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If summer is the season of refreshing drinks by the water, then fall and winter are the seasons of cozy beverages by the fire. Whether you’re warming up at home after a long hike or settling in for an evening by the campfire, the perfect beverage pairing is essential. While we’ll never say no to a flask of Knob Creek, mixing it up a little can feel celebratory (and taste delicious).
For outside-the-box recommendations on what to sip this fall, we tapped four food and beverage professionals to get their take on the ideal fall beverage.
Danny Childs, the bar manager at New Jersey’s Farm and Fisherman Tavern and the mind behind SlowDrinks, an Instagram account that chronicles Childs’ constant exploration of the region’s foraged and farmed products, offered an Applejack-centered bourbon and rum punch that can be prepped ahead of time and served either hot or cold.
Ivy Mix, who runs Leyenda, a pan-Latin bar, and Fiasco Wine and Spirits, both in Brooklyn, offered a cranberry gin spritz that somehow lands both refreshing and cozy, perfect for those still-a-little-warm fall afternoons.
Cybille St. Aude-Tate and Omar Tate, the husband and wife team behind Honeysuckle Provisions, a trailblazing culinary concept in Philadelphia, have opposite approaches to the autumn drink. Tate recommends an espresso spritz lightly sweetened with apple cider, which is perfect for keeping up with his kids, while St. Aude-Tate prefers a mezcal negroni to be sipped during the rare quiet moment at the end of a busy day. Whatever your needs for a cold-weather drink, we’ve got something that will keep you warm all season long.