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I've got my own idea of autumn. In my mind, autumn means sitting by the fire listening to Paolo Nutini with an ice-free cocktail in my hand and a book I'm pretending to read in the other.

I usually drink the same things, but if you're looking for a twist, or a different take on a drink you've had before to warm you up as the temperature goes down, here are five ideas.

Passionfruit Margarita

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Photo by Bảo Ngọc Hồ on Unsplash

I know passion fruit isn't exactly associated with autumn, or cold weather, but that's the point. Passion fruit can transport you back to the beach in an instant. You can keep the basic structure of a Margarita or other classic cocktail and add any tropical fruit of your choice.

Mulled wine

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Photo by Alisa Anton on Unsplash

Mulled wine is a classic choice for when the weather starts to get colder and always makes me think of Christmas. It has a base of red wine, which is heated with spices and fruits. It is served warm, or hot, and guaranteed to keep you toasty when it's cold outside.

Apple Sidecar

An Apple Sidecar is made with Cointreau, apple cider and brandy, meaning this cocktail is sweet, but also has a high alcohol volume. It's the perfect drink for autumnal nights, provided you have a sweet tooth and a love of booze.

White Russian

The White Russian is a classic, and not just during winter or autumn. The original recipe is made with vodka, coffee liqueur and cream or milk, served with ice. Because it's such a popular drink, there are several variants. Just make sure it's served in an old-fashioned glass.

Salmiakki Black Martini

You're going to love this. This is a Martini made with the addition of Salmiakki Koskenkorva, a popular Finnish liqueur. Salmiakki Koskenkorva is made with Koskenkorva Viina vodka with salmiakki, which is a type of salty liquorice.

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