15 decadent autumn drinks

Autumn is one of the most magical times of year. As we bid farewell to summer and the nights begin to draw in, the trees perform their annual dance, shedding their flame-like leaves that crunch pleasingly underfoot.

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With apples, blackberries and mushrooms in abundance, autumn is time for bracing country walks, tweed blazers, brown boots and roaring fires.

Londoners have a plethora of parks in which to marvel at the ruby, burnt orange and amber hues of the trees during this season of “mist and mellow fruitfulness” as Keats so beautifully described it. Richmond park is particularly pretty at this time of year but beware of rutting stags.

As “barred clouds bloom the soft-dying day”, a log fire and soft armchair beckons. Increasingly in tune to the passing of time, the capital’s best bars are becoming ever more seasonal in their focus and cocktail lists are being elaborately tweaked to reflect and celebrate the ingredients in season.

After a long walk through Regent’s, St James’s or Hyde Park, you can warm your cockles with these autumnal sips that shine a light on everything from apples and figs, to cinnamon, birch sap and cider brandy. Read on for our cherry picked crop of autumn cocktails on pour in the Big Smoke.

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