Best Fall Drinks in Seattle

October 9, 2013 5:00 AM

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Fall is here and it is time to switch gears from the light airy foods and drinks of summer, to the warmer, spicier tastes of fall, which can include cinnamon, apple, pumpkin and orange. Several Seattle bars and restaurants change up their food and cocktail menus to coordinate with the seasons, and there are a few that have signature fall-themed drinks to satisfy your taste buds. Check out these Seattle-area dining establishments and bars and try some of their unique and award-winning cocktail creations.

Buffalo Cider
Knee High Stocking Company
1356 E. Olive Way
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 979-7049

The Knee High Stocking Company has a unique name for a bar and pub, and it is also what’s known as a “speakeasy” location. Located in Seattle’s Capitol Hill, it is wise to make reservations at the Knee High Stocking Company if you wish to visit, because if you don’t, you may be standing outside waiting for a little while. In order to get into this bar, you have to ring the outside doorbell to be let in. Some great fall drink recipes the bar offers include the Buffalo Cider, a drink served warm and made with apple cider, lemon and Buffalo Trace bourbon. Another is the Smashing Pumpkin, made with pumpkin syrup, falernum and rye whiskey. Or if you are a Twin Peaks fan, order the Laura Palmer, made with Earl Grey tea, lemon, Coca-Cola and Bombay dry gin.

Rise Into Fall
1433 4th Ave.
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 456-7474

Seattle’s RN74 is a popular restaurant and lounge and is not only known for its fantastic wine list and delectable menu of foods inspired by the Pacific Northwest, but it also offers a few specialty cocktails that are perfect for the fall season. One of the favorites is called Rise Into Fall, made with a spice-based rum and mixed with large cherries. Another drink to try is the tasty boilermaker called the TDH 13, which uses dark and dry cider, Overholt rye, maple syrup and orange and lemon juices. Lastly, try the I’m Only Happy When It Rains, which is made of Bulleit bourbon, maraschino liqueur, lemon juice and pinot noir, and then served in a burgundy glass.

Rusty Shotgun 
Spur Gastropub
113 Blanchard St.
Seattle, WA 98121
(206) 728-6706

At the Spur Gastropub, creating craft cocktails is a favorite thing to do and the bar and restaurant certainly has several to choose from. For the best fall drinks, try the Rusty Shotgun made with scotch and Drambuie, ver jus, peach liqueur, salt and old time aromatic bitters. There is also the switchback fuzz, created with cognac, Bianco vermouth, fernet branca and plum liqueur, or the fog cutter Trader Vic 1947, which combines rum, gin, sherry, brandy and lemon and orange juices.

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The Supersonic 
Sun Liquor Lounge
607 Summit Ave. E.
Seattle, WA 98102
(206) 860-1130

Sun Liquor is widely known throughout the Pacific Northwest as it is an area liquor maker and distiller, plus it serves some of the best cocktails made with its own in-house products. For a hot drink, try an old-fashioned hot-buttered rum, or the Supersonic (named after the city’s former basketball team), which is made with Sun Liquor’s hedge trimmer gin, green chartreuse, lime juice and sweetened syrup. Another favorite is the Jersey grin, made from bourbon, fresh mint, applejack, honey syrup and lemon juice.

Pumpkin Martini 
Zig Zag Cafe
1501 Western Ave.
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 625-1146

The Zig Zag Cafe was voted more than once as having the “Best Custom Cocktails in Seattle,” as well as having the “Best Martinis in Seattle.” It is evident from the bar’s extensive and ever-changing menu of drink creations. One of the regulars’ fall favorites has to be the pumpkin martini, which is like having pumpkin pie in a martini glass. It is made with spiced rum, pumpkin-flavored liqueur or syrup and is garnished with fresh, ground cinnamon or nutmeg. If you want to get really creative, you can even ask the bartender to add a little whipped cream on top. A couple of other signature drink creations at the Zig Zag Cafe include one called Satan’s Soulpatch, which is made like your basic Manhattan with bourbon, but replaces the maraschino with three different types of orange flavoring — Grand Marnier, orange slices and orange bitters — and then the Trident, which combines dry sherry with peach bitters and Aquavit with bitter Cynar.

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Sue Gabel has been writing entertainment and travel-related articles in the greater Puget Sound/Seattle area since 1999. She writes about music, the Seattle scene and more. Her work can be found on

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