Fall semester is more than halfway done. The leaves on Locust have turned, OCR is over, and it’s fully sweater weather. Whether you’re a pumpkin spice addict or still mourning summer vacation, there's no better way to celebrate the end of midterm season than with with a festive seasonal beverage. Here’s a holiday drink roundup to spice up your next pregame or classy cocktail night.
For the Wine MILF (Snob/Connoisseur)
Red wine is healthy, right? Munch on some fresh fruit and get your daily dose of antioxidants with this autumnal take on a classic Spanish cocktail. Bring some friends over and celebrate with a wine and cheese party.
Sparkling Cranberry Sangria
- 2 Honeycrisp apples (diced)
- 1 medium orange (thinly sliced)
- 4 cinnamon sticks
- 2 cups cranberry–apple juice
- 1 bottle of red wine
- Dash of seltzer water
Combine apple pieces, orange slices, juice, and red wine in a large glass pitcher. Stir to combine. Throw in a few cinnamon sticks for festive cheer. Serve over ice with a dash of seltzer.
For the Copa Addict
Bar tabs quickly add up. Save some $$$ and replicate restaurant quality cocktails from the comfort of your home.
Cinnamon Sugar Margarita // Apple Pie on the Rocks
- Shot of tequila
- Cinnamon and sugar (spoonful of each, mixed)
- Lime wedge
- 1 cup of apple cider
Pour the cinnamon sugar on a plate. Rub the lime wedge over the rim of a tall glass. Dip the glass in the cinnamon sugar, twisting to coat the rim. Combine the tequila and apple cider. Serve over ice.
For the Tired Flake
You promised that you would roll sink or swim, but now the sweet warmth of your bed is calling? Fear not, for this cozy concoction will perk you up in minutes.
Hot Fireball Apple Cider // Hot Apple Firebomb
- 1 shot of fireball
- 1/2 cup of apple cider
- Cinnamon stick
Combine fireball and apple cider in a mug. Microwave 1–2 minutes. Enjoy!
For the No–Nonsense Pre–gamer
Efficient and undeniably autumnal, pumpkin pie vodka requires no extra frills.
- 1 shot of pumpkin pie vodka
Pour a shot. Down and chase with holiday treats. How festive.