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These Best Fall Cocktails are the perfect way to warm up on crisp autumn nights and pair wonderfully with your favorite fall meals and Thanksgiving dinner!
Fall is easily my favorite time of year. The dog days of summer are finally over, and I feel a sense of renewal as temperatures turn crisp and refreshing and the leaves start to turn from green to brilliant shades of red, orange, and yellow.
I think my dogs like this time of year best, too. They can finally go outside without getting too hot. And they love their walks best in the fall. Running on the trails through the woods, kicking up leaves as they go along. I think they actually love the sound of the rustling leaves, as if all their chatter makes their walk even more exciting than usual.
Fall get-togethers are somehow more special, too. Sitting by the fire pit enjoying a glass of wine or maybe a cocktail or two. The rush of summer is over. The kids are back to school, and we’re getting back to our normal schedules. We can finally take some time to relax and slow down before settling in for a long winter.
Fall is also the season for dinner parties, football parties, and Thanksgiving. The cooler temperatures chase everyone inside where they gather and socialize.
In some ways, I think this season brings us back to life!
These images are the inspiration for this collection of 50 Best Fall Cocktails. Full of all the best flavors of the season. Apple, pumpkin, cinnamon, cranberry, and more. These flavors will awaken our senses and help us enjoy everything we love about this wonderful time of year.
If you are looking for new ways to make your next fall party or get-together even more special, you need to check out these 50 Must-Try Fall Cocktails with flavors that will please everyone on your guest list. Or just enjoy them on your own for a quiet evening by the fire.
Here you’ll find familiar flavors in classic drinks like cider and mulled wine, but many of the drinks on this list offer a new and exciting twist you may not have thought of before.
Take a gander, and let me know what you think in the comments below. Cheers!
For more ways to get your party started this holiday season, check out the following:
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Best Fall Cocktails Perfect for Entertaining and Thanksgiving Dinner
WARM CRANBERRY PUNCH
This tasty punch features delicious, tangy cranberries and other seasonal flavors like orange, cinnamon, apple brandy, and some simple syrup for sweetness all warmed and served in a slow cooker for the ultimate cozy, cold weather beverage.
From Inspired by Charm
THE HARVEST SPARKLE
This cocktail is perfect for a party with recipes for individual drinks and large pitchers for a crowd. Whiskey, Prosecco, rosemary, and homemade cider honey syrup create a satisfying (and strong) cocktail that tastes like fall in a glass.
From Fed + Fit
PUMPKIN PIE MIMOSAS
A Pumpkin Pie Mimosa is just the right way to start your Thanksgiving, or any brunch during fall!
Festive glasses of pumpkin spice juice and champagne make this a simple cocktail that brings bubbly cheer to any occasion. Top it with whipped cream and pumpkin spice sugar, and you’ll feel like you are sipping on pumpkin pie (the classy way).
From Cake ‘n Knife
WILD TURKEY COCKTAIL
The bird won’t be the only turkey on the table this year. This very American drink blends Wild Turkey American Honey whiskey, cloves, cranberry sauce and oranges. It’ll heat you up like a warm blanket.
APPLE CIDER MOSCOW MULE
A Caramel Apple Moscow Mule is perfect for autumn! Made with sweet caramel vodka, fresh apple cider, and ginger beer, it’s sure to become the official cocktail of fall!
From Tidy Mom
Classic margaritas are my all time favorite cocktail. Here’s a seasonal version that adds tart cranberry juice to jazz up any holiday party or Happy Hour.
From Gimme Some Oven
SLOW COOKER SPICED WINE
Here’s another recipe that lets your slow cooker do all the work. Keep guests warm and happy with this seasonally spiced wine made with red wine, apple cider, citrus, and warm, comforting spices.
From Well Plated
PLUM + THYME PROSECCO SMASH
This cocktail is easy to make, and what I love about it is its versatility, that it can be served at brunch, happy hour, or at your weekend dinner party! A cocktail that can turn from day to night without hesitation is a cocktail that I want to be drinking!
From My Diary of Us
CRANBERRY OLD FASHIONED
An old cocktail recipe is made new again with the addition of cranberry in this drink made with homemade cranberry simple syrup, bourbon, and bitters and garnished with orange rind, rosemary, and fresh cranberries.
From Inspired by Charm
MAPLE BOURBON COCKTAIL
Maple syrup adds a sweet, seasonal twist to a simple bourbon and orange juice cocktail garnished with fresh orange slices and maraschino cherries.
From Jelly Toast
PUMPKIN PATCH PUNCH
Apple cider, orange juice, hints of lemon, spiced pumpkin butter, vodka, and brandy all mixed together to create an autumn punch that’s great for all of our upcoming entertaining.
