The 8 Best Fall Movies and Cocktail Pairings

What could be nicer than sipping a well-stirred cocktail after a long day? For my money, it’s a cocktail that goes perfectly with the movie you’re about to watch. This Thanksgiving, I thought I’d treat you to some cocktail-movie pairings to get you in the cozy fall mood. Once you’re free from your family obligations, it’s time to escape the doldrums of reality. Join me on a guided, boozy journey into a cinematic world where the leaves are always the perfect orange and red, the scent of cinnamon and pumpkin spice hangs in the air, and there’s a spooky mystery (or warm romance!) around every corner.


When Harry met Sally Cider Mimosa

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When Harry met Sally + cider mimosa

      Nothing brings the image of fall to mind faster than this story by Nora Ephron about a boy and girl who want-they-or-don’t-want-they through more than a decade of friendship. Even the movie poster is bursting with gorgeous orange and maroon leaves. Besides, who can forget Billy Crystal’s incredible selection of cable-knit sweaters that look so damn cozy you’ll just want to rip them off through the screen?

      Pair this sweet and sour tale with a cider mimosa. You’ll feel like your taste buds are strolling through Central Park with the drink’s crisp apple cider notes – and a sweet and tangy spritz of cinnamon whiskey to warm your heart.

      cider mimosa

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      cider mimosa

      ingredients

      • 4 oz. Brut champagne

      • 2 ounces. all-natural cider

      • 1 ounce. cinnamon whiskey

      • 1 apple slice for garnish

      directions

      1. Mix apple cider and cinnamon whiskey in a champagne flute.

      2. Top up with champagne, then stir gently until incorporated.

      3. Garnish with an apple slice.


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        dusk + Dark and stormy

        A classic tale of unhappy lovers retold, with sexy vampires with glistening skin and the most muscular werewolves you’ve ever seen? Say what you will, but it’s no wonder the dusk Series became a cultural phenomenon. Have you ever wondered what it’s like to live in a constant state of late autumn fog and gray overcast days? Just take a step into the world of Dusk-and bask in the murky fall atmosphere that apparently allows vampires to attend high school. A Dark and Stormy is the perfect drink to take you into a world of fantasy. It’s a little bit spicy, a little bit sweet and has a hint of bitterness just like a fearful vampire friend.

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        Dark and stormy

        ingredients

        • 2 ounces. dark rum

        • 3 oz. Ginger ale

        • 1/2 ounce. lime juice (optional)

        directions

        Fill a tall glass with ice cubes. Add rum, then pour in ginger beer and lime juice. Stir with a bar spoon and garnish with a lime wedgee.


        You have mail

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        You have mail + Airmail

        Fall is the perfect season to fall in love. It’s getting colder and the days are getting shorter. You want a warm body to cuddle with for those long nights. Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks show off their undeniable chemistry in You have mail, a classic tale of enemies who become lovers. Enjoy this light-hearted story that’s just sweet enough to unleash the unlikely romance at its heart. Let the flirtatious banter go to your head, just like the champagne in this delicious air mail. The drink is mixed with honey and lime to give it a sugary tartness – just like the start of a new relationship.

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        ingredients

        • 2 ounces. golden rum

        • 1/2 ounce. lime juice

        • 1 teaspoon. honey

        • 5 oz. Brut champagne

        directions

        In a chilled cocktail shaker, thoroughly mix the rum, lime juice and honey with crushed ice. Pour into a Collins glass without a strainer. Top up with champagne.


        Halloween

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        Halloween + Damn sunrise

          Although we met Turkey Day, fall is synonymous with a spooky season. Skeletons, menacing jack-o’-lanterns and wild children stuffed with sugar rampage through the streets. And maybe Michael Myers too? The original boogeyman, who has haunted us in 13 films in this franchise, rises again and again to cast his long-threatening shadow over every Halloween season. After 44 years of terror, Michael Myers doesn’t seem to be getting any less terrifying. To get you through this slasher, you might want to hold on to a Bloody Sunrise. The tequila in this concoction will invigorate you—and the orange juice and grenadine will make you feel like a glimmer of hope at the end of the long, scary night.

