5 must-try drinks to try this fall

Of all the seasonal changes, the onset of fall is the winner when it comes to changing what we eat and drink.

The wet woolen blanket of summer humidity has lifted, we are yet to look at the barrel of a dreary Ohio Valley winter, and it seems that everything we consume should be celebrating this all-too-brief time. .

To kick off your fall drink picks, I’ve rounded up a few of my favorites and those of some industry folks in town. Here are five fall-themed cocktails or drinks you can make at home that will get you in the mood for fall.

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Spiced Bourbon Latte

Courtesy of Dana McMahan

One of my favorite coffee drinks (all year round) in town is the golden milk latte, made with turmeric, ginger, cinnamon and maple syrup. Full coffee, 1132 E St. Catherine St., and riffed on it with an easy version at home. Garam masala is a warm, fragrant spice blend often used in Indian cooking that lends a decidedly autumnal vibe to a simple latte, and bourbon maple syrup brings a sweet touch of Kentucky flavor.


  • half a teaspoon of Garam Masala
  • 1 teaspoon bourbon maple syrup
  • Milk to taste
  • Espresso to taste


Prepare a latte as you normally would at home, then stir in the syrup and seasonal spices. Enjoy!

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Iced Campfire Latte

Courtesy of Sondra Powell, Red Hot Roasters, 1399 Lexington Road

The Iced Campfire Latte from Red Hot Roasters in Louisville includes both chocolate syrup and toasted marshmallow syrup.

“While many of us might switch to hot coffee this time of year, frozen drinks are still going strong at Red Hot Roasters,” Sondra Powell, owner of Red Hot Roasters, told me. Her favourite? The frozen campfire latte.

“As the days get shorter and the leaves start to change, Kentuckiana’s cooler weather doesn’t mean it’s time to say goodbye to a refreshing tall cup of iced coffee,” she says. “Grab one on the go at our Red Hot Roasters drive-thru, 1399 Lexington Road, or grab a can of our freshly roasted espresso beans or a gallon of cold brew coffee to make your own version at home. “


  • Ice
  • 1 ounce of chocolate syrup
  • half an ounce toasted marshmallow syrup
  • 8 ounces of milk
  • 4 oz espresso or cold brew
  • Crushed graham cracker crumbs for topping
  • Whipped cream to taste


Fill a 16-ounce cup with ice, add the syrups and milk, then stir until combined.

Add coffee.

Top with whipped cream and top with graham cracker crumbs, then sip and enjoy while wearing your coziest fall sweater.

Autumn Spritz

Courtesy of Janell and Mike Bass, punch bowl project

The Autumn Spritz includes vodka, Ruby Port, blackberry syrup and soda water.

A refreshing spritz made with bubbles, Campari and soda is a summer staple in my house. This fall take on the Italian classic would be perfect on a chilly day as you watch the leaves fall.


  • 1.5 ounces of Wheatley vodka
  • half an ounce of Porto Ruby
  • 1 ounce blackberry syrup*
  • 1 ounce fresh lemon juice
  • 2-3 ounces of sparkling water
  • Garnish: slice of dehydrated lemon and two or three fresh blackberries


Add all ingredients (minus club soda) to a shaker with ice. Shake until the right dilution.

Double strain over ice into a wine glass filled with ice

Top with club soda and stir lightly to combine

Garnish and serve

Blackberry syrup:

Bring 1 pint of muddled blackberries and 16 ounces of water to a boil and reduce the heat to low. Stir in 16 ounces of sugar and simmer for 10-15 minutes. Remove from the heat and strain finely into a container.

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It is really practical

Courtesy of Brad Jennings, North of Bourbon935 Goss Ave.

The She's Real Handsy cocktail at the North of Bourbon in Louisville.

“The story I read was that around the 1940s people started experimenting with classic cocktail recipes, but using European liqueurs instead of sugars or syrups,” Brad Jennings told The Courier. Log. “It’s a delicious play on a traditional Old Fashioned. Although the recipe is 100% alcoholic, the taste is light and refreshing.”


  • 2 oz Four Roses Single Barrel (100 proof)
  • half an ounce Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur
  • 4 dashes of Angostura Bitters
  • 2 dashes of orange bitters
  • Lemon zest garnish


Add the ingredients to a beaker, then add ice.

Stir until the beaker is cool to the touch (10-12 seconds) and strain into a highball glass (using a julep strainer if you have one).

Add ice and garnish with a lemon twist.

Betty Meletti

Courtesy of Everyday Kitchen, 552 E Market St.

The Betty's Meletti cocktail at Everyday Kitchen.

It feels like an autumn day spent cooking hot, spicy food – in a glass.


  • 1.5 ounce Meletti Amaro
  • 1 oz Castle and Key Restoration Rye Whiskey
  • a quarter ounce of St Elizabeth’s Allspice Dram
  • 2 dashes Regan Orange Bitters


Stir, strain and garnish with smoked orange zest and smoked rosemary.

Pro tip: If you don’t have a cocktail smoker, the Everyday Kitchen team suggests using a Swiss or swivel peeler and peeling a large chunk of orange. Holding the skin over the finished cocktail (mellow side up), express the skin over an open flame (lighter works great). Discard the skin. Light a sprig of rosemary, blow out the flame and place it over the cocktail to finish.

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