September is here, and with it comes the promise of cooler weather, cozy sweaters, and the warm flavors of fall. As a bartender, I know that this is the perfect time to experiment with new drink recipes and explore the flavors of the season.
Whether you're looking for something to sip on during a cozy night in or to serve at your next gathering, there are plenty of delicious options to choose from.
In September, the focus is on flavors like apple, cinnamon, and pumpkin. These ingredients are perfect for creating cocktails that are both comforting and refreshing.
There are so many ways to incorporate these flavors into drinks, whether it's through a homemade syrup or by infusing your favorite spirits with spices. The possibilities are endless, and the results are always delicious.
One of the things I love about creating fall cocktails is the opportunity to play with different textures. From creamy pumpkin puree to frothy egg whites, there are plenty of ways to add depth and richness to your drinks.
And of course, you can't forget about the garnishes. Whether it's a cinnamon stick or a slice of apple, the right garnish can take a cocktail from good to great.
In this blog post, I'll be sharing some of my favorite September cocktail recipes.
These drinks are perfect for sipping on a chilly evening, and they're sure to impress your friends and family. So grab a shaker and let's get mixing!
1. Apple Cider Bellini
The Apple Cider Bellini is a perfect fall cocktail that screams apple in sight, smell, and taste. It's made with apple cider or apple juice, honeycrisp apple vodka, and sparkling wine.
The cocktail is not too sweet and can be adjusted based on the type of sparkling wine used. It can be made for one or as a pitcher, making it perfect for a cozy night in or for a Thanksgiving celebration.
2. Smoky Harvest Apple Cider Margarita
If you're looking for a cocktail that perfectly captures the essence of fall, look no further than the Smoky Harvest Apple Cider Margarita. This cocktail is a cozy take on the classic margarita, featuring smoky mezcal or tequila mixed with spiced apple cider, a splash of orange liquor, and a touch of lime and maple.
The rim of the glass is salted cinnamon sugar, adding a sweet and salty touch to the drink. The garnishes of apple slices, rosemary, and a smoking cinnamon stick make this cocktail extra special and perfect for sipping on a chilly autumn evening. Overall, the Smoky Harvest Apple Cider Margarita is a delicious and easy-to-make cocktail that is sure to impress your friends and family.
3. Blueberry Whiskey Buck
The Blueberry Whiskey Buck is a refreshing and easy-to-make cocktail that is perfect for impromptu parties. Made with Tennessee whiskey, blueberries, lemon, and ginger beer, this cocktail has a sweet and spicy taste that is sure to impress your guests.
The use of George Dickel's Classic No. 8 Whisky gives it a smooth taste with notes of caramel and tobacco, while the Maine Root Ginger Brew adds a sweet and spicy kick. The cocktail is garnished with blueberries and lemon balm, making it an attractive addition to any party. Overall, the Blueberry Whiskey Buck is a delicious and unique cocktail that is perfect for any occasion.
4. Caramel Apple Martini
The Caramel Apple Martini is a delicious and easy-to-make cocktail perfect for welcoming the fall season. With only three ingredients, the combination of caramel and apple flavors makes it a comforting and cozy drink, perfect for sipping on a chilly evening.
The cocktail can be served with a cinnamon sugar or caramel rim, adding a touch of sweetness to every sip. It's a little on the sweet side, so it pairs well with salty appetizers or can even be served as a substitute for dessert.
5. Cranberry Apple Cider Sangria
The Cranberry Apple Cider Sangria is a perfect cocktail to celebrate the arrival of the fall season. This refreshing drink is made with fresh cranberries, apples, cranberry juice, apple cider, and red wine. The addition of Triple Sec, honey, and sparkling water gives it a perfect balance of sweetness and tartness.
The tall cinnamon stick as a stir stick adds a touch of warmth to the cocktail, making it a perfect choice for a cozy evening with friends or family. The best part about this cocktail is that it can be made in advance and stored in the fridge for several days. So, if you're looking for a crowd-pleaser for your next gathering, give this Cranberry Apple Cider Sangria a try.