There’s nothing like dining al fresco when the air is crisp, a fire is burning, and the decorating is as simple as a few, well-placed amber or golden leaves. We’ve rounded up five inspiring outdoor spaces, complete with delicious fall cocktail recipes that will keep everyone feeling cozy all year round.
Adorn your outdoor living space with comfortable chairs and a collection of pillows and blankets at the ready. Oversize gourds and a sprinkling of leaves are all that’s needed to set the harvest mood.
Photographer: Donna Griffith
Source: House & Home October 2021
Designer: Stylist: Stacy Begg; design assistance by Leigh Pascaris; Design: Barbara Purdy; Architecture: Murakami Design
Drink Pick: Santa Rosa
The crisp air deserves an equally refreshing cocktail. Mix 3oz Cupcake LightHearted Chardonnay with 1 Tbsp of strawberry syrup, 3 basil leaves, ice and 0.5 oz lemon juice in a shaker. Shake well. Strain over a wine glass with frozen strawberries and lemon slices. Top with soda.
Keep your guests — and your décor — dry and warm with a glass roof that allows you a view of the stars. Complete the look with a linear fireplace and faux fur throws to ward off the chill.
Photographer: Stacey Brandford
Source: House & Home March 2014
Designer: Lloyd Ralphs Design
Drink Pick: Blueberry Fields Forever
Keep the cozy-cool feel going with a deliciously stylish berry cocktail.Combine 3 oz of Cupcake LightHearted Chardonnay, 1 oz of Lillet, 0.5 oz of blueberry purée, 0.5 oz of lemon juice and a dash of Fee Brothers Cardamom Bitters (optional). Shake over ice, strain into a martini glass and garnish with fresh blueberries.
A generously sized sectional sets the tone for all-day lounging. Brass lanterns and an expansive wood-burning fireplace provide warmth, even in the sunshine.
Photographer: Alex Lukey
Source: House & Home April 2021
Drink Pick: Spiced Pineapple Punch
Complement a crackling outdoor fire with a drink spiced with chai tea and fresh ginger. Stir together 8oz of chai tea, 8 oz of pineapple juice, 2 oz of lime juice and 3 Tbsp grated ginger into a large mixing glass. Pour into ice molds and freeze for approximately 4 hours. When ready, pop the cubes in a cocktail glass and top with Cupcake LightHearted Chardonnay. Garnish with a lime peel twist.
A patterned tablecloth creates a bold accent to a classic teak dining set. Accessorize it with a pitcher of berry branches, a collection of festive pumpkins and a spectacular forest view.
Photographer: Angus Fergusson
Source: House & Home October 2013
Designer: Sarah Richardson Design
Drink Pick: Blueberry Sangria
Always a crowd-pleaser, it’s the perfect sipping and lounging cocktail. Pour 5 oz of Cupcake LightHearted Chardonnay and 2 oz of berry flavored club soda over ice. Add fresh blueberries and strawberries and enjoy!
Royal blue cushions and lush greenery provide depth and interest to an intimate backyard corner. Enhance the relaxed mood by stringing lights overhead.
Photographer: Courtesy of Compass
Drink Pick: Kombucha Lime Spritz
Feel good about a cocktail with just 125 calories and gut-friendly kombucha. Combine 2 oz of lime juice, 4 oz of berry-flavored kombucha, and 2 oz of Cupcake LightHearted Chardonnay. Pour over ice and garnish with a lime wheel.