by Jenna Byers
With fall comes not only comfort food, but also comfort drinks. We have the classics: hot chocolate, hot mulled cider, but what else is there? Sure, these classics always hit the spot, but sometimes you want to try something new. Below are five of our favorite easy fall-inspired mocktails.
*Note: if you are 21 or above, feel free to turn these mocktails into cocktails, but please do so responsibly.
Apple Cider Moscow Mule (inspired by Chisel and Fork)
Just like your typical Moscow Mule, this Apple Cider version only takes about three ingredients and gives so much flavor in every sip. All you need is 2 oz. of your favorite type of apple cider, 0.5 oz. lemon juice (preferably fresh), and 2 oz. of ginger beer. Optional: cinnamon sticks and sliced apples for garnish. To make this, stir together the cider, lemon juice, and ginger beer. Add ice and your garnish of choice!
Sparkling Apple Cider (inspired by Marie Claire)
This simple apple cider takes the classic fall drink and adds just the right amount of pizzazz. Pro tip: pour this beverage into a champagne flute to feel even more elegant. For this sparkling cider, stir together cider and a Spindrift lemon seltzer. Top with slices of either apple or lemon and enjoy.
Fauxgria (a mock Sangria)
Sangria is always a refreshing staple in the summer, so why not make a fall version? This drink is really tasty and you can add whatever fruits you like. I recommend using 1 cup of apple cider and 1 cup of orange juice for your bases. Next, add in about 2 cups of seltzer water (you can also use the Sparkling Apple Cider above with orange juice as your base and skip the seltzer water). As for fruit, add in a few cinnamon sticks, two sliced apples, the juice of one lemon and its zest, and a sliced orange.
Cinnamon Margarita (inspired by Buzzfeed)
This Cinnamon Margarita recipe is the perfect drink that contains just the right amount of zest. For ingredients, you need 1 cup of apple juice, about 1 cup of seltzer, and the zest from half of a lemon. You can use an apple or lemon-flavored seltzer, or whatever you prefer. Add in a pinch of cinnamon and you’re all set! If you want to get fancy, roll the rim of your glass in lemon juice and then roll in some cinnamon.
Apple Mojito (inspired by Sugar and Soul)
For this mojito, you will need fresh mint leaves, lime wedges, apple cider, and sparkling seltzer. First, muddle the mint leaves and lime wedges in the bottom of your glass. Pour in about ½ cup of apple cider and ½ cup of sparkling seltzer and stir. You can also add cinnamon sticks and mint leaves on top for garnish.