Fall cocktail recipes from the Tennessee Whiskey Trail

Uncharted Traveling

When I think of Fall, my thoughts wander to the hills of Tennessee; to forest paths beneath umbrellas of vibrantly colored leaves, waterfalls and icy streams, and breathtaking views of misty mountains. My travels on the Tennessee Whiskey Trail led me to the farthest corners of the state and helped me discover some pretty darn good spirits. I took some of my favorites and combined them with the best flavors of the season to create some fabulous Fall-inspired cocktail recipes.

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What makes a good fall cocktail, you ask? First, any self-respecting Fall cocktail has to have a little spice to it. Whether it’s spiced rum, apple cider, a dash of nutmeg, or a cinnamon mixing stick, a spiced-up cocktail warms up your insides like a wool blanket on a hayride. The second necessity for a fabulous Fall cocktail? It’s got to taste like a fall harvest. The rich flavors of apples, cranberries, and maple syrup are just what you need to add a little variety to your Fall cocktail creations.

Here are my favorite Fall cocktails inspired by the Tennessee Whiskey Trail. It's time to mix up one of these delicious drinks and start dreaming of your favorite Fall getaway!

Maple Old Fashioned

Featuring George Dickel Barrel Select Whiskey

I took a classic Old Fashioned cocktail recipe and added just a hint of maple flavor. Add in a few brandy-soaked cherries and you've got yourself the perfect Fall cocktail! When I make an Old Fashioned my choice is always George Dickel Whisky. Which George Dickel Whisky is the best? Take your pick, you can't go wrong! I usually choose George Dickel Barrel Select, which makes a top-notch Old Fashioned and also goes down pretty smooth on its own.

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz George Dickel Barrel Select Whisky
  • 2 - 3 tsp Pure Maple Syrup
  • 2 - 3 Dashes Bitters
  • 1 Large ice cube
  • Several small ice cubes
  • Orange peel
  • Brandy soaked cocktail cherries

Directions:

Prepare your drinking glass by running a slice of orange peel around the rim. Place a large ice cube (or 2 - 3 small ones) in it. In a cocktail beaker (or separate glass), combine the maple syrup with 2 - 3 dashes of your favorite bitters and stir to combine. Add bourbon and a few cubes of ice. Stir with a cocktail spoon 30 times to mix thoroughly. Pour the mixture over the large ice cube in your drinking glass. Twist the orange peel and use it as a garnish. Add a few brandy-soaked cherries and you've got yourself the perfect fall Old Fashioned!

Apple Cinnamon Hot Toddy

Featuring Nelson's Green Brier Tennessee Whiskey

This twist on the classic Irish "hot whiskey" drink has the perfect blend of bold seasonal flavors and spices to make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside! What better spirit to make it with than Nelson's Green Brier Tennessee Whiskey? Using the original family recipe, resurrected with the first bottling since 1909, this classic Tennessee Whiskey is the perfect partner for a classic cocktail.

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Ingredients:

  • 2 oz Nelson's Green Brier Tennessee Whiskey
  • 1 Tbsp Honey
  • 1/2 oz Fresh Lemon Juice 
  • 2 oz Apple Cider
  • 4 oz Hot Herbal or Fruit Tea
  • Cinnamon Stick

Directions:

Prepare your tea of choice. While the tea is steeping, add honey, lemon juice, apple cider, and whiskey into a glass and stir to combine. Add the tea while it's still hot and stir.

Apple Cider Sidecar

Featuring Jack Daniel's Tennessee Honey

The Sidecar cocktail is one of the classics, proving that it only takes a few ingredients to make a delicious cocktail. All you need to turn this one up a notch is a little bit of Fall flavor. Apple cider will do the trick quite nicely, creating a light a refreshing Fall drink. I like to use something the folks at Jack Daniel's call "Tennessee Honey" The original kings of Tennessee Whiskey have really created something special with this one. Honey liqueur blended with Jack Daniel's original Tennessee Whiskey creates a flavor combination with just enough heat, but still goes down as smooth as...well, honey!

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz Jack Daniel's Tennessee Honey
  • 2 oz Apple Cider
  • 1/2 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 1/2 oz Simple Syrup
  • Lemon peel
  • Apple slices

Directions:

Put all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake a few times. Serve over ice and garnish with a twisted lemon peel or apple slice.

CranApple Bourbon Punch

Featuring Huling Station Straight Bourbon, Old Dominick Distillery

This bourbon-based drink combines the crisp flavor of apples with the tangy sweetness of cranberry simple syrup. Top it off with ginger beer and you've got a boozy punch with all the best flavors of Fall! Old Dominick really hit the mark with their Huling Station Straight Bourbon, and it's perfect in this punch. Thirsty yet?

