These tasty fall bourbon cocktails feature the flavors of the season! Pair whiskey with maple, pumpkin, apple cider and more.
When fall rolls around, there’s no spirit that captures the season better than bourbon! Warm and robust, its rich flavor pairs perfectly with the fruits of the season. It’s ideal with apple cider, maple, cinnamon, and even pumpkin. Here are the best fall bourbon cocktails to try this season: from spins on classics like the Pumpkin Old Fashioned, to the centuries old Hot Toddy. Ready to get started?
And now…the best fall bourbon cocktails to try this season!
Here's a fall bourbon cocktail that's a spin on the classic: the Maple Old Fashioned! This twist uses maple syrup instead of sugar, along with the classic whiskey and bitters. Give it a swirl and a taste, and it’s even smoother than the original! The maple syrup adds hints of caramel and vanilla that give even more nuance and sophistication to each sip. It’s a great fall cocktail or drink for winter that warms the soul!
Ingredients: Bourbon whiskey, maple syrup, Angostura bitters
Looking for a fall bourbon cocktail that exudes all the cozy vibes? Try this Apple Cider Cocktail! Cider pairs perfectly with sweet and spicy bourbon in this sophisticated drink. It’s got a hint of lemon and a surprise ingredient that rounds out the flavors into a meld that’s intriguing, complex and highly drinkable!
Ingredients: Apple cider, bourbon, sweet vermouth, lemon juice, orange bitters
Want a Manhattan that's perfect for fall? Try the Bourbon Manhattan! Over here, we love the smooth, sweet flavor of bourbon whiskey. While a Manhattan is classically made with spicy rye whiskey, we prefer it made with bourbon. The notes of oak, vanilla and caramel oak in bourbon are the perfect match for sweet vermouth.
Ingredients: Bourbon whiskey, sweet red vermouth, Angostura bitters
Here’s a classic bourbon drink that’s required for fall: Hot Spiked Apple Cider! There’s something about the combination of sweet cinnamon and cloves with the subtle spicy finish of bourbon that’s absolutely soul warming. The liquor melds seamlessly into the hot cider, making a smooth sip and a cozy finish. This recipe has just the right balance of spices with alcohol: and a side benefit: it makes your kitchen smell like a fall candle.
Ingredients: Apple cider, bourbon, cinnamon, cloves, star anise
Looking for a signature fall bourbon cocktail? Try the Cranberry Bourbon Cocktail! It’s balanced, sweet tart, and complex, fruity with intriguing notes from sweet vermouth. Because it stars cranberry and bourbon it’s ideal for fall entertaining. But it works for any season and occasion!
The Lion's Tail is a 1930's cocktail that features a combination of bourbon with allspice dram, a unique allspice liqueur. The ingredient fell out of use in the 1980’s, only to re-appear on the scene in 2008 with the revival of classic cocktails. Today, you can find it at your liquor store or even make DIY allspice dram! It's unique cocktail that will impress everyone!
Looking for a fall bourbon cocktail with everyone's favorite seasonal food? Try the Pumpkin Old Fashioned! This one is for bourbon-lovers: it’s a nuanced slow sipper with notes of vanilla, maple and spice. It’s barely sweet and bourbon-forward, ideal for sipping by the fireside or any fall occasion. While it’s bright orange, it tastes just like the Classic Old Fashioned you love…only cozier.
Ingredients: Bourbon, pumpkin puree, maple syrup, pumpkin pie spice, vanilla
The bourbon sour is a cocktail for any season: and it's absolutely perfect in fall! The flavor is the ideal blend of sweet and tart, with the vanilla and oak notes of bourbon on the finish. Want to make it even more fall? Use maple syrup instead of simple syrup, and even a pinch of cinnamon.
Ingredients: Bourbon whiskey, lemon, simple syrup or maple syrup
Need a warming bourbon drink for fall? Try the Bourbon Hot Toddy! Pour hot apple cider water over a shot of bourbon, then top off with lemon and spices. It’s bourbon forward and perfect for sipping on chilly evenings!
Ingredients: Bourbon, lemon, honey or maple syrup, apple cider
This classy fall bourbon cocktail has a retro name and a sweet tart flavor: it’s the Gold Rush! It’s a modern spin on the classic whiskey sour using honey instead. The combination of the zing of the lemon, the nuance of the honey, and the spicy whiskey finish is perfection.
Last up in our fall bourbon cocktails: Apple Cider and Whiskey! These two ingredients go hand in hand, the spicy whiskey complimenting the sweet tart cider perfectly. The great part about this pairing? You can drink it hot or cold! Make it as a lowball cocktail with big chunks of clear ice, or opt for hot spiked cider spiced with cinnamon and cloves.
More seasonal inspiration
Looking for inspiration beyond these fall bourbon cocktails? There are lots more seasonal drinks using vodka, rum, tequila, and more! Here are more fall drinks to peruse: