Our 21 Best Fall Cocktails for Fireside Sippin’

It’s fall, y’all, and while sipping apple cider and pumpkin spice lattes are a given, finding the perfect fall cocktail recipe isn’t so easy. After a season of spritzes and rosé wine, we’re craving cocktails that are equal parts refreshing and cozy. From apple cider margaritas to mulled wine, we rounded up our best fall cocktails (and a couple of mocktails too!).


Our Best Fall Cocktail Recipe

1. Whiskey & Apple Cider Syrup (aka the Only Fall Cocktail You Need in Your Life) 

Is that a hint of orange? A tinge of yellow? As soon as the leaves start to change, grab your favorite rye whiskey, a gallon of apple cider (locally made, if possible!), and a couple of other easy aromatic ingredients to prepare the ultimate fall cocktail.

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It’s fall, y’all, and while sipping apple cider and pumpkin spice lattes are a given, finding the perfect fall cocktail recipe isn’t so easy. After a season of spritzes and rosé wine, we’re craving cocktails that are equal parts refreshing and cozy. From apple cider margaritas to mulled wine, we rounded up our best fall cocktails (and a couple of mocktails too!).


Our Best Fall Cocktail Recipe

1. Whiskey & Apple Cider Syrup (aka the Only Fall Cocktail You Need in Your Life) 

Is that a hint of orange? A tinge of yellow? As soon as the leaves start to change, grab your favorite rye whiskey, a gallon of apple cider (locally made, if possible!), and a couple of other easy aromatic ingredients to prepare the ultimate fall cocktail.

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The Best Non-Alcoholic Whiskeys for Every Cocktail

Whiskey (or whisky, depending on the style) is a staple for cold weather cocktails. But until recently, booze-free options were either lackluster—the warm lemonade of a whiskey-less toddy—or literally impossible, like a non-alcoholic Manhattan. Luckily…

Whiskey (or whisky, depending on the style) is a staple for cold weather cocktails. But until recently, booze-free options were either lackluster—the warm lemonade of a whiskey-less toddy—or literally impossible, like a non-alcoholic Manhattan. Luckily, zero-proof whiskey options have exploded over the last few years, but it’s rare to find the non-alcoholic alternative that is one-size fits all. Armed with a cocktail shaker, an array of mixers, and a lot of ice, I set out to test seven whiskey alternatives to find out how they could best replace bourbon, rye, and other whiskeys. Below you’ll find the best non-alcoholic whiskey alternatives for every cocktail. There are some that are “uncanny imitations" that taste just like the real thing; three options that simulate the warmth whiskey gives you when drinking it that will satisfy those looking for heat over all else; and two “impressionists” that don’t taste like whiskey at all, but will satisfyingly scratch the same itch.


The Uncanny Imitations

Spiritless’s Kentucky 74

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Spiritless’s Kentucky 74 is the closest to the real deal you can get. An undeniable blast of charred oak stays with you from first sniff to last swallow, the body and slip are perfect, and rather than using the industry standard capsaicin to imitate the burn of alcohol (more on that later), it has a subtle tongue numbing effect, like sichuan peppercorns. Sweet corn and buttery caramel flavors are present but not cloying, and a sharp kerosene note contributes to its verisimilitude (though becomes unpleasant in cocktails with bitter ingredients like a Manhattan). Kentucky 74 pairs perfectly with mixers and makes I-can’t-believe-it’s-not-bourbon old-fashioneds and mint juleps. This is the one to sip straight or on the rocks for the most accurate bourbon alternative.

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These Classic Cola Cocktails Are Getting a Fresh Look for Summer

We’ve teamed up with Fever-Tree to share season-ready drink recipes starring their top-notch cocktail mixers—like the brand-new Distillers Cola. Here, Shelley Worrell, the founder and chief curator of caribBEING, shares her riffs on two classic cola co…

We’ve teamed up with Fever-Tree to share season-ready drink recipes starring their top-notch cocktail mixers—like the brand-new Distillers Cola. Here, Shelley Worrell, the founder and chief curator of caribBEING, shares her riffs on two classic cola cocktails, perfect for entertaining.


