It finally feels like fall weather is here to stay. The crisp, cool air calls for warm spices and autumnal flavors. But the ever-popular pumpkin spice latte isn’t the only beverage to sip this time of year. If drinks with a little more punch are more your speed, these Philly spots are mixing up some special cocktails for the season.

The Twisted Tail

509-511 2nd St.

Philadelphia, PA 19147

(215) 558-2471

The flame broiled fare from Twisted Tail’s charcoal grill is reason enough to visit this Society Hill spot. But to make it even better, the Twisted Tail is also a bourbon house and juke joint. Owner George Reilly is a Master Craftsman and one of the city’s trusted whiskey and cocktail masters. He has over 120 different whiskies on the menu, with quite a few of them aged and infused in-house. Reilly recently added a few fall cocktails to the seasonal menu and promises that he has even more in the works for the upcoming winter.

The Twisted Tail’s Pumpkin Spice Old Fashioned spruces up the classic for a seasonal drink. (Photo used with permission from Twisted Tail.)

Pumpkinspice Old Fashioned

Barrel Aged Rum

Pumpkin Spice Dram


Whiskey Barrel Aged Bitters

The Old Woodsman

Old Overholt Bonded Rye

Vanilla & Raisin Syrup


Pimento Bitters

Granny’s Flannel

Pig’s Nose Blended Scotch

Blanc Vermouth

Granny Smith Apple Juice



McGillin’s Olde Ale House

1310 Drury Street

Philadelphia, PA 19107

(215) 735-5562

McGillin’s Olde Ale House, Philadelphia’s oldest continuously operating tavern, is all-in when it comes to fall flavors. They’re serving plenty of seasonal beer (get the list here) and a rotating list of fall-inspired foods such as pork pumpkin apple cider stew, pumpkin mac and cheese, pumpkin soup and more. They don’t skimp on the fall cocktails either. Here are just a few drinks from their seasonal menu. Click here for the full list, along with recipes.

McGillin’s offers its Pumpkin Martini every fall. The addition of chocolate makes it a real treat. (Photo provided by McGillin’s.)

Pumpkin Martini

Pinnacle vanilla vodka

Pumpkin smash liquor


Cinnamon sugar

(Also available with chocolate!)

Fall Sangria

Pinot Noir

Philly’s Stateside vodka

Raspberry liquor

Club soda and ice

Orange slice

McGillin’s Autumn Mule replaces the lime in the traditional drink with a splash of cranberry and orange. (Photo provided by McGillin’s.)

Autumn Mule

Ketel One vodka

Gosling’s ginger beer

Splash of cranberry and fresh-squeezed orange juice

The Continental Mid-town

1801 Chestnut Street

Philadelphia, PA 19103

(215) 567-1800

This Stephen Starr spot prides itself on being three stories of fun, full of unexpected and whimsical touches. Playful spins on classics such as cheesesteak spring rolls and French onion soup dumplings make great cool weather bites. And the bar is ready for the season with these fall-inspired cocktails.

The Seedy Character

Bluecoat gin

Pomegranate, lime, mint

The Night is Dark & Full of Whiskey

Jim Beam bourbon

Coffee-infused Averna amaro


Apple cider adds seasonal flavor to this cocktail from The Continental Mid-town. (Photo provided by Continental Mid-town.)

Deer Hunter

Cazadores Reposado

Apple cider

Agave, lemon, bitters, cinnamon

Prosecco Punch


Smirnoff vodka


Plum, pomegranate, cranberry, rosemary

By Michelle Reese

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