Fall is a season that’s full of so much vibrance and color, which is why I love these fall cocktails!
From apple mimosas to pumpkin martini, these drinks feature all of the best parts of the season.
Fall Cocktails & Drink Recipes
I love infusing fall flavors into cocktails. Apples, pumpkin, cinnamon, and nutmeg add warmth and coziness to boozy drinks.
This collection of fall cocktails will absolutely make your brunch party a hit. They’re a breeze to make, but so tasty, it’s hard to pick a fave.
By the end of the day, expect your friends to compliment you for your pro bartending skills.
These fall cocktails will make your brunch parties more fun and exciting. Let’s get the party started, shall we?
1. Autumn Apple Bourbon Fizz
This fizzy drink is cold yet warming at the same time! I love drinks that give me that dual sensation.
Apple butter in a cocktail? Why not? It’s fall, after all. Apple butter, bourbon, a dash of cinnamon, and ginger ale or beer on top make this a tasty drink.
It’s easy, yet the flavor combination hits the spot.
Ingredients: bourbon, cinnamon, sugar, ginger ale, orange wedges, fresh figs
2. Ginger Pear Bourbon Cocktail
This smooth cocktail is fruity and sweet with a bit of spice. It has all the fall flavors anyone can ask for.
The combination of smooth bourbon and warm ginger is just spot on.
There’s notes of tart citrus from the lemon juice, too, which contrasts the sweetness of the pears and honey well.
Ingredients: bourbon, pear nectar, lemon, ginger honey simple syrup, ginger ale
3. Apple Cider Mimosa
Take out those flutes, we’re about to have a fancy brunch with friends! This bubbly mimosa is as elegant as it is delicious.
The sweet, fruity notes from the apple cider taste well with the crispness of the champagne.
My favorite part is the cinnamon-sugar rim. It adds a sweet-n-spicy flavor and a nice, festive touch.
Ingredients: brandy, apple cider, champagne or white wine
4. Pumpkin Pie Martini
Turkey may be the star of Thanksgiving, but this pumpkin pie martini will steal the show.
Sure, you can’t go wrong with beer, lager, and champagne, but this martini adds another level of festiveness to your party.
The flavor is everything you’d imagine a pumpkin cocktail would be.
It’s sweet with a bit of spice, and so cozy and warming. It’s the ultimate dessert and cocktail in one!
Ingredients: vanilla vodka, Creme de Cacao liqueur, heavy cream, pumpkin pie spice
5. Pomegranate Gin Cocktail
Look how bright and vibrant this cocktail is! It’ll definitely give your holidays extra cheer.
Here’s how it goes down: gin, orange juice, pomegranate juice, honey, and thyme.
Gin is bitter, but the juices and honey balance it out nicely, making it sweet, citrusy, and refreshing.
The thyme adds some earthy notes, as well.
Ingredients: gin, sparkling water, pomegranate juice, orange juice, honey, thyme & orange slices
6. Pumpkin Spice White Russian
Give the classic White Russian an autumn twist. All you need is pumpkin spice.
This idea is pure genius! I’m already such a huge fan of the White Russian – a rich and creamy blend of vodka, coffee liqueur, and fresh cream.
The addition of pumpkin spice creamer gives it a whole new layer of flavor.
The whipped cream topping and graham cracker rim add a nice touch, as well.
Ingredients: vodka, pumpkin spice creamer, Kahlua, whipped cream, pumpkin pie spice
7. Apple Cider Sangria
There’s nothing like a glass of sangria to cap the night off.
This classic cocktail is a refreshing blend of wine, brandy, orange juice, and chopped apples and oranges.
You’ll switch up the recipe, though, to make it more fall-fitting. Fresh apple cider, ginger brandy, and chopped pears do the trick.
Feel free to make it your own, but don’t skip the ginger brandy. It’s the part that gives this sangria that cozy autumn vibe.
