The Crisp Fall Cocktails to Toast the Coziest Season

Is there any better way to welcome in the new season than with a perfectly autumnal drink?

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collage of three fall-themed cocktails

Fall is in the air, and what better way to usher in the coziest time of year than by toasting the new season with a delicious autumnal cocktail? Whether you're welcoming a few pals at home for brunch, hosting a chic fall fête, prepping for Halloween or just want a delightful beverage to sip on while lounging on your couch, why not up the ante by spicing up your usual drink of choice and opting for a more seasonally appropriate cocktail? While a pumpkin spice latte is nice and all, that's not all we're talking about here on a crisp fall day, because there are, in fact, other perfectly autumnal ingredients with fall flavors—think cinnamon, apple, cloves, vanilla and so many more fall drinks. From classic cocktails and bubbly beverages to perfectly fall drinks and cozy tipples, below, take a peek at the best fall cocktail recipes to whip up this season.

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Pumpkin Mule

1.25 oz Nolet's Silver Gin
1 oz pumpkin puree
.5 oz fresh lime juice
Dash of cinnamon and nutmeg 
Ginger beer
Lime, cinnamon stick, cranberries, currants and/or dried ginger, for garnish

Combine all ingredients, except for ginger beer, into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake until chilled. Pour over fresh ice in a Moscow mule mug or tumbler; top with ginger beer and garnish.

Pumpkin Mule. Nolet's

1800 Iced Chai

2 oz 1800 Añejo
3 oz chai tea
1 oz coconut milk
1/4 oz agave syrup
Lemon oil 

Combine 1800 Añejo, chai tea, coconut milk and agave syrup into a cocktail shaker with ice and shake vigorously. Strain over fresh ice in a highball glass. Express a lemon twist over the top. Garnish with a clove-studded lemon wheel. 

1800 Iced Chai. 2021 Ford Media Lab

Glenmorangie Pumpkin Scotch Latte

50 ml Glenmorangie Original
50 ml espresso
50 ml spiced pumpkin syrup
100 ml hot milk
Whipped cream and cinnamon, for garnish

Pour ingredients into cup; stir. Garnish with whipped cream and dust with cinnamon

Pumpkin Scotch Latte.

Autumn Grove

2 oz Fig-Infused Cutwater Bourbon Whiskey
2 dashes black walnut bitters 
.25 oz maple-vanilla syrup
Dried fig and orange zest, for garnish

Add all liquid ingredients into a rocks glass, add ice and stir until cold. Garnish with a dried fig on a pick and orange zest.

Autumn Grove.

Hendrick's Hot Spiced Apple

1 1/4 parts Hendrick's Gin
5 parts spiced apple juice
2 cloves
2 crushed cardamom
2 star anise
2 crushed juniper berries
1 orange peel
Apple slices


Simmer Hendrick's, apple juice and spices in a saucepan. Serve in a teacup; garnish with three apple slices and a dash of nutmeg.


Pumpkin Margarita

  • Created by Manny Hinojosa

1.5 oz Tequila Cazadores Reposado
1 oz Bols Pumpkin Spice Liqueur
2 oz orange juice
1/2 oz lemon juice
Cinnamon powder

Combine all ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake and then serve over ice. Add cinnamon sugar to rim; garnish with lime and orange slices.

Pumpkin Margarita

Avaline Mulled Wine

1 bottle of Avaline Red Wine
1 peeled and juiced orange
1 peeled lemon
4 cinnamon sticks
5 star anise (whole)
5 cloves (whole)
5 allspice (whole)
1 tbsp organic cane sugar
1 orange, cut into half wheels

Peel orange and lemon, then juice orange. Combine all spices into a large saucepan; toast on medium heat for a few minutes. Add the rest of your ingredients to the pan and let it sit until it starts to steam; about 30 seconds. Reduce heat to low; let ingredients simmer together for 15 minutes. Strain and serve your wine in a mug. Garnish with an orange wheel. Makes a big batch.

Avaline Mulled Wine.

