From caramel apple poptails to corn cobblers

As bright and juicy summer ingredients fade out of season, warm fall flavors set into Chicago bars. That means corn, cinnamon, apple, and more are often mixed and muddled into a seemingly endless roster of new fall cocktails. Autumn also signals the onset of Starbucks’ cultist Pumpkin Spice Latte, and at least one bar mentioned below is serving an anti-take on the popular drink.

Rich in dark spirits like whiskey, brandy, and rum, the below mentioned bars are among the best places to sip the flavors of fall in liquid form.

RPM Steak

Perpetually buzzy River North steak spot RPM Steak has a new fall intoxicant on the cocktail list as of this month. Barman Joseph Lapi conceived of this seasonal gin and tonic titled “the M gin & tonic,” and it calls for Monkey 47 gin, apple brandy, riesling, lemongrass, cranberries and Fever-Tree tonic. Says Lapi, “While many gin and tonics call for lime, we use these heartier fall ingredients to help stretch the seasons.”


Who says a Spritz can only be sipped in the summer? The Loop Italian haunt Petterino’s believes otherwise. Enter, “the Harvest Spritz,” by bartender Blake Dressel, who explains that his drink contains “a balanced mix of bitter orange amaro, the crisp semi-dry Right Bee Cider and spicy ginger beer.” On the menu as of this month, the cocktail comes in a wine glass filled with ice, garnished with an apple slice and orange peel twist.

Osteria Via Stato

River North’s Osteria Via Stato is feeling fall via its “farmer’s mule.” Bartender Dan Kurtzman added the drink earlier this month, offering a blend of local pears, cinnamon, vodka, and ginger beer.