Once the weather gets a chill, it’s time for fall drinks! Here are the best of the season, from fall sangria to spiked apple cider (includes non-alcoholic).
Once the weather gets a little chill, it’s time for fall drinks! You know, the drinks that warm you from the inside out? And we’re not just talking cocktails here. We’ve got a lineup of all the cozy-spiced drinks, from apple cider sangria to gingerbread hot chocolate, from spiked cider to pomegranate mocktails. These drinks are so beautiful they easily work for entertaining, but of course you can drink them anytime!
Most of these drinks require very little special equipment. You won’t need any cocktail shakers or muddlers or jiggers or even special glasses. Most of them are simply made by heating things up in a pan: like our mulled wine or spiked apple cider. Well, let’s just get to them already!
Get ready to be amazed by the best fall drink recipe! This Fall Sangria recipe pairs sparkling apple cider with red wine, orange and cinnamon. In a word: wow. It's just sweet enough, more like a traditional Spanish sangria. If you'd like, pour it in layers to make the the beautiful two-tones. And don't forget the garnish: a rosemary sprig, orange slice, and cinnamon stick!
Looking to spice up your fall drinks? This mulled cider hits all the cozy notes! If you'd like, a splash of rum complements the cinnamon, cloves, and star anise perfectly. It's also seriously easy to make: combine all the ingredients in a pot and heat for about 10 minutes until warmed through. It's that simple!
How cozy does this cup look? Yes, this vanilla chai latte is the equivalent of putting on a fuzzy sweater and curling up by a roaring fireplace: a perfect fall drink! This masala chai is flavored with beautiful spices: cinnamon, cardamom and ginger. Add to it the frothed milk foam from a latte, and you’ll feel like you’re drinking a fancy tea latte from your local coffee shop.
Here’s another cozy fall drink: hot buttered rum! Even just saying the name makes you warm inside. This historic drink has been around for centuries. This version is subtly sweet, cozy-spiced with cinnamon and allspice, and spirit-forward with boozy dark rum. There’s just enough butter to make it lightly creamy. It’s enough to warm your toes…and your soul.
How cute is this apple cider slushie? We got this one apple picking and had to figure out a way to make it at home. Turns out, it's seriously easy to make! It's got a pure cider flavor, and a cozy hint of cinnamon and cloves. Best of all, it looks stunning for fall entertaining or leaf peeping!
It's cliche, but pumpkin spice in coffee is the absolute best. This one's a delicious iced coffee that's made with pumpkin spices to up the cozy factor through the roof. Then drizzle in a tad of maple syrup and a splash of milk (regular or dairy-free), and it's the most refreshing fall drink.
Looking for a fall 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.
This non alcoholic holiday punch recipe could not be more delicious or vibrant! It’s basically a mocktail, made with iced tea, pomegranate juice, fresh orange and lime juice, and sparkling cider. Oh and it's garnished with rosemary. Can you get more of a fall drink than that? It's the perfect naturally sweet drink to enjoy with a meal. Because it's a mocktail, it works for everyone around the table.
Here’s a festive fall drink: 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.
Warm spiced wine? Yes please! The flavor of this mulled wine recipe is nuanced and cozy: it's made from simmering red wine with orange zest, cloves, cinnamon sticks, allspice and honey. What results is a fall drink that will make you warm on the inside and out!
This sparkling blood orange rosemary water is another mocktail that's a fantastic fall drink! Blood orange juice has the most beautiful electric pink hue. This rosemary water has subtle flavors and an understated, refreshing flavor. Feel free to add more blood orange juice or honey if you’re looking for a more intense flavor. It's perfect for entertaining!
And last up in our fall drinks: homemade hot cocoa! You don't need a packet to make hot cocoa. This simple hot cocoa recipe uses cocoa powder, maple syrup, cinnamon, vanilla, and milk—that’s it! You simply combine all the ingredients in a saucepan and whisk them together over the stovetop. Top with a little whipped cream if you're feeling decadent!
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 1 hour to allow the flavors to meld.
After 1 hour, pour in the red wine. You can use it immediately, or chill for up to 3 hours.
To serve, fill a glass with ice. Fill halfway with sparkling apple cider, then halfway with red wine mixture. Garnish with cinnamon stick, rosemary or orange slices. When you’ve polished off the sangria, you can snack on the sweetened fruit.
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.