It’s finally sweater weather! Bust out your beanies, flannels, jackets and boots ’cause it’s time to layer up and enjoy some chill patio vibes with a cozy cocktail in hand. Your tastebuds might be tingling for some pumpkin spice but there are lots of other seasonal flavors to be had — botanical bitters, honey & sage, apple and pear — in these creative concoctions from clever mixologists all around town. Take a peek at a selection of fall bevvies in the round-up below, bundle up and get out there.
Alcove – Daisy Picante
Mango is always in season at Alcove where they’ve just debuted the Daisy Picante, a potent combo of tequila, mango, jalapeño, and lime. Nestle yourself in the West End and sip this spicy beauty while you enjoy views of the Zakim from their fabulous Lovejoy Wharf patio.
Bettini – You Autumn Know
Bettini is the place to see and be seen on Martha’s Vineyard, especially with their new fall cocktails like this You Autumn Know. Crafted with Don Julio, Montelobos, mezcal, pomegranate and lime, this smoky, sweet, light and citrusy bevvie is the perfect taste for a mini getaway.
Bostonia Public House – The Bostonia Pumpkin Spiced Latte
If you’re still getting your PSLs from coffee shops, you might want to re-think your approach and try the boozy version from the folks at Bostonia Public House. The Bostonia Pumpkin Spiced Latte is made with Jameson cold brew, Kahlúa espresso, Ole Smoky Pumpkin Spice Cream Whiskey and topped with house made whipped cream and pumpkin pie spices. Perfect for breakfast, brunch, lunch or dessert.
Brasserie – Judgement of Paris
The Judgement of Paris, from the team at the South End’s Brasserie, is built around Indian-spiced rum that’s fat-washed with brown butter and house-made maple and green cardamom reduction, then balanced with rye whiskey and vermouth, for a spirit-driven, velvety fall cocktail. The brown butter softens the spirits while the maple gives it a slightly sweet, toasty note so you’ll get that warm and fuzzy autumnal glow whether you’re tucked up in a booth in Brasserie’s Harrison Ave. dining room, at the bar or cozy under the heat lamps out on the patio.
Capo – Pumpkin Espresso Martini
The crew at Capo is always concocting tasty cocktails all year round and this autumn is no different. Their fall offering include six new sips from which to choose, including a Pumpkin Espresso Martini with pumpkin, cold brew and vodka to a Mediterranean G&T made with Hendricks, tonic, rosemary and thyme. By the time you’ve worked your way through this batch, they’ll be rolling out their winter cocktails so hop to it!
Casa Verde – Ecto Cooler
Who said you had to stop drinking frozen cocktails in the fall? Not the peeps at JP’s Casa Verde. The crew crafts up rotating frozen cocktails year round with locally-sourced fresh fruit and spirits. This bright red beauty is the Ecto Cooler made with bourbon, mint, lemon and blood orange so you can keep your love of frozen drinks alive well into autumn.
Citrus & Salt – Apple of My Eye
Known for their fanciful and photogenic cocktails, the team at Citrus & Salt has incorporated a favorite childhood flavor into an adult beverage with the Apple of My Eye. Made with Espolòn tequila blanco, cider, cinnamon, lime, dulce de leche and a caramel apple lollipop, this sweet, tart, caramel-y delicious drink will have you missing your trick-or-treating days.
Committee – Davery, Davery, Davery
Beverage Director Lou Charbonneau has created a gloriously sippable special for the fall cocktail list at Committee. The Davery, Davery, Davery, made with Plymouth, Carpano Botanic bitters, Fernet & Coke, will take your tastebuds on an aromatic voyage with the uniquely bitter and fragrant flavors of Fernet. This cocktail is a flavor bomb you don’t want to miss.
Coppersmith – Cherry Smash
Coppersmith is a mixology must-try all year round, but don’t miss out on their new fall cocktails including the Cherry Smash. Mixing Glendalough whiskey, lemon juice, simple syrup, mint, Luxardo cherry juice and soda, this little number pairs perfectly with their globally inspired comfort food.
Davio’s – Sweet Apple Pie Martini
Davio’s may already be your go-to for steak and Northern Italian eats but they’ve got a pretty spectacular selection of fall drinks including this Sweet Apple Pie Martini (and also the Cranberry Smash Old Fashioned, Captain’s Spicy Pie, Rosemary Paloma, Brisk Toddy and the Harvest Sangria). You should probably try each one (they’re available across all six locations) to see which one is your favorite.
