It may seem trite to keep touting the deliciousness of fall flavors when the other three seasons are just fine, too. But fall cocktails are the BEST, so we’ve compiled this list from around the web of our favorite fall cocktail recipes for you to try.
Go through our list and pick a couple for your next brunch or get-together. It’s exactly what we are doing, so why not you?
We make plenty of drinks that are non-alcoholic, too.
When you see the spectacular ingredients in some of these, you’ll be wowed at how flavorful and tasty they sound, even when not boozy.
We have Thanksgiving coming up and while we don’t usually do a special drink for Turkey Day, we have company coming in and that means alcohol.
But Christmas brunch ALWAYS calls for a special fall cocktail.
We are going to try the Fig and Lemon Fizz as well as the Blackberry Thyme Bourbon, so we will report back on those.
(We reserve the right to change our minds too—did you SEE the Pumpkin Spice Moscow Mule??)
Apple cider is a traditional fall flavor. So of course, mixing it with champagne makes for a delicious fall cocktail.
You don’t need much for this drink. You just need apple cider, vodka, cinnamon, nutmeg, maple syrup and champagne.
So while there aren’t many ingredients to make this fall mixed drink, they are high quality ingredients and a wonderful combo of flavor.
This bright cocktail is made with a thyme infused simple syrup.
The simple syrup adds an earthy sweetness to it that combines nicely with the fresh blackberries.
It also has a bit of lemon juice that complements the bourbon.
Enjoy this beautiful cocktail with a slice of lemon and thyme sprig for garnish.
When you think about fall it doesn’t take long before caramel apples come to mind.
This is a perfect fall sangria cocktail. It is made with apple cider and has a sugar rim.
A cocktail goes from fun to spectacular when you garnish it with a bit of joy.
This one is garnished with the sugar rim, an apple slice and a sprig of rosemary.
This is a spin on the apple cider sangria that is perfectly sweet and a fantastic cocktail for this time of year.
If there is a chill in the fall air, this spicy cocktail will warm you right up.
The combo of lime and grapefruit fit together nicely but then you throw in the spice of the jalapeño slice and you have something unique.
Margaritas are a hit anytime of year but this fall drink version is gonna have everyone cheering for more.
Moscow mules are fun drinks that so many people just love. So making a fall cocktail version of this just makes sense.
It is always so exciting to go get my first pumpkin spice latte each autumn.
Of course, now I have a go-to cocktail version toon.
This mule is made with vanilla vodka, pumpkin puree, a hint of lime, spicy ginger beer and pumpkin pie spice.
This one is a bit on the sweet side but well worth it.
Now, you are supposed to serve mules in a copper mug but if you don’t have any just use a rocks glass.
Rosemary and pear have been buddies for years so it only makes sense that they would meet up in this cocktail.
This is a savory and slightly sweet bubbly cocktail.
We know that the bubbles in champagne just make everyone smile.
The first thing that you will do for this cocktail is make a rosemary simple syrup.
That means that your house will smell Amazing. After that you mix the cocktail and don’t forget to add a pear slice.
Enjoy this delicious drink!
A classic old fashioned is one of my favorite cocktails these days. So to find this fall themed version is thrilling.
This will be fun to put together on one of those upcoming cold evenings.
I like to drink my old-fashioneds with a large ice cube. They are just so charming sitting there in the cocktail glass.
When I think of autumn, persimmon isn’t something that generally comes to mind.
Discovering new flavors is always such a treat though and this is one of those autumn drinks that I am excited about.
I just love the flavor of pomegranate juice. Sangrias are such a fun party drink.
We love to put them together when friends are coming over for brunch or a weekend get together.
These tend to be quite the boozy cocktail so do keep that in mind. This one calls for some Pinot Noir and brandy.
I love any classic cocktail that calls for red wine.
The recipe calls for oranges but I can’t do that because of allergies but if you can, I know that they really add to the flavor profile.
Enjoy every sip and eat all of the fruit!
This is one of those seasonal cocktails that you get excited to pull out the fancy rocks glass for.
It is ruby red and beautiful. The salty rim heralds in a snow-capped mountain or a frosty window.
Then, I am such a sucker for garnish and the garnish on this one is a rosemary swizzle.
How fun is that.
