The Best Hard Drinks for Fall

The Best Hard Drinks for Fall

The Best Hard Drinks for Fall

As fun as summer is, there comes a point where the days sweating our butts off going to the grocery store outnumber the fun days on the lake or being out on vacation. Eventually we want the cooler days and crisp nights of autumn to come around and give us a break from the heat.

Let’s have a look at some of the great drinks we can find that fit well with the autumn season.

The Hot Toddy

One good thing to have when the nights get cooler is a hot drink, and thankfully we have more to pick from than coffee and hot cocoa. A Hot Toddy is one of the more popular hot cocktails, and is a good cold remedy to boot. It may not cure you, but it will make you feel better. This drink is easy to make, and doesn’t require a lot of work or fancy ingredients.


  • Boiling Water
  • 1 teaspoon Demerara sugar
  • Lemon peel
  • 2 oz Scotch Whisky

Add 1teaspoon of Demerra sugar and a strip of thin-cut lemon peel to a cup or mug. Pour an ounce of boiling water into the mug to dissolve the sugar. Add 2 ounces of single malt Scotch, followed by one more ounce of boiling water to bring back the heat.

Cranberry Sauce Margarita

With Thanksgiving looming upon us, many of us are dreading the mandatory family get-together where politics and turkey finally meet. We might love our relatives, but they can get on our nerves. Even if you’re lucky enough to have a good time, this drink will not only make it better, but it will perfectly fit the season.


  • Brown Sugar
  • A bit of ice
  • 2 oz. Tequila
  • 1 lime
  • 1 1/2 tbsp. Chunky Cranberry Sauce
  • 1 tsp. Honey
  • Cranberries, fresh or frozen

Start by rimming the margarita glass with brown sugar. Mix the ice, tequila, the lime juice, chunky cranberry sauce, and honey in a cocktail shaker. Shake it like an au pair with a screaming toddler, and strain it into the glass. You are good to enjoy the evening or make it bearable enough to live through.

The Dead Rabbit Irish Coffee

It’s not often that a new bar reaches legendary status three years after it opened, but The Dead Rabbit Grocery and Grog has done that since it started in 2013. It has the feel of a real Irish pub, and serves several historically accurate drinks from yesteryear. One of the things that put them on the map is their Irish coffee.


  • .75 oz Demerara Syrup made up from one part water and one part Demerara sugar
  • 1.5 oz Irish Whiskey
  • 4 oz of freshly brewed hot coffee
  • Lightly whipped heavy cream
  • And garnish it with a sprinkle of nutmeg


Fall is chock full of great reasons to drink. Football goes into full swing, and all the new TV shows debut. If some of the crap they put on TV doesn’t want to make you want to drink, I don’t know what does. And speaking of things that make us want to drink, there’s that presidential election coming up. Nothing more I need to say about that…

One thing is for sure the, the right craft liquor to make your fall beverage will make all the difference.