By Jess Clevenger – Fall is officially here and there are signs of it everywhere in Gettysburg, Pa. The days and nights are crisper and cooler, the leaves are just beginning to turn, there is that “fall smell” in the air and seasonal specials are being featured at all of our favorite restaurants and shops.
For when you’re looking to unwind after a long day, relax with friends on the weekend, or if you just want to try something new and different, we’ve got a round-up of Gettysburg’s must-try fall cocktails and drinks. There’s nothing better than the warm, rich flavors of fall, and these cocktails feature those flavors in the best way.
Pumpkin is undoubtedly one of the most treasured fall flavors and the Dobbin House’s pumpkin pie martini is a must-try for all the pumpkin lovers out there. Pumpkin and coffee liqueurs are mixed with butterscotch schnapps and a splash of half and half, then topped with a dollop of whipped cream and a sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice to create the sweet, seasonal cocktail. Stop by the Dobbin House Tavern, Gettysburg’s oldest building, to try this enticing fall cocktail.
Caramel apples are a staple fall treat, and Adams County Winery is stepping up the game with their indulgent caramel apple sangria cocktail. Adams County Winery’s scrapple wine – apple wine with a touch of spice – is mixed with rum, apple cider, mulling spices, sliced apples and pears and wait for it – caramel sauce. Be sure to stop by the winery’s farm winery in Orrtanna, Pa., or their downtown Gettysburg location to try this decadent cocktail.
One Lincoln’s fall cider sangria is a locavore’s delight. The cocktail begins with locally produced Big Hill Ciderworks hard cider and locally grown red delicious apples. Pinot Noir, Fireball cinnamon whiskey and cranberry juice finish it off, creating a fresh, warming cocktail with a slight bite. To try this cocktail, stop by One Lincoln in the historic Gettysburg Hotel right on the square in Gettysburg.
For those looking to try something out of the ordinary, Mason Dixon Distillery’s Haymakers Tea is just the ticket. The cocktail starts with refreshing black tea and produced in-house vodka, and then molasses and spices are added, adding the rich, warm flavors of autumn. To try this adventurous cocktail, stop by Mason Dixon Distillery’s newly-opened tasting room in downtown Gettysburg.
Rutty Buck Pumpkin Ale – Appalachian Brewing Co.
This seasonal favorite begins with real pumpkin, caramelized to enhance the natural sugars. It’s not overly spicy, and the fresh pumpkin is the star of the show, the ABC brewmasters say.
And don’t forget that Gettysburg is Cider Town! The countryside that surrounds the historic town is brimming with apples and local cideries are busy bringing in the harvest to make fresh hard cider – ranging from sweet to crisp, and hoppy to peachy.
Two local wineries – Hauser Estate Winery, which makes Jack’s Hard Cider, and Reid’s Orchard & Winery, both have tasting rooms at their home wineries as well as Downtown Gettysburg. A third cidery – Big Hill Ciderworks – can be found throughout Gettysburg at local restaurants, bars and taverns.
We invite you to #TasteGettysburg this autumn with a weekend getaway. Learn more at www.destinationgettysburg.com.