The ingredient list on this one is pretty short. You need pomegranate juice, fresh lime juice, simple syrup, tequila, club soda and fresh rosemary.
Oh and of course the salt for the rim!
You may want to add a few ice cubes to the glass too.
If you can get your hands on some maple bourbon do it whether you plan to make this cocktail or not.
It is amazing.
Now, this cocktail is also flavored with maple syrup, apple cider, ginger beer and lime.
If you can’t find maple bourbon you can still make this drink and it will be delicious.
This is a fall cocktail drink that will warm the soul on a cold night.
This is a beautiful mimosa. The color is a light orange, which is so fall.
Then you garnish it with a cinnamon stick and a twig of fresh rosemary and then you add in apple slices.
It is so fun to look at that I almost don’t wanna drink it.
I said almost because I would need two for sure.
If you love fall spices including fresh ginger and nutmeg you are really enjoy this drink.
To make this drink you will want to buy some pear juice, spiced rum, fresh ginger and fresh nutmeg.
To make the drink beautiful you should pick up some edible flowers too.
By the way, you can find pear juice in a jars at most local grocery stores.
It is hard to beat a spicy margarita. This one is spiced cinnamon and apple juice.
This margarita is made using reposed tequila that has been aged in barrels for an extra rich flavor.
By the way, you could use apple cider instead of apple juice for this recipe.
I think that the cider is the better option but you do you. You will make a honey simple syrup for this cocktail and oh my will that be lovely.
When shopping for the ingredients for this fall mixed drink be sure to pick up some star anise for garnish.
This is an elegant fall cocktail. If you are having a party and it is autumn you should seriously consider this drink.
It is a bit of work to put this one together so plan ahead. However, the effort will be well worth it.
You will make a pear puree using Asian pears, lemon juice and sage leaves.
The simple syrup is made with floral honey and sage leaves.
Doesn’t this drink just sound divine?
Figs are a fairly new love of mine. For years, I just didn’t give them enough love and respect.
Now, I just eat them as an afternoon snack. They are just lovely.
This cocktail starts off with a foundation of a honey and rosemary infused simple syrup.
Then you create a fig puree that you combine with vodka, fresh lemon juice, simple syrup and club soda.
16. Hot Buttered Rum
I don’t know if you are allowed to pass through fall into winter without at least having one hot buttered rum.
Seriously, I believe this is a law written in the front of each cocktail handbook. If not, it should be.
Imagine it now: butter, brown sugar, vanilla, nutmeg, cloves, honey and apple cider.
All of those ingredients are before we even get to the warm booze.
Yes, go ahead and go make one now. I’ll wait right here.
We all know that you can’t get through the cold months without this one.
There is something about a hot buttered rum that always makes me think about a hot toddy.
I love cocktails that have a fun name. Any cocktail with the word smash in it is just gonna be awesome.
To start off, you will make pumpkin pie syrup. Yep, that is gonna smell amazing cooking and taste even better.
Then you get to mix that syrup with some bourbon and bitters and crushed ice.
Throw a cinnamon stick in there and stir.
Make this and you will have one of those tasty fall cocktail recipes that folks can’t stop talking about.
This cocktail opened me up to a whole new idea that I had never considered.
Adding jelly to a cocktail had never crossed my mind.
If you are looking for a fall cocktail that is rich in apple flavor this is one to try.
It has all of the fall flavors jammed in it. Get it? Apple jam?
Ohhh martinis are so classy. It is impossible for me to think about a martini and not think about Mad Men.
This martini has a bit more flair than the average martini though.
It is made with pear vodka (yes, there is such a thing), elderflower liqueur, fresh lemon and simple syrup.
Garnish this with a bit of pear and you have a beautiful fall cocktail for your next event.
The sidecar cocktail is rumored to have been created at a Ritz in Paris.
While I don’t know if this is true or not, it is a romantic story for a lovely mixed drink.
To make this one grab your cocktail shaker and fill it with Pomegranate juice, bourbon, Cointreau and lemon juice.
Shake the drink vigorously like you really mean it. (Make sure the top is on tight!)
Then pour it into your perfect martini glass and enjoy.
This cocktail is white and creamy and makes me think about a snowy day.
So this cocktail is the perfect drink to ease you into those cold winter months.
