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.
7 Bartenders Share Recipes For Their Ideal Fall Cocktails
Michael Neff, Holiday Cocktail Lounge, New York
Stars in My Eyes
2 oz. Santa Teresa 1796 rum
.5 oz. Domaine de Canton ginger liqueur
4 dashes Angostura bitters
.25 oz. Earl Grey syrup (recipe below)
For Earl Grey syrup:
Earl Grey tea
4 oz. hot water
4 oz. granulated sugar
Christy Pope, Midnight Rambler, Dallas
"Fall comes on with a crisp breath of fresh air, especially after a long, hot, and lazy summer. The Apple Crisp embodies this sensation in a glass. The crisp apple notes from Laird's Applejack are complemented by fresh citrus and a touch of warm ginger to perfectly enhance the fall season and new beginnings."
.5 oz. Tonka bean syrup (2:1 cane syrup base)
.75 oz. pineapple juice