summer, then this Fall and Summer cocktail with tequila, fig preserves, orange juice, rosemary sprigs, and ginger syrup is definitely for you.
PHOTO BY MARGARET HOUSTON VIA GARDEN & GUN
Garden & Gun shares this classically rustic recipe for bourbon and ginger ale, a Southern staple.
PHOTO BY RACHEL JANE VIA TWO LOVES STUDIO
Add some sweet love to your water glasses with these heart-shaped ice cubes encasing fresh pomegranate seeds. See the instructional from the original creator, photographer and food stylist Rachel Jane.
PHOTO BY JENNY STEFFENS HOBICK VIA EVERYDAY OCCASIONS
You can’t go wrong with spiked mulled cider, and this recipe by Jenny Steffens Hobick of Everyday Occasions looks especially warm and inviting. The garnishes—star anise, cinnamon, and cloves—are a beautiful touch.