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15 Best Fall Cocktails to Try This Season

by Owen Ingalls November 15, 2023 6 min read

15 Best Fall Cocktails to Try This Season

Welcome to the world of fall cocktails, where the flavors of autumn come to life in your glass! As the leaves turn and the air gets crisp, it's the perfect time to explore these 15 delightful cocktails.

Each one is a celebration of the season's best flavors, from the warmth of spices to the richness of seasonal fruits. Get ready to mix, shake, and stir your way through the best that fall has to offer!

15 Best Cocktails for Fall

1. Spiced Apple Cider Margarita

This cocktail is a delightful fusion of traditional margarita elements with the quintessential flavors of fall. The tartness of the apple cider melds beautifully with the smoothness of tequila, while a dash of cinnamon adds a warm, spicy undertone. 

It's like sipping on a crisp autumn day, with each sip bringing a refreshing yet cozy sensation, perfect for those transitional fall evenings.

  • Ingredients: Tequila, apple cider, lemon juice, cinnamon
  • Directions: Shake all ingredients with ice, strain into a glass, and garnish with an apple slice.

2. Pumpkin Spice White Russian

Indulge in the essence of fall with this creamy concoction. The Pumpkin Spice White Russian is a decadent blend of vodka and coffee liqueur, enriched with a swirl of cream and a generous sprinkle of pumpkin spice. This cocktail is like a dessert in a glass, offering a comforting warmth with its velvety texture and the familiar, heartwarming taste of pumpkin spice.

  • Ingredients: Vodka, coffee liqueur, cream, pumpkin spice
  • Directions: Combine ingredients over ice in a glass, stir gently, and serve.

3. Maple Bourbon Old Fashioned

Reinventing the timeless Old Fashioned with a fall twist, this cocktail combines the deep, rich flavors of bourbon with the sweet, earthy tones of maple syrup. The addition of bitters balances the sweetness, creating a sophisticated, multi-layered drink. Each sip is a reminder of autumn's simplicity and richness, making it a perfect choice for sipping by the fire.

  • Ingredients: Bourbon, maple syrup, bitters
  • Directions: Mix ingredients in a glass with ice, stir, and garnish with an orange twist.

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4. Caramel Apple Martini

This playful martini takes the classic flavors of a caramel apple and transforms them into an elegant cocktail. The combination of apple vodka and butterscotch liqueur creates a sweet, smooth base, while a splash of apple cider adds a touch of tartness. It's a whimsical yet refined drink, evoking memories of autumn fairs and caramel-dipped apples.

  • Ingredients: Apple vodka, butterscotch liqueur, apple cider
  • Directions: Shake ingredients with ice, strain into a martini glass, and garnish with an apple slice.

5. Cranberry Moscow Mule

A vibrant and zesty cocktail, the Cranberry Moscow Mule is a colorful addition to any fall gathering. The sharpness of the cranberry juice complements the spicy kick of ginger beer, while the vodka provides a smooth backdrop. Served in a traditional copper mug, this drink is not only a feast for the palate but also for the eyes.

  • Ingredients: Vodka, ginger beer, lime juice, cranberry juice
  • Directions: Combine in a copper mug with ice, stir, and garnish with cranberries.

6. Fig and Honey Cocktail

This cocktail is a celebration of autumn's more sophisticated flavors. The natural sweetness of fig jam blends seamlessly with the rich warmth of bourbon, while a touch of honey adds a smooth, mellow sweetness. A squeeze of lemon juice brings a bright, refreshing acidity, making this drink a refined choice for a cool autumn evening.

  • Ingredients: Bourbon, fig jam, honey, lemon juice
  • Directions: Shake ingredients with ice, strain into a glass, and garnish with a fig slice.

7. Pear and Cinnamon Gin Fizz

Light, effervescent, and subtly sweet, the Pear and Cinnamon Gin Fizz is a delightful cocktail that captures the essence of fall. The gentle sweetness of pear nectar pairs beautifully with the botanical notes of gin, while a hint of cinnamon adds a spicy warmth. Topped with club soda, this cocktail is both refreshing and comforting.

  • Ingredients: Gin, pear nectar, lemon juice, cinnamon, club soda
  • Directions: Shake gin, pear nectar, lemon juice, and cinnamon with ice, pour into a glass, top with club soda.

