Autumn & Alcohol: 5 Of The Most Seasonally Perfect Drinks


There are few things more synonymous with fall than Starbucks’ Pumpkin Spice lattes, leggings, sweaters, and football. However, here at Literally, Darling, we found a couple of ways to celebrate fall with a bit more of a… kick.

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Burnett’s Pumpkin Spice Flavored Vodka:

The day that I turned 21, I vowed that I would never consume Burnett’s again. Both my brain and my body can no longer tolerate that sh*t. So, I will absolutely not be trying this product. However, if you are braver and more adventurous than I, and of legal age, of course, try Pumpkin Spice vodka. I’ll be interested to see how it goes over.

Now that I’m thinking about it, I don’t even know how you would drink it. Maybe a spiked Pumpkin Spice latte? But then you would risk scarring yourself for life, and never again see the world-famous latte in the same light.

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Samuel Adams Harvest Pumpkin Ale:

The Samuel Adams website describes this product as:

“Smooth, rich, and roasty with over 17 lbs. of real pumpkin and warming spices like ginger, cinnamon & nutmeg give this brew a smooth inviting character. This style, first brewed by American colonists, is hearty and spicy making it perfect for the crisper days of fall.”

Whoever runs the marketing campaign needs a raise.

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Hard Cider:

When I came home after spending a semester in the United Kingdom, my parents (bless them) tried to cure my reverse culture shock by stocking our fridge with this brand. Unfortunately, my body was in dire need of a detox, and I couldn’t stomach the thought of any sort of alcohol. Thankfully, enough time has passed, and I can now drink cider without any severe repercussions.

Depending on where you live, the cider available will vary. If you’re lucky to live in one of the best states, second only to Colorado, look for Bold Rock Virginia Apple Hard Cider. It might be a little pricey for the average student budget, but just think of it as a seasonal, and therefore necessary, purchase.

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Southern Comfort™ and hot apple cider:

My roommate gave me this suggestion twenty minutes ago when I asked her what a good fall cocktail would be. I have yet to try this concoction, but I trust her judgement.

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Samuel Adams Octoberfest:

OK, yes, the real German Oktoberfest has been over for a few weeks now, but it IS still October, giving you enough of a reason to continue the celebration. Sam Adams seems to have the fall beverage market on lock, bringing Samuel Adams Octoberfest, and other “Harvest Collection” beverages, to stores throughout the autumn months.

If all else fails, anything pairing the word “alcoholic” with apple, pumpkin, cinnamon, spiced, butterscotch, nutmeg, or hot-buttered will probably be delicious.

(Except for the aforementioned Pumpkin Spice Flavored Vodka. There is no way that could/would be remotely appetizing.)

Photo by flicker/Simon Greig (xrrr)
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What are your favorite fall concoctions? Tweet us @litdarling.

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  • Bold Rock is a delicious cider (from the best state bar none) and Sam Adams Octoberfest is a nice Märzen (maybe a little too malty, but good). However, in my opinion there are much better examples of the pumpkin ale than Sam Adams’ offering. Dogfish Head’s Punkin Ale is particularly good, with a great balance of hops, malt, and seasonal spices. I’m in the UK this fall and I would pay twice the normal price to get my hands on a 4-pack!

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