Comfort food and spiced drinks are two of the most beloved parts of the winter holidays – and many holiday recipes are made with two of winter’s favorite ingredients: apples and pumpkins!
Here are some delicious apple and pumpkin recipes from local Fairfax County restaurants that you can concoct for this year's holidays. If you give these a try, be sure to share your photos and reviews with us on social media using #FXVA and @VisitFairfax. (Already planning for New Year's? Check out these festive cocktail recipes from last year!)
Caboose Commons’ Pumpkin Pie Latte
- 2 shots of espresso
- Caboose’s pumpkin pie sauce
This delicious pumpkin drink can be made both iced or hot. If you don't want to make it at home, you can find it at both of Caboose Brewing Co.'s locations: Caboose Commons in Merrifield and Caboose Tavern in Vienna.
Seasons 52 Pumpkin Spice Margarita
- Calirosa ‘Rosa Blanco’ Tequila
- Orange liqueur
- Pumpkin Purée
- Seasonal Margarita Mix
- A dash of ground cinnamon
- Cinnamon Stick for garnish
This is no ordinary margarita! Try your hand at this specialty twist on the traditional drink with a Pumpkin Spice Margarita from Seasons 52 - or head there to pick one up. This limited-time cocktail is available at the restaurant now through Thanksgiving. When paired with a Pumpkin Pie Mini Indulgence, it’s the perfect way for cocktail enthusiasts to enjoy double the pumpkin goodness.
Glory Days’ Apple Ginger Mule
- 1 ½ oz. Crown Apple®
- 1 oz. Apple Cider
- 2 oz. Gosling’s Ginger Beer
- 2 each Lemon Wedges
- Ice (as needed)
- Apple Wheel and Sip Stick for garnish
- Fill mule mug to the rim with cubed ice.
- Pour Crown Apple® and apple cider over ice.
- Squeeze two lemon wedges in a mug; discard wedges.
- Top with ginger beer.
- Float apple wheel on top of the drink.
- Add sip stick.
This seasonal version of the classic mule mixes Crown Apple®, fresh-squeezed lemon, and local apple cider, finished off with a touch of ginger beer, and can be found at the region’s multiple Glory Days Grill locations. Hot tip: Add Goldschlager® and Butterscotch to make it an Apple Pie Mule!
Social Burger’s Pumpkin Pie Milkshake
- Vanilla ice cream
- A scoop of pumpkin pie filling
- A spoonful of ground ginger snaps
Taking pumpkin pie with a scoop of ice cream to the next level! Try this delicious milkshake at Social Burger in Vienna for just $7.25 – available in-store, but also can be ordered for delivery by phone, online, or through the Social Burger app, UberEats, and DoorDash. Hot tip: If you want to make this at home, but with a richer flavor, add a spoonful of apple butter!
Urbano 116’s Pumpkin Margarita
- 2 oz. Altos Reposado Tequila
- 1/2 oz. Cointreau
- 1 oz. Lime Juice
- 3/4 oz. Pumpkin Spice Syrup
- Make the Pumpkin Spice Syrup by mixing water, brown sugar, pumpkin puree, nutmeg, ginger, cloves, and cinnamon.
- Mix ingredients in a mixer.
True Food Kitchen's Common Bond
Photo courtesy True Food Kitchen
- 0.5 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
- 0.5 oz Simple Syrup
- 1 oz Fresh Apple Juice
- 1.5 oz Chai Infused Old Grand Dad Bourbon
- To infuse Bourbon:
- 15g Chai Tea per 1 liter Old Grand Dad Bourbon; let rest for 12 hours, strain, bottle and label.
- To infuse Bourbon:
- Combine ingredients in tin w/ 3/4 ice - SHAKE
- Dump into a bucket glass
- Garnish: Luxardo Cherry on pick
This apple-based drink from True Food Kitchen is nothing less than a-peel-ing! Delight your guests with a unique chai-infused bourbon like they've never had before. If you'd like to try this drink made by the pros instead, you can visit True Food Kitchen's two Fairfax County locations in Reston or Merrifield.
Which of these recipes is your favorite? Have you had a delicious apple or pumpkin drink at an area restaurant in the past? Share your favorites below in the comments or tag your experiences on social media with #FXVA or @VisitFairfax so we can live vicariously through you!