my favorite bourbon-based cocktail recipes for fall

portrait of a cocktail // Spiced Apple Old Fashioned recipe

photography by Ashley Batz.

Fall is definitely my favorite time to sip cocktails; there’s something so lovely about notes of spice, the vanilla of bourbon, and the tartness of apple. Because I’m not quite ready to pack up my outdoor pillows and furniture to head inside, I’ve been brainstorming ways to stay warm outdoors just a littttle bit longer. I love cuddling around my backyard fire pit with a cozy throw and a strong cocktail in hand. I realized that over the years we’ve shared so many yummy drinks here on the blog, that I decided to peruse the recipe archives and re-share my top 5 cocktail for fall… especially the bourbon-based ones!

First up, this delicious Spiced Apple Old Fashioned. I think this is the quintessential fall cocktail, with the warm, vanilla notes of bourbon paired with a yummy spiced apple syrup.

Click here for the Spiced Apple Old Fashioned recipe.

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Recipe // golden sumac kale salad for fall

Get your salad game on point for fall with this delicious and hearty recipe! Learn how to make this golden raison + sumac kale salad on — the dressing is the perfect balance of savory and smokey flavors!

I hate to admit it, but fall is here my friends. I spent all summer eating yummy salads and I’m just not quite ready to give them up quite yet. I’m holding onto my summer eating habits with this delicious and hearty kale salad topped with golden raisins and a smokey, savory dressing.

PS – Remember this roast chicken recipe? Well, this kale salad is the perfect companion!

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Recipe // quail egg morning muffins (gluten free)

The perfect breakfast idea for meal prep planning — I whipped up a batch of morning muffins that are not only gluten free, but full of veggies and topped with an adorable (and delicious) quail egg! Get the full recipe on

I’m about to enter my busiest time of year with work, so I don’t always have time to eat a proper breakfast. The closer we get to the holidays, it feels like the busier I get! I’m trying my best to stay energized and on top of my work out routine, so a good, filling, healthy breakfast is key. We whipped up a batch of morning muffins that are not only gluten free, but full of veggies and topped with an adorable (and delicious) quail egg!

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Recipe // roasted white wine chicken, the ultimate comfort food

In the mood for comfort food tonight? These roasted chicken thighs in white wine are absolutely delicious and super easy to make — get the full recipe on + pin the recipe to save it for later! In partnership with @fosterfarms #NewComfortFood

As traditional as it can be, there is both a science and an art to the perfect roasted chicken. I’m not one to roast an entire chicken — instead, I opt for my favorite cut: bone-in thighs with the skin still on. There’s something so simple about perfectly crisped chicken skin. It reminds me of those comforting meals I enjoyed with my grandmother as a kid. It’s essentially comfort food… which is such a personal thing, right? Today I teamed up with Foster Farms to share my favorite comfort food dish, roasted chicken thighs, and why locally raised, organic, high-quality ingredients are key.

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recipe // full moon martini

Enjoy this cocktail as a nightcap while stargazing with loved ones this full moon! Get the full recipe for the Full Moon Martini on

While I was on my road trip, I woke up in the middle of the night because the moon had totally illuminated my sleeping spot — turns out it was a ginormous full moon, hanging low in the night sky. Totally breathtaking. It was just an impactful, yet simple moment. When I returned, I was so moved by this memory that I asked our recipe contributor Claire McAleese to whip up a martini inspired by tonight’s full moon.

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recipe // Gin & Tonic with citrus ice

Celebrate the last days of summer with this super simple recipe for Gin & Tonics with citrus ice! Get the full recipe for this classic cocktail on

This Gin & Tonic recipe comes with a bit of a backstory. While shopping on Amazon for novelty molds for our fancy margarita jello shots, I sort of fell down the black hole of novelty ice cube molds, too. Literally, I scrolled through hundreds of options and basically tried to buy them all. Gwen intervened and told me to reign it in! But before that, I found these super cute citrus sippers which allow you to mold your ice around a straw. Pretty genius, huh? With the help of resident recipe expert Claire McAleese, we whipped up a batch of Gin & Tonics with a few special additions.

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recipe // fancy margarita jello shots

Have some fun this summer with these fancy margarita jello shots! Get the full recipe on

Summer, can you just never end? Lately, it sort of feels like I’m using these long summer days to relive my wilder days, so when it was time to think up a cocktail for this month I immediately reverted back to my college days and had one idea: jello shots! There’s just something about these jiggly, boozy, brightly colored treats that make me happy (and a bit tipsy). With the help of Claire, we fancied up this old favorite with a delicious margarita recipe topped with Maldon salt, of course.

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