Sip and Savor These Three Autumn-Inspired Cocktails

Carmela Ionata

November 04, 2021

Spiked Haymaker's Punch

Figure 1. Tart and sweet, this drink pairs perfectly with a bonfire on a chilly November night.

This refreshing sparkler is a modern version of Haymaker's Punch, a popular drink from colonial New England. It may seem strange to see vinegar in a drink, but think of it as a relative to deliciously sweet and sour lemonade. At a time when lemons were scarce, vinegar was used instead. Here, it's combined with maple syrup, apple cider, bourbon, and topped up with ginger beer and hard cider for a crisp, sparkling drink bursting with the flavors of autumn.

3 tbsp pure maple syrup

2 tbsp raw apple cider vinegar

1 cup apple cider

1/2 cup bourbon

Combine ingredients in a large pitcher.

Add two bottles (12 oz each) of ginger beer and two bottles (12 oz each) of hard cider. Stir gently, then pour into tall glasses filled with ice. Garnish with a twist of thinly sliced apple and a cinnamon stick. Serves 4. 

Pumpkin Patch Mule

Figure 2. If you're looking to adapt the summery Moscow Mule to cooler climes, look no further.

It wouldn't be fall without including the season's most polarizing flavor: pumpkin spice. This twist on a classic Moscow Mule combines sweet apple cider, pumpkin, and a hint (just a hint!) of pumpkin spice — enough to appeal to devotees of all things pumpkin spice but close enough to a classic, gingery mule to make PSL-haters happy, too.

2 tbsp canned pumpkin purée (solid-pack pumpkin, not pumpkin pie mix)

1/2 cup apple cider

1/2 cup vodka

Juice of 1/2 a lemon or lime

1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice

Combine in a cocktail shaker, then strain into two mule cups filled with ice. Top off with ginger beer. Garnish with a cinnamon stick, a wedge of apple, and a sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice. Serves 2.

Apple Cider Beermosa

Figure 3. Yes, you read that right — a beermosa. Warming and sweet (but not too sweet), this drink pleases a variety of palates.

A humble twist on the classic mimosa, beermosas are a great way to put that abandoned six-pack in the back of your fridge to good use. This unexpected deviation from the brunch favorite we're all familiar with is still delightfully sweet, just a little less acidic, and makes for a perfect Thanksgiving-morning cocktail.

1 tbsp spiced rum

1/4 cup apple cider, well chilled

1 can/bottle of lager

Stir together in a tall beer glass. Then, fill the glass up with a cold lager of your choice and you’re ready to go! Serves 1.

If you're feeling fancy, you can add a sparkly cinnamon-sugar rim to your glass for some extra-festive flair. Simply combine 2 tbsp turbinado sugar with 1 tsp cinnamon, apple pie spice, or pumpkin pie spice in a saucer or shallow dish. Dip the rim of your glass in water, then in the sugar mixture, and voila! An extra layer of autumnal delight. 

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