Don’t let this Second Summer weather fool you…it’s definitely fall! The leaves are turning, temps are dipping and seasonal flavors are popping up on drink lists all over town. There’s plenty of pumpkin spice if you partake but there are lots of other harvest season flavors to be had too – apple, pear, honey, cinnamon and more. Peep the round-up below to see how your favorite spots are celebrating the arrival of sweater weather and get yourself into a fall frame of mind with a few tasty sips.
Bambara Kitchen & Bar – The Brookside
Bambara‘s John Erdmann captures the fleeting flavors of summer and adds a dash of autumnal warmth in The Brookside. Made with Bombay Sapphire Gin, blackberry balsamic reduction, lime juice, egg white and angostura bitters, it balances bright berry and citrus with cozier notes from the balsamic and bitters to ease you from one season into the next.
The Bancroft – Will-o’-the-Wisp
You can bring those summer campfire vibes right into autumn with the Will-o’-the-Wisp from the bar team at The Bancroft. Made with local aged and blackstrap rums, allspice dram, pumpkin and coconut milk, and topped with a toasted marshmallow, it’s the perfect balance of fall flavors with a bit of summer fun.
Bully Boy Distillers – Blackberry Smash
In a nod to the change of seasons, the crew at Bully Boy Distillers, Boston’s premier craft distillery, has launched their Fall Cocktail Menu. Available exclusively at their tasting room & cocktail bar, it’s full of cozy cool weather sips like this lovely Blackberry Smash, made with American Straight Whiskey, House Crème de Mure and sumac.
Buttermilk & Bourbon – Frozen Apple Cider
The Frozen Apple Cider at Buttermilk & Bourbon is perfectly suited for late summer/early fall when you’re all hyped up for sweater weather but the temps haven’t quite dropped enough to warrant so much as a scarf. Made with Grey Goose, apple pie spices, cider and St. George pear, it evokes all the fall flavors in a refreshing, frosty pick-me-up.
Ciao Roma – PSL Espresso Martini
Pumpkin spice goes from day to night at Ciao Roma with their seasonal sipper, the PSL Espresso Martini. Made with vodka, espresso, Ristretto and pumpkin spice cream, then garnished with a cinnamon and nutmeg mix and pumpkin spice espresso beans, it’s got all the right moves whether it’s a nightcap after dinner or if you’re just getting started for a night on the town.
Citrus & Salt – Fall Vibes
Whatever season you celebrate (foliage, spooky, cuffing), Citrus & Salt knows just how to set the tone with Fall Vibes, a frisky Patron cocktail made with St. George spiced pear, fresh pressed cider, cinnamon and lemon. Stop in to the Back Bay home for Baja-style bites and eye-popping sips and let the vibes send you this season.
Coquette – Pumpkin Shakerato
You can skip the trip to the pumpkin patch this fall, and head to the Seaport instead for a Pumpkin Shakerato (or two) at Coquette. The stylish brassiere in the Omni Boston Hotel has the perfect elixir, made with vodka, espresso, toasted pumpkin, date-infused amaro and sea salt, for anyone missing out on a hayride.
Estella – Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice
If your fall outdoor activity schedule runs more towards a night out in DTX than a day on the apple farm, point yourself toward Estella for a sampling of spooky season sips. PSL devotees won’t want to miss the Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice made with rum, vanilla, pumpkin spice, lemon, nutmeg and chocolate bitters.
Five Horses Tavern Boston – P.S.L Martini
You can take your love of PSL szn to the next logical, boozy level at Five Horses Tavern in the South End. The Columbus Street hang gives their basic house espresso martini a dash of pumpkin syrup and a cinnamon sugar rim and voila – the P.S.L Martini, a glorious seasonal treat.
Five Horses Tavern Somerville – Vanilla Pear Bliss
Vanilla girls and guys, and anyone who loves a fall sipper with a clean, earthy vibe can head to Five Horses Tavern Somerville for a Vanilla Pear Bliss. Made with vanilla vodka, brandy, triple sec, spiced pear liqueur and lemon juice, it’s as if tall boots and a light jacket could jump in a glass.
Foundry on Elm – Bananasaurus Rex
They’ve rolled-out a whole line-up of fall cocktails at Somerville’s Foundry on Elm, including the Bananasaurus Rex which includes rye whiskey, banana, toasted vanilla, walnut and orange bitters. Make a beeline for Davis Square to check ’em all out.
Ledger – Another Bad Apple
Planning to stroll the streets of Salem this spooky season? Plan a pitstop at Ledger to get your strength up for the night of frights and, of course, to try Another Bad Apple. The naughty-but-nice refresher combines cinnamon & apple infused vodka, star anise demerara syrup, lemon and local Red Jacket apple juice for a perfect treat (no tricks detected).
