10 Cocktails For Fall

The holiday season is upon us and now is the time for luscious reds, oranges, and browns to be displayed on Thanksgiving tables. Every coffee shop offers pumpkin-flavored hot drinks and pastries, and the air is crisp and cool. It is Fall, and the world begins to prepare for winter. The Fall is also a great time for entertaining, and there are many delicious cocktails you can make yourself or purchase pre-mixed to serve your guests.

10 Delicious Cocktails for Fall

1. Autumn Apple Bourbon Fizz

Apple butter is a popular flavor in the Fall.

Serves 2

Ingredients

  • orange wedges
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 3 tablespoons apple butter
  • 2 ounces bourbon
  • 6 ounces chilled ginger beer

Method

  • Moisten the rim of the glass with the orange wedge.
  • Mix cinnamon and sugar on a flat plate and dip the moistened rim in the powder.
  • In a cocktail shaker with ice, combine apple butter, bourbon and 1 pinch of cinnamon.
  • Shake for 30-40 seconds and pour liquid into the rimmed glass.
  • Fill with ginger beer and enjoy!

2. Apple Cider Mimosa

These apple cider mimosae go well with some homemade pumpkin cookies.

Serves 2

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces brandy
  • 4 ounces of apple cider
  • 8 ounces chilled champagne
  • Apple slices
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar – for rim
  • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin spice – for rim

Method

  • Moisten the rim of the glass with extra apple cider and dip it onto a flat plate with sugar and pumpkin spice
  • Combine 1 ounce of brandy and 2 ounces of apple cider in each glass.
  • Top with champagne.
  • Garnish with an apple slice and enjoy!

3. Pumpkin Espresso Martini

Canned espresso martinis are a convenient way to mix these delicious drinks.

Serves 1

Ingredients

Method

  • Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice
  • Strain liquid into a martini glass
  • Garnish with coffee beans

4. Apple Cider Sangria

Mix up some sangria for your guests to sip on.

Serves 6

Ingredients

  • 1 bottle pinot grigio
  • 20 ounces of apple cider
  • 8 ounces of club soda
  • 4 ounces of ginger brandy
  • 3 chopped honey crisp apples
  • 3 chopped pears

Method

Combine all ingredients together in a pitcher with ice and stir well.

5. Pumpkin Apple Shandy

Fresh apple cider is refreshing in this delicious Fall cocktail.

Serves 2

Ingredients

  • 12 ounces of pumpkin beer
  • 10 ounces fresh apple cider
  • 2 ounces of bourbon

Method

  • Combine all ingredients in a pitcher
  • Pour into 2 glasses and garnish with apple slices

6. Apple Cranberry Moscow Mule

Fresh cranberries are the best garnish for this drink.

Serves 2

Ingredients

  • 4 ounces vodka
  • 2 ounces cranberry juice
  • 4 ounces sparkling apple juice
  • 1 can ginger beer
  • cranberries – for garnish
  • sliced apples – for garnish

Method

  • Combine vodka, cranberry juice, and apple juice in a mixing glass
  • Fill 2 serving glasses with ice
  • Pour the cranberry juice mixture into each glass evenly and fill up the rest of the way with ginger beer
  • Garnish with cranberries and sliced apples

7. Black Russian

This traditional Fall drink is always a hit.

Serves 1

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 ounces vodka
  • 3/4 ounce Kahlua

Method

  • Pour all ingredients into a glass with ice cubes and stir.

8. Poinsettia Cocktail

This cocktail looks and tastes amazing.

Ingredients

  • 4 ounces cranberry juice
  • 8 ounces prosecco

Garnish

  • Sparkling sugar
  • Fresh cranberries
  • Fresh rosemary sprig

Method

  • Moisten two champagne flutes with some simple syrup and dip them in sparkling sugar
  • Pour 2 ounces of cranberry juice into each flute
  • Pour 4 ounces of prosecco into each
  • Garnish with cranberries and a fresh rosemary sprig

9. Spiced Pumpkin Flip

Pumpkin ale and amaretto combine for a refreshing flavor.

Serves 1

  • 2 ounces of pumpkin ale
  • 1 ounce of bourbon
  • 1/2 ounce of amaretto
  • 1/2 ounce of agave nectar
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin butter
  • 1 egg
  • Freshly grated nutmeg for garnish

Method

  • Combine all ingredients except for nutmeg in a shaker and shake well without ice.
  • Add ice and shake again until frothy
  • Strain mixture into a glass and garnish with nutmeg

10. Pumpkin Toddy

Warm your bones and your taste buds with this lovely toddy.

  • 1 ounce of apple brandy
  • 1/2 ounce of rye whiskey
  • 1/2 ounce of freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 ounce organic maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin purée
  • 2 dashes of Angostura bitters
  • 5 ounces of boiling water
  • Grated cinnamon for garnish

Method

  • Combine brandy, whiskey, lemon juice, maple syrup, pumpkin puree, and bitters in a large mug and stir well
  • Top with boiling water and stir again.
  • Top with grated cinnamon and enjoy!

The Fall marks the beginning of the holiday season when everyone gets in the mood for spiced rum and hot toddies. When you decide to open your home for entertaining, try one of these seasonal cocktails to start the holidays off right.