Maple Margarita

1.5 oz Patron Silver
.75 oz Patron Citrónge Orange
.25 oz Ilegal Mezcal Joven
1 oz  maple syrup
1 oz  lime juice
Maple leaf

Combine all ingredients into a shaker tin; shake with ice to chill. Strain into a coupe glass rimmed with salt. Garnish with a maple leaf.

Maple Margarita.

Apple Chai T&G

3 parts (1/2 bottle) Betty Buzz Tonic Water
1 part Aviation Gin
1/2 part apple chai syrup
Star anise pod

Fill a highball glass with ice; add gin and apple chai syrup. Top with Betty Buzz Tonic Water and stir gently to combine. Garnish with a star anise pod.

Apple Chai T&G.

Honey Smoked Old Fashioned

2 oz Old Elk Blended Straight Bourbon Whiskey
1/2 oz smoked honey simple syrup
5 dashes Angostura bitters 
Orange peel, for garnish

Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass with ice; stir for 20 seconds. Strain bourbon cocktail into a double old fashioned glass with a large ice cube. Garnish with an orange twist. Smoke cocktail with a cocktail smoker, if you prefer.

Honey Smoked Old Fashioned Andi Whiskey

Grapefruit Cinnamon Smash

1.5 oz Belvedere Vodka
1/4 ruby red grapefruit, cubed
2 dashes ground cinnamon
.75 oz lemon juice
.75 oz simple syrup
2 to 3 dashes bitters
Grapefruit slice

In a mixing glass, muddle the grapefruit chunks with the lemon juice and simple syrup. Add vodka, ground cinnamon and bitters. Top with ice; shake vigorously for 10 seconds and then strain into a rocks glass filled with ice. Garnish with a thin grapefruit slice.

Grapefruit Cinnamon Smash.

Lillet Cranberry Sparkler Cocktail

2 parts Lillet Blanc
1/2 part fresh lime juice
1 to 2 tablespoons cranberry sauce
3 parts G.H. Mumm Brut Grand Cordon
Combine all ingredients, except champagne, in a cocktail shaker. Shake and fine strain into glass and top with bubbles. Garnish with candied orange peel.

Lillet Cranberry Sparkler Cocktail. Lillet

Spiced Espresso Tini

1 1/2 oz Don Papa
1 oz espresso
1/2 oz Grand Marnier
1/4 oz Mr. Black
3 espresso beans
Orange zest

Add all ingredients into a shaker with ice; shake and strain into a coup glass. Garnish with espresso beans and orange zest.

Spiced Espresso Tini.

Apple Cider Spritz

2 parts apple cider
1 part Aperol
2 parts Campo Viejo Cava Brut
Cinnamon stick
Apple wedge

Combine apple cider and Aperol. Top with sparkling wine and a splash of soda. Garnish apple cider cocktail with cinnamon stick and fresh apple wedge.

Apple Cider Spritz. Campo Viejo Cava Brut

Proper Apple Martini

2 oz Proper No. Twelve Irish Apple
2 oz Irish cream liqueur
2 dashes cinnamon
Graham cracker, for glass rim

 Add whiskey, cream liqueur and a dash of cinnamon to a shaker filled with ice. Shake and strain into a martini glass with crushed graham cracker rim. Garnish with cinnamon.

Proper Apple Martini.

Pumpkin Hot Toddy

1.5 oz El Bandido Yankee Reposado Tequila 
1 oz pumpkin spice syrup (1 tbsp pumpkin spice blend, 1 cup water, 1/2 cup light brown sugar)
1 oz fresh lemon juice 
2 dashes orange bitters
8 oz boiling water
To make pumpkin spice syrup, combine pumpkin spice blend, water and brown sugar into a saucepan. Stir over medium heat until sugar is dissolved. Simmer until reduced by half. Cool and then strain.

For hot toddy: Combine tequila, pumpkin spice syrup and lemon juice into a mug. Fill with hot water. Top off with orange bitters. Garnish with cinnamon stick and  dried lemon wheel.  

Pumpkin Hot Toddy.

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