If you chose to get married in the fall, you're likely aware of the season's unique advantages. From the earthy color palettes (think rust, copper, and mustard!), to the floral offerings, there are so many pretty elements that are unique to this time of year. But if you want to pay homage to your date in a smaller way that won't impact your big day's overarching aesthetic, then look towards the bar—specifically, to your signature cocktail. Whether you serve up a spiked hot beverage that keeps out the chill, present a drink the color of rich cognac, or top it all off with an in-season fruit garnish, your fall-inspired sip will surely impress your guests.
- Spiked Apple Cider -
Fall-inspired cocktails should bring to mind spices and warmth. Incorporate both of these tenants into your autum signature sip with a classic spiked cider (served warm!). Bonus points if you allow your guests to sip is straight from another fall-forward motif—cored apples.
- Pomegranate Smash Cocktail -
A signature fall fruit, the pomegranate is a common source of cocktail inspiration. It's no wonder. Pomegranates make wonderful natural grenadines and add a bright deep hue of color to most drinks.
- Earth Toned Sip -
Your cocktail's color is as important as its contents when it comes to seasonality. Add-ins should also feel timely. Look at the use of preserved items from the spring or summer such as brandied cherries, dried citrus, and homemade cocktail jams.
- Fig Bourbon Cider Smash -
A seasonal fruit, figs have the ability to transform many a spirit. Fresh apple cider, zesty orange, sweet fig preserves, a generous shot of bourbon, and a splash of sparkling water. This cider smash is sweet, citrusy, and warming. The perfect cocktail to cozy up to and welcome the start of autumn.
- Mulled White Wine -
There's nothing more autumnal than mulled wine—but a white variety is a fun way to deliver the unexpected. In the absence of red's rich, cozy hue, turn to garnishes for seasonality. Cinnamon sticks, dried leaves, Asian pears, pomegranate arils, and dried chilis are great for fall cocktail garnishes.
- Blackberry Vodka Lemonade -
Blackberries grow and ripen from late spring to early fall, which makes the early autumn months your last call for this sweet yet stormy fruit. Pay homage to its color with a recipe that enhances its inkiness, like this blackberry vodka lemonade.
- Old Fashioned -
Looking for a classic drink that's also fall-ready? You can't go wrong with an Old Fashioned.
- Apple Ginger Spritz -
An apple-themed drink will hit home on your big day. But, you don't want it to hit too hard. If you want the latter, lighten up a high-ABV apple liqueur with plenty of sparkling water and a splash of juice.
- Moscow Mules -
Okay, so you can't quit Moscow Mules, even after the summer has ended. Luckily, their rustic presentation—the copper mugs are just part of the sipping experience—help carry these vodka, ginger beer, and lime sips into the next season.
- Champagne with a Twist -
Sipping on celebratory Champagne on your fine fall wedding day? Add a tiny splash of grapefruit juice (it'll turn the bubbly this pretty hue!) and finish with a fruity garnish.