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These brilliant fall cocktails highlight the best flavors of the season! Apple, pear, cranberry and cinnamon make the best cozy drinks.

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Once there’s a chill in the air: it’s time for fall drinks! Autumn brings with it the most cozy flavors: apples, pears, pumpkin, cranberries, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger. Here at A Couple Cooks, we’re home cocktail experts with over 300 cocktails under our belt. We’ve reviewed all our list of drinks to find these best fall cocktails!

There’s a brilliant two-toned sangria, laden with cinnamon-spiced fruit, red wine, and sparkling cider. Cozy up to a warm hot toddy or mulled cider, or pop a bottle of champagne for a festive bubbly glass. There’s something for everyone…and you’re going to want to taste them all! Want to search by type? Browse Fall Bourbon Cocktails, Fall Vodka Cocktails, or 10 Hot Alcoholic Drinks.

And now…our top fall cocktails and drinks!

More fall drinks

We’ve got cocktails for every season! In the summer, these summer cocktails are where it’s at. If you need more autumnal inspiration, here are a few more favorites that work as fall cocktails:

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Fall Margarita

30 Best Fall Cocktails & Drinks

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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 drink 1x
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Jump into the season with a fall margarita! The combination of tequila, fresh lime, and spiced apple cider syrup can’t be beat.



For the fall margarita

  • 2 ounces tequila reposado (or tequila blanco)
  • 1 ounce apple cider syrup (see below)
  • ½ ounce lime juice
  • For the glass: kosher saltclear ice, and cinnamon stick or apple slices (optional)

For the apple cider syrup (makes ¾ cup)

  • 4 cups apple cider
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 4 cinnamon sticks


  1. Make the apple cider syrup: Place the apple cider, granulated sugar and cinnamon sticks in a saucepan. Bring to a low boil, then maintain a low boil for 30 to 35 minutes until reduced to ¾ cup. Use immediately or refrigerate until using (stores up to 2 weeks refrigerated).
  2. Prepare the glass: Cut a notch in a lime wedge, then run the lime around the rim of a glass. Dip the edge of the rim into a plate of salt.
  3. Make a single drink: Place all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with 4 ice cubes and shake until cold.
  4. Serve: Strain the margarita into the glass with the salted rim. Fill the glass with clear ice. If desired, garnish with a cinnamon stick or apple slices.
  5. For a margarita pitcher (8 servings): Place 2 cups tequila, 1 cup apple cider syrup (make 1.5 or 2 times the recipe above!) and ½ cup lime juice in a pitcher. Add 3 handfuls ice and stir until cold. Pour into the prepared glasses.


*To convert to tablespoons, 1 ounce = 2 tablespoons

  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Stirred
  • Cuisine: Cocktails
  • Diet: Vegan

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes and the joy of cooking! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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  1. Sabrina says:

    great resource, will have to try them all starting with spike apple cider – thank you