Rim the glasses in cinnamon sugar, and top each drink off with ginger beer, to create an extra special fall cocktail that everyone will love! This punch is great for everything from Halloween, to Friendsgiving, to Thanksgiving, and every other day in between.
From Half Baked Harvest
A cranberry lover’s version of the standard mimosa – tart cranberries pair perfectly with a sugar-rimmed glass and sparkling champagne bubbles. Two main ingredients and they’re ready in 5 minutes!
From Stress Baking
FALL HARVEST WHISKEY SANGRIA
This Fall Harvest Whiskey Sangria combines apple cinnamon infused whiskey with red wine, apple cider and pomegranate juice with plenty of amazing fruit and warm fall spices to create a stunning drink!
Easy to please a crowd and whip it up ahead of time for holiday festivities.
The sugar content is also reduced by making your own infused simple syrup with allulose to add a subtle spiced sweetness without spiking your blood sugar too much, making it a healthier option for diabetics and guests on a low-carb diet. Prefer sugar? Feel free to substitute any sweetener of your choice.
From A Full Living
APPLE CIDER SANGRIA
This sangria was made for fall and Thanksgiving celebrations!
From Recipe Girl
MAPLE WHISKEY SOUR
This whiskey sour recipe is sweetened with maple syrup, which tastes so much more interesting than plain old simple syrup and definitely fitting for fall.
From Gimme Some Oven
PUMPKIN PIE PUNCH
Pumpkin Pie Punch is the ultimate Thanksgiving or Halloween punch!
With apple cider, real pumpkin, and cream soda, you’ll never believe how tasty this fun Pumpkin Cocktail is! Such a unique and fun holiday drink recipe for the fall, and it can be enjoyed with or without alcohol.
From The Cookie Rookie
CRANBERRY COBBLER SMASH
You can’t resist this ultimate Thanksgiving drink! Cobbler in a glass – warming, spiced cinnamon cranberry cobbler over crushed ice. This drink NEEDS to be on your menu.
From How Sweet Eats
APPLE CINNAMON GIN FIZZ
This Apple Cinnamon Gin Fizz is the perfect gin drink for fall. These autumn cocktails are made with homemade apple cinnamon syrup, mixed with a splash up of gin, and topped off with some bubbly soda.
SPARKLING PEAR + CRANBERRY COCKTAIL
Moscato d’Asti is an Italian sparkling white wine and also happens to be the perfect topper for this seasonal cocktail. It’s sweeter than champagne and gives the pear a lift.
From Martha Stewart
BLOOD ORANGE BLACKBERRY RUM PUNCH
This refreshing punch recipe is as delicious and it is beautiful!
From Heather Cristo
AUTUMN HARVEST FALL SANGRIA
This Autumn Harvest Fall Sangria recipe is made with red wine and seasonal fruit and spices and is a delicious cocktail for celebrating the glory of autumn!
From Inspired By Charm
APPLE CIDER OLD FASHIONED
Apple Cider Old Fashioned is a classic cocktail with a delicious fall twist! A simple fall cocktail for the whiskey lover.
From Recipe Runner
BOOZY MEXICAN HOT CHOCOLATE
A touch of spice can transform your average cocoa into something truly magical.
For more amazing spiked hot chocolate recipes, check out 21 Boozy Hot Chocolates Sure to Warm Up Your Night.
From The Inspired Home
APPLE PIE ON THE ROCKS
Apple pie in a glass? Yes, please! This drink is another super easy recipe that tastes just like dessert – but is way more fun – with apple juice, vanilla vodka, Fireball whiskey, cinnamon, and a brown sugar rim.
From Vegan Yack Attack
POMEGRANATE ORANGE SANGRIA
A winter red wine sangria for your holiday merriment with pomegranates and oranges, as well some cranberries, a cinnamon stick, and a heavy splash of brandy.
From Completely Delicious
CARAMEL APPLE HOT TODDY
This Caramel Apple Hot Toddy Cocktail is the perfect fall and winter drink!
The delicious mix of vodka, bourbon, and apple cider will keep you warm and cozy in those freezing cold temperatures. This apple cider hot toddy is so warming, comforting, and tasty. It’s a festive fall cocktail that can’t be beat!
From The Cookie Rookie
VANILLA VODKA CHAI TEA
Here’s a little sipper that is inspired by the flavors of autumn, but will still refresh you if your local temperatures still think it’s summer vacation.
From My Life As A Mrs.
APPLE CRANBERRY MIMOSAS
These fun and festive 3-ingredient Apple Cranberry Mimosas will make any holiday breakfast extra special. Just don’t forget the cinnamon-sugar rim!
