We've put away the blender and the iced tea pitcher and finally accepted the fact that summer cocktail season has, indeed, come to an end. But the mourning period was brief: fall cocktails are packed with flavor, color and spice and do wonders to make the darker evenings more bearable!Many of my favorite fall flavors (ripe pear, vanilla bean, pomegranate, tart apple) make a showing in fall cocktails, spanning the map from the classic margarita to a twist on a hot toddy. What I love about many of these drinks, too, is that you won't have to go out and stock the bar with different liquors you'll likely use once or twice. These cocktails use classic ingredients that you'll continue using throughout the fall. And winter, too.
Megan is a freelance writer and recipe developer. Her cookbook, Whole-Grain Mornings, will be available in bookstores nationwide Dec/2013. Megan also owns the Seattle-based artisan cereal company, Marge Granola.
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