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Ingredients:

  • 2 oz Huling Station Straight Bourbon
  • 2 oz Apple Cider
  • 1 oz Cranberry Simple Syrup
  • 3 Dashes Orange Bitters
  • 2 - 4 oz Ginger Beer
  • Apple slices
  • Candied Cranberries

Directions:

Fill your glass with ice, almost to the top. Add the bourbon, apple cider, cranberry simple syrup, and bitters to a cocktail shaker. Shake vigorously to combine and pour it over ice. Top with ginger ale and garnish with an apple slice and candied cranberries.

The Perfect Storm

Featuring Three Rivers Maple Flavored Rum, Knox Whiskey Works

This fantastic Fall creation is a spiced-up version of the Dark n' Stormy cocktail. Maple-flavored rum and ginger beer, combined with apple cider, creates the perfect storm with a Fall kick to it! While I love the classic version of this cocktail, the Maple Flavored Rum from Knox Whiskey Works creates a combination that's like a Fall explosion in your glass!

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Ingredients:

  • 2 oz Three Rivers Maple Flavored Rum
  • 1 tsp Simple Syrup
  • 2 oz Apple Cider
  • Dash of Bitters
  • 4 oz Ginger Beer
  • Cinnamon Stick
  • Apple Slices

Directions:

Fill glass with ice. Add rum, simple syrup, apple cider, and bitters. Top with ginger beer and stir it gently with a cinnamon stick. Leave the cinnamon stick in the drink and garnish with apple slices.

Spiced Amaretto Cider

Featuring Corsair Distillery's Spiced Rum

Looking for a Fall cocktail with some sugar and spice? Amaretto combines perfectly with the bold flavors in spiced rum and apple cider to create a drink that will satisfy your sweet tooth no matter what the season! Corsair Distillery's Spiced Rum is the perfect match for this drink, adding a unique blend of flavors that bring a little bit of the Caribbean to the Tennessee Whiskey Trail.

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Ingredients:

  • 2 oz Corsair Distillery's Spiced Rum
  • 1 oz Amaretto Liqueur
  • 2 oz Apple Cider
  • 1/2 oz Simple Syrup
  • 4 oz Ginger Beer
  • Cinnamon stick
  • Apple slices

Directions:

Fill a glass half full with crushed or cubed ice. Add Amaretto, rum, honey, and simple syrup to a cocktail shaker. Shake it up a few times to combine. Pour over ice and top with ginger beer or club soda. Sprinkle a few dashes of nutmeg on top, then add a cinnamon stick for garnish and extra flavor.

Apple Rum Punch

Featuring Spiced Rum from Prichard's Distillery

This concoction delivers all the best Fall flavors with just a little bit of the beach. Spiced rum and coconut creme mixed with apple cider and fall spices will transport you to your own personal Fall paradise! The best rum to make this Fall flavored punch is from Prichard's Distillery in the heart of Middle Tennessee. At Prichard's, they distill handcrafted whiskies, rums, vodkas, moonshine, brandy, and liqueurs using traditions and techniques of generations past, with recipes that go back five generations.

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz Prichard's Spiced Rum
  • 1 oz Orange Juice
  • 1/2 oz Creme de Coconut
  • 4 oz Apple Cider
  • Dash Bitters
  • Nutmeg
  • Apple slices
  • Orange slices

Directions:

Add all the liquid ingredients to a cocktail shaker. Shake it vigorously to combine and pour over ice. Sprinkle a few dashes of nutmeg or cinnamon on top and garnish with apple and orange slices.

Cranberry Ginger Fizz

Featuring H. Clark Distillery's Tennessee Dry Gin

Ready for some Fall day drinking? This bubbly and refreshing drink has everything you could ask for; the zesty flavor of ginger with the light sweetness of cranberry simple syrup will make this your favorite daytime Fall cocktail! I like to make mine with Tennessee Dry Gin from H. Clark Distillery, where they distill small batch bourbon, whiskey, and gin in the picture-perfect old town granary in Thompson's Station, just south of Nashville.

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Ingredients:

  • 2 oz Tennessee Dry Gin
  • 1 oz Cranberry Simple Syrup
  • 1 Tbsp Candied Cranberries
  • 1/2 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 2 Ginger Ale or Ginger Beer
  • Candied Cranberries for garnish
  • Lemon wedge

Directions:

Fill your glass almost full with ice. In a cocktail shaker, measure out the tablespoon of candied cranberries, cranberry simple syrup, and lemon juice. Mash these together using a muddler or wooden spoon. Add the gin and shake vigorously to combine. Using a cocktail strainer, pour the mixture over the ice in your prepared glass. Top with ginger ale or ginger beer and garnish with candied cranberries and a lemon wedge if desired.

I hope these cocktails bring you some Fall vibes and good times! For more fun cocktails inspired by the Tennessee Whiskey Trail, follow me or check out my other recipe collections.

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