Fall Drinks: Crisp Cocktails + Cozy Coffee
Friday, November 8, 2019 12:00 AM by Kelsey Carmichael
Whether you’re looking for something to sip on a chilly morning or you prefer to warm up with something barrel-aged, we’ve got a list of fall drinks that are sure to get you in the harvest spirit.
Apple Spice Sangria
Cozy up at Spotted Salamander with one of their homemade sangrias, which can change flavors with the week. Current fall craving – the Apple Spice Sangria.
A bit of a different take on your grandmother’s cobbler, this delightful drink is made with Plum & Macerated Cherry Cordial, Peach Shrub, Sherry and Champagne by Andy Haddock at Terra. While you’re there, order up the Lamb Mac to start – trust us.
Caramel Apple Martini
Za’s on Devine gives a nod to the South Carolina State Fair (hosted in Columbia every October) with this one. Think Caramel Vodka, Butterscotch Schnapps, apple cider and a caramel rim. Bonus – it’s topped with an apple slice for that perfect Insta-worthy photo opportunity.
Oh my Gourd!
One of our favorite fall cocktail names, the The Oh my Gourd! is chock full of fall ingredients. Order this concoction from the bar at Tazza Kitchen in Trenholm Plaza. Sailor Jerry spiced rum, pumpkin spice purée, egg white, coco-almond cookie and more make up this delightful drink.
Yes, you read that correctly. Saluda’s takes the ever-popular coffee drink and makes it appealing for the happy hour set. Made with espresso vodka, this cocktail is a fall game changer. Bonus - Saluda’s also has a killer Wine Wednesday with $5 glasses, $7 small plates + live jazz.
Spicy Apple Shrub
Local Spicy Blenheim Ginger Ale and Stayman Apples are paired with your base liquor of choice + topped with lime juice and champagne. The experts at War Mouth claim they’ve tested it with every base possible and there’s no wrong way to do it.
If you’re in the La Croix fan club, this one’s for you. Grapefruit La Croix mixes in with hibiscus-rose water syrup, pineapple, grapefruit and lemon. Cozy up by the fire on the Tazza patio and you’ll be feeling the fall vibes in no time.
Let me Live
Another Tazza mocktail, the Let Me Live adds a little kick to your meal with spiced chai tea, coconut, lemon, orange and cinnamon.
Sugar & Spice
A local favorite that doesn’t come around too often, the Sugar & Spice latte has made its way back to the menu at Drip in Five Points and Drip on Main.
Southern Pecan Praline
Flying into Columbia SC? Let Red Eye at CAE welcome you with their Southern Pecan Praline Latte or a warm S'mores Latte.
The Rose Garden
If you’re looking for something on the refreshing side, try The Rose Garden at Indah Coffee. Matcha, vanilla-rose and honey poured over 12 ounces of soda water. It’s as pretty as it sounds, too.
Sweet Tooth Treats
Pumpkin Apple Pie Smoothie
Quick! Get this delicious (and healthy) treat from Tasty as Fit before the season is over. It’s made with pumpkin puree, apples, banana, dates, cauliflower rice, granola butter, vanilla and lemon juice so there’s nothing to feel guilty for.
Salted Caramel Milkshake
Take the whole family to Kaminsky’s in The Vista. Here you can order milkshakes like this and the Banana Pudding milkshake for the kiddos, while the adults opt for something with a twist like the Salted Caramel Martini.
Gourmet Hot Chocolate
Nothing satisfies the taste buds on a crisp fall night like a classic hot chocolate. Head to Sweet Cream Co. where you can get the classic or gourmet versions like cayenne, peanut butter and cinnamon.