It’s coming- fall is on the way. As much as I love summer and never want it to end, there are a few things I look forward to with the change of season. Boots. Jeans. Sweaters. Blankets. Fires. Holidays. Fantasy Football (just kidding). Fall cocktails!
Summers are meant for sipping margaritas by the pool. Fall not so much. I scoured the web and found the best of the best of the best FALL COCKTAILS!!
I’ve organized the list by star ingredients. Champagne, wine, liquors, beer and coffee. I’m sure it’s no surprise that the whiskey category contains the most recipes. Bourbons and Rye Whiskey are synonymous with fall in my book!
I did not include any recipes that required too much work and/or had more ingredients than my last grocery list.
THE Ultimate List of Fall Cocktails
1. Pear Mimosa
A simple twist on the classic! Perfect anytime you would normally have a mimosa. Get THE RECIPE at Real Simple.
2. Apple Cider Mimosa
Another fall version of a mimosa. I normally think of mimosas as a brunch drink but I think this one sounds great as an early evening cocktail when there is a chill in the air. I don’t camp but if I did I would drink this sitting around my campfire. Click HERE for the RECIPE by Becky Hardin at The Cookie Rookie.
3. Cranberry Champagne Cocktail
Yet another twist on a mimosa. I love the color of this drink. Click for the RECIPE HERE from Tyler Florence at the Food Network.
4. Vanilla-Pear Sparkler
This recipe calls for Cava which is a Spanish sparkling wine, however, you may easily substitute champagne. Click for the RECIPE HERE from Maureen Petrosky at The kitchn.
5. Pomegranate Champagne
Pomegranate and Cointreau and Champagne- oh my! Check out the full RECIPE HERE at Martha Stewart Weddings.
6. Rose Sangria with Cranberries and Apples
Who doesn’t love sangria? Seriously, sangria is SO versatile and can be made to accommodate any season. I’ve included a few that just scream FALL! Drink and enjoy! Grab this one by Jose Garces at Food & Wine RIGHT HERE.
7. Apple and Pear White Sangria
I love white sangrias. Check this RECIPE OUT by Liz Fourez at Love Grows Wild.
8. Honeycrisp Apple Sangria
Get the FULL RECIPE HERE at Sally’s Baking Addiction.
9. Orange Cinnamon Blossom Wine
And yet one more simply amazing sounding WINE RECIPE found at Elle Decor. I bet this one smells amazing too!
The classic. It’s timeless. It screams fall. I had to include a recipe for a classic manhattan, as well as, some fun variations. Check out THE RECIPES HERE at Liquor.com. (no photo needed)
11. Cranberry Whiskey Cocktail
What compliments fall just perfectly? Cranberries of course! Get the RECIPE HERE at Your Southern Peach.
12. cranberry and Cinnamon Whiskey Sour
Looks delish right? I think this one looks fabulous! You can thank Baker by Nature for THIS RECIPE.
13. Backwoods Bourbon Punch
This boozy fall punch incorporates grapefruit juice (which I LOVE) and packs a “punch”(ha- no pun intended). This would be perfect for a large group! Click to see THE RECIPE at Bon Appetit. Recipe by Natalie Chanin & Butch Anthony.
14. Rye & Pomegranate Punch
This punch looks amazing. The recipe serves 12. I am making this as my signature cocktail next time I have a gathering. Think Thanksgiving with THIS RECIPE by Claire Saffitz featured at Bon Appetit.
15. Tennessee Rose
This concoction contains grapefruit juice in its cast of characters so I am a thumbs-up for sure! View the COMPLETE RECIPE at Food & Wine.
16. Peach Old Fashioned
I found this yummy concoction in a Town & Country list of autumnal cocktails. THIS LIST also includes several other cocktails included here: The Marguerite, The Apple Hinny and Thyme Will Tell. Warning- you will have to scroll through to find the drinks.
17. Sweet Pear Cocktail
I think this would be really tasty to sip on while handing out Halloween candy. Get THE RECIPE at Martha Steward Weddings.
18. Thyme Will Tell
Just like The Peach Old Fashioned above, THYME WILL TELL is listed in Town & Country’s list of fall cocktails.
19. Bourbon Hot Toddy
A spiced hot toddy- the perfect complement to cool weather! Get THE RECIPE at Delish.
20. Whiskey Chai
Wow- this sounds amazing- made with bourbon or rye whiskey- this has “SNOW DAY” written all over it!!!!!! Grab THE RECIPE at Food & Wine.
21. Apple Hinny
I thought this looked like a nice light and refreshing fall cocktail. The ginger beer in the recipe is really what caught my eye. THIS RECIPE is included in the Town & Country list with several others. You will need to scroll.
22. Cranberry Pomegranate Lime Cocktail
This one is really simple to make! CLICK HERE for the recipe located at The Vintage Mixer.
23. Cranberry Cosmopolitan
Another twist on a classic! THIS RECIPE featured at Martha Stewart Weddings.
24. Cranberry Margarita
You know how much margaritas have a special place in my heart right? Of course I had to include a “fall” version of the margarita!! Grab THE RECIPE at Gimme Some Oven.
25. The Marguerite
Can I play favorites? This drink includes reposado and grapefruit juice- 2 of my favorite things! It is included in Town & Country’s autumnal cocktails along with the others previously mentioned.
26. Cranberry Thyme Gin and Tonic
I am not a gin drinker. However, this gin cocktail might make me change my mind because it looks fab! Grab the RECIPE HERE from A Cozy Kitchen.
27. Hendricks Gin Fall For All
This is another one that might make me give Gin a chance- THIS RECIPE by Barbara Kiebel at Creative Culinary sounds delicious!
28. Cider Rum Punch
Doesn’t this photograph just make you thirsty?? Find the RECIPE HERE from Verses from My Kitchen.
29. Cranberry Sauce Mojito
Now how good does that look? Go to Creative Culinary for THE RECIPE but don’t get lost- Barb Kiebel’s site is a treasure trove of cocktails (if that is your kind of thing).
30. Hard Cider Sangria
Sangria made with hard apple cider? Yes! Not a true sangria but sounds great right? Check out THIS RECIPE located at Food & Wine.
Can you say brunch or tailgate? The Michelada is a traditional Mexican recipe very similar to a Bloody Mary, although, it uses beer. Check out The Food Network for THE RECIPE. Recipe courtesy of Jonathan Potash. *Truth- I might still throw a little vodka in this one? maybe…..
32. Irish Coffee
I could not leave this one off this list! THIS RECIPE is just a straight up Irish Coffee- no variations- just the real deal. I would use sugar cubes to make it feel more authentic. *Truth- The Bueno Vista in San Fransisco is THE BEST place to have an Irish coffee!
This list should help you decide on a signature cocktail for your fall gatherings. Make sure to read STEPS TO PULL OFF THE PERFECT PARTY and HOW TO ELEVATE YOUR ENTERTAINING SKILLS for more ideas and inspiration.
So seriously which drink are you going to try first? Leave me a comment and let me know!