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Cocktails to Fall in Love With This Autumn

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3. Bring Some Sparkle to Turkey Day

cranberriesPhoto: Freeimages/Nadia Gossett

A Sparkling Cosmopolitan is the perfect way to bring in tastes of turkey day and cocktail hour. Prosecco, cranberries, and a dash of sugar bring this cocktail from girl’s night to family dinner in this recipe by The Kitchen is My Playground:

Ingredients for each cocktail

  • 1/2 tsp. granulated sugar {or more to taste}
  • 1 tsp. Grand Marnier
  • 1 tsp. fresh lime juice
  • 1 T. cranberry juice, chilled
  • sparkling wine or champagne, chilled
  • fresh cranberries and/or lime slices for garnish {optional}

Directions

  1. Place sugar, Grand Marnier, lime juice, and cranberry juice in a champagne flute or white wine glass. Stir until sugar is dissolved.
  2. Top with 4 to 6 ounces sparkling wine. Garnish with fresh cranberries and/or lime slices, if desired.

Note: Some sparkling wines are drier {and some sweeter} than others ~ adjust the amount of sugar as needed to suit your personal taste and based on the sweetness {or lack thereof} of the wine.

4. How Can a Moscow Mule Get Even Better?

applepiePhoto: Freeimages/Karen Barefoot

With apple pie, naturally. This cocktail brings America’s favorite pie flavors together with fall favorites and it is wonderful for an evening in this autumn. Enjoy this simple recipe from The Cookie Rookie:

Ingredients

  • 4 ounces apple cider
  • 4 ounces apple pie vodka
  • 1 bottle ginger beer
  • cinnamon sticks and apple slices for garnish

Instructions

  1. Fill two copper mugs with crushed ice.
  2. In a cocktail shaker, combine the apple cider and vodka. Shake to combine.
  3. Pour half of the apple cider mixture into each mug.
  4. Top each mug with ginger beer until full.
  5. Garnish with cinnamon sticks and apple slices.
  6. Enjoy!

5. Man-Size Answer to Fall Cocktails

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Pumpkin keg. BOOM! The perfect addition to your festive fall gathering is this easy-to-make keg in a pumpkin from No Spoon Necessary.

All you’ll need is a sharp knife, tap, beer, mugs, and a large spoon. Start off by cutting off about a half an inch off the top of the pumpkin to make a lid. Scoop out all of the pumpkin guts, set aside to roast later or discard. Use a coring knife or sharp knife to make a hole (for the tap) about 2-3 inches from the base of the pumpkin. Pop in your tap, securing it through the inside as well. Pour in your favorite beer, replace the lid, pour, and ENJOY!