DIY cocktails to improve your subsequent yard hangout

With cooler temperatures, colorful foliage, and fewer crowds, fall is the best time to relax outdoors, whether you’re camping by car or in your yard. The best way to enjoy it? With a cocktail, of course. This is where Crystal Sagan, the owner of Boulder, Colorado’s Cocktail Caravan, comes in. For Sagan, who runs events using a 1969 Skyline Aljo trailer called Lolita, the point is to keep everything simple and fresh. “I always want the ingredients to speak for themselves,” she says, “and never for my drinks to get too complicated.” Here are three of their seasonal favorites.

The grapefruit Aperol Spritz

Sagan recommends this easy-to-drink, non-alcoholic cocktail for the early afternoon when it is still t-shirt weather. “I hold onto every last drop of autumn warmth,” she says. She mixes fresh grapefruit juice into the classic recipe because it adds a touch of tartness that makes the drink even more refreshing. Preferred receptacle: YETI Rambler 10 ounce wine tumbler


  • 3 ounces of dry prosecco
  • 1½ ounces of Aperol
  • 1 ounce soda
  • ½ ounce grapefruit juice
  • 1 orange slice

Put all liquid ingredients in a glass, cover with ice and stir. Garnish with the fresh orange slice.

The old fashioned

When temperatures drop later in the afternoon, Sagan likes to move on to something a little stronger. Your choice is old fashioned, very alcoholic, which means you can try the alcohol right away. That’s why she makes hers with bourbon instead of whiskey because it’s a little smoother and more accessible. Preferred ship: YETI 10-ounce lowball


  • 1 orange slice
  • ½ ounce simple syrup
  • 3 drops of Angostura bitter
  • 1½ ounces bourbon
  • 1 Luxardo cherry

Add orange, simple syrup, and bitters to a glass and mix (or use a wooden spoon to smash the orange). Add bourbon, cover with ice and stir. Garnish with the Luxardo cherry.


The harvest moon

This is a popular fall cocktail for Sagan because it contains pears that are harvested each fall where she lives in Colorado, as well as cinnamon and cardamom. It can be made with vodka or tequila, and thanks to the pears, it has a refreshing taste like you’ve never tried before. The drink takes a little work – there is some confusion and effort – but the Rambler 10-ounce mug is perfect. The solid construction is great for mashing, and the MagSlider lid will help when you pour the ingredients through a sieve into your 10-ounce lowball. Preferred receptacle: YETI Rambler 10-ounce mug with MagSlider lid


  • 2-3 slices of ripe pear
  • ¾ ounce of fresh lemon juice
  • ¾ ounce of simple syrup
  • 1½ ounces of vodka
  • Ground cinnamon
  • Line of ground cardamom
  • 1 cinnamon stick

Add pear, lemon, and simple syrup to a glass and mix (or use a wooden spoon to smash the pear). Add vodka and ground spices and top with ice. Shake vigorously for ten seconds. Strain to remove pear pulp, then pour over ice and garnish with the cinnamon stick.

How to make simple syrup: Bring ½ cup of water to the boil and remove from the stove. Stir in ½ cup of sugar until everything has dissolved. Store in the refrigerator until use.

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