Summer isn’t over just yet, and with a few more weeks left to soak up the season, it’s time to break out the fancy cocktails, according to Shelley Worrell—the founder and CEO of caribBEING, a multidisciplinary venture that celebrates and amplifies Caribbean culture, community, and businesses in New York City and beyond.

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12 Warming Whiskey Cocktails to Slow-Sip This Winter

Before I’d ever tried a cocktail, I knew my future with whiskey was bright. It was the prom after-party, and everyone was smashed.I, still in my rumpled prom suit, was taking swigs from a full bottle of Laphroaig Scotch I had borrowed from my parents’…

Before I’d ever tried a cocktail, I knew my future with whiskey was bright. It was the prom after-party, and everyone was smashed.I, still in my rumpled prom suit, was taking swigs from a full bottle of Laphroaig Scotch I had borrowed from my parents’ liquor cabinet—I figured they wouldn’t miss it. I remember—just barely—my friend Justin’s dad (hosting on some “chill parenting” or harm-reduction tip) approaching me at the party and telling me, “son, you have good taste in whiskey. All these other kids are gonna have terrible hangovers in the morning, but you’ll be just fine.” With those reassuring words still lingering in my mind, I lay down in the middle of the dining room floor, and passed out.

Ever since this Laphroig-fueled experience, I’ve been a lover of whiskey. Scotch, yes, but also bourbon, rye, Japanese, Canadian, and Irish. Though I will still happily sip a fine whiskey straight or on the rocks (occasionally I’ll even take a swig from the bottle), I now consume most of my whiskey in cocktail-form. As the first snow settles on the eaves, there’s really nothing better than a rich, bone-warming whiskey cocktail or two as you watch the world go by.

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The Whisky-Tea Highball I’ll Be Sipping This Thanksgiving

We teamed up with Johnnie Walker to share a cocktail that’s a twist on the old-school highball. With a mix of smoky flavor, ginger, and spice, it’s a cozy special-occasion drink you can sip throughout the holidays and beyond.

For me, Thanksgiving ha…

We teamed up with Johnnie Walker to share a cocktail that's a twist on the old-school highball. With a mix of smoky flavor, ginger, and spice, it's a cozy special-occasion drink you can sip throughout the holidays and beyond.


For me, Thanksgiving has always been about gathering with and giving to others. I’ve been hosting and cooking a Thanksgiving meal for over 10 years now, no matter the size of my home or the state of my kitchen. My first was in a teeny East Village apartment, where I stirred gravy and cooked cranberry sauce over a hot plate that the landlord had dropped off after five months of no heat or gas.

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A Spiced Whisky Cocktail for Extra-Chilly Winter Nights

We’ve partnered with The Balvenie Single Malt Scotch Whisky—each bottle is made with distinctive character and craftsmanship—to share the many ways we’re celebrating the season, from sipping cozy cocktails with friends to whipping up holiday-ready reci…

We've partnered with The Balvenie Single Malt Scotch Whisky—each bottle is made with distinctive character and craftsmanship—to share the many ways we're celebrating the season, from sipping cozy cocktails with friends to whipping up holiday-ready recipes.


If the idea of curling up by a roaring fireplace, as snow gently falls outside the window, sounds like a perfect way to spend a winter evening, you've come to the right place.

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The Whisky & Fig Blondies We’re Making All Fall Long

We’ve partnered with The Balvenie Single Malt Scotch Whisky—each bottle is made with distinctive character and craftsmanship—to share the many ways we’re celebrating the season, from sipping cozy cocktails with friends to whipping up holiday-ready reci…

We've partnered with The Balvenie Single Malt Scotch Whisky—each bottle is made with distinctive character and craftsmanship—to share the many ways we're celebrating the season, from sipping cozy cocktails with friends to whipping up holiday-ready recipes.


If there's one thing we know about Agatha Kulaga and Erin Patinkin—the women behind the much-beloved New York City bakery, Ovenly—it's that they know how to make a knock-your-socks-off dessert.

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