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Top Five Fall Drinks

By Staff | Oct 28, 2008

With a change in seasons comes a change in drinks — warm, rich and fruity drinks to entice the taste buds. The top five alcoholic drink recipes for the fall season are: Mulled cider, Irish Coffee, Hot Buttered Rum, Wassail and the number one drink recipe, Sangria. Students at West Virginia University and a local Morgantown bartender give their point of view on some of fall’s hottest drinks and agree that Sangria is a favorite.

The No. 1 choice, Sangria, began in Spain and has become one of the most refreshingly popular party drinks around the world. Sangria was first served at the 1964 World’s Fair in New York and from there history was made. Sangria is made in restaurants all around the world and is one of the most individualistic drinks out there because it can be made in so many different ways.

“ I have had both Sangria and Irish coffee but I really enjoy Sangrias because they are easy to make and you can have a wide variety of different kinds,” said Eric Ziegler, a junior speech pathology and audiology major at WVU.

Ziegler also enjoys whiskey and hot apple cider, which may not sound good together but he said it surprisingly is and it’s easy to make.

“My favorite fall drink would probably be mulled cider because the mixture of spices in any kind of cider creates an aroma and taste that is so comforting and many things about fall are comforting—we bring out the sweaters, eat the comfort foods like beef and potatoes, and cider just mixes in with all of that,” said Erin Wooddell, a senior news editorial major at WVU.

Wooddell also said that when her family gets together, they like to make hot spiced apple cider because all the seasonings are in a little pouch making it an easy to make drink.

Jessica Shaffer, a 24-year-old bartender at Kegler’s Sports Bar and Lounge in Morgantown, said she serves many drinks this time of year but the most popular are draft beers, Captain Morgan and Coke, and Bloody Marys.

“My favorite drink to make this time of year is Irish coffee because I’m a coffee drinker and it makes me warm. Everyone makes them differently but I just put a shot of Baileys, some whiskey and coffee in mine,” she said.

Shaffer said that when the bartenders at Kegler’s make Sangria, they pour in Triple Sec and red wine and a lot of fresh cut fruit like oranges limes and lemons and they let it chill for four hours.

Not matter what your taste, there is sure to be a drink on this list that you and your friends and family can enjoy. Be sure to stay warm and drink responsibly.

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