This is our list of favorite fall cocktails that make use of the best fall fruits, spices, and fall flavors!
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 & 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??)
1. Apple Cider Champagne Cocktail
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 flavors.
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’s 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 a sugar rim, an apple slice, and a sprig of rosemary.
This is a spin on the apple cider sangria that’s 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 any time 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 making a rosemary simple syrup.
That means that your house will smell Amazing.
After that, mix the cocktail, and remember to add a pear slice.
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, 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.
Laden with flavor with Pinot Noir and brandy, this tends to be quite the boozy cocktail, so do keep that in mind.
I love any classic cocktail that calls for red wine!
This is one of those seasonal cocktails that you get excited to pull out the fancy rocks glass for.
It’s ruby red and beautiful with salty rim heralds in a snow-capped mountain or a frosty window.
The ingredient list on this one is pretty short: You need pomegranate juice, fresh lime juice, simple syrup, tequila, club soda, and fresh rosemary.
And oh, 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!
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 without affecting its overall taste.
This is a fall cocktail drink that will warm the soul on a cold night.
This is a beautiful mimosa.
It’s garnished with a cinnamon stick and a twig of fresh rosemary with apple slices.
It’s so fun to look at that I almost don’t want to drink it.
Try this, and you need two for sure!
If you love fall spices, including fresh ginger and nutmeg.
To make this drink, this recipe also calls for pear juice and spiced rum–you can go with edible flowers, too!
Pro tip: You can find pear juice in jars at most local grocery stores.
Nothing beats a spicy margarita, and this margarita recipe is infused with cinnamon and apple juice!
Aside from these, the drink possesses an extra rich flavor, thanks to the addition of reposed tequila that has been aged in barrels.
Plus, the recipe is customizable: Use apple cider if you’re running out of apple juice:
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, and I know you’ll agree.
It is a bit of work to put this one together, so better plan ahead.
To create, make a pear puree using Asian pears, lemon juice, and sage leaves.
The simple syrup is made with floral honey and sage leaves.
15. Fig & Lemon Fizz
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 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 going to smell amazing 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.
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.
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 will 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 you‘re done!
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 are 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.
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 Hibiscus & Ginger Champagne Cocktail, 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.
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’s 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 cocktail laden with thyme syrup, vodka, soda water, and grapefruit juice.
Doesn’t that sound incredible?
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 recipe is creamy and sweet.
You start with a salted caramel-flavored vodka and mix Kahlua and cream with ice.
Next, garnish the rim of the glass with caramel sauce and salt.
This Honey Cider Cocktail features a delicious cinnamon-sugar rim, a few slices of apples, and a one-two punch of whiskey-honey-lemon.
Every sip will have you and your guests ooo-ing and ahh-ing the whole time!
When making this drink, consider not leaving out the lemon wedge to moisten the rim before adding the cinnamon-sugar mix.
True, this cocktail recipe is classy, but it’s not too fussy to put together.
The combination of apple cider and soda water offset the taste of rum while star anise and cinnamon sticks incorporate that Fall flavor you always wanted.
Pro tip: Slice the apples with a mandoline to get them nice and thin so they don’t take up too much room in the glass.
You’ll love to serve this Pumpkin Spice Margarita for your special gatherings with friends and family!
The recipe has a bit of spice to it and sweetness that’s not too overpowering.
The only challenge in making this recipe is that it does require some unusual ingredients, but advanced planning should solve this dilemma.
Pro tip: Make the pumpkin spice syrup in advance so that it has time for the flavors to meld.
This Pumpkin Spiced Old Fashioned recipe will take you by surprise!
The secret to this delicious Fall drink is the inclusion of pumpkin spice syrup and apple slices, adding that perfect pop of extra depth of flavor.
34. Candy Corn Vodka
Note: This recipe isn’t a cocktail recipe, but it can be used as a base for your favorite Fall cocktails with its sweet, yummy flavor.
Make it all year round, or pop a jar into the fridge just for the Fall holidays.
To make, combine a cup of whole candy corn into a clean jar of your favorite plain vodka and then wait.
Simple as that!
Another spice-infused vodka you need to whip up this Fall is Pumpkin Spice Infused Vodka.
The recipe is a bit intimidating at first, but the process is pretty straightforward.
It also calls for a few ingredients, such as whole cloves, peppercorns, nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon sticks, ginger, and of course–vodka!
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!
Best Fall Cocktails
This is our list of favorite fall cocktails that make use of the best fall fruits, spices, and fall flavors!
- Apple Cider Champagne Cocktail
- Blackberry Thyme Bourbon Cocktail
- Caramel Apple Sangria
- Spicy Grapefruit & Jalapeno Margarita
- Pumpkin Spice Moscow Mule
- Rosemary Pear Sparkler
- Spiced Persimmon Bourbon Old Fashioned
- Red Sangria With Persimmon & Pomegranate
- Pomegranate Paloma
- Maple Bourbon Moscow Mule
- Cinnamon Apple Cider Mimosa
- Ginger Pear Spiced Rum
- Spiced Apple Margarita
- Asian Pear Collins
- Fig & Lemon Fizz
- Hot Buttered Rum
- Pumpkin Pie Bourbon Smash
- Spiced Apple Old Fashioned
- Pear & Elderflower Martini
- Pomegranate Sidecar
- White Pumpkin Cocktail
- Vanilla Bean & Fig Cocktail
- Cranberry Maple Bourbon Smash
- Hibiscus & Ginger Champagne Cocktail
- Maple-Bacon Old Fashioned
- Pumpkin Pie Punch
- Grapefruit & Thyme Cocktail
- Spiced Pear & Gin Cocktail
- White Russian With Salted Caramel Vodka
- Honey Cider Cocktail
- Apple Rum Fizz Cocktail
- Pumpkin Spice Margarita
- Pumpkin Spiced Old Fashioned
- Candy Corn Vodka
- Pumpkin Spice Infused Vodka
- Find your favorite recipe from our Fall Cocktails list.
- Gather all the ingredients needed.
- Start mixing and make us proud!
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