The citizens of Austin let out a collective sigh of relief this week as we officially transitioned from summer to fall. The weather forecasters might be saying “high of low 90s” but we can’t stop thinking about football season, chilly nights, and pumpkin spiced everything. Before you reach for that PSL, warm up with some of Austin’s favorite seasonal drinks to get you in the autumn state of mind.
It’s a year-round favorite, but when October rolls around, beer in Austin tastes even better. Whether you’re tailgating before the big game or huddled around a campfire, we recommend adding a seasonal twist to your brew. Dogfish Punkin Ale is a favorite of ours!
If you’re extra-serious about your autumn ales, you can’t miss the Oktoberfest events in Austin. Stop by Bangers between Oct. 15 and 18 for some good old fashioned bier and sausage, or take part in the citywide AustOberfest on Oct. 17 for an all-out celebration. Don’t forget your bierstiefel!
If you don’t have time in your schedule to go apple picking, drinking a nice cup of cider might do the trick. You can’t go wrong with a local classic like Austin Eastciders. The Texas Honey flavor was noted as “most crushable” by Food and Wine, with the power to convert the skeptical into true cider drinkers.
For something to warm you up, Opal Divine’s has a delectable recipe on its hot drink menu that blends Tuaca and mulled apple cider. It’s dessert in a glass!
If you’re feelin’ fancy, these Austin-made cocktails should do the trick (drink with pinky up for added fall fancy):
The Fall Fashion at Jacoby’s Restaurant and Mercantile – Bulleit Rye, Great Lakes Pumpkin Spirit, mulling spice syrup, bitters
Just add pumpkin and you’ve got a delightful remix of an old favorite.
The Fallen Leaf at Whisler’s – Aged rum infused with Texas pecans, local cider, lemon, ginger, amaro, black walnut bitters.
Nobody does cocktails better than Whisler’s. The fall menu just dropped and we can’t wait to get our hands on this lovely concoction. (Psst… we hear there’s a pumpkin tequila cocktail in the works, too.)