44 Fall Cocktails That Are Cozy, Refreshing and Oh-So-Seasonal
It’s time to put away the rosé (see you next June) and retire those spritzy spiked seltzers you’ve been drinking all summer. Fall is here, and with it, a new set of libations to warm you up from the inside out. Think maple whiskey sours, cider spiked with bourbon and pumpkin vodka drinks that taste better than pie. Here are 44 fall cocktails to make this season…and sip beside a crackling fire.
1. Chai Hot Toddy
The warm spices in chai tea (think cinnamon and ginger) plus rum make this the ultimate warming cocktail for a cozy fall night.
2. Hot Buttered Rum
This tastes like fall in a glass. Don’t forget the cinnamon sticks for stirring.
3. Mulled Cider
This boozy beverage is as simple as simmering apple cider with a few choice spices and divvying it into mugs. Bonus: Your home will smell amazing.
5. Classic Eggnog
We like to start eggnog season as early as possible. The booze of choice varies by region, so try it with brandy, cognac, whiskey, rum or our favorite, bourbon.
6. Slow-Cooker Cranberry Hot Toddy
“Big batch” and “cocktail party” go hand in hand. Instead of playing bartender, pour everything into your Crock-Pot (and never look back).
7. Slow-Cooker Spiked Cinnamon Lattes
With your handy slow cooker, you can leave this boozy brew on a low setting and it’ll stay warm for hours.
8. Mulled Wine Sangria
Here’s proof that sangria is just as fit for fall as it is for summer. (Oh, and there’s brandy in there too.)
9. Spiced Apple Margaritas
It’s as easy to make and easy to drink as the original. Swap the silver tequila for reposado, which is slightly aged, and add cider with the lime juice to fall-ify it.
10. Maple Whiskey Sours
If you’re more interested in a refreshing fall drink that a warming one, this has your name written all over it. Even better, it contains only five ingredients.
11. Boozy Pumpkin White Hot Chocolate
Um, they definitely don’t serve this at the coffee place down the street.
13. Honeycrisp and Bourbon Spiced Cider
If you can’t find Honeycrisp apple cider, any kind will do (but it’s worth seeking out).
14. Apple Cranberry Moscow Mule
It’s tart, spritzy and just what we want on a cool fall evening. The vodka doesn’t hurt either.
16. Smoky Mezcal Apple Cider Margarita
Mezcal is like tequila’s mysterious cousin whose favorite season is—you guessed it—fall. Paired with sweet cider, it makes a mean autumnal drink.
17. Bourbon Ginger Cider Cocktails
The best way to enjoy cider? Spiked, in our humble opinion.
18. Cranberry Bourbon Sour
This beverage is sweetened with a homemade maple-cranberry simple syrup (swoon). It looks fancy, but it’s actually really easy to make.
19. Caramel Apple Old Fashioned
If you want your drink to be less sweet, just add more whiskey.
20. Persimmon Old Fashioned
Persimmons are sweet, bright and just the thing to modernize this classic cocktail. (They’re also in season in late fall.)
23. Maple Old Fashioned
This is just like a regular old fashioned, but with smoky maple syrup instead of a sugar cube—genius.
24. Apple Pie Moonshine
Careful, this stuff is potent (and it gets better the longer it sits).
25. Ciderhouse Pear Cocktail
Find your nearest fireside and cozy up with one of these babies.
26. Pear and Cranberry Champagne Cocktails
You don’t need a special occasion to pop a bottle of bubbly. Add homemade pear-cranberry puree, and it’s like fall in a glass.
27. Autumn Apple Sangria
It’s cozy, tasty and downright gorgeous. Don’t save it just for a cocktail party.
28. Pomegranate Orange Champagne Cocktails
Champagne goes with everything and every season.
29. Apple Cider Mojitos
We love a fall spin on a traditional cocktail. The homemade cinnamon simple syrup is a breeze to make, too.
31. Spiced Bourbon Punch
This punch bowl is all dressed up and ready to party.
32. Spiced Mulled Wine
Grab a bottle of red wine and a few warm spices and set your timer for 20 minutes.
33. Cinnamon Maple Whiskey Sour
We think we’ll be drinking this one long after fall is over.
34. Cranberry Thyme Sparklers
Sure, you could skip the alcohol and make these into mocktails. But a splash of vodka would be welcome too.
35. Pumpkin Cocktail
It’s only a few ingredients, so you can easily make a single cocktail or a whole batch.
36. Hot Buttered Bourbon
Pairs well with a flannel shirt and a chunky knit throw.
37. Pumpkin Eggnog with Bourbon
An eggnog lover and a pumpkin lover walk into the bar.
38. Cranberry Pear Bourbon Cocktail
You could use any kind of whiskey you like and this would still be delicious.
39. Apple Cider Prosecco Spritz
Our motto: When in doubt, add bubbles.
40. Chocolate Pecan Cream Martini
It’s like a cross between a Halloween candy and a Thanksgiving pie (and we’re not mad about that at all).
41. Bourbon Spiked Hot Chocolate
If you don’t make a bit of a mess, it means you haven’t drizzled on enough caramel sauce.
42. Maple Ginger Hot Toddy
Hot toddies might not actually be healing, but they taste like a warm hug in a cup.
43. Cranberry Apple Sangria
Wanna know a secret? You can make it entirely ahead of party time.
44. Apple Cider Mimosa
This calls for fall brunch on the porch. Pecan pie scones, anyone?