Boston’s Best Fall Drinks

October 9, 2013 6:00 AM

(Photo from Clio)

When the weather gets chilly in the city, time is spent less outside and more indoors sipping cocktails and catching up with friends. Boston’s best fall drinks are a perfect offering this time of year. Showcasing fresh apples, warm flavors like pumpkin and cinnamon and other festive flavorings, these spots have created drinks that will perfectly pair with the American comfort food dishes they offer.
(Photo from Cottage)

(Photo from Cottage)

The Cottage
47 Boylston St.
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
(617) 916-5413

Offering up lunch, dinner and brunch is Chestnut Hill-area favorite The Cottage. Combining New England-inspired dishes with California classics, there is plenty of fresh seafood, crisp salads and to drink, a nice wine selection. For fall, The Cottage also has a creative drink worth sipping. The Poison Apple cocktail includes fresh apple cider, Smirnoff cranberry vodka, apple ginger liquor, chartreuse and ginger syrup for a great tasting fall beverage, at just $10 a glass.

(Photo from Clio)

(Photo from Clio)

Clio Restaurant
370 Commonwealth Ave.
Boston, MA 02215
(617) 536-7200

Clio, located in the Eliot Hotel, is right in the Back Bay amongst the many shops, restaurants and other excitement the area has to offer. From foie gras to roast duck, there are French dishes worth indulging on. For the ultimate experience, there is a tasting menu available with up to 14 courses. The drink program also gets a lot of attention, created by Bar Director Todd Maul, with its 90-plus cocktail offerings available. This fall, The Hunter is a standout drink featuring sage-infused rum, lemon honey and bourbon syrup, sparkling cider, clarified apple cider and a dash of whiskey with a smoked glass with brown oak along with cinnamon for $13.

(Photo from Facebook)

(Photo from Facebook)

Poe’s Kitchen at the Rattlesnake
384 Boylston St.
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 859-8555

Also in the Back Bay is Poe’s Kitchen at the Rattlesnake. To go with the tacos, quesadillas, fajitas and other Mexican-inspired favorites, there are delicious drinks as well. For fall, the Harvest Margarita will hit the spot for $8. It’s an innovative cocktail creation with apples as the star of the show. Bartenders take Cuervo Gold along with McGillicuddy apple pie and add in homemade apple cider mix and garnish it with a lime and a cinnamon-and-sugar rim for a mouthwatering margarita.

Related:  Boston’s Best Pumpkin Dishes

(Photo from Red Lantern)

(Photo from Red Lantern)

Red Lantern
39 Stanhope St
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 262-3900

Red Lantern has a menu filled with everything from sushi to wood-grilled entrees including steak or sea bass. It also has great cocktails and a lively atmosphere. Big Night Entertainment Group’s Bar and Beverage Director Joe O’Connor has created a drinks list filled with fall flavors. The Himalayan Hard Cider for $9 includes Strongbow Cider, pear sake and ginger cognac; the Red Diablo for $12 features Avion Silver, Chambord, thai basil, lime and ginger beer; and the Bourbon Ginger Gimlet for $14 combines Bulleit Bourbon, ginger cognac and fresh lime.

Photo Credit: Top of the Hub via Facebook

Photo Credit: Top of the Hub via Facebook

Top of the Hub
800 Boylston St.
Boston, MA 02199
(617) 536-1775

Famous for its Boston skyline views as it sits on the 52nd floor of the Prudential Tower, Top of the Hub offers a unique experience unlike any place in the city. It serves up brunch, lunch, dinner and plenty of drinks, plus there is even live jazz music and entertainment as well. When the weather gets cooler, the seasonal drinks are the perfect offering. The Café Pumpkin Spice features Pyrat X.O. Rum, Patrón XO Café, pumpkin and milk for a taste of fall in a glass for $14. A Caramel Apple Martini is a highlight on the seasonal cocktail list as well.

Related: 5 Ways to Prepare for the Upcoming Fall Sports Season

Michelle Levine is a creative energetic, young professional that is passionate about everything Boston has to offer. She loves to attend local events, dine out, and cook and wants to share her findings with you. Her work can be found on

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