These brilliant fall cocktails highlight the best flavors of the season! Apple, pear, cranberry, cinnamon, and nutmeg: these drinks are positively cozy.
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’re still looking for autumnal inspo, here are a few more favorites that could pass as fall cocktails:
- Manhattan Cocktail Add style to your evening with this easy classic whiskey cocktail made with just three ingredients.
- Chambord and Champagne Cocktail Mixing raspberry liqueur with sparkling wine makes a bubbly and sophisticated drink.
- French Connection Cocktail Equal parts Cognac and amaretto make a sophisticated and cozy slow-sipper.
- Penicillin Cocktail This Scotch cocktail mixes the flavors of honey, lemon and ginger and has a high-end vibe.
Get ready to be amazed by the best fall cocktail! This apple cider sangria pairs sparkling cider with red wine, orange and cinnamon. In a word: wow.
- 1 apple
- 1 pear
- 1/2 orange
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 750 ml bottle dry red wine, such as Rioja
- 1 750 ml bottle sparkling cider or apple cider
- Optional garnishes: Cinnamon stick, rosemary sprig, remaining orange slices
- Thinly slice the apple, pear, and orange. Place them into a medium bowl and stir in the sugar and cinnamon. Transfer to a large pitcher. Allow to stand for 20 minutes to allow the flavors to meld.
- Pour in the red wine. Stir and refrigerate for 1 hour, or as long as 4 hours. (Don’t go beyond 4 hours or the fruit texture starts to degrade.)
- To serve, fill a glass with ice. Fill halfway with sparkling apple cider or apple cider, then halfway with red wine mixture (or you can pour them both together in a pitcher). Garnish with cinnamon stick, rosemary or orange slices. When you’ve polished off the sangria, you can snack on the sweetened fruit.
- Category: Drink
- Method: Punch
- Cuisine: Cocktails
Keywords: Fall cocktails, Fall sangria
About the Authors
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 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.