Sippin’ Through the Season: Fall Cocktails
Wednesday, October 28, 2020 12:00 AM by McClelland Schilling
Your favorite local watering holes are mixing up classic and fresh autumn flavors to create ghostly-good creations. From spiked ciders to martini’s, we’ve rounded up some of Columbia SC’s most delicious fall-inspired libations. Try them all and let us know which is your pick of the patch!
Down in The Vista, you’ll find that COA has the magic touch. Be enchanted by hibiscus with the “La Pócima” (The Potion), made with homemade hibiscus syrup, cinnamon, Mezcal, and edible hibiscus. Or, fall under the spell of cinnamon-chocolate bliss with the “De Caída” (Falling), featuring pumpkin spice, tequila, chocolate bitters, ginger, lemon, and topped with a charred cinnamon stick.
Grab a Spiced Cider Mimosa at Cantina 76 for a refreshing brunch staple with a crisp autumn twist. But don’t be remiss, a trip to Cantina 76 always calls for a margarita. Flavored with house-made pumpkin spice syrup, orange liqueur, and a cinnamon sugar rim, the Pumpkin Spice Margarita is a must-try.
Home Team BBQ just changed the game with their Pumpkin Spice Gamechanger – Home Team’s signature drink with a punch of fall flavor. Get yourself some Baked Queso or BBQ Nachos loaded with all the fixings while you’re at it (You can thank us later).
If tequila is what you please, be sure to head over to El Jimador in Lexington or Cayce. They serve up a Pumpkin Margarita that will give you all the fall feels, and their extensive menu is sure to satisfy any craving.
A simple name for a drink that’s far from it. The Fall at Terra in West Columbia boasts warm flavors of French Apple Brandy and house-made Minted Limoncello, poured on top of a crushed ice ball that will have you looking into your future.
Columbia’s warm climate may still have you in a summer trance (#FallInTheSouth), but a sip of one of The War Mouth’s seasonal cocktails will have your taste buds singing and dancing with autumn bliss. Order up an All Souls Day for the perfect pairing of smooth bourbon and sweet flavors of Zucca Rhubarb and fig simple. Or, cheers to spooky season with the Sworn Brother – An evening bonfire in a glass. The Fernet Vallet makes this cocktail as dark as night with Del Maguey Vida & Blenheim’s spicy ginger ale adding a smoky flavor.
Market on Main
Market on Main’s array of autumn-inspired cocktails will excite ghouls and goblins alike. If you’re brave enough, ask for The Ghost of Angry Patricia. This concoction is created with Makers Mark, Disaronno, cranberry and lemon juice, and its namesake comes from local folklore of a special spirit who lives in the shadows of this downtown spot. If you want to avoid any run-ins from beyond the grave, have an innocent Caramel Apple Bell Bellini instead. Or, let the Candy Corn Cocktail and Snickertini take you back to childhood memories of Trick-or-Treating.
Down in Five Points, Publico Kitchen & Tap is giving us all the autumn vibes. Spiced pear, tequila, and apple cider blend beautifully to create the Fall Fiesta. Best enjoyed on a crisp afternoon on Publico’s patio with their seasonal fall salad, topped with green apples, cranberries, apricots, and a tangy ginger honey dressing.
For the perfect harvest season date night, make your way to the historic Saluda’s. Cozy up in their bewitching dining room or watch the leaves fall from the patio as you cheers with an Apple Cider Spritz and a Martini made with house-crafted apple and ginger syrup.
Sangria is for all the seasons, not just summer, and Kaminsky’s Frozen Sangria is exactly what we’ve been needing this fall. Ideal for an after-work bevy or order this frozen delight to-go to sip at home while you curl up with your favorite Halloween movies.
The classic White Russian meets iconic fall taste with The Grand’s Pumpkin Spice White Russian. Bowl and sip, or take part in the monthly, themed trivia night for some friendly competition. Fellas, if you plan on participating in No Shave November, Beards + Brews + Bowling might just be the extra motivation you need to grow a beard that would make a lumberjack green with envy. On November 30, see how your beard stacks up against the rest because whoever flaunts the longest takes home a prize.