These brilliant fall cocktails highlight the best flavors of the season! Apple, pear, cranberry and cinnamon make the best cozy drinks.
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!
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And now…the top fall cocktails to try this season!
Looking for a fall cocktail with 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. Prefer vodka? Try an Apple Cider Martini.
Ingredients: Apple cider, bourbon, sweet vermouth, lemon juice, orange bitters
Here’s a festive fall cocktail: the apple cider mule! Everyone loves a classic Moscow Mule, and this seasonal spin is even more fun. It pairs apples and ginger in a bubbly, effervescent mix that looks perfectly cozy nestled in a copper mug. Why stop drinking the mule when fall hits? This autumnal variation is ideal for when the temps start to drop.
Ingredients: Apple cider, ginger beer, vodka, lime
Here’s another cozy fall cocktail: hot buttered rum! Just saying the name makes you warm inside. This historic drink has been around for centuries, and we’ve gone back to its roots to bring you the “real” way to make it. This version is subtly sweet, cozy-spiced with cinnamon and allspice, and spirit-forward with boozy dark rum. Oh: and there’s just enough butter to make it lightly creamy. It’s enough to warm your toes…and your soul.
Ingredients: Butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, dark rum
Once apple cider season rolls around, there’s one cocktail you absolutely must make with it. This Apple Cider Margarita! It’s tangy and balanced: the zingy tequila and lime pairs beautifully with the sweet cider. Top it off with a cinnamon sugar rim, and every sip is a delight.
Ingredients: Apple cider, tequila, Triple Sec, lime juice
We’ve got the perfect fall cocktail to add to your repertoire: the Pumpkin Martini! It’s creamy, it’s cozy pie spiced, and it’s made with real pumpkin for the best natural flavor. Even better, coat the glass rim in crushed graham crackers and you get a hint of crunchy sweet in each sip! This is the best cocktail for impressing your friends for any fall occasion.
Ingredients: Vodka, heavy cream, maple syrup, pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice, vanilla
Here’s a fall cocktail for gray days and chilly evenings by the fire: spiked apple cider! Not only will it lift your spirits, it makes your kitchen smell like a candle shop. Everyone gathers around the pot, cupping their hands around the warm mugs. Spike it with rum and it's warming and cozy.
Ingredients: Apple cider, rum, cinnamon, star anise, whole cloves
A favorite in our fall cocktails: apple cider sangria! Classic red sangria and white sangria are usually reserved for summer months. But this fall sangria pairs the flavors of fall (apple and cinnamon) with dry red wine to make a Spanish-style autumnal spin on this drink. It's warm, cozy, and fall-spiced.
Ingredients: Apples, sugar, cinnamon, red wine, brandy or Grand Marnier, cinnamon
Here’s a spin on the classic that might be even tastier than the original: the Maple Old Fashioned! This fall cocktail 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.
Ingredients: Bourbon, maple syrup, Angostura bitters
Here’s a unique cocktail with an impressive sweet flavor: the Pear Martini! This drink is great for fall and winter entertaining, and to be honest: it caught us off guard with its delicate, sweet flavor. Pear comes in two waves: a muddled fresh pear brings brightness, and pear vodka infuses a strong fruity aroma.
Ingredients: Fresh pear, pear vodka, lemon juice, simple syrup
Want a quick and easy fall cocktail? Try Fireball and Apple Cider! These two pair perfectly: spicy cinnamon blends seamlessly with tangy sweet cider. Take one sip and it will blow you away! Fireball whiskey might have a lowbrow reputation, but mix it up just right and it tastes like a sophisticated craft cocktail perfect for fall and winter. Also try Apple Cider and Whiskey.
Ingredients: Fireball whiskey, apple cider, lemon juice
Mulled wine is red wine that’s been infused with spices like cinnamon and cloves, and it’s always served warm. It’s been popular in Europe for centuries and is one of the coziest fall cocktails. This recipe features cinnamon, allspice, and orange, but you can step it up with fancy flavors like anise, nutmeg, vanilla, and more.
Ingredients: Red wine, orange, cloves, cinnamon, allspice, honey
Looking for a cozy fall cocktail for a brunch or a lazy afternoon? Try an apple cider mimosa! This spin on the traditional mimosa is all fall: crisp, bubbly and apple forward. The best part? The cinnamon sugar rim on the glass gives a hint of spice and sweetness to each sip. These drinks are great for fall parties of all kinds or just sipping with a few friends.
Ingredients: Apple cider, champagne, Cointreau
This fall cocktail is part drink, part dessert, and 100 percent irresistible! This Amaretto Coffee has one of those flavor combinations that’s years beyond the sum of its parts. The amaretto brings a nuttiness and spice to the coffee that’s hard to quantify in words. Topped with frothy whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon, it’s truly to die for.
Ingredients: Amaretto, coffee, whipped cream
The Moscow Mule is pretty ideal. It’s tangy and refreshing, easy to make right into the mug, and everyone always loves it. So get ready for the best new fruity spin: the Cranberry Moscow Mule! This drink has loads of sweet tart flavor, balancing crisp cranberry with tangy lime and spicy ginger.
Ingredients: Cranberry juice, vodka, lime, ginger beer
Last up: looking for a fall cocktail that’s sippable and not too sweet? Try our new favorite fall drink: 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, pure maple syrup, pumpkin pie spice, vanilla
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:
- Manhattan Add style to your evening with this easy classic whiskey cocktail made with just three ingredients.
- Milk Punch A cozy, creamy brandy cocktail made with milk and sugar!
- Spiked Hot Chocolate Nothing’s better than warm hot chocolate and bourbon or rum!
- Chambord and Champagne or Cranberry and Champagne Mixing raspberry liqueur with sparkling wine makes a bubbly and sophisticated drink.
- French Connection Equal parts Cognac and amaretto make a sophisticated and cozy slow-sipper.
- Penicillin This Scotch cocktail mixes the flavors of honey, lemon and ginger and has a high-end vibe.
Best Fall Cocktails: Apple Cider Cocktail & More!
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 0 minutes
- Total Time: 5 minutes
- Yield: 1 drink 1x
This apple cider cocktail pairs sweet cider with bourbon and lemon! It’s full flavored and easy to make, the ideal fall drink.
- 2 ounces (4 tablespoons) bourbon
- 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) apple cider
- 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) sweet vermouth
- ½ ounce (1 tablespoon) lemon juice
- 1 dash orange bitters
- For the garnish: Apple slices (optional), sprig of thyme
- Combine the bourbon, cider, sweet vermouth and lemon juice in mixing glass and stir with ice. Strain it into cocktail glass.
- 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
- Diet: Vegan
Keywords: Fall cocktails, Apple cider cocktail
great resource, will have to try them all starting with spike apple cider – thank you