7 Bartenders Share Recipes For Their Ideal Fall Cocktails


Autumn’s up!

Summer doesn't officially end for another few weeks, but we all know it's pretty much over. Labor Day marks the unofficial demise of beach season, so it's time to start thinking about adapting to the shifting weather. One of the best ways to do that is through seasonal drinking, where fruity and light cocktails get swapped for drinks that are more full-bodied and earthy. With that in mind, we asked seven bartenders at some of the best bars in the country to share recipes for the drinks they think best embody the fall season. 

Michael Neff, Holiday Cocktail Lounge, New York

"Autumn and spring are the two big flavor changing seasons, with the shift from summer to autumn being my favorite. People start thinking less about bright and refreshing drinks and focus more on warm, comfortable ingredients like baking spices, aged spirits, and ginger. The Stars in My Eyes pairs the rich and complex solera-aged Santa Teresa with ginger and black tea to create a cocktail that is meant to feel cozy, familiar, and boozy enough to hunker down with on a chilly autumn night."

Stars in My Eyes
2 oz. Santa Teresa 1796 rum
.5 oz. Domaine de Canton ginger liqueur
4 dashes Angostura bitters
Orange twist
.25 oz. Earl Grey syrup (recipe below)

For Earl Grey syrup:
Earl Grey tea
4 oz. hot water
4 oz. granulated sugar

Combine all liquid ingredients in a mixing glass and stir until well-chilled. Serve up in a cold cocktail glass. Garnish with an orange twist. For Earl Grey syrup, steep Earl Grey tea in hot water for 10 minutes. Mix with equal parts granulated sugar and stir until dissolved.