Five Fabulous Fall Cocktails at Phoenix Bars

Written by Niki D'Andrea Category: Cocktails Issue: September 2016
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El Segundo at The ParlorThe leaves on the trees may not be changing color, but the vibes of autumn are all around in the Valley of the Sun – the cooler temperatures, the Halloween decorations, the Thanksgiving recipes, the pumpkin spice-flavored everything, and best of all – the flavorful fall craft cocktails at local lounges. Here are five favorites, with nary a pumpkin spice-anything among them.

El Segundo (The Parlor): mezcal, watermelon, Apertivo Capalletti, lime, black pepper. $11
With a subtle spice pinch and smoky tones from mezcal ebbing and flowing into a soothing, mellow melon finish, El Segundo’s like an Autumn equinox of cocktails. Served with mint leaves and a thick watermelon slice garnish over lots of ice. (pictured, left)

 

That’s a Deucey (Valley Bar): bourbon, Sandeman Tawny Port, lemon juice, house-made cinnamon syrup and bitters. $8
Somehow, this slightly frothy, tricky mix manages to be simultaneously spicy, smoky and then (exclamation-point worthy) sweet! Like burning autumn leaves covered in honey.

Patches McStormy (Bitter & Twisted Cocktail Parlour): Cruzan Black Strap Rum, ginger beer, Coca-Cola, fresh lime juice, a dash of Fernet Branca and Angostura bitters. $11
Bold and balanced, with a sprightly spicy streak, the aptly named Patches McStormy should be savored like a good late summer monsoon, and served tall and on the rocks. And it gives us another excuse to talk like pirates. Yarr.

 

Diablo Del Sol at Second Story Liquor BarHigh Five (The Gladly): Iwai Japanese Whisky, Mandarine Napoleon, house-made Riesling-cherry cordial, lapsang souchong bitters. $10
Iwai Japanese Whisky (distilled from corn and barley) is a little sweet, as is Mandarine Napoleon, a blend of cognac and mandarins. But the lapsang souchoung (Chinese black tea) bitters bring a perfect balance to this drink.

Diablo Del Sol (Second Story Liquor Bar): El Jimador Blanco tequila, fresh lime juice, house-made spiced agave, house-made raspberry syrup, ginger beer. $14
This drink is not what she seems. She starts all sweet and juicy and fruity, and then – blam! Ginger-snaps your tongue on the finish. So good. Do it again. (pictured, left)