Top Liquors to Warm You Up This Fall

Ah, fall—the season of pumpkin-spiced everything, cozy sweaters, and the impending doom of having to rake a gazillion leaves. But fear not, my fellow autumnal wanderers, for there is a silver lining to this cloud of falling foliage. I’m not talking about the soothing sound of leaves crunching beneath your boots, nor the therapeutic joy of sipping a hot apple cider while wrapped in a blanket cocoon. No, I’m talking about the glorious elixirs that can take the chill off your bones and the edge off your soul—liquors, my friends, the kind that warm you up from the inside out.

flor cana rum

Flor de Caña Rum

Let’s start with something that’s been aged longer than some of our favorite memes—Flor de Caña Rum. This 12-year-old, super premium rum is so well-balanced it could win a tightrope-walking competition. Distilled and aged in bourbon casks, it emerges with a smoothness that rivals the best ice skaters, and a flavor profile that’s more complex than a telenovela plot.

What makes Flor de Caña truly intriguing, however, is its origin story. Crafted at a 5th generation family estate that’s been around since 1890, this rum is aged naturally without artificial ingredients, right at the base of a tropical volcano. Yes, a volcano. Because what’s better than sipping a rum that’s been chilling (or rather, warming) next to molten lava? Oh, and don’t forget the recommended serving style—a splash of sparkling water or ginger ale, an orange peel for that citrusy zing, or go all classic with an Old Fashioned. It’s like embracing the warmth of the earth in a glass.

Dottie Mays

Dottie May’s Oatmilk Cream Liqueur

Now, cream liqueurs might sound as predictable as the barrage of Christmas decorations hitting stores the day after Halloween, but bear with me, because Dottie May’s Oatmilk Cream Liqueur is here to disrupt the status quo. This cream liqueur decided to rebel by ditching the dairy and embracing oatmilk—yes, you heard that right, oatmilk, the unsung hero of plant-based milk options.

With high-quality American whiskey in the mix, Dottie’s struts onto the scene as a dairy-free, gluten-free, vegan alternative that’s as smooth as a jazz saxophonist’s solo. Its flavor profile—cocoa, toffee, vanilla—makes you feel like you’re sipping a dessert and a nightcap in one fell swoop. And while we often associate cream liqueurs with winter, Dottie’s is ready for a summer fling, particularly in the form of frozen espresso martinis. Just ask the folks at Chicago’s Lone Wolf, where the frozen espresso martini made with Dottie May’s has become the hottest ticket in town. It seems even liquors know how to pivot these days.

First Light

First Light Coffee Whiskey

Lastly, we have a spirit that’s like a sunrise in a bottle—First Light Coffee Whiskey. If you thought coffee was only good for perking you up in the morning, think again. This whiskey, born from a craft grain-to-glass distillery, marries organic raw agave, all-natural coffee flavors, and premium corn whiskey in a union so seamless it would make wedding planners jealous.

But what truly sets First Light apart is its commitment to being everything you love and nothing you don’t. It’s the triple bottom line of alcoholic beverages—real ingredients, American-made, and a promise to warm your soul without unnecessary additives. So, when you take a sip of First Light, you’re not just tasting the product; you’re sipping on craftsmanship, sustainability, and a dash of liquid sunshine.

As the leaves fall and the temperature drops, these liquors stand ready to be your companions through the misty evenings and chilly nights. Whether you’re huddled around a bonfire, curled up on the couch, or just looking for an excuse to wear that cozy sweater you bought on sale last spring, these warming elixirs will be there to chase away the cold and bring a smile to your face. Cheers to fall, to warming spirits, and to the inexplicable joy of having an orange peel in your drink.

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