Fall Cocktails Call for Fall Glassware

Picture me doing that thing from an old-school cartoon where I go down for a nap, wake up "a few minutes" later, rub the sleep from my eyes, and realize months have passed. That has basically been me this week, slowly coming to the dawning realization that it's late OCTOBER, people, but HOW?! (Also, not so much napping has transpired, alas, though I could sure use some.)

But OK: here were are. Even the Bay Area, which has been clinging hard to summer this year, has given up and started the slide into fall, complete with plunging temps, tumbling leaves, and changes in the light that are both beautiful and a li'l depressing. So let's celebrate the season with some autumnal cocktails, shall we, and some autumnal barware to go along with them.

 Cider time!

Cider time!

Pretty much every year, I vow I'll go apple picking, despite the fact that that invariably devolves into "Maybe just picking up some apples from the farmers' market, ha ha...ha. Ha?" But this sweet apple-bedecked set inspires me to pretend that I've spent an afternoon in a sun-dappled orchard. 

Use them for: something that screams APPLES, like Freutcake's Bourbon Maple Apple Cider.

 Leaves get the fancy treatment

Leaves get the fancy treatment

Back in the day, Libbey made dozens of different types of glasses in this charming-but-classy Golden Foliage pattern. Chances are good your grandparents had Golden Foliage glasses, or maybe your aunt and uncle who always seemed ready to throw a party, or possibly that kindly neighbor who waved you inside from raking leaves to serve you a slice of something sweet and a glug of apple juice in a leaf-bedecked tumbler.

It's your turn now to carry on the Golden Foliage tradition. Why not start with this lovely set?

Use them for: cocktails in other fall hues that play off the warm gold and frosty white, like this gorgeous ruby Pomegranate Bourbon Cocktail from Kelly Carambula.

 Harvest time!

Harvest time!

Apples are not the only fruit that come on the scene full force in autumn, and dammit, it's time some of those other fruits got their due. Enter these elegant tall glasses, which let pears, grapes, and lemons take the spotlight in gorgeous gold and black, backed by white leaves. Step aside, apples.

Use them for: cocktails or mocktails based on Clean Eating's Vanilla Pear Shrub. Add club soda or ginger beer to keep things booze free; throw in a splash of aged rum or rye to spike it.

You'll find more sweet fall-themed glasses in my shop (along with some spring stuff, if you're a friend in the Southern Hemisphere). Have a favorite seasonal cocktail? Leave a comment and fill me in.