8. Toasted Hazelnut Toddy

Embrace the cooler weather with this warm, soothing cocktail. The Toasted Hazelnut Toddy combines the rich flavors of whiskey and hazelnut liqueur with the sweetness of honey. Served hot, it's the perfect drink to warm up with on a chilly fall night, offering comfort and warmth with every sip.

  • Ingredients: Whiskey, hazelnut liqueur, honey, hot water
  • Directions: Combine in a mug, stir, and garnish with a cinnamon stick.

9. Salted Caramel Espresso Martini

This cocktail is a luxurious blend of rich, bold flavors. The combination of vodka and espresso provides a robust base, while the salted caramel syrup adds a luscious, indulgent sweetness. It's a sophisticated drink that's perfect for those who love a little decadence in their cocktail, with a caffeine kick to keep the autumn evenings lively.

  • Ingredients: Vodka, espresso, salted caramel syrup
  • Directions: Shake ingredients with ice, strain into a martini glass, and garnish with coffee beans.

10. Apple Cinnamon Sangria

A festive and fruity concoction, this sangria is perfect for fall celebrations. It combines the full-bodied flavors of red wine with the warmth of brandy and the sweetness of apple cider. Cinnamon sticks and assorted fruits infuse the drink with a medley of autumnal flavors, making it a delightful choice for sharing with friends.

  • Ingredients: Red wine, brandy, apple cider, cinnamon sticks, assorted fruits
  • Directions: Mix in a pitcher, let sit for flavors to meld, serve over ice.

11. Bourbon Pecan Pie Cocktail

This cocktail is a liquid homage to the classic pecan pie, blending the boldness of bourbon with the sweet, nutty flavors of pecan. The addition of dark corn syrup deepens the richness, creating a smooth, velvety texture that's reminiscent of the pie's filling. Each sip is a delightful balance of nuttiness and sweetness, making it a perfect after-dinner treat for those crisp fall evenings.

  • Ingredients: Bourbon, dark corn syrup, pecan liqueur
  • Directions: Shake ingredients with ice, strain into a glass, and garnish with pecans.

12. Smoky Harvest Margarita

The Smoky Harvest Margarita is a unique twist on the traditional margarita, infusing the crispness of apple cider with the intriguing depth of mezcal. The smokiness of the mezcal is perfectly complemented by the sweetness of the cider, while a dash of lime juice adds a refreshing zing. This cocktail is a celebration of harvest flavors, ideal for savoring during autumn gatherings.

  • Ingredients: Mezcal, apple cider, lime juice, agave syrup
  • Directions: Shake ingredients with ice, strain into a salt-rimmed glass.

13. Chai Tea Cocktail

Warm and aromatic, this cocktail is like a cozy blanket in a glass. It combines the spiced richness of chai tea with the smoothness of vodka, softened by a splash of milk or cream. A drizzle of honey adds a natural sweetness, enhancing the chai's comforting spices. It's an inviting drink that's perfect for relaxing evenings as the leaves fall outside. 

  • Ingredients: Vodka, chai tea, milk or cream, honey
  • Directions: Shake ingredients with ice, strain into a glass, sprinkle with cinnamon. 

14. Blackberry Bramble

This cocktail is a delightful blend of the late summer and early fall harvest. The tartness of fresh blackberries pairs beautifully with the citrusy sharpness of lemon juice, while the gin provides a crisp, botanical base. The simple syrup balances the tartness, creating a refreshing and fruity drink that's both vibrant and deeply flavorful.

  • Ingredients: Gin, blackberry liqueur, lemon juice, simple syrup
  • Directions: Shake ingredients with ice, strain into a glass, garnish with blackberries.

15. Hot Buttered Rum

A classic winter warmer, the Hot Buttered Rum is a rich and indulgent cocktail perfect for the colder months of fall. The combination of dark rum with butter and brown sugar creates a creamy, caramel-like base, while a sprinkle of cinnamon adds a hint of spice. Served hot, this cocktail is a comforting, soul-warming treat, ideal for sipping on a brisk autumn night.

  • Ingredients: Dark rum, butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, hot water
  • Directions: Combine in a mug, stir until butter melts, garnish with a cinnamon stick.

Conclusion

There you have it – 15 fabulous fall cocktails to spice up your season! Whether you're a fan of sweet, spicy, tangy, or creamy drinks, there's something here for everyone to enjoy. Don't be afraid to experiment with these recipes and add your own flair. Mix and match ingredients, play with garnishes, and most importantly, have fun with it. Here's to a flavorful fall filled with delicious cocktails. Cheers!



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