Notes of elderberry, mushroom, chile, and more autumnal delights abound this fall, as do the nutty, honey-based flavors you expect with the cooling of weather. Eater has scoured the city looking for the best seasonal cocktails. Here now are the essential drinks you should definitely be sipping on right now.
Drink: Sol Blanca
Created By: Chris Keenan at Meauxbar
Tasting Notes: Meauxbar does Chartreuse Mondays from 5 p.m. to close every week, and this gin and chartreuse cocktail with hints of sherry and Lilette Blanc is the perfect way to experience it.
Drink: October Sky
Created By: Sal Agnello at Bellocq
Tasting Notes: This honey infused scotch drink has a healthy dose of orange bitters, lemon and frothy egg white making it a fantastic winter or late fall drink.
Drink: Pineapple Cider Cocktail
Created By: Chris Hannah at The French 75
Tasting Notes: Cider gets a classy revamp with the addition of pineapple, and of course, with Chris Hannah serving it.
Drink: Habitat Smash
Created By: Jeff Gulotta at MoPho
Tasting Notes: The Habitat Smash features gin, ginger and elderberries that are sourced from the local Habitat Urban Gardening program that helps deal with blighted Ninth Ward properties in a positive way, so every time you drink one, you're also doing a good deed.
Drink: No Fun
Created By: Darrin Ylisto at Sylvain
Tasting Notes: Bourbon and Chartreuse mingle with strawberry balsamic shrubb and notes of citrus, from the Quarter bar that puts the fun in No Fun.
Drink: The Yoshi
Created By: Ian Clarke and Phillip Lopez at Root Squared
Tasting Notes: A mushroom cocktail? Yes, featuring hibiscus & dried shiitake mushroom tea, sake, and gin, this sweet little cocktail is a delight for your tastebuds right down to the pickled shitake garnish and delicate umami finish.
Drink: Elle Rio
Created By: Ryan Gannon at Cure
Tasting Notes: A low proof, herbaceous take on The Old Fashioned for folks who want a lighter fall sipper.
Drink: La Isla Bonita
Created By: Edgar Caro at Crudo+Bar
Tasting Notes: This Peruvian take on a Long Island Iced Tea (lots of booze in it, folks) features a housemade cane and pineapple peel tincture that adds an element of tiki along with the crushed ice.
Drink: Protect Your Snacks
Created By: Jennifer Proctor at Booty's Street Food
Tasting Notes: This fall time milk and cookies features rum, lime, molasses, coconut milk and teddy grahams.
Drink: Holy Money
Created By: Nick Detrich at Cane & Table
Tasting Notes: Pineapple rum, gin, white vermouth and bitters keep this fall sipper elegant and simple.
Drink: Haay Ride
Created By: Megan Devine at 12 Mile Limit
Tasting Notes: Notes of honey and sorrel combine with cachaca for this lively jaunt that will have you saying haay.
Drink: Chavellas Limp
Created By: Sonali Fernando at Oxalis
Tasting Notes: Tequila and tepache get a kick from chile and nutmeg, with the smooth addition of creme de cacao and egg white comprising this frothy downtown sipper.
Drink: Satsuma Mimosa
Created By: Maurepas Foods
Tasting Notes: Satsumas, freshly in season, shine in the mimosa at this Bywater favorite known for incorporating the best locally sourced seasonal produce onto their menu.
Drink: Smoked Agave Margarita
Created By: Nathan Dalton at Tiki Tolteca
Tasting Notes: Muddled roasted agave fresh out of the Fortaleza tequila oven gives this margarita a flavor profile similar to sweet potato.
Drink: The Remedy
Created By: Crystal Pavlas at St. Lawrence
Tasting Notes: Abita Turbo Dog Black roasted ale syrup and a honey liqueur warm up this bourbon cocktail with hints of pecan and rosemary.
Drink: Autumn Pomme
Created By: Emeril's
Tasting Notes: Apple cider and Buffalo Trace with a dash of maple syrup, available until November.
Drink: Horchata Punch
Created By: Johnny Sanchez
Tasting Notes: This housemade horchata and Basil Hayden punch is essentially Fall's version of nog. Can't stop. Won't stop.
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