Four Fun And Festive Fall Mocktails And Cocktails

It’s time to put away the blender, close up Margaritaville and admit that summer cocktail season has come to an end. Yes, drinking a piña colada or frozen daiquiri after the leaves begin to change is a lot like wearing white after Labor Day. That’s right… fall is in the air, and with a new season come new tastes and flavors.

Fall is all about brisk nights and big sweaters, Sunday football and apple pie. Fall cocktails and mocktails are packed with the sort of flavors, colors and earthy spices that make the shorter days and darker evenings more comforting.

Seasonal ingredients such as apple, cranberry, pear, vanilla bean and pomegranate pair beautifully in fall cocktails, while at the same time complementing classic fall staples like cider, white wine and ginger beer. Good cocktails don’t have to be complicated, and mixing drinks doesn’t require a PhD in mixology.

So how should you celebrate the arrival of fall? Grab the glassware, put on a sweater and sit on the porch to sip on these comforting mocktails and cocktails.

Camarena Candy Corn Cordial

When October arrives with its blustery winds and crunchy leaves, it’s time to start thinking about your annual Halloween party (it’s also time to start thinking about the first frost!). Instead of getting the old pirate costume out of the attic and mixing up a selection of traditional spiced rum drinks, opt for something more creative this year. Sweetly potent, and packing enough wink-wink kitschiness to impress the neighborhood foodies, the Camarena Candy Corn Cordial is the perfect choice for an adult Halloween party. And don’t worry, there will be enough candy corns leftover to hand out to trick-or treaters, as well as indulge your children’s sweet tooth.

Camarena Candy Corn Cordial

Camarena Candy Corn Cordial

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Ingredients
  • 1 oz Camarena Tequila
  • 1/2 oz Butterscotch Schnapps
  • 1/2 oz Creme de Cacao
  • 2 oz Orange Juice
  • 1 tsp Dark Cocoa Powder
  • 4 pieces Candy Corn for garnish

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  • 1 oz Camarena Tequila
  • 1/2 oz Butterscotch Schnapps
  • 1/2 oz Creme de Cacao
  • 2 oz Orange Juice
  • 1 tsp Dark Cocoa Powder
  • 4 pieces Candy Corn for garnish

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Instructions
  1. Rim a martini glass with orange juice and cocoa powder.
  2. In a shaker, add tequila, butterscotch schnapps, Crème de Cacao, orange juice and ice. Shake well.
  3. Strain into martini glass and garnish with a toothpick of (4) candy corn. Sip and smile.
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Pomegranate Blueberry Mocktail

Pomegranate is in season in the Northern Hemisphere from September to February, making it an ideal fall fruit, although one that’s typically overshadowed by its more popular cool weather siblings, apple and pumpkin. Pomegranate fruit is packed with numerous vitamins and antioxidants, and it pops with the same vibrant, ruby red color as fall leaves during their peak. Combined with farm fresh or frozen blueberries, the Pomegranate Blueberry Mocktail (otherwise known as a cocktail minus the alcohol) is a sweet-tart dose of autumn.

Pomegranate Blueberry Mocktail

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  • 1/4 cup Blueberries mashed
  • 3 oz Pomegranate Soda
  • 3 oz Pomegranate Juice
  • 2 oz White Grape Juice
  • Lemon Slices for garnish

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  • 1/4 cup Blueberries mashed
  • 3 oz Pomegranate Soda
  • 3 oz Pomegranate Juice
  • 2 oz White Grape Juice
  • Lemon Slices for garnish

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  1. Add blueberries to a tall glass and mash slightly with fork.
  2. In a shaker, combine pomegranate soda, pomegranate juice, white grape juice and ice. Shake well.
  3. Pour mixture into the glass and garnish with a slice of lemon.
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Sparkling Apple Pie Cocktail

Back in 1929, when asked if the French had invented the cocktail, a reporter for The Chicago Tribune said, “Everyone knows the cocktail is as authentically American as griddle cakes and sweet salads and pumpkin pie.” Of course, pumpkin pie versus apple pie is one of the “Great Fall Face-Offs,” a Rolling Stones versus Beatles type flavor battle that lasts at least until Christmas. And while fall cocktails embrace both pumpkin and apple notes, there’s nothing like a sparkling cocktail that tastes like apple pie in a glass.

Sparkling Apple Pie Cocktail

Sparkling Apple Pie Cocktail

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  • 3 oz Apple Juice or Apple Cider
  • 3/4 oz Cinnamon Schnapps
  • 3 oz Champagne or Sparkling Wine
  • 2 tsp Honey Granules
  • Cinnamon for rim
  • Sugar for rim
  • Apple Slice for garnish

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  • 3 oz Apple Juice or Apple Cider
  • 3/4 oz Cinnamon Schnapps
  • 3 oz Champagne or Sparkling Wine
  • 2 tsp Honey Granules
  • Cinnamon for rim
  • Sugar for rim
  • Apple Slice for garnish

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  1. Combine cinnamon and sugar in a bowl, wet the rim of a martini glass and dip rim into the mixture to coat.
  2. In a shaker, combine apple juice, cinnamon schnapps, honey granules and ice. Shake until well combined, about 30 seconds.
  3. Strain into prepared glass, add champagne and stir gently. Garnish with an apple slice.
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Cranberry Sparkler Mocktail

Cranberry harvest takes place in the fall, typically between mid-September and November. While cranberry juice is the perfect mixer for a summer drink (think sipping a cold Cape Codder on a beachfront), as a fresh ingredient, cranberry harmonizes better with the fall. There’s a reason why cranberry sauce is a popular item on Thanksgiving tables in November. Put the party in this non-alcoholic party drink by serving it in a champagne flute. Alcohol or no alcohol, presentation is everything, and with the right glassware you’re halfway to hosting a show-stopping evening, or a memorable Sunday brunch.

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Cranberry Sparkler Mocktail

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Ingredients
  • 2 cups Cranberries blended
  • 1/2 cup Orange Juice
  • 1/2 cup Water
  • 1/4 cup Maple Syrup or Honey
  • Sparkling Water or Club Soda
  • Frozen Craberries for garnish

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  • 2 cups Cranberries blended
  • 1/2 cup Orange Juice
  • 1/2 cup Water
  • 1/4 cup Maple Syrup or Honey
  • Sparkling Water or Club Soda
  • Frozen Craberries for garnish

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  1. In a blender, pulse fresh cranberries, orange juice, water and maple syrup until thoroughly pureed. Strain the mixture through mesh strainer or colander.
  2. Pour 1/4 cup of juice mixture in a champagne flute, then add an equal amount of sparkling water or club soda.
  3. Garnish with frozen cranberries.
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As we move into the cooler months, a good fall drink should warm the soul (and the belly). When it comes to fall cocktails and mocktails, bright and balanced is the order of the day. Cheers!