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          Damn sunrise

          ingredients

          • 1 1/2 oz. Tequila Reposado (like Cazadores)

          • 3 oz. orange juice

          • 1/2 ounce. grenadine

          directions

          1. In a Collins glass, combine all ingredients with an ice topper and grenadine. Garnish with an orange slice and a cherry.


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          The Exorcist + Monster Mash

          If you’d rather get goosebumps from your fall movies, watch The Ultimate Horror Movie, The Exorcist. You’ll definitely need some liquid courage to get through this violent flick about a young girl’s demonic possession. She swears, screams, levitates, walks with crabs, and squirts neon-colored mud. Arm yourself with this monster mash mixed with enough vodka to keep you relaxed and a dash of jalapeño and lime to keep your senses alert.

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          Monster Mash

          ingredients

          • 2 3/4 oz. Vodka (like Absolut Elyx)

          • 1/2 ounce. fresh lime juice

          • 3/4 oz. simple syrup

          • 2 slices of jalapeño

          • 4 basil leaves

          directions

          1. Crush jalapeños and basil leaves in a mixing glass.

          2. Add vodka, lime juice and simple syrup. Shake and strain into a martini glass.

          3. Garnish with a jalapeño slice.


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          Night of the Living Dead +Zombie

          The first of George Romero’s iconic foray into the world of the walking undead, night of the living dead, takes hold of your biggest fears and won’t let go. This film will make you thankful to be curled up safely in your home, where there are no relentless, brain-starved zombies trying to break in through the windows. A nice, refreshing zombie might ease those fears. This rum drink, which also conveniently doubles as a fiery torch against the undead, will protect you.

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          zombie

          ingredients

          • 1/2 ounce. white rum

          • 1 1/2 oz. golden rum

          • 1 ounce. dark rum

          • 1/2 ounce. 151 percent rum

          • 1 ounce. lime juice

          • 1 teaspoon. pineapple juice

          • 1 teaspoon. papaya juice

          • 1 teaspoon. extremely fine sugar

          directions

          1. Stir together all the ingredients except the 151 and pour into a 14-ounce glass three-quarters full with crushed ice.

          2. Float the 151 as a lid by pouring into a spoon and gently dipping below the surface of the drink. Take a match to this mixture; it will burn.

          3. Garnish with mint (either plain or dipped in lime juice and then finest sugar) and/or fruit.


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          knife out + Irish coffee

            Bare trees and a stiff, cool breeze are the perfect environment to solve a murder mystery. Well at least it’s in there knife out, where all of our protagonists (or, ahem, murder suspects) are dressed in their finest blazers and thick wool sweaters. Gather around the fireplace and put on your thinking cap to see if you can solve this mystery. Grab a nice hot cup of Irish coffee to stay sane.

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            Irish coffee

            ingredients

            • 2 ounces. Irish whiskey

            • 5 oz. hot coffee

            • 2 TEA SPOONS. sugar

            • whipped cream

            directions

            Pour whiskey, coffee and sugar into a preheated stemmed glass mug. Stir, then top with a thick layer of lightly whipped cream.


            Donnie Darko

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            Donnie Darko + Flaming Dr. Pepper

            Visions of apocalyptic doom, frustrated high school crushes, and parents who just don’t get you? Well, those issues are just the tip of the iceberg for teenage Donnie Darko. In this sci-fi psychological thriller, Darko learns that the world is supposed to end in a fiery explosion on Halloween. For some die-hard holiday fans, that probably feels true. You’re only young once, so why not step out in a blaze of glory? Drop that flaming hot shot of rum into a pint of beer and chug along as fast as humanly (or inhumanly?) possible.

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            flaming dr Pepper

            ingredients

            • 3/4 oz. amaretto

            • 1/4 ounce. rum

            • Beer

            directions

            1. Fill a beer glass halfway with beer.

            2. Place the amaretto in a shot glass and slowly let the rum float on top. light it up

            3. Drop the flaming liquor into the beer and drink it quickly.


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