The countdown is over: fall is here – which means it’s time to bust out the flannel and cozy into a new season. Nothing says cooler evenings and autumn weather like a fall cocktail. Whether it’s apple cider, pumpkin, or a festive spritz, we’re loving some of these cocktails that these local Hoboken and Jersey City spots have created just in time to celebrate September, October, and November. So pack away the Frosé and get ready for pumpkin spice and everything nice with these festive fall cocktails.
Antique Bar & Bakery | 122 Willow Avenue
With a full bar of crafted cocktails, some of which have earned it the title of Hoboken Girl’s ‘Best of 2020’ cocktail award — people’s choice. The newest addition to the drink menu is the Harvest Moon. The fall drink will remind you of late October/early November in preparation for Thanksgiving: it includes, cranberry, thyme, honey, lemon, ginger, Maraschino Luxardo, Applejack, bourbon, and topped with apple cider. Seriously, it’s any fall lover’s dream.
Grand Vin | 500 Grand Street
While Grand Vin is known for its wine, the cocktails are pretty delicious, too. The ambiance is inviting, especially in the fall. And there’s a wonderful selection of food and the cocktails are the perfect complement to the upcoming colder days ahead. The Misunderstood Pear is the cocktail you’ll want to enjoy in the heated outdoor seating area – its crisp and refreshing flavor is a great contrast with the cozy vibes.
Monroe’s | 36-42 Newark Street
If you plan to visit Monroe’s this fall, you’re in for a treat. The fall cocktail menu will debut in October, and given this bar’s skill in specialty cocktails, it’s sure to be good. Pictured above is the Pear With Me, which will have Appleton Signature Rum, pear nectar, cinnamon-clove syrup, lemon juice, Drambuie, Angostura Bitters – while your bartender will grate fresh cinnamon over a pear slice on top of the cocktail (yum!). Next up is the Cuckoo for Cocoa, featuring Knob Creek Rye, Yellow Chartreuse, condensed milk, and holiday spiced hot chocolate (AKA perfect for a cool fall evening). And last but definitely not least, Pumpkin Up the Jam is sure to be a seasonal favorite. It’s Monroe’s take on an autumn espresso martini, served with vodka, cold brew, pumpkin syrup, chai, spiced cranberry bitters, and garnished with pumpkin seeds.
Northern Soul | 700 1st Street
A sneak peek just for Hoboken Girl readers – the “Smack My Witch Up” is going to be a Halloween special at this beloved downtown spot. The drink is made with Empress 1908 Gin, unsweetened almond milk, clove syrup, fresh lemon juice, coconut shavings, and whole cloves. Talk about a Halloween treat!
Sirenetta | 1039 Washington Street
Sirenetta’s menu features an extensive raw bar selection with a variety of innovative seafood entrees and boasts a fancy cocktail selection. Autumn will bring new cocktails at this beloved local spot, including drinks named the “Rattlesnake” and the “Orchard Mule”. Pictured above is Sirenetta’s fall take on a mule, which includes vodka, apple, cinnamon, lemon, and ginger beer. Meanwhile, the Rattlesnake will be for the bourbon lovers out there: the ingredients are lemon, maple, egg white, and bourbon. Both will be a great addition to your fall bucket list.
Union Hall | 306 Sinatra Drive
Not only does Union Hall offer great views, but it’s a great local spot to eat, drink and enjoy the change of seasons. And with the new fall cocktails on deck at this waterfront spot, it’s sure to be a go-to for autumn. The three additions to the drink menu this season are the “Spicy Fall Marg,” the “Apple Blossom Old Fash,” and the “Hot Toddy.” The spicy marg will include spicy fall-spiced simple syrup to match the weather and fall ambiance. The Apple Blossom cocktail (pictured above) will be served straight up with rye whiskey, apple blossom bitters, orange simple syrup, and apple balls for garnish. And finally, the Hot Toddy will be a classic take on this warm treat, served with either spiced rum or whiskey, plus tea, lemon, and honey.
Franklin Social | 130 Newark Avenue
Nerdy Bartender Things – the name of this cocktail that’s a menu staple at Franklin Social in Jersey City. This is a local favorite drink, and it will help boost you into that fall mood. With Toki Japanese Whiskey, St. George Spiced Pear, Pear Shrub, pineapple, almond, lemon, and Angostura Bitters – this one’s a real treat. The JC spot is also known for having great, warm seasonal cocktails and heaters around the perimeter of the restaurant as the temperatures drop – so stay tuned.
Tamborim | 130 Newark Avenue
Owner Michael Casalinho has been adding a touch of Brazil to Jersey City since the restaurant opened earlier this year. Tamborim is colorful, lively, and bold. And the new cocktails this season are in line with everything else on the menu. The highlight of the drink menu is the Ipanema Sour. While it’s not your traditional apple and pumpkin flavors – it is delicious and worth ordering this fall. Cachaca (Brazilian rum) is the base, while the cocktail also includes lime, rapadura, pineapple juice, and reduced Jabuticaba grape. Some other new cocktails at this downtown JC spot include the “Dengosa”, the “Cacique”, and the “Chȧ Imperial”.
The Hutton | 225 Hutton Street
With American cuisine in a warm and rustic setting, The Hutton is a perfect spot to enjoy a festive cocktail. Add in this Apple Cider Sangria special, and you have yourself a perfect evening in Jersey City Heights. The fall drink includes apple cider (of course), fresh lemon juice, apple brandy, spiced pear liqueur, and chardonnay.