Delicious Autumn Martinis

Capture the Taste of Fall in These Spectacular Martinis

Rustic Manhattan Cocktail

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Fall is a fabulous time of year and it is filled with signature flavors that we can bring into our cocktails. Fancy drinks like martinis are no exception and this collection of recipes is filled with all of those warming tastes of this cool season.

From apples and pears to warm spice blends that include vanilla and cinnamon, these cocktails are perfect for pairing with autumn meals or enjoying alone on a chilly evening after work.

Most are not what we typically think of as a 'martini' and are instead short, flavorful drinks served in the 'up' style. They include the full range of base spirits, everything from vodka and gin to rum and whiskey so there is bound to be a drink that appeals to every drinker.

Have fun with these modern cocktails and explore the entire collection, sharing your favorites with friends this season.

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    Peary Bird

    Peary Bird Cocktail
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    The peary bird is a proven winner and a cocktail that is filled with autumn flavors. It is both delicate and complex and a drink that really needs to be experienced to fully appreciate it.

    For this drink, you will want to choose your favorite premium vodka and stop by the liqueurs to pick up Tuaca and B&B. These vanilla and herbal brandy spirits are then paired with fresh pear and a pinch of nutmeg. It is truly delightful.

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    Toffee Apple

    Belvedere Vodka's Toffee Apple Cocktail
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    The name of this vodka martini alone is mouth-watering and it is a very simple drink that may just be a little too tempting.

    To create the toffee apple, you will need to begin by making a simple toffee syrup that is really nothing more than adding a little water to melted toffee.

    Once that little task is complete, mix it with a citrus vodka and a little apple juice. A touch of lemon sets the balance and in minutes you have a delicious apple drink that everyone will enjoy.

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    Fall Spice Cordial

    Kara Newman's Fall Spice Cordial Cocktail
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    It is time to add a little spice to our autumn drinking menu and the fall spice cordial is the perfect way to do that.

    Another homemade simple syrup is required to create this bourbon cocktail and in this instance, we are pairing the contrasting flavors of chipotle peppers and orange peel. 

    The syrup is easy and when that is ready, simply shake it with your favorite whiskey and vanilla liqueur. This is another tasting adventure that will expand what you thought was possible in a cocktail.

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    Pumpkin Spice Martini

    Pumpkin Spice Martini
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    We cannot have an autumn martini menu without a little pumpkin. Of all the pumpkin cocktails out there, this pumpkin spice martini is among the most impressive.

    This pumpkin spice martini takes a different approach than many and pairs pumpkin liqueur with a robust rye whiskey. The flavor doesn't stop there, though. You'll also add a hint of citrus via triple sec and accent it with your favorite anise liqueur. The egg white gives it an unforgettable mouthfeel, too.

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  • 05 of 09

    Plumdog Millionaire

    Plumdog Millionaire Cocktail with Bulldog Gin
    Bulldog Gin

    Two specialty ingredients are required to make this otherwise easy gin cocktail and there are many uses beyond the plumdog millionaire once you have them in stock.

    Japanese plum wine and a refreshing lavender soda are great on their own and even better together. When paired with a great gin like Bulldog, they form a spectacular drink that will impress even the most finicky of drinkers and leave you with a new taste experience you will be talking about all season long.

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    Tequila Caramel Apple Pie

    Tequila Caramel Apple Pie Cocktail
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    Few things say autumn better than a caramel apple or fresh apple pie and they come together in this delicious tequila cocktail.

    The caramel comes from butterscotch schnapps, the apple from cider, and once you add a premium tequila and a hint of lemon, this caramel apple pie drink is complete. Enjoy your liquefied apple pie with dessert and don't forget to share its sweet, fruity flavor with friends.

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    Bacon Me Angry

    Angry Orchard Hard Cider's Bacon Me Angry Cocktail with Bacon-infused Vodka
    Angry Orchard

    Ah, bacon! It is difficult to create any list of modern cocktails without at least one bacon-washed drink and this one is perfect for the fall season.

    To create this bacon me angry cocktail you will need to think ahead and part of the preparation is to have a bacon feast so you can harvest the fat.

    Once you have gorged on bacon, use it to infuse a decent vodka then mix that with maple and hard apple cider to create the unusual bacon me angry.

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    Autumn Leaves

    Autumn Leaves Cocktail with Pisco Porton
    Pisco Porton

    Your autumn dinner party will be complete with this sophisticated and easy aperitif that has nothing particularly autumn about it. While it lacks the apples, pears, and pumpkins found in so many others, this autumn leaves cocktail does have a warming appeal that is perfect for the season.

    Just four ingredients are required to mix up an autumn leaves cocktail. Pisco Porton is the South American brandy of choice and that is mixed with the contrasting flavors of Drambuie and Campari. It is a fascinating taste experience.

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  • 09 of 09

    Rustic Manhattan

    Rustic Manhattan Cocktail

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    A rather unique twist on the Manhattan, this recipe is filled with warm flavors that are sure to keep you cozy this fall. It's an incredibly simple cocktail and one you'll come back to again and again.

    The rustic Manhattan begins with a great apple whiskey from a craft distiller in New York. For the vermouth, we're switching from the sweet variety to one flavored with raspberries. Add some whiskey barrel-aged bitters and a gem of a drink is ready to enjoy.