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Essential Fall Holiday Drinks

Autumn is a wonderful time to entertain, whether you plan on hosting a simple outdoor brunch or an elegant dinner surrounded by the warm ambiance of your home. As with most parties, it is essential that you maintain a well-stocked bar that’ll allow you to create and serve a variety of drinks inspired by the season.

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Apple Cider

Cider is a great treat for autumn. Made via the fermentation of apple juice, cider oozes with the spirit of the season, matching the sweet scent of fall’s crimson leaves. Create your own version of the traditional cider by boiling store-bought cider with freshly cut green and red apples and a cinnamon stick. The apples add an extra burst of freshness while the cinnamon stick brings a touch of spice and warmth. Once all the flavors have melded together, serve the drink either warm or iced.

Seasonal Cocktails

Draw inspiration from the season when creating signature drinks for your parties. Pumpkins, cinnamon, and figs are just some of the autumn-inspired ingredients you can use. For example, you may mix sweet pumpkin puree with rum or Baileys and top it off with a sprinkle of cinnamon for a luscious cocktail. Instead of the usual cocktail garnish of olives or fruit, consider using dried figs for a unique touch.

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No party should ever go without a selection of wine. Keep your wine collection well stocked with both red and white wines. Not only will your guests appreciate the choice, but it will also give you a wide array of options when it comes to pairing your party food with wine. A sizable collection should include at least the basic reds and whites. Some examples of good, basic red wines are merlot, cabernet sauvignon, pinot noir, or shiraz; for the white wines, try chardonnay, sauvignon blanc, moscato, or riesling.


Autumn marks the beginning of the holiday season. With Halloween, Thanksgiving and ultimately Christmas, it is truly the season to celebrate family. Since champagne makes for a great aperitif, remember to keep your fridge stocked with a variety of champagne options that will pair wonderfully with your selection of desserts. Served chilled with a heartfelt toast, this drink never fails to add an air of elegance and festivity to every gathering.

Putting together a well-stocked bar menu may be daunting at first; so to make it easier, plan your party drinks alongside the food you’ll be serving. Once you have confirmed your food and wine pairings, you will be well on your way to creating a convivial atmosphere that your guests will truly enjoy.

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Inspired by my passion for the visual arts and my years of experience in the field of design, I enjoy a life of style and artistry. I am a devoted follower of minimalism and I believe in the marriage of form and function. I try to live by these principles, from my subtle but classic fashion sense when it comes to clothes and jewelry, to the various projects I manage and work on in my professional career Influenced by the refined grace of Coco Chanel, the timeless beauty of my favorite city, Stockholm, and the new ideas and trends I read from design books, I try to infuse my life with elegance and sophistication. Join me on Balsam Hill’s blog to get my tips and advice on home design and personal style.

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