As the leaves turn gold and auburn, we’re beginning to crave those warmer flavors and deeper colors in our cocktails as well. So bottoms up! Here’s our guide to a few must-have fall libations. –Nina Hemphill Reeder
You get the deep hues of the classic old-fashioned, but this one subs bourbon for dark rum aged in a bourbon barrel.
1½ ounce Santa Teresa 1796
¼ ounce demerara syrup
4 dashes angostura bitters
Build all ingredients in a mixing glass. Stir 30 to 40 seconds. Pour over ice in a double old-fashioned glass. Garnish with an orange or a lemon twist.
Coffee and fall just go together. So this coffee-based cocktail from the Lobster Bar Sea Grille restaurant and bar in Miami Beach is a definite seasonal fave.
1½ ounce Papa’s Pilar dark rum
½ ounce Miami Club Cuban coffee liqueur
1½ ounce Licor 43
1 dash simple syrup
2 dashes Bitter Truth chocolate bitters
In a shaker, add all the ingredients, shake vigorously, then pour into a rocks glass with a large ice cube.
Pumpkin Cream Cocktail
It’s everywhere from lattes to doughnuts, so why not put a little peppering of pumpkin in your cocktail, too?
1½ ounce Prince Lewis vodka
1½ ounce Irish cream liqueur
1½ ounce pumpkin-flavored creamer
1 pinch ground nutmeg
Combine vodka, Irish cream and creamer and pour over a cup of ice. Top with a pinch of ground nutmeg. Prince Lewis vodka is a product of the Bahamas, which was recently devastated by September’s hurricane. With its founder hailing from the island and the rum produced by the Bahamian community, Prince Lewis developed the Buy One, Help One campaign to help raise funds for a recovering community. One shirt purchase will provide one relief package for an individual. Visit princelewis.com for more details.