While Austinites are still a long way from wearing scarves and snuggling up by a fire, the nights are getting cooler, which means we can finally experience some semblance of fall. To help you get in the spirit, try these spiced cocktails that celebrate the rustic flavors of autumn.
The elegant resto inside Hotel Ella makes their own pecan-infused bourbon using pecans grown on the property, which is a must-try this season. Come during their sophisticated happy hour to get their under the pecan tree cocktail, served with the nutty bourbon, vermouth, cherry liqueur, and absinthe rinse, and garnished with a charred orange peel. 1900 Rio Grande St., 512-628-4400
A sneak peek from their new fall menu, this East Side favorite finds a creative way to incorporate spiced apples in their libations with Ruta de la Seda. Reposado tequila, velvet falernum (a Caribbean enhancer with lime, ginger root, and cloves), allspice dram, and apple bitters are poured over a large ice cube, which we suggest enjoying on their patio with snacks from Thai Kun for the ultimate experience. 1816 E. Sixth St., 512-480-0781
With scrumptious desserts, darling décor, and tempting cocktails, Bribery Bakery is establishing itself as destination in the trendy Mueller area for its baked goods and spiked sips. Next time, come for their Zooey cocktail made with apple brandy, cherry liqueur, cinnamon, and lavender. 1900 Simond Ave., Ste 300, 512-297-2720
"Bear Rug Cuddles By The Fire" is as fun to say as it is to drink it. This libation boasts a potent combination of Copper & Kings apple brandy, spiced cranberry red wine, lemon juice, orange bergamot syrup, Bittercube Trinity bitters, and a black pepper tincture. 1100 S. Lamar Blvd., Ste 2140, 512-375-4869
This high-up Rainey Street perch is a great spot to watch the leaves change colors across the hills. Sip something to match the mood like their seasonal sazerac, made with Applejack Brandy, maple syrup, Peychaud’s bitters, and Herbsaint. 605 Davis St., 512-476-4755
We can all agree that pumpkin pie has no place in a boozy drink, but apple pie is another matter. Péché revamps a classic to be effervescent with their pomme pie 75, which is made of tequila, allspice dram, lemon, baked apple bitters, and bubbles. (Bonus: Don't miss their Manhattan topped with fig foam.) 208 W. Fourth St., 512-494-4011