The Local Kitchen & Drinks – Rosemary Fizz
Head for the ‘burbs to try seasonal sippers from the team at The Local including the refreshing Rosemary Fizz, made with their own gin, lemon juice, rosemary simple, club soda and lemon rind. If you’re more in cozy mode, go for the cinnamon apple made with Knob Creek small batch whiskey, fresh cider, lemon juice and cinnamon simple or the fall sangria with roasted apples, pears, cinnamon, Absolut apple vodka, brandy and a splash of sprite.
Loco Taqueria & Oyster Bar – Sweatah Weathah
You can drink for a cause at Loco Taqueria & Oyster Bar when you order their October cocktail, aptly named Sweatah Weathah. Made with Reposado tequila, lemon, agave, apple cider and cranberry with a caramel cinnamon + sugar rim, this tasty treat will go down easy, with $1 from every glass going to Tedy’s Team and their efforts to support stroke and heart disease survivors, and their families.
Lower Mills Tavern – Favorite Flannel
Lower Mills Tavern welcomes autumn with open arms and a tantalizing list of mixed drinks. Chef Cara Nance and the beverage team at this Dorchester go-to have created a drool worthy menu of harvest season faves and tasty drinkable goodies like the Favorite Flannel made with local honey, sage simple syrup, black Pekoe tea, lemon juice and ginger beer bourbon.
The Merchant – The Spice Trade
The drink list at The Merchant in Downtown Crossing blends tropical fruits with warming spices in sippable treats like The Spice Trade. This cocktail features Flor de Caña rum, turmeric-cardamom syrup, lime and grapefruit bitters — giving you a little taste of the Caribbean right in the heart of Boston.
Mooo…. – Apple of My Rye
Let the drink-making pros at Mooo…. dazzle you with their seasonal cocktail lineup, which includes tantalizing beauties like the Apple of My Rye. Mixed with Sazerac Rye, St. Germaine, Fuki apples and Cava, this must-try sip is fabulous on its own but also pairs nicely with dishes on their fall menu. Have a night filled with candlelight, exceptional steak and timeless classics right in the heart of Boston.
Pier 6 – Chai Chai Slide
Raise a glass to fall with Pier 6‘s Chai Chai Slide. Made with sweet cinnamon sugar vodka, smooth Chai rum, creamy vanilla mix and, of course, chocolate drizzle, this scene-stealing pairs nicely with the stunning views of the Boston skyline from Pier 6’s harborside spot in Charlestown.
Posto – Autunno Margarita
Posto, a modern interpretation of the classic Italian enoteca and trattoria in Davis Square, brings innovation and some Italian flair to their fall cocktails with goodies like the Autunno Margarita. Made with Reposado tequila, orange liqueur, fresh lime juice, apple & pumpkin spice purée this seasonal treat combines bright citrus-y notes of summer with warm fall spices for a season-bridging beverage that’ll ease you into cooler weather.
Precinct Kitchen & Drinks – Extra Tipsy Sundae
If you haven’t tried the booze-infused Tipsy Scoop ice cream pop-up at Precinct Kitchen & Drinks at the Loews Boston Hotel (or even if you have!), get over to the Back Bay to try their newest edition — the Extra Tipsy Sundae. While it’s technically more of a dessert (you’ll need a spoon instead of a straw), this combo includes Cake Batter Martini Tipsy Scoop ice cream, Boston Harbor Distillery Maple Cream Liqueur, chocolate fudge, Oreo cookie crumbles, chocolate chip cookie crumbles, sprinkles, whipped cream and (of course) a cherry on top.
Sumiao Hunan – Pumpkin Pie Martini
Sumiao Hunan pays tribute to the harvest season with specialty cocktails like this Spiked Peanut Butter Whiskey. Made with Skrewball Peanut Butter Whiskey, hot apple cider, and garnished with a cinnamon stick. It’ll warm up your bones while you dive into plates of street noodles, mala duck and decadent pork belly.
Viale – Tainted Love
Viale, the vibrant eatery in Central Square, is combining fall flavors and fundraising with their Tainted Love cocktail. Chef-owner Greg Reeves is running the Boston half marathon this year on behalf of the nonprofit Food For Free. You can support his efforts just by ordering this lovely combination of roasted pear, Metetti bourbon, fresh ginger juice, five spice-brown sugar syrup and lemon — $1 of every drink will be donated to improving access to healthy food to local communities.
Yellow Door Taqueria – Pumpkin Spice Marg
The taco slinging team at Yellow Door Taqueria take your basic pumpkin spice to the next level with their Pumpkin Spice Margarita made with Reposado tequila, dry curaçao, spiced agave, and lime. Heat up your autumn season on any margarita Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday — you get the idea.