Fill up your mug, glass, goblet or stein with the crisp, sweet flavors of fall! Pumpkin spice may be the king of all fall flavors but sometimes something slightly different is in order.Try one or more of these top fun fall drinks to sip on in the Erie region that are guaranteed to soothe your mood and invoke thoughts of crackling fires and cozy sweaters.
1. The Smoked Old Fashioned
This unique twist on a classic is a blend of Altered State’s award-wining American Whiskey (a mix of malted and cherry smoked barleys), house made simple syrup and angostura bitters finished with apple wood smoke. For a non-alcoholic option, try the chilled Immunitini mocktail, a refreshing combination of pineapple, juice, orange juice, house-made ginger honey lemon syrup and non-alcoholic hot ginger beer.
2. Apple Cider Sangria Tower
Made with a blend of apple cider and 21 Brix’s Sauvignon Blanc and Apple wines, this towering 102 ounce cocktail contains approximately 10-12 servings, perfect for groups of four to enjoy on site among the vineyards. Pair it with a 21 Brix charcuterie tray for an amazing fall tasting experience unlike any other! (pictured)
3. The Nutty Pumpkin
The newest fall specialty drink in the Dunkin lineup is the Nutty Pumpkin, a combination of Dunkin’s Original Blend Iced Coffee with a delicious pumpkin spice swirl, hazelnut flavor shot, and cream. It is available hot or iced. Pair it with a pumpkin donut for a doubly sweet treat!
4. Holiday Spice Wine
Bring home a bottle of Penn Shore’s signature sweet red grape wine that is blended with “house special” holiday spices. This wine is best enjoyed warm while snuggled up to a cozy fire. (pictured)
5. The Pawmpkin Chai Latte
Interact with the café’s adoptable and adorable cats while sipping on this pawsitively purr-fect (and gluten free!) fall latte made with a pumpkin purée sauce, chai tea and milk topped with nutmeg, sugar and cinnamon. Vegan syrup options are available for most drinks. (pictured)
6. Cellar’s Slush
This tasty sweet and refreshing treat is a great drink to share among friends while exploring Lake Erie Wine Country. The Cellar’s Slush is a blend of Presque Isle Wine Cellars Blushing Heron wine (a blend of their Concord and Niagara wines), water, sugar and special secret ingredients to give it a delightful burst of flavor. The Cellars Slush is available in Concord or Niagara flavors.
7. Oktoberfest Lagers
Many craft breweries along the Lake Erie Ale Trail release their version of an Oktoberfest lager to celebrate fall’s arrival. Traditionally, an Oktoberfest lager is a moderate-strength, rich lager brewed in traditional German style. It has a distinct and complex amber maltiness with toasted notes and a smooth, dry finish. Locally brewed Oktoberfest lagers can be found at The Brewerie at Union Station, Black Monk Brewery, Nostrovia Brewing Company and John Russel Brewing Company.
8. Spiced Apple Pie Moonshine Mule
Made with the distillery’s All American Apple Pie Moonshine, along with their spiced rum that has a hint of vanilla, this cocktail tastes like a slice of apple pie! (pictured)
9. Diamond Grape Juice
Naturally sweet and 100% pure juice with no added sugars, Arrowhead’s Diamond juice is a sparkling example of a crisp, sweet fall drink and is similar to their Niagara wine. It tastes like eating a grape fresh off the vine!
10. Caramel Apple Hard Cider
This cider has a tart yet sweet flavor and is produced with Pennsylvania-grown apples. What makes it a hard cider? The natural fermentation of the apples, much like wine from fermented grapes produces the alcohol, making the cider taste like a creamy liquid caramel apple with a kick!
11. Caramel Stroopwafel Latte
Pressed features several fall-themed lattes including the popular Caramel Stroopwafel, a nod to the Dutch waffle cookie with caramel sauce, vanilla and ground cinnamon, topped with a caramel drizzle. Another Pressed fall favorite is "The Outciders" latte, a crisp blend of apple cider and chai topped with gold sprinkles. Most drinks can be made as vegan on request. Pair your latte with a best-selling novel found in their adjacent bookstore.
If you’re craving something decadent from one of Erie’s favorite chocolatiers, order up one of their signature milkshakes. Try the Vanilla Cola Shake, made with Romolo’s homemade vanilla cream ice cream, cola syrup and sprinkles of sugar cone pieces, or the Sponge Candy Shake that is loaded with butterscotch swirls and pieces of Romolo’s famous sponge candy. (pictured)
13. Apple Pie Ale
Made with fresh cut apples, pure vanilla bean and a touch of cinnamon and served in a glass with a sugar rim, this fall stand out tastes just like a slice of Mom’s homemade apple pie!
14. Red Ipocras with Hot Cider
Stop by the winery for samples or make it at home on the stove or in the crockpot using a half gallon of apple cider and one bottle of Johnson Estate Red Ipocras wine. Ipocras is a sweet red wine, generously flavored with spices of ginger, cinnamon, and clove leaving a wonderfully warm and lingering aftertaste. Samples are available in-store during the fall and winter months.
15. Johnny Appleseed’s Guilty Pleasure
Complex yet balanced and perfect when served warm, this cocktail will take the chill off any day. Delve into an enticing blend of Five & 20 Applejack and Five & 20 Rye Whiskeys, a touch of apple juice, rounded off with apple cider and a whisper of maple syrup. (pictured)