Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Fall Signature Cocktail Ideas

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Having your wedding in the fall? Awesome idea. Summer weddings are nice and all, but personally I have no desire to go to another wedding where I'm so goddamn hot I wind up wearing only my pants and a tank top from the second I leave the church till the end of the night. And if wasn't for that "indecent exposure" law, I'd straight up walk around in ONLY socks. Please man, what I got to show is the opposite of indecent. Ah crap, who am I kidding? When I disrobe I can easily be mistaken for an adolescent Sasquatch or something.

So let's talk for a minute about the absolutely most important part of a wedding, next to getting a wife: BOOZE! C'mon, admit it ladies you know you agree. The selections you make regarding alcohol can make or break your wedding -- and like buying the ring, there's a lot of wiggle room. There are also some pretty creative ways to be original while saving a couple bucks.

One great way to save some dough, while also being original, is to offer a few fall signature cocktails inspired by the season instead of a full bar (we have a post all about that here). When I think of fall, I think of the colors from my childhood in New York. We live in southeast North Carolina now so the foliage I'm used to is now mere memory. But I'd still let it inspire my signature drink menu if I was having a fall wedding! With that being said, my mind instantly thinks dark cocktails; particularly drinks that reflect the earth tones of the season -- brown, yellow, orange, burnt sienna (thanks Crayola crayons), and all of the fantastic tone variations contained therein.

So take a look at these fall inspired cocktails and pick one or three as your signature drink.

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Fall Signature Cocktail Ideas

'Tis the season for bourbon, rye, and whiskey! There are so many amazing drinks based on any one of these three nectars of the gods, and I'd love to share a few of my favorites that I found online. I searched the Internet for my favorite fall signature cocktail ideas so you don't have to waste time looking for them. Just enjoy the ones below.

Fall-Themed Manhattan (from Martha Stewart Weddings)

A fall-themed Manhattan. Don't even get me started on how good this freakin' drink is. It's so good it's dangerous. It's like fall in a glass, and trust me you'll love it so much you'll be “FALL”-ing all over the place in no time. Here's what you'll need and how you dooz it:
  • 1.5 ounces applejack
  • 1.5 ounces rye whiskey
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • A few dashes orange bitters
  • About 2 ounces champagne
  • Orange rind (for garnish)
Pour the first four ingredients, plus ice, in a cocktail shaker. Strain into a glass. Top with champagne and garnish with orange rind. Boom. Easy. God I want one right now ...

Fall-Themed Cosmo (from Martha Stewart)

You like cosmopolitans? Yeah, me too because they're fresh and delicious and awesome and make me dance better. Since darker liquors aren't loved by all (as they should) be, vodka is a good alternative. And for good reason. Add it to anything and all of a sudden it's an instant party, resplendent with loud singing, blaring music, and (maybe) getting complained to by your neighbors. Check out this fall themed cosmo I discovered:
  • 1 bottle (750 ml) vodka
  • 5 ounces triple sec
  • 10 ounces cranberry-juice cocktail
  • 3 tablespoons lime juice
  • Cranberries (for garnish)
Combine the first four ingredients in a large ice-filled pitcher. Stir. Strain into glasses, leaving the ice behind. Garnish with the cranberries. Repeat over and over until the bartender cuts you off for throwing cake at people.

Apple Cider Margarita (from Greatist)

And now I've saved the best for last: apple cider margarita. Take one of the most delicious summer drinks ever made and simply move it to a new season. Holy freaking brilliance. Nay, genius. I don't know how many times I've fallen into a deep depression at the end of the summer. Not so much because summer was ending, but that I will no longer be able to enjoy margaritas on the beach on a Tuesday. Now I've got an entirely new way to enjoy my other favorite season: fall. Here's the rundown:
  • 2 ounces gold tequila
  • 2 ounces triple sec
  • 10 to 12 ounces apple cider
  • Cinnamon
  • Sugar
  • Apple slices (for garnish)
Combine cinnamon and sugar. Use this mixture to rim a glass. Pour tequila and triple sec into that glass. Add ice. Pour in apple cider. Stir. Garnish with apple slices.

If you like signature cocktails, be sure to check out our wedding signature cocktails by season:

BRIDAL BABBLE: Which of these fall signature cocktail ideas is your favorite?


  1. Thank you for sharing these great drink ideas, I also just want to say, I love the name of your blog!


  2. I have an innate passion for cocktails because I think it's fun to make them and serve them, so I like to always discover new recipes.

  3. Interesting cocktail. ideas for the fall parties with friends.

  4. I will have to keep these ideas in mind when I have my next party, these look really tasty. I think my guests would enjoy these too.

  5. I am going to try to make the Fall-Themed Manhattan this weekend. It looks wonderful.

  6. Such great fall cocktail ideas! I love anything with apple or pear in it during that season. xo, Suzanne

  7. These cocktails look like they would be so amazing. I would love to give them a shot!

  8. I`m not a big drinker but there is nothing wrong with drinking some cocktails in a warm summer evening.You explained things so well that I`m convinced I`ll be able to fix my own cocktail soon.

  9. Hello,
    These are some very interesting drink ideas. Thank you for sharing! I will be using these ideas in the near future! Great instructions.


  10. Yummmm! An apple cider margarita?? I would love to try this! Thank you for sharingđŸ˜‹

  11. A friend of mine had a signature cocktail at their wedding and then related their reception gift to that drink. It was such a cool idea and something I remember all these years later.