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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Fall is in the air, and what better way to usher in the coziest time of the year than by toasting the new season with a delicious autumnal cocktail? Whether you're welcoming a few pals at home, hosting a chic fall fête 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, because there are, in fact, other perfectly autumnal ingredients—think cinnamon, apple, cloves, vanilla and so much more. Below, take a peek at the best fall cocktails to whip up this season.

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Silver Pumpkin Flip

1.25 oz. Nolet's Silver Dry Gin
1 oz pumpkin puree
1 whole egg
0.5 oz maple syrup Maple Syrup
1 bar spoon of sugar
Ground nutmeg and/or cinnamon

Combine all ingredients into a mixing glass. Shake until emulsified; about one minute. Add ice and vigorously shake again. Double strain into a martini glass. Dust with nutmeg or cinnamon, to garnish.

Silver Pumpkin Flip

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

Autumn Grove

2 oz Fig-Infused Cutwater Bourbon Whiskey
2 dashes black walnut bitters 
.25 oz maple-vanilla syrup
Dried fig
Orange zest

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
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.

Avaline Mulled Wine. Morgan Halberg

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. Morgan Halberg

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 Belvedere 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. Morgan Halberg

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. Morgan Halberg

La Rousse

1 part whiskey
1 part blood orange syrup
3 parts G.H. Mumm Grand Cordon Rosé
Dehydrated blood orange

Stir whiskey and blood orange syrup over ice. Strain into a rocks glass with cold draft. Top with rosé. Garnish with dehydrated blood orange and blood orange cubes. 

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. Morgan Halberg

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