10 Fall Cocktails for the Season

These brilliant fall cocktails highlight the best flavors of the season! Apple, pear, cranberry, cinnamon, and nutmeg: these drinks are positively cozy.

Fall cocktails

Once there’s a chill in the air: it’s time. Time for fall drinks! Autumn brings with it some of the most beautiful flavors: fruits like apples, pears, and cranberries, and spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger. There’s no better time to be mixing these up into tasty drinks!

Here are the best fall cocktails to make for this season! There’s a brilliant two-toned fall sangria, laden with cinnamon-spiced fruit, red wine and sparkling cider. Cozy up to a glass of mulled cider, or mix cranberry and champagne for a festive bubbly glass. There’s something for everyone…and you’re going to want to taste them all!

And now…the top fall cocktails to try this season!

More autumn cocktails

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

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Apple Cider Cocktail

Apple Cider Cocktail (& More Fall Cocktails!)


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 drink 1x
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

This apple cider cocktail pairs sweet cider with bourbon and lemon! It’s full flavored and easy to make, the ideal fall drink.


Scale

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces (4 tablespoons) bourbon
  • 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) apple cider
  • 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) sweet vermouth
  • 1/2 ounce (1 tablespoon) lemon juice
  • 1 dash orange bitters
  • For the garnish: Apple slices (optional), sprig of thyme

Instructions

  1. Combine the bourbon, cider, sweet vermouth and lemon juice in mixing glass and stir with ice. Strain it into cocktail glass.
  2. Add a dash of orange bitters and garnish with apple slices (if desired, spritz them with a little lemon juice to prevent browning).
  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Stirred
  • Cuisine: Cocktails

Keywords: Fall cocktails, Apple cider cocktail

Last updated: September 2020

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.

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