Are you looking for the best fall cocktails for Thanksgiving or any other fall occasion? Here are 20 to try ASAP, from fall bourbon cocktails to apple cider sangria. Don’t miss our apple cider bourbon cocktail at the end!
Fall is a wonderful season to celebrate with friends. Impress your guests with one of these gorgeous fall cocktails. If a detox drink is more your thing, try our Apple Cider Vinegar drink or Hot ACV Drink instead.
You can make fall cocktails with a variety of ingredients, from rich bourbon and whiskey to clean vodka. Or try one of the three fall sangria recipes below. Let’s take a look at how to make the best fall cocktail recipes.
Best Seasonal Flavors for Fall Cocktails
Festive Fall Cocktail Garnishes
Best Fall Cocktails
1. Mulled Wine
Mulled wine is a classic holiday beverage that will warm you up and make your house smell amazing.
2. Coconut Chai Hot Toddy
This hot toddy from Running to the Kitchen is extra creamy and loaded with fall flavors thanks to chai spices and coconut milk. With a generous splash of dark rum, a hot toddy is the perfect fall cocktail to warm you up.
3. Spiced Chai Latte Martini
A chai latte martini is another warm chai-spiced fall cocktail idea. I would swap the whole milk for coconut milk to make it dairy-free. Get the recipe here on Little Sugar Snaps.
4. Apple Cider Hot Toddy
A fall spiced hot toddy with apple cider is sure to warm you up on a cold day. Get the recipe on Rhubarbarians!
5. Moscow Mule
The Moscow mule cocktail is a refreshing combination of ginger beer, lime, and vodka over ice. This is one of my favorite mocktails when using sparkling water instead of vodka. Make it extra festive with a splash of pomegranate juice.
6. Caramel Apple Red Sangria
This is the ultimate fall sangria recipe made with apple cider, apples, caramel-flavored vodka, and more tasty ingredients. Grab the recipe on Killing Thyme.
7. Autumn Rosé Sangria with Apples and Pomegranate
Rosé wine creates a beautiful color for fall cocktails. With apples, pomegranate arils, orange, and cinnamon, this fall sangria from The Forked Spoon is just beautiful.
8. Apple Cider Sangria
If you prefer a sangria where apple cider flavor and color really come through, go with this white wine apple cider sangria. Get the recipe on The Rising Spoon.
9. Apple Cider Whiskey Smash
The perfect fall cocktail using fresh apple cider and your favorite whiskey, served over smashed ice with the most beautiful apple rose garnish! Get the recipe on Bon Appeteach.
10. Apple Cider Mimosa
These sparkling fall cocktails are made with just two ingredients: apple cider and sparkling wine like Champagne or prosecco. Apple Cider Mimosas are fresh and light and perfect for an autumn brunch. Get the recipe on Texinarian Baking.
11. Pomegranate Mojito
For a more refreshing icy cold fall cocktail, add pomegranate to a classic mojito. Here’s a beautiful recipe for Pomegranate Mojitos from Cooking LSL.
12. Rosemary Fig Japanese Whiskey Sour
Fig season comes to a close around October, at least the ones in my backyard. This beautiful fall cocktail from Justine Celina combines rosemary with figs for a delicious autumn take on the whiskey sour.
13. Fall Gin & Tonic
This G&T recipe includes apples and cinnamon for a cozy fall rendition of the classic. If you’re a fan of gin cocktails you need to get the recipe on Gastronom!
14. Apple Cider Mojitos
Here’s another fall rum cocktail with apple cider spiced flavors. This recipe from XOXO Bella makes a pitcher, so it’s perfect for sharing with friends.
What to Serve with Fall Cocktails
It’s always best to pair cocktails with something to eat. A big charcuterie board would be perfect, but here are some other small bite ideas.
- 1 1/2 oz. Bourbon whiskey
- 1/4 cup apple cider
- 2-3 drops orange bitters such as angostura
- 1 teaspoon Maple syrup, to taste
- 1 Thinly sliced apple
- 1 sprig rosemary, for garnish (optional)
- 1 cinnamon stick, for garnish (optional)
- In a rocks glass, stir together the bourbon, apple cider, and bitters. Sweeten to taste with maple syrup.
- Add ice and garnish with sliced apple, rosemary, and cinnamon sticks, if desired.
More Fall Cocktails
- Mulled Wine
- Hot Toddy
- Chai Latte Martini
- Moscow Mule
- Apple Cider Sangria
- Whiskey Smash
- Apple Cider Mimosa
- Pomegranate Mojito
- Fig Whiskey Sour
- Fall Gin & Tonic
- Apple Cider Mojito
- Pumpkin Spice Martini
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