The fall batch drinks guide
5 popular cocktail trends to try this winter
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WORDS: MOLLY MACGILBERT
ILLUSTRATION: DANIELLE GRINBERG
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As the nights get colder, we tend to seek new ways to warm ourselves up from the inside out. It’s time for summer’s poolside seltzers and rosé to move aside, but what will flavor the fall and winter this year? Let us be your spirit guide for hosting and toasting this season.
Sweet & spiced cocktails reign supreme
As the holidays approach, we’re all craving the dessert-ified flavors of pumpkin and chocolate, seasonal fruit flavors like apple and cranberry and a little bit of spice. You can satisfy these cravings with flavored spirits like Crown Royal Regal Apple, Vanilla and Salted Caramel whiskies to spice or sweeten up your life — and your cold-weather cocktails.
Grandpa’s Whisky Apple Pie Cocktail
If you’re craving some seasonal, spiced sweetness, try this Grandpa’s Whisky Apple Pie Cocktail. With flavors of sweet caramel, spicy cinnamon, crisp apple and warming whiskey, this cocktail carries all of the coziness of good old-fashioned apple pie.
Coffee & coffee flavors give your cocktails a kick
Espresso martinis have been all the rage this year. As a gift to yourself, or as a crowd-pleaser at your next holiday party, you can give the popular cocktail a festive twist by using chai or even eggnog. You can also enjoy buzzworthy coffee flavors in a White Russian or a coffee old fashioned livened up with chocolate liqueur, chilled espresso and orange bitters.
Chocolate Bonfire Baileys Cocktail
Instead of chestnuts roasting on an open fire, how about some s’mores? Get toasty with the Chocolate Bonfire Baileys Cocktail. It features the coffee-infused sweetness of an espresso martini, but with a decadent, chocolatey, marshmallowy twist. As Dean Martin would say, “it’s a marshmallow world in the winter.”
Classic cocktails are updated with seasonal flavors
The summer spritz craze could make way for a cranberry-infused holiday spritz option. Plus, with flavored vodkas contributing their own seasonality, add some additional flair to your classic vodka martini with flavors ranging from autumnal pumpkin spice to festive cranberry and peppermint. And while margaritas are typically summer cocktails, seasonal elements like blood orange, pear or nutmeg – or maybe some 21Seeds Valencia Orange Tequila – can help smooth the drink’s transition from summer to fall.
Shake your margarita into the holiday season with this seasonal sip featuring tequila and the flavors of classic lime, sweet coconut and a little falernum liqueur for spice. Pucker up!
‘90s-era cocktails are making a comeback
The recent ’90s nostalgia can be made modern with a plant-based White Russian, or even made seasonal with some Baileys Apple Pie Irish Cream Liqueur. The resurgence of the martini goes beyond espresso martinis with pumpkin spice martinis, appletinis or the festive cranberry flavor of the cosmopolitan.
Ketel One Cosmo
Throw it back with a Ketel One Cosmo cocktail. All you need is a round (or two) of these, your squad and a few ‘90s top hits, and you’ll be transported back in time.
Non-alcoholic spirits are here to stay
If you decide to participate in Dry January or make a New Year’s resolution to drink less alcohol in 2023, you don’t have to give up fun drinks. You can replace your vodka with a non-alcoholic spirit, like Seedlip. Beverage companies are growing increasingly innovative and many bartenders are putting more thought and effort into their spirits-free cocktail offerings.
Make a PaNOma your celebratory non-alcoholic cocktail as you ring in the new year, and beyond. This alcohol-free twist on the classic paloma cocktail will get you in the festive (non-alcoholic) spirit with Seedlip Spice 94 and zesty grapefruit.
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