Coopers' Craft Pumpkin Pie Milkshae Photo Credit Dominic Episcopo

The Ultimate Guide to Autumnal Cocktails: Where to Sip + At-Home Recipes

September 28, 2021 – In honor of chilly temps and the start of autumn, we’ve rounded up a bevy of   fall-flavored tipples and spirits, including seasonal cocktails to sip on in the City of Brotherly Love, decadent recipes to craft at home, and more. Read on to learn autumnally-apt sippers from our friends at Forsythia, Art in the Age, Red Owl tavern, Coopers’ Craft Bourbon, and more.

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FALL COCKTAILS + SPIRITS FOR SIPPING IN PHILADELPHIA:
Fond, Chef Lee Styer’s acclaimed French-focused restaurant on East Passyunk Avenue, boasts a pumpkin-centric tasty tipple ideal for sipping all autumn long whilst taking in sights of falling leaves surrounding the Singing Fountain. The expert in-house mixologists created Pumpkin Flip ($14) crafted with pumpkin purée, rum, cognac, maple syrup, a whole egg and evaporated milk.

In addition to autumnal libations, Chef Styer offers an ever-evolving menu of seasonal, rich in flavor, French-inspired dishes.

Hours of operation: Wednesday through Sunday from 5 – 10 pm.

1537 S 11th St. | 215.551.5000 | www.fondphilly.com/

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Forsythia, Old City’s modern French bar and restaurant helmed by Chef Christopher Kearse, has executed one sexy and sophisticated, autumnal-inspired cocktail this season, featuring the Smoking Carrot ($14), composed of mezcal, carrot, turmeric cordial, and lemon. This root vegetable-focused tipple — crafted by General Manager Jennifer Camela — pairs perfectly with an array of brand-new, artfully crafted French plates on the ever-evolving dinner menu.

Hours of operation are Wednesday through Sunday from 5 – 10pm.

233 Chestnut Street | 215.644.9395 | www.forsythiaphilly.com/

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Red Owl Tavern, the modern American tavern on Independence Mall, offers imbibers a decadent pie in liquid form, crafted by lead Bartender Christopher Devern, with Apple, Peaches, Pumpkin Pie... ($15) composed of rye whiskey, Calvados, house pumpkin cream, apple cider, apricot liqueur, and egg white.

Savor the classic fall flavors of apples and pumpkin in this dessert-like cocktail while taking in views of historic Independence Mall and scenic Old City

Hours of operation are Monday from 8am – 9pm, Thursday and Friday from 8am – 10pm, Saturday from 9am – 10pm, Sunday from 9am – 3pm, and closed Tuesday and Wednesday.

433 Chestnut St. | 215.923.2267 |  www.redowltavern.com/

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Stratus Rooftop Longe, the swanky rooftop venue on the 11th floor of the Kimpton Hotel Monaco in Old City, and Lead Bartender Christopher Devern have crafted a cozy, fall-focused libation for folks to enjoy in the recently renovated, modern al fresco venue.

The Butterscotch Old Fashioned ($15) is infused with a brown-buttered scotch, molasses syrup, angostura bitters, Amaro and garnished with sage – ideal for sipping atop the outdoor, breezy venue. This tipple is among an array of brand-new, seasonal beverages available on the fall menu at Philadelphia’s premier lounge.

Hours of operation are Thursday 5—12am, Friday 7—2am, and Saturday 8—2am.

433 Chestnut St., 11th Floor of Kimpton Hotel Monaco I 215.925.2889 I www.stratuslounge.com

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The Twisted Tail, the popular Southern-inspired restaurant, bar and live music venue on Headhouse Square known for its progressive cocktail program and extensive array of brown spirits, has imbiber’s new favorite libations for the season, with #Toastthetrees ($17) composed of Angel’s Envy Bourbon, roasted pear, Carpano Antica, and bitters, and Honey Apple Sidecar ($14) crafted with Jefferson Bourbon, applejack, honey, lemon, and Cointreau.

Hours of operation are Monday through Thursday 4—10pm, Friday 4—12am, Saturday 11—12am and Sunday 10—10pm

509 S. 2nd St. I 215.558.2471 I www.thetwistedtail.com

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AUTUMNAL COCKTAIL RECIPES TO CRAFT AT-HOME THIS SEASON:

Art in the Age, Old City’s one-of-a-kind tasting room, home bar supply and bottle shop, offers unique, wilderness-to-table spirits from New Hampshire craft distillery Tamworth Distilling, and boasts a flavorful, fall-forward cocktail recipe: Elkhound, crafted using Tamworth Distilling Aquavit Skiklubben.

Aquavit, a traditional Scandinavian spirit distilled with caraway, cardamom, star anise, and pink peppercorn, shines not only in the Elkhound, but also adds a welcome Nordic twist to a classic Manhattan.

Elkhound

Created by: Jackie Nevin, bartender at Art in the Age

Ingredients 

 

Instructions to make Elkhound: 

Add all liquids to a mixing pitcher with ice and stir until chilled. Strain into glass.

Glassware: Brandy snifter with whiskey stone

Garnish: Rosemary sprig
Ingredients to make Maple Simple Syrup:

  • Runamok Rye Whiskey Barrel-Aged Maple
  • Warm water

 

Instructions to make Maple Simple Syrup: 

Combine 1-part Runamok Rye Whiskey Barrel-Aged Maple to ½ part warm water. Mix until combined.

In addition to on-site imbibing, the retail space at Art in the Age boasts an extensive array of ingredients, professional-grade barware, cocktail literature and more, perfect for home bartenders looking to ramp up their at-home mixology skills.

 

Tamworth Distilling products are available for purchase on-site at Tamworth Distilling in New Hampshire, at Art in the Age located in Philadelphia, and can ship nationally via Seelbachs.com.

Hours of operation: Tuesday – Thursday from 12 – 6pm, Friday and Saturday 12 – 7 pm, and Sunday 12 – 6 pm. Closed Mondays.

116 N. 3rd St | 215.922.2600 | www.artintheage.com

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Coopers’ Craft Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, Brown-Forman’s newest bourbon in twenty years, is a versatile and light bodied bourbon that can be used to make a variety of unique craft cocktails such as this fall themed specialty drink. Pumpkin Pie Milkshake is the perfect alternative to pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving as well as an ideal day-after treat made with Thanksgiving leftovers.

Pumpkin Pie Milkshake 

Recipe: Courtesy of Fitz Bailey, Coopers’ Craft Mixologist 

Ingredients

  • 8 oz. vanilla ice cream
  • 1 slice of pumpkin pie
  • 5 oz Coopers’ Craft Bourbon 82.2 proof
  • Coopers’ Craft Bourbon Whipped Cream

 

Instructions:

Add ice cream, bourbon and slice of pie to a blender; blend until smooth and pour into desired glass; garnish and serve.

 

Ingredients to make Coopers’ Craft Whipped Cream:

  • 8 oz heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tbsppowdered sugar
  • .5 oz Coopers’ Craft Bourbon

 

Instructions to make Coopers’ Craft Whipped Cream:

Add powdered sugar to a chilled bowl, pour in heavy cream, beat with beater until peaks form, slowly add Coopers’ Craft Bourbon and continue beating for 30 seconds.

Glassware: Libbey glass

Garnish: Sprinkled cinnamon and cinnamon stick

Coopers’ Craft Bourbon can be purchased at select Fine Wine & Good Spirits stores throughout Pennsylvania for $21.99.

 

-Nicole Schofield