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A Cornucopia of Fall Cocktail Recipes

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The arrival of October is truly a cause for celebration. Leaves get more colorful than a bag of Skittles. You get to wear flannel. It’s okay to go all Jack Nicholson on your friends in a corn maze. And the temperature drops, which means you need to start concocting soul- and hand-warming spirits. Get cozy with our list of October cocktails tasty and toasty enough to warm even the coldest of cockles.

Oh, Rickey, You’re So Fine
Given the fact that the traditional Bourbon Rickey was created in Washington, D.C., at Shoomaker’s bar, this cocktail may be the perfect sip for watching the debates. Maple syrup makes this drink extra sweet and earthy, you know, just like both candidates.

Bourbon Maple Rickey

What to use
2 lime slices
1½ oz. bourbon
½ oz. maple syrup
1 oz. lime juice
Club soda
Splash of ginger beer

How to use it all
1. Place ice and lime slices is a highball glass
2. Add maple syrup, lime juice and bourbon to glass, then fill with club soda and top with ginger beer
3. Stir briefly to combine

PRO TIP: Maple syrup is similar to granulated sugar in breakdown—both are 50% glucose and 50% sucrose—but maple syrup also contains some antioxidants, not to mention its much richer flavor. Try using it in other fall cocktail recipes, especially those using bourbon or whiskey.

Not Just a Pretty Face
Blood and Sand was inspired by the classic movie starring Rudolph Valentino, a.k.a., “the great lover,” who was known to cause hysteria among his fans. While the drink may not elicit squeals and fainting spells—and let’s be honest, that’s for the better—it’s sure to be a crowd pleaser.

Blood and Sand

What to use
¾ oz. Scotch whiskey
¾ oz. cherry brandy
¾ oz. sweet vermouth
¾ oz. orange juice

How to use it all
1. Pour ingredients into shaker filled with ice and shake well
2. Strain into chilled cocktail glass
3. Garnish with an orange peel

PRO TIP: This smoky and sweet cocktail should be served in something as classy as the man who helped inspire it. The Whiskey Connoisseur Crate’s Glencairn Scotch Whisky glasses are the perfect containers for toasting the actor, or anything else for that matter.

Sipper’s Delight
Reportedly John Lennon’s favorite drink, rumors abound on the origins of the Brandy Alexander, from having been created for a royal wedding to being named after Russian czar Alexander II. It is most likely named after a NYC bartender, last name Alexander, who was trying to create a white drink for an event celebrating a fictitious character named Phoebe Snow. Things were different in the early 20th century. Whatever its history, this indulgent drink can double as dessert, making it an extra special after-dinner treat.

Brandy Alexander

What to use
2 oz. brandy
½ oz. dark crème de cacao
½ oz. heavy cream
Freshly grated nutmeg

How to use it all
1. Combine brandy, crème de cacao and heavy cream in a shaker with ice and shake vigorously
2. Strain into 6 oz. glass and grate nutmeg over the top to taste

All Hail the King
The king of bourbon cocktails, the Old Fashioned never gets old. But even old favorites can be improved with new ingredients. Add sweetness and depth of flavor using maple syrup and turn the traditional tipple into a new favorite October cocktail.

Maple Old Fashioned

What to use
2 oz. bourbon
½ oz. maple syrup
¼ oz. water
2 dashes angostura bitters
Lemon peel

How to use it all
1. Mix maple syrup and water and gently heat on the stove to combine and then let cool
2. Add all ingredients in a mixer glass, add ice and stir for 10 seconds
3. Strain over fresh ice into an old-fashioned glass
4. Twist the lemon peel over the drink, rub the glass rim with it and drop it in the drink

A Prescription for Delicious
Originally a combination of bitters and brandy, the Sazerac was created in the early 1800s by Antoine Peychaud, who ran a drug store in New Orleans. Not satisfied with just filling prescriptions, Peychaud, who is also the man behind Peychaud’s Bitters, would create toddies for his customers using his bitters and Sazerac cognac, thus starting the Sazerac craze. The formula has changed some since its inception, but it still remains good, good medicine.


What to use
1 sugar cube
1½ oz. rye whiskey
2 dashes Peychaud’s bitters
Lemon peel

How to use it
1. In an old-fashioned glass, muddle a sugar cube with a few drops of water
2. Add several small ice cubes, the rye and bitters and stir well
3. Coat the inside of a second chilled old-fashioned glass with a few drops of absinthe
4. Strain the rye concoction into the absinthe glass
5. Garnish with a twist of lemon peel

Toddies, Toddies Everywhere
And all of them to drink! When the weather is cold enough to get into the bones, it’s hot toddy time. This popular drink is easy to make and easier to drink. The combination of heat, hooch and honey will cure what ails you.

Bourbon Hot Toddy

What to Use
1⅓ oz. bourbon
1 tsp. honey
1½ oz. boiling water
Lemon peel

How to use it all
1. Dissolve honey in water
2. Add bourbon to mix and then pour into a toddy glass
3. Twist a lemon peel over the drink and add to the glass

Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid
End the month with some spooky October cocktails. There are plenty of potions and brews to try for Halloween, but these two cocktails will keep things creepy, even if you don’t choose to go as the Brundlefly (although Jeff Goldblum will be very disappointed).


What to use
½ oz. white rum
1½ oz. golden rum
1 oz. dark rum
½ oz. 151-proof rum
1 oz. lime juice
1 oz. apricot liqueur
2 oz. juice (orange or pineapple, or a mix)

How to use it
1. Stir all ingredients together except the 151 and pour into a 14 oz. glass that is ¾ full of cracked ice
2. Top the drink with the 151
3. Garnish with mint or a fruit skewer

PRO TIP: Too many Zombies can spoil the pot. And the party. Take it easy with this concoction if you don’t want to feel like the living dead the next day. Keeping snacks nearby is also a good idea.The Slaughterhouse Crate will help crush hunger into submission with a delicious sampling of jerky and nuts.

El Diablo

What to use
1½ oz. tequila
½ oz. crème de cassis
½ oz. lime juice
Ginger beer
2 lime wedges

How to use it
1. Add tequila, crème de cassis and lime juice to a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake vigorously
2. Strain into an ice-filled old-fashioned glass and top with ginger beer
3. Garnish with a lime squeeze and wedge

Whether throwing a party or looking for something to make for a quiet night at home, these fall cocktail recipes are the best things to happen to a cool night (or day). Check out our drinking gifts for men for some more ideas and presents you’ll enjoy as much as he does.