Ingredients: a bottle of white wine, apple cider, club soda, ginger brandy, apples & pears
8. Maple Old Fashioned
There’s nothing wrong with the classic old-fashioned, but it also couldn’t hurt to give it a little fall twist.
Instead of just bitters, whiskey, and a slice of fruit for garnish, we’re throwing in a splash of maple syrup.
Not only does the maple syrup add some sweetness to the otherwise bitter drink, but its distinct flavor also gives it a nice autumn feel.
Ingredients: whiskey, maple syrup, Angostura bitters, orange peel
9. Pumpkin Apple Shandy
Inspired by fall, this version of shandy is made with pumpkin beer and apple cider.
Is there a better fall combination than pumpkin and apples? I don’t think so.
That said, this shandy, for me, is the epitome of fall alcohol. It’s wonderfully sweet, spicy, and warming.
The best part is it only contains half a glass of beer, so it’s not too strong. It’s the perfect nightcap if you ask me.
Ingredients: pumpkin beer, apple cider, bourbon
10. Pumpkin Pie Moscow Mule
Pumpkin butter, vanilla vodka, and ginger beer join forces to make an amazing cocktail/dessert!
This Moscow Mule is like pumpkin pie, but with a strong & bubbly alcohol punch. Also, instead of eating it, you’ll sip it.
The sweetness and richness of the pumpkin butter, the warmth of the ginger beer, and the bitterness of vodka create some awesome flavor combination.
Ingredients: vanilla vodka, pumpkin butter, lime juice, ginger beer, lime wedge
11. Honey Roasted Pear Sparkling Cocktail
Honey roasted pear – this alone already sounds so exciting! This sparkling cocktail is bright and festive, to say the least.
This marvelous cocktail has honey-roasted pear puree, honey, cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla.
Mixed with either champagne, grapefruit juice, or sparkling wine, this drink can be adjusted to tailor to all guests.
Ingredients: sparkling wine, honey, balsamic vinegar, apple juice, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, vanilla, pears, brown sugar
12. Apple Cider Hot Toddy
A hot toddy is an Irish drink made of liquor, honey, herbs, and spices.
Served hot, it is usually consumed during cold weather to cap off the night or to soothe symptoms of cold and flu.
This variation of the Irish classic is extra special, thanks to apple cider.
Imagine yourself sitting by the fire with people you love after a hearty dinner, sipping on this hot, cozy drink! Just lovely, am I right?
Ingredients: bourbon, apple cider, lemon juice, honey, cinnamon stick
13. Apple Cranberry Moscow Mule
It’s a mix of vodka, cranberry juice, sparkling apple juice, and ginger beer, with some cranberries & apples for garnish.
This Moscow mule is not too sweet, not too bitter, just perfectly delicious.
Aside from vodka, you can also use gin or tequila. Or, make a mocktail and just skip the alcohol. It’ll be delicious, either way.
Ingredients: vodka, cranberry juice, ginger beer, cranberries
14. Apple Cider Bellini
Most cocktail recipes call for several ingredients; but not this one. The apple cider bellini only requires three ingredients.
Despite it being basic, it matches the quality of any cocktail on this list.
Made with apple cider, apple vodka, and sparkling wine, this cocktail delivers full fall flavors with a punch.
Ingredients: apple cider, apple vodka, champagne, apple slices
15. Toasted Pecan Old-Fashioned
Here’s a new twist to the classic old-fashioned.
This variation takes days to make because the toasted pecans need to be submerged in whiskey for a while. The long wait is worth it, though.
Mixed with bitters and sugar, this old-fashioned has a lovely wonderful nutty flavor to it.
Ingredients: toasted pecan whiskey, Angostura bitters, sugar cube, ice
16. Black Russian
The stronger version of the White Russian, Black Russian is a blend of vodka and Kahlua.
It’s more intense, but I love how the flavor of the coffee liqueur shines through.