You don’t need much for this beauty. Pull together some white rum, almond milk, honey and pumpkin spice.
Then get to mixing and enjoy every sip.
Vanilla bean and fig simple syrup is at the heart of this drink and that just makes me happy.
The cocktail is made using your custom created simple syrup, vodka, lemon juice and soda water.
You will garnish with fresh thyme sprigs and fresh figs.
Just beautiful! This may become my new favorite fall cocktail.
We are a bit fanatical about cranberries in this house.
Like for real, folks!
Every winter we buy a case of frozen cranberries from Aldi and freeze them.
So having one of these fun bourbon smash cocktails where cranberry is the star is the perfect fall mixed drink for us.
I suggest that you make some sugar coated cranberries as a garnish for this fall bourbon cocktail.
Can’t get enough cranberry cocktail options? Here’s another list!
Ginger is one of those traditional fall flavors and so when I saw this ginger champagne cocktail with hibiscus I just had to share it here.
Some folks may consider this a spring cocktail but I think that it fits the fall flavors best.
First you get to make some rose water syrup. How amazing is that?
Then you only need some ginger liqueur and some sparkling wine.
This cocktail is a great way to celebrate the changing of the seasons.
Yes, bacon and bourbon together in one cocktail. You aren’t dreaming.
Here is the deal, this recipe requires a bit of planning ahead because you gotta infuse the bourbon with the bacon.
But it is worth the wait because then you have something that is incredible.
Once you have created God’s best bourbon on the planet you can gather the remaining ingredients and make this fall inspired cocktail.
Spiked punch is festive. Just plain punch is festive too.
With this pumpkin pie punch recipe you can spike it or not spike it.
That part is up to you but one thing is for certain. It will be darn tasty either way.
This one is a mixture of fresh apple cider, pumpkin and cream soda.
This fall cocktail is full of fabulous flavor. We are talking about a homemade thyme infused honey.
Doesn’t that sound incredible?
Then we add in fresh grapefruit juice, Hendricks gin, and rim a cocktail glass with coconut sugar.
I would drink this cocktail just because it is beautiful. It just so happens that it is also made with some yummy ingredients.
To make the best version of this cocktail, I highly recommend that you make your own homemade spiced pear syrup.
Then you combine that with some dry gin, fresh lemon juice, pear juice and club soda.
Make one of these gin cocktails and enjoy the flavor combination that was made for October.
This white Russian is creamy and sweet. You start with a salted caramel flavored vodka.
Then you mix Kahlua and cream with ice.
You will garnish the rim of the glass with caramel sauce and salt.
This is a classy fall cocktail that is a fantastic way to bring in those cold fall days.
The bottom line
We have created a list of fall drinks here that will make you want to have a different tasty drink every weekend for the entire fall season.
Share this list with your festive friends and family who are trying to decide what great drink options are out there for the holiday season!
- Apple Cider Champagne Cocktail
- Blackberry And Thyme Bourbon Cocktail
- Caramel Apple Sangria
- Pumpkin Spice Moscow Mule
- Spicy Grapefruit and Jalapeno Margarita
- Cinnamon Apple Cider Mimosa
- Spiced Persimmon Bourbon Old Fashioned
- Red Sangria With Persimmon And Pomegranate
- Pomegranate Paloma
- Maple Bourbon Moscow Mule
- Ginger Pear Spiced Rum
- Spiced Apple Margarita
- Asian Pear Collins
- Fig And Lemon Fizz
- Hot Buttered Rum
- Pumpkin Pie Bourbon Smash
- Spiced Apple Old Fashioned
- Pear And Elderflower Martini
- Rosemary Pear Sparkler
- Pomegranate Sidecar
- White Pumpkin Cocktail
- Vanilla Bean & Fig Cocktail
- Cranberry Maple Bourbon Smash
- Hibiscus And Ginger Champagne Cocktail
- Bacon Infused Old Fashioned
- Pumpkin Pie Punch
- Grapefruit And Thyme Cocktail
- Spiced Pear And Gin Cocktail
- White Russian with Salted Caramel Vodka
- Pick a cocktail (or two!) to try.
- Follow the recipe instructions.
- Enjoy responsibly, and let us know which ones you picked!