As summer pool parties turn into cozy fall bonfires, the drinks we crave change, too. Suddenly, that icy mojito doesn’t quite hit quite like it used to.
That’s why I’ve compiled the 3 best cocktails for fall that keep you warm from the inside out.
Choosing Ingredients for your Fall Cocktail
When choosing any fall cocktail, it’s helpful to start by looking at what produce is in season. In-season fruits and veggies will typically be the most fresh, full of nutrients, and full of flavor. They also help you know what flavors your body may be naturally craving (your body is in tune with seasons, too!).
Check out this site to see what is in season in your area.
Mixers can do you dirty. They often have weird or artificial ingredients that may leave you feeling sluggish later on. Find a mixer with whole ingredients that tastes yummy, but will also make your stomach feel good.
My favorite mixer is Mayawell. It’s a bubbly prebiotic soda with no refined sugar that’s also packed with prebiotic fiber.
Spiced Apple Cider / Wassail
Wassailing is an old tradition that means ‘wishing good health to others,’ especially during holiday times. This drink is a symbol of just that! It’s also infused with anti-inflammatory, good-for-the-gut ingredients to benefit any healthful diet.
8 cups apple cider
1 cup orange juice
3 oranges, squeezed for juice
1/2 cup lemon juice
4 whole cinnamon sticks
12 whole cloves or 1 teaspoon ground cloves
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
2 cups rum
Star anise pods (for garnish)
- Combine all ingredients in a large pan or crock pot.
- Bring to simmer over medium-low heat. Reduce heat and keep warm for serving.
- Option to add in fresh fruit, such as apple slices, cranberries, and orange slices, for a brighter, layered flavor.
Wassail is best served in a mug to keep it warm. But coffee mugs can be fancy and classy, too! Here’s how we serve these:
- Cinnamon sugar rim
- Rosemary sprig
- Very thin orange slice
- Star anise pods (these are beautiful and add more flavor!)
Warming Ginger Cocktail
The ginger in this drink has a warming effect on the body that’s perfect for colder weather. Ginger also has many health benefits to help protect against seasonal colds and illnesses while also protecting your gut.
Handful of strawberries
1 oz tequila
1 oz rosé
½ oz lemon juice
Strawberry Hibiscus Mayawell
- Muddle strawberries in a small bowl.
- Add tequila, rosé, and lemon juice.
- Stir, and then strain into your cup, over ice.
- Top with Mayawell until the glass is full.
The kick of ginger is the most stand-out part of this cocktail. To highlight the flavor even more, I recommend a candied ginger rim:
- Add 1/2 cup of sugar and 5 pieces candied ginger to a food processor
- Blend until the mixture is fine
Pear Lime Gin and Tonic
Did you know Gin and Tonics were first introduced as a malaria remedy in the early 1800’s? You’re likely not concerned about getting malaria, but this variation of a gin and tonic is still the perfect seasonal beverage.
My recipe adds two seasonal fruits — pears and limes — to make your cocktail stand out. Lime has various health benefits too, such as supporting digestion and beautiful skin.
2 oz gin
4 oz Pear Lime Mayawell
Juice from 1 small lime
This recipe is pretty simple! Just mix and enjoy.
Even though it’s a simple cocktail, it has complex flavors. An elevated garnish makes it look as good as it tastes.
For a garnish, use your peeler to cut off a ~6-inch long piece of the pear’s peel. Do this by going around the pear from bottom to top.
While your glass is still empty, get the peel slightly wet and spiral it around the inside of your cup, sticking it to the sides.
We’ve all had the classic fall cocktails like the Hot Toddy. They’re delicious, but sometimes it gets a little boring drinking the same thing over and over. And it’s never fun to feel gross the next day.
Try a new cocktail that tastes good and leaves you feeling good.