5 Sonoma County Distilleries to Visit for Fall Cocktails

Saying goodbye to summer is never easy but the changing of the seasons comes with a few perks. For example, local distilleries are serving fall-inspired cocktails with a taste of the cozy and festive months ahead. Click through the above gallery to see what some of our favorite distilleries are mixing up for their guests.

Hanson of Sonoma Distillery, Sonoma

“Autumn Apple Spice” has made its debut on the cocktail menu at Hanson of Sonoma. Apple spice infused vodka is mixed with lemon juice, agave, egg white (or aquafaba) and is garnished with fresh grated cinnamon.

Hanson of Sonoma Autumn Apple Spice cocktail
Hanson of Sonoma’s “Autumn Apple Spice” cocktail

“Hanson of Sonoma’s Apple Spice Cocktail is a great drink to sip on this fall — it gives off a warm, cozy feeling,” says Brandon Hanson, master blender at Hanson of Sonoma. “The sweetness from the apples mixes perfectly with the tartness from the lemon and the blend of spices adds in just the right amount of earthy flavor. This vodka based cocktail pairs perfectly with any seasonal dish, cheers!”

Hanson of Sonoma is open seven days a week from 11 a.m to 5:30 p.m. Wood-fired pizza is available Friday through Sunday. Reservations highly recommended. 22985 Burndale Road, Sonoma, 707-343-1805

Young & Yonder Spirits, Healdsburg

“Fall Colors” never tasted so good. This new cocktail from Young & Yonder Spirits in Healdsburg features Amaro, vodka, lime juice, house-made grenadine and a cherry garnish.

Young and Yonder Healdsburg's Fall Colors Cocktail
Young & Yonder Spirits “Fall Colors” cocktail

“This cocktail is the perfect seasonal cocktail,” says Sarah Opatz, who owns Young & Yonder with her husband Joshua. “It has bright berry and citrus flavors that represent the end of summer, paired with some bitter herbal notes that are perfect for a fall sipper.

The tasting room is open for cocktails and tastings Friday through Sunday, 12 – 5 p.m.; reservations strongly encouraged. (Limited pick-up and retail sales are available Monday through Thursday). 449 Allan Court, Healdsburg, 707-473-8077

Spirit Works Distillery, Sebastopol

“Shooting Star”  is one of three cocktails Spirit Works has added to the tasting room’s fall menu. Along with vodka, it features passionfruit and pineapple syrup, tamarind-lime-chili mixer and fresh lime juice. The tasting room is open for cocktails and bottle sales Wednesday through Sunday 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. 6790 McKinley Street #100, Sebastopol, 707-634-4793

"Autumn Flame" cocktail by Spirit Works Distillery
“Autumn Flame” cocktail by Spirit Works Distillery

“We started creating this season’s cocktails by selecting the specific spirits we wanted to feature and then paired those with local, seasonal fruit syrups like apple and pear,” says Ashby Marshall, co-owner of Spirit Works Distillery. The “Apple Crusher” includes wheat whiskey, Asian pear shrub, fresh lime juice, simple syrup and sarsaparilla bitters.

Griffo Distillery, Petaluma

A trio of fall inspired cocktails, including the “Deconstructed Amaretto Sour,” (pictured) recently made their debut at Griffo Distillery. The cocktail features Stout whiskey, triple citrus shrub, orgeat syrup, Fever-Tree cola, along with a lemon peel and cherry garnish. It’s co-owner Jenny Griffo’s current favorite of the fall additions.

"Figgy Cup" cocktail from Griffo Distillery
Griffo Distillery’s “Figgy Cup” cocktail 

“Who doesn’t love a fig cocktail in the fall?” says co-owner Jenny Griffo. The “Figgy Cup” cocktail includes the distillery’s Scott Street Gin, Pimm’s, fig shrub, lemon, olive oil bitters, Fever-Tree ginger beer and a dehydrated lemon garnish.

Morning After cocktail from Griffo Distillery in Petaluma
The “Morning After” cocktail from Griffo Distillery

Griffo’s “Morning After” cocktail combines cold brew coffee liqueur with green chile bitters, and Fever-Tree tonic water, with a sprig of rosemary. Griffo frequently partners with well-respected Petaluma bartender Danny Ojinaga to develop cocktails that highlight its craft spirits.

Tours and tastings at Griffo Distillery are available Friday through Sunday; spirits are available for purchase seven days a week. 1320 Scott St, Suite A, Petaluma, 707-879-8755

Barber Lee Spirits, Petaluma

The colorful “Big Baller” cocktail is almost too pretty to drink.  The fall creation includes rye and absinthe blanche, Madeira, orange liqueur, brandied cherry syrup, walnuts bitters, orgeat syrup, lemon, apple pie seasoning and egg white.

Barber Lee Spirits "Big Baller" cocktail
Barber Lee Spirits “Big Baller” cocktail

Another fall cocktail hard to pass up at Barber Lee Spirits is the “Midnight Rider.” It contains apple brandy, sweet vermouth, peritivo, lemon, activated charcoal and egg white. “It’s a fun misnomer cocktail because it looks so dark and spooky, but is incredibly refreshing,” says Barber Lee Spirits co-owner Lorraine Barber.

Midnight Rider cocktail at Barber Lee Spirits in Petaluma
“Midnight Rider” cocktail at Barber Lee Spirits

The Barber Lee Spirits tasting room is open Thursday through Sunday. 120 Washington Street, Petaluma, 707-971-7107


Written by Dana Rebmann

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