The Merchant – Apple Jack-o-Lantern
If your idea of fall fun is more citified than farm-y, you can skip the trip to the orchard or the pumpkin patch and pop in to The Merchant in Downtown Crossing to try the Apple Jack-o-Lantern. Made with Bulleit Bourbon, Laird’s Applejack, cinnamon agave and lemon juice it’s got all your favorite seasonal flavors and you won’t have to worry about getting lost in a corn maze.
Monument – Oh My Gourd!
Oh My Gourd! Becky, look at this drink from Monument. Made with Tito’s, lemon, cinnamon, pumpkin purée, cardamom bitters and Downeast Cider, it’s just like . . . so tasty.
Nautilus Pier 4 – Tipsy Tina
Make your way to the Seaport to try the Tipsy Tina from the talented bar team at Nautilus Pier 4. Made with Altos reposado tequila, fresh lime, Brovo orange curaçao and blackberry sage syrup with a black lava salt rim it’ll warm you up as the temps dip.
NEBO – Mela Speziata
The crew at NEBO know that it’s all about apple picking this time of year. Skip the tree climbing and get right to the good part with a Mela Speziata. Made with fresh apple cider blended with house-made fall spice-infused syrup and Bacardi Spiced Rum, then served frozen with a cinnamon stick garnish, it’s the seasonal slushie of your dreams.
Rail Stop Restaurant & Bar
Get to Rail Stop Restaurant & Bar to put your fall sipping to good use for a good cause with The Witch-Tini. This potent little concoction is crafted with Tito’s vodka, Baileys Irish Cream, & Pumpkin Spice Syrup with a Crushed Graham Cracker Crust Rim and, from October 1st – November 30th, the folks at Tito’s will donate $1 per Witch-Tini cocktail sold (up to $20,000) to Community Servings. Get to Brighton to do your part!
Rail Trail Flatbread – Mulled Wine Sangria
Not content to celebrate chunky sweater season with just one or two sips, the team at Rail Trail Flatbread in Hudson have a whole menu of foliage-friendly cocktails for you to explore as you munch on your fresh-baked pizzas. You can peep the whole line-up here but definitely add the Mulled Wine Sangria to your must-try list. The combination of red wine, apple brandy, cinnamon, ginger liqueur is ideal for fireside sipping.
ReelHouse Marina Bay – Mariner’s Mochatini
Set a course for ReelHouse Marina Bay in Quincy to try the Mariner’s Mochatini made with vanilla vodka, Grand Marnier, Irish Cream & Chocolate Syrup and garnished with a candied orange peel and fresh grated chocolate. See if you can snag a table outside (while the weather holds) to enjoy this tasty concoction while you soak up some rays and some salt air – ’cause winter is coming!
Shy Bird South Boston – Irish Coffee & Mulled Apple Cider
Cooler temps mean toasty cocktails at the South Boston location of Shy Bird. The neighborhood rotisserie, cafe and bar has added two seasonal beauties to its autumnal line up: an Irish Coffee made with Jameson, Demerara, Counter Culture Coffee and crème fraîche as well as a Mulled Apple Cider which includes
local cider, Laird’s Bonded and a blend of housemade warming spices so you can get cozy with a warm.
The Smoke Shop East Boston – Violet’s Dagger
If you’ve been meaning to go check out The Smoke Shop’s newest outpost in Eastie, let the change in season be the reason ’cause they’ve got a slew of new drinks (thanks to their freshly minted full liquor license). Try a Jeffries Pointer, made with blood orange vodka, honey and Ancho Reyes or toast to sweater weather with Violet’s Dagger, a floral twist on a Bee’s Knees made with lavender pea flower infused gin, elderflower and a cava float.
State Park – Bonecrusher
Belly up to the bar at State Park for a timeless-yet-also-seasonally-appropriate (or, aptly named at least) sip. Made with Arette Blanco Tequila, habanero pepper shrub and lime, the Bonecrusher combines bright citrus to evoke summery notes and a little bit of heat (and also tequila) to keep you toasty as the temps drop.
Troquet on South – Autumn Sangria
If you’re ready to shake off the summer and ease into fall like a cashmere scarf on a windy day, stop in to Troquet on South for either a Spiced Rum Old Fashioned or an Autumn Sangria. The OF is made with Mad River Maple Rum that comes straight from the leaf peeping capital of Vermont, plus allspice, bitters and demerara; and the sangria combines Cabernet, pear, apple brandy, cinnamon and cassis for a warming, comforting autumn classic.
Waverly Kitchen & Bar – Sweater Weather
Cozy up by the fireplace in the adorable dining room at Waverly Kitchen & Bar in Charlestown for crisp weather cocktails like Sweater Weather made with Barr Hill Tomcat Gin, apple cider, honey, cinnamon, lemon and angostura bitters. Grab your cable-y-ist cable knit sweater and a tasteful scarf and get to sipping!
Worden Hall – Autumn Fizz
If you’re looking to get in the mood for closing up the garden for the season, head to Southie’s Worden Hall for an Autumn Fizz. Made with Copley’s gin, apple cider, lemon, agave and cinnamon that’s got all the energy of jumping in a leaf pile, minus all the raking.