If you are preparing to host a fall gathering or if you just want to get in the fall spirit with some libations, check out my five favorite fall drinks!
1) Apple Pie Sangria
This is hands-down my absolute favorite fall drink! This is my go-to recipe for any fall parties I attend, including our annual Friendsgiving…I’ll be making this drink next weekend for it. Chop 3 apples (I like Fuji or Gala) and 2 pears in small squares and add them to your pitcher. Mix 1 bottle of your favorite Riesling, 2 cups of apple cider and 1 cup of caramel vodka and pour over the apples and pears. Refrigerate for an hour or so before serving.
2) Crockpot Hot Cocoa
When the weather turns cold, I crave a warm, creamy hot chocolate. If you are making hot cocoa for a crowd, try making a batch in your crockpot! Mix 1 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream, 6 cups of milk, 2 teaspoons of vanilla, 14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk and 2 cups of milk chocolate chips together in the crockpot and cook on low for 2 hours. Don’t forget the small marshmallows to mix in! This is the only non-alcoholic beverage on the list so far, but if you are feeling like you want to mix it up a bit, you could certainly add some peppermint or salted caramel vodka!
3) Apple Cider Mimosas
I don’t know how I didn’t think of this sooner in life, because I love champagne in any form or fashion. For a fall twist on the classic mimosa, mix your champagne with apple cider instead of orange juice! I tend to like a half-and-half mix, but you can adjust the ratio to fit your taste. Add a slice of apple as a garnish, if you wish!
4) Mulled Wine
This is a staple in my household each and every fall and winter. If you enjoy wine, it tastes even better when warmed and mixed with mulling spices! Pour a bottle into a pot and heat it on the stove while stirring in the spices. Williams Sonoma, World Market, CHEFS Spice from Target are all good options.
5) Hot Caramel Apple Cider
Along the same lines as the mulled wine above, this cider will warm you from the inside! If you prefer more of a cider taste than a wine taste, then this warm cider drink is the one for you. Simply mix a bottle of your favorite white wine (I use Riesling or Chardonnay) with 1 1/2 cups of caramel vodka and heat over the stove. Add a cinnamon stick for garnish!
Hope these drink ideas warm you up this season!