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If you’ve been out to eat in NYC recently, you’ll probably have noticed that there are plenty of restaurants trying to capitalize on fall flavors. I’m all for this, since (like 90% of the population) fall is my favorite season. I’m ESPECIALLY in favor of the autumn-ization of cocktail menus, though; any other time of year you might be considered to have a “drinking problem,” by knocking back a few daily, but when what you’re knocking back is thousands of pumpkin cocktails in October, you suddenly become the most fun and festive person alive! So if you find you’re typically the one in your social circle being judged for polishing off a bottle of wine on the reg, just put everyone in their place by outdoing them at alcoholic festiveness! “But HOW, Megan? How?” Well, I will tell you. All you have to do is lure everyone to one of four places I’m about to describe to you, where fall cocktails will be awaiting your arrival, and where you will shine as the the belle of the fall ball!

  • Let’s kick off our cocktail journey at Rosa Mexicano, where you’ll find three suitable beverage options. The first one is called Que Pasa Calabaza? which is really amazing, first of all because it rhymes, and second of all because it’s made with Casa Noble Reposado organic tequila, pumpkin, maple syrup, fresh tangerine, lemon and cinnamon. Did you hear that? ORGANIC. GOOD FOR YOU. Next, they’re serving up a fall edition of a Michelada, simply titled Otoño. If you’ve never had a Michelada before, you will soon learn the magic of what happens when beer and other kinds of alcohol join forces; this one is made of Pumpkin Ale, Herradura Reposado, apple, fresh lemon and sage. YOWZA. Finally, there’s La Calabacita, which is made of Herradura Añejo, pumpkin, cream, cinnamon, ginger and fresh nutmeg. DELICIOUS.
  • Next, let’s head to The Smith to enjoy even MORE festive drinks. For instance, there’s the Horseman’s Grogg,which contains maple rum dark rum, cinnamon liqueur, tiki bitters and lemon. (See also: WHAT ARE TIKI BITTERS?!) They’ve also got the Angel’s Share with sparkling pumpkin cider, cognac, cointreau, and angostura & baked apple bitters, which you can feel really good about drinking because there’s probably at least one whole serving of fruit in there or something!
  • Let’s also swing by Jane for this Pumpkin-Chai Spiced Margarita with reposado tequila, chai liqueur, pumpkin butter, and lime. If I were you I’d try to smuggle that one into work; if someone questions you, just tell them it’s a pumpkin chai (not lying) and nobody’ll be the wiser! Or if you feel a cold coming on, the Autumnal sounds like it’ll fix you right up; it contains bourbon, apple cider, cinnamon syrup and lemon.
  • Finally, we will continue on to Edi & the Wolf, where we will first line our stomachs with lots and lots of amazing spaetzle. THEN, we will drink a Wolf’s Blood cocktail, which I think should have been called the Liam Neeson. Don’t worry, no wolves were actually harmed in crafting this beverage; I know this because chefs Eduard Frauneder and Wolfgang Ban have shared the recipe with us so you can show your friends up from the comfort of your own home. HOWEVER, I’d still recommend letting the experts do it for you at the restaurant. Plus, if you come in and howl like a wolf, you will receive a FREE cocktail. Sometimes it pays to look like a weirdo! Anyways, here’s the recipe:
  • 2oz Rye Whiskey
  • 1/2 oz Punt e Mes
  • 1/2 oz Solerno
  • 1 Dash Angustura Bitter
  • 1 Dash Regans Orange Bitter
  • Build in a mixing glass and stir, serve in a stemmed glass with flamed orange peel.

See? Starbucks isn’t the only autumn beverage game in town provided you’re 21+! You don’t have to change your habits, you just have to refocus them to make everyone think you’re super fun to be around from October to December. And now I’d like to leave you with this fall-themed meditation exercise, in which you will repeat after me: pumpkIN, pumpkout. pumpkIN, pumpkout. (This zen moment has been brought to you in part by pumpkins everywhere.)