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 fall sangria to gingerbread hot chocolate, from spiked apple 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!
And now…our best fall drinks!
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 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!
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: and because it's a mocktail, it works for everyone around the table.
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.
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 apple cider bourbon cocktail has all the warm and cozy feels, featuring a ginger pomegranate syrup, orange, and cinnamon. The genesis of the recipe was actually re-creating a cozy feeling for the cold weather ahead. It's our strategy behind how to get through the cold months: roaring fires, fuzzy sweaters, lighting candles...and this fall cocktail.
Are you into mocktails? Sometimes when you’re entertaining, you need a delicious, fancy drink that’s an option for people who are not drinking alcohol, too. This pomegranate non alcoholic spritzer can be either a cocktail or a mocktail! It’s sweet and slightly tangy, featuring that beautiful ruby red pomegranate juice color. It looks lovely garnished with pomegranate seeds or lime wedges.
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!
Other fall things
We want to outfit you for fall! Because you’ll need fall dinners, and all the pumpkin recipes, right? Here are our best fall resources:
- Best Fall Dinner Recipes: all the best of our cozy dinners for the season, from pot pie to butternut squash risotto
- Must-Make Fall Recipes: don’t let fall go by without trying these recipes, from pumpkin bread to 3 bean chili.
- Healthy & Easy Pumpkin Recipes: speaking of pumpkin…don’t miss these star recipes, from healthy pumpkin muffins to oatmeal cookies.
- All the Squash: Here are our best collections of squash recipes: Top Spaghetti Squash Recipes, Best Acorn Squash Recipes, and Cozy Butternut Squash Recipes.
This fall sangria with apple cider recipe pairs sparkling apple 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 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.
- Category: Drink
- Method: Stirred
- Cuisine: Cocktail
Keywords: Fall Drinks
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.