Fall is a fabulous time of year and it is filled with signature flavors that we can bring into our cocktails. Fancy drinks like martinis are no exception and this collection of recipes is filled with all of those warming tastes of this cool season.
From apples and pears to warm spice blends that include vanilla and cinnamon, these cocktails are perfect for pairing with autumn meals or enjoying alone on a chilly evening after work.
Most are not what we typically think of as a 'martini' and... are instead short, flavorful drinks served in the 'up' style. They include the full range of base spirits, everything from vodka and gin to rum and whiskey so there is bound to be a drink that appeals to every drinker.
Have fun with these modern cocktails and explore the entire collection, sharing your favorites with friends this season.
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Ingredients: vodka, Tuaca, B&B, pear, simple syrup, nutmeg
The Peary Bird is a proven winner and a cocktail that is filled with autumn flavors. It is both delicate and complex and a drink that really needs to be experienced to fully appreciate it.
For this drink, you will want to choose your favorite premium vodka and stop by the liqueurs to pick up Tuaca and B&B. These vanilla and herbal brandy spirits are then paired with fresh pear and a pinch of nutmeg. It is truly delightful.
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Ingredients: citrus vodka, apple juice, lemon juice, toffee syrup
The name of this vodka martini alone is mouth-watering and it is a very simple drink that may be just a little too tempting.
To create the Toffee Apple, you will need to begin by making a simple toffee syrup that is really nothing more than adding a little water to melted toffee.
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Ingredients: bourbon, vanilla liqueur, chipotle-orange syrup, orange bitters
It is time to add a little spice to our autumn drinking menu and the Fall Spice Cordial is the perfect way to do that.
Another homemade simple syrup is required to create this bourbon cocktail and in this instance we are pairing the contrasting flavors of chipotle peppers and orange peel.
The syrup is easy and when that is ready, simply shake it with your favorite whiskey and vanilla liqueur. This is another tasting... adventure that will expand what you thought was possible in a cocktail.
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Ingredients: pear vodka, allspice dram, Licor 43, simple syrup, pumpkin butter, lemon juice
We cannot have an autumn martini menu without a little pumpkin and of all the pumpkin cocktails out there, this remains a personal favorite.
This Pumpkin Punch takes a different approach than many and uses pumpkin butter to get this signature fall flavor. This is great news because it means that you don't have to hunt down the pumpkin liqueur of the year (which can be a challenge unto itself).
Pumpkin... butter in hand, you will mix it with pear vodka, a couple of herbal liqueurs, a little sweet and sour, then finish the drink off with a cinnamon-sugar rim and an apple garnish. It is a truly fantastic array of flavors in a single glass.Continue to 5 of 10 below.
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Ingredients: gin, plum wine, lavender soda
Two specialty ingredients are required to make this otherwise easy gin cocktail and there are many uses beyond the Plumdog Millionaire once you have them in stock.
Japanese plum wine and a refreshing lavender soda are great on their own and even better together. When paired with a great gin like Bulldog, they form a spectacular drink that will impress even the most finicky of drinkers and leave you with a new taste experience you will be talking about all... season long.
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Ingredients: tequila, butterscotch schnapps, apple cider, lemon juice
Few things say autumn better than a caramel apple or fresh apple pie and they come together in this delicious tequila cocktail.
The caramel comes from butterscotch schnapps, the apple from cider, and once you add a premium tequila and a hint of lemon, the drink is complete. Enjoy your liquefied apple pie with dessert and don't forget to share its sweet, fruity flavor with friends.
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Ingredients: bourbon, cream, peach puree, apple butter syrup, cinnamon
Every fall occasion calls for a little whiskey and whether you are seeking a delicious Halloween cocktail or a tempting treat filled with flavor for a dinner party, this is a great bourbon cocktail to try.
The Peaches and Scream is a creamy martini that is quite simple and is filled with autumn flavors. Mix a top-shelf bourbon with peach puree, apple butter syrup, and cream and add a little cinnamon for spice.
Don't forget... about the brown sugar rim!
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Ingredients: bacon vodka, maple syrup, hard cider, bitters
Ah, bacon! It is difficult to create any list of modern cocktails without at least one bacon-washed drink and this one is perfect for the fall season.
To create this vodka cocktail you will need to think ahead and part of the preparation is to have a bacon feast so you can harvest the fat.
Once you have gorged on bacon, use it to infuse a decent vodka then mix that with maple and hard apple cider to create the unusual Bacon Me Angry.Continue to 9 of 10 below.
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Ingredients: pisco, Drambuie, Campari, lime juice
Your autumn dinner party will be complete with this fantastic, sophisticated, and easy aperitif that has nothing particularly autumn about it. While it lacks the apples, pears, and pumpkins found in so many others, it does have a warming appeal that is perfect for the season.
Just four ingredients are required to mix up an Autumn Leaves cocktail. Pisco Porton is the South American brandy of choice and that is mixed with the complementing (and... contrasting) flavors of Drambuie and Campari. Add a little lime juice and one fascinating taste experience is created.
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Ingredients: rum, applejack, cinnamon syrup, lemon juice, absinthe bitters
Rum and apple brandy come together in our final selection for great autumn martinis and The Baffled King has a little surprise that may baffle your guests as well.
A well-aged rum and applejack form the base of this warming cocktail and to this we add a touch of cinnamon syrup and lemon. It is the absinthe bitters that brings in a little kick of flavor and transforms the drink into a spectacular experience.