Fun fact: The Black Russian came way before the White Russian.
It first appeared in Brussels back in 1949, while its creamier counterpart only had its first mention in 1965.
Ingredients: vodka, coffee liqueur
17. Mulled Wine
People looking for a fall cocktail for date night: listen up!
I have two words for you: mulled wine.
Just picture you and your partner having a lovely dinner by the fireplace on a cold fall evening, sipping on this sweet and fragrant wine.
How’s that for romantic?
Ingredients: a bottle of merlot, brandy, maple syrup, cinnamon, oranges, star anise, cloves
18. Cranberry Mimosa
Champagne and cranberry juice create this sweet and fruity cocktail. It’s perfect for brunch with friends.
Garnished with some fresh cranberries and served in a sugared rim, this cranberry mimosa looks just as good as it tastes.
The sweet sugar rim balances out the tart cranberries really well.
Ingredients: sparkling wine cranberry juice, sparkling sugar, cranberries & rosemary sprig
19. Caramel Apple Martini
This spiced caramel apple martini is a simple blend of caramel vodka and apple cider with apple slices for garnish.
What sets it apart, though, is the luscious mixture along the rim. There’s white and gold sugar and caramel sauce.
Together, it’s like drinking a delicious caramel apple with a nice punch.
Ingredients: caramel vodka, apple cider, caramel sauce, sugar, apple slices, ice
20. Cranberry Margarita
Love the pink hue of this cranberry margarita! It’s very festive, indeed.
It’s a simple, four-ingredient, 5-minute recipe, but it delivers.
Tequila, triple sec, cranberry juice, and lime juice together make a refreshing and beautifully pink cocktail.
Ingredients: blanco tequila, cranberry juice, triple sec, lime, cranberries & rosemary sprigs, salt, ice
21. Apple Cider Margarita
Here’s what makes up this unique and flavorful margarita: tequila or mezcal, orange liquor, apple cider, lime, and maple.
The flavors are a combination of sweet, tart, and smoky, and it’s 100% delicious.
Ingredients: silver tequila, orange liqueur, apple cider, lime juice, maple syrup, cinnamon sticks, cinnamon sugar
22. Hot Buttered Rum
The name of this cocktail alone is making me drool. Butter in a cocktail? I’m listening.
The butter is cooked with brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves, and then mixed with rum.
One sip of this hot drink will surely warm you up on a chilly night. The flavor is impeccable, but do be careful, as it packs a punch.
Ingredients: dark rum, water, butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, salt
23. Brown Sugar Fig Bubbly
This bubbly is ideal for people looking for something unique. I’ve tasted nothing like it, and I love it!
Figs, brown sugar, and a splash of lemon are mashed for a good 5 minutes, so all the nice flavors incorporate with each other.
It’s then topped with prosecco and finished with a slice of fig.
It’s sweet, bubbly, and downright delicious.
Ingredients: a bottle of prosecco, brown sugar, lemon, figs
24. Tequila Caramel Apple Pie Cocktail
Tequila is always a reliable liquor to warm you up on a cold fall evening.
Mostly bitter, it’s not exactly the best when it comes to taste, though.
So to sweeten it up, why not add some apple cider and butterscotch schnapps?
The combination transforms the tequila into a more enjoyable drink that tastes like caramel apple pie.
Ingredients: blanco or reposado tequila, butterscotch schnapps, apple cider, lemon juice, apple slices
25. Vanilla Chai Old Fashioned
Our final cocktail is another amazing take on the classic old-fashioned.
You won’t believe how spiced chai simple syrup makes such a big difference!
The star of this drink is the syrup. Made by combining chai tea, maple syrup, and vanilla extract, it’s easy, yet the flavor is phenomenal.
This old-fashioned is not too sweet, but not too strong either. It’s the perfect combination.
Ingredients: bourbon, lemon juice, orange bitters, chai tea syrup, sparkling water, cinnamon & star anise
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