It’s time to put down the frozen margaritas and minty mojitos–the autumnal chill in the air calls for cocktails with strong spices and heavy flavor profiles. Get cozy with the best fall-inspired drinks served at these NYC bars, and you’ll feel toasty in no time. By Selena Ricks-Good.


The Brogue at Eleven Madison Park

11 Madison Ave.
New York, NY
(212) 889-0905

Recently-named Star Chefs Rising Star Mixologist Leo Robitschek created an aromatic fall cocktail, The Brogue (Highland Park 12 Year, Drambuie, lemon juice and lavender-infused simple syrup, garnished with dried lavender). The smoky single malt Scotch pairs elegantly with the herbaceous Drambuie and lavender for a brown spirits drink that won’t weigh you down.

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Thanksgiving Eve at Forty Four at The Royalton Hotel

44 W. 44th St.
New York, NY
(212) 944-8844

Head to Midtown’s swanky Royalton Hotel for cozy cocktails by the fireplace, such as the Thanksgiving Eve (Don Julio Reposado, butternut squash puree, honey and ginger syrup with a splash of lemon juice). Served over crushed ice, this suprisingly refreshing quaff will have you thinking of fall harvests and turkey dinners.

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Eastern Promises at Maison Premiere

298 Bedford Ave.
Brooklyn, NY
(347) 335-0446

This Williamsburg absinthe and oyster bar transitions to fall with a new drink list that includes Eastern Promises (coffee- and cardamom-infused bourbon, Palo Cortado Sherry, condensed milk and demerara sugar). Almost dessert-like, this rich cocktail will coat your tongue with comforting spices and makes for a perfect after-dinner drink.

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Concord Crush at Gramercy Tavern

42 E. 20th St.
New York, NY
(212) 477-0777

Concord grapes are in season, and the greenmarket-focused fall cocktail menu at Gramercy Tavern includes the Concord Crush (Tito’s Vodka, concord grapes and lime juice). The burst of flavor from the grapes makes this drink a definite pick-me-up–not to mention, it’s packed with antioxidants.

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Smokin’ Apple at Boom

152 Spring St.
New York, NY
(212) 431-3663

This intimate, romantic Italian restaurant and wine bar features fall cocktails by Drew Zechman including the Smokin’ Apple (Macallan 10 year, hand-pressed apple cider, lemon juice, fresh figs, sage leaf and simple syrup). The sweet balance of cider and figs with the smoky Scotch and savory sage make for one addictive sipper.

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Selena Ricks-Good writes about drinks and produces events as The Dizzy Fizz.