5 Fall-Festive Drink Concoctions | Blue Ridge Chair

5 Fall-Festive Drink Concoctions

By Natalie DeRatt, 10/03/2017 - 08:26
Hot Chocolate with Fall Decor

Is a bottle of wine your go-to option when attending a fall gettogether? Don’t settle for easy at your next dinner party - get creative and wow your friends and family with some delicious fall beverages we think they will love! Nothing says fall better than warm food, cinnamon spiced lattes, and pumpkin beer!

1) Apple Pie Sparklers


- 2 oz vanilla vodka


- Moscato

- Sparkling Cider

- Cinnamon Sugar

No fall party is complete without some fresh apple recipes. There is nothing like a simple recipe - like this one from Delish - and a beautiful garnish to get the party going! Simply wet rim of glasses with a slice of apple and dip rim into the cinnamon sugar. Pour 2 oz. vanilla vodka into each glass, then fill halfway full with moscato. Top with sparkling cider. Garnish with an apple slice and cinnamon stick.

2) Pumpkin Smoothie


- 1 cup pumpkin purée

- 1 large ripe banana

- 1 cup unsweetened soymilk or coconut milk beverage

- 1 tablespoon honey

- 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

- 1 1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

- 5 ice cubes

Put away the pumpkin pie and try a healthier version of pumpkin recipe - a yummy smoothie! Or, turn your boring morning routine into a delicious and healthy seasonal smoothie Combine ingredients into a blender and serve! Top it off with some cinnamon sugar and whip cream if you need some more sweetness in your life. YOLO.

3) Caramel Apple Spritzers


- 8 apples

- Lemon wedges (to prevent apples from browning)

- 1/2 c. Caramel

- 1/4 c. cinnamon-sugar

- 1 750-ml bottle moscato, chilled

- 1 c. green apple vodka, chilled


- 1 c. Sprite, chilled

This is a great recipe from Delish to try alcohol-free and so much fun for the kids! Maybe you can even get them to eat the apple after they finish their drink! Win-win!  Make apple cups: Slice off the top of each apple. Use an apple corer to remove the inside of the apple until you’re about 1/2" from the bottom of the apple. Squeeze lemon juice inside the apple cups to prevent apples from browning. Dip the rims of the apple cups in caramel then coat in cinnamon-sugar. Make spritzer: In a large pitcher, combine moscato, green apple vodka and Sprite and stir. Pour spritzer into apple cups and serve immediately. Try with just sprite or some apple juice!

4) Home-made Apple Cider


- 12 medium apples, assorted types

- 2 oranges

- 4 cinnamon sticks

- 1 whole nutmeg

- 1 Tbsp. whole cloves

- 1 tsp. whole allspice (optional)

- 1 gallon (16 cups) water, more or less

- 1/2 – 1 cup brown sugar 

Get rid of the store-bought stuff and try this recipe from Gimme Some Oven for a homemade and sure-to-be-delicious creation. There is something so magical about warm apple cider that brings everyone together on those cold fall mornings. The smell brings feelings of joy and relaxing holidays with loved ones. Rise early and get the house smelling delicious. Wash apples (try local, organic apples) and the orange, and then roughly cut into quarters. (Don’t worry about removing peels, seeds, or stems.) Place in a large stock pot and add cinnamon sticks, nutmeg, cloves and allspice. Cover with water, filling the pot until it is nearly full. Bring to a simmer over high heat - stirring occasionally - then reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer for 2 hours. Once the apples have softened after an hour or two, use a potato masher to mash the apple and orange slices once they are soft.  Cook for one more hour. Strain out the apple cider into a clean pitcher or pot.  To get the maximum juice out of the apples, you can press them through a fine-mesh strainer or strain through a cheese cloth. Stir in your desired amount of sweetener until it is dissolved. Serve hot and enjoy!

5) Non-Alcoholic Sangria


- 2 cups boiling water

- 2 black tea bags (or 2 teaspoons loose-leaf tea in an infuser; decaf tea is fine)

- 2 cinnamon sticks

- 1/2 cup sugar

- 3 cups pomegranate juice

- 1 cup freshly squeezed orange juice

- 1 medium orange, sliced into thin rounds

- 1 medium lemon, sliced into thin rounds

- 1 medium lime, sliced into thin rounds

Of course, you can always add some ingredients but this sangria from Kitchn has so many flavors and kicks on it’s own you may not need to! Pull out those leftover apples and try this flavorful beverage at your next gathering. Pour the boiling water over tea bags and cinnamon sticks and steep for 5 minutes. Discard tea bags and stir in sugar to dissolve. In a large jar or pitcher, combine tea, cinnamon sticks, pomegranate juice, orange juice, orange, lemon, lime, and apple. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour and preferably overnight. Just before serving, stir in carbonated water. Serve in glasses over ice.


So, wine is out - delicious, fall-themed cocktails and smoothies are in. What are your favorite autumn libations?!