From The Crumby Kitchen
BOOZY PUMPKIN WHITE HOT CHOCOLATE
This white chocolate spin on cocoa allows the flavor of the pumpkin to really shine. You’ll love the Kahlua and Bourbon variations — it may be hard to choose just one!
From Minimalist Baker
APPLE, GINGER + CRANBERRY VODKA COCKTAIL
Refreshing and fizzy, this is the perfect drink to help you unwind after preparing your Thanksgiving feast.
From What Katie Ate
This recipe comes from The Shanty in New York and combines all the good stuff. Think high quality gin, winter fruits, framboise, and finished off with Prosecco. Prep the punch in advance, then top off with the bubbly when your guests arrive.
From Food and Wine
SMOKY APPLE CIDER MEZCAL MARGARITA
This tasty cocktail is made with just 3 easy ingredients and is the perfect balance of sweet, tart, and smoky – and it can even have a little extra-spicy kick, if you’re so inclined.
From Gimme Some Oven
HIBERNATING HONEY BEAR
This Bourbon with Honey Sage Syrup Cocktail is a delicious drink any time, but we especially love it for anyone feeling under the weather. It’s the best-tasting throat lozenge you’ve ever had!
From Steele House Kitchen
No cocktail says holidays quite like classic mulled wine. Make it in a slow cooker, so you don’t have to babysit the stove.
From Gimme Some Oven
BOURBON SALTED CARAMEL MILKSHAKES
Take the decadence to a whole other level with this dessert and cocktail in one!
From Love + Olive Oil
CRANBERRY ORANGE BOURBON COCKTAIL WITH BRANDIED CRANBERRIES
Fans of Old Fashioned’s will enjoy this mellower Cranberry Orange Bourbon cocktail.
The brandied cranberries are the stars of this show. Make a batch in advance and keep them around for an extra special garnish.
From The Little Epicurean
BLACKBERRY MOSCOW MULE
This ombré drink is easy to make and even easier to devour.
HOT APPLE CIDER BUTTERED RUM COCKTAIL
This drink combines two of our favorite beverages into one glass. Enjoy by the fire for a sweet nightcap.
CIDER RUM PUNCH
A classic punch made of rum, lemon juice, apple cider and spices, this drink is a great crowd pleaser. Make sure to include the pretty thyme and apple slice garnishes.
From Spry Living
APPLE PIE MARTINI
Fresh apples and apple cider get swirled with cinnamon and homemade caramel sauce — no artificial ingredients here. Plus, it’s a lot easier to eat than an actual caramel apple.
From Lexi’s Clean Kitchen
PUMPKIN PIE MARTINI
Pumpkin pie in a glass? Yes, please! This creamy martini is full of pumpkin pie spices just like the dessert that inspired it.
Love that pumpkin spice flavor? Be sure to check out 75 Delicious Pumpkin Spice Recipes You Need to Try, featuring 75 pumpkin-spice flavored drinks, breakfasts, savory dishes, and desserts sure to satisfy all your pumpkin spice cravings!
POMEGRANATE + GINGER SPRITZER
Can’t get enough of pomegranates? Enjoy this simple drink all season long.
From Drizzle + Dip
RED NOSE PUNCH
I can’t decide what I love more – this cocktail or the festive frozen cranberry ring to go with it! Plus, it’s so pretty it will double as decor for your holiday table.
BOURBON + SPICED PEAR COCKTAIL
Embrace fall with a cocktail that screams fall flavors – juiced pears, fresh sage and thyme, and toasty, bitter notes of orange peel, allspice, and cinnamon.
From Holly + Flora
CRANBERRY CINNAMON WHISKEY SOUR
These naturally pink pretties (thanks to cranberry cinnamon simple syrup!) boast all of the punch a classic whiskey sour would pack, but with a friendlier flavor and hue.
The cranberry cinnamon simple syrup is what adds all of these wonderful twists to this lovely cocktail. It’s a simple combination of water, sugar, fresh cranberries, and cinnamon sticks boiled down to a thick, smooth simple syrup, and it makes incredible cocktails!
From Baker By Nature
SPICED CIDER MARGARITAS
The Spiced Cider Margarita is truly magical. The smokiness of the Mezcal perfectly complements the warming spices in the cider, yielding a complex, subtly sweet cocktail that is basically fall coziness in a glass. 100% delightful.
From Domesticate Me
ROSEMARY MEZCAL APPLE CIDER
This cocktail is a cinch to make, and they go down incredibly easily. Too easily. Maybe make sure you don’t have to drive anywhere after you make them.
From Kale + Caramel
Here’s a boozy version of the classic, creamy Mexican drink that’s so sweet and satisfying.
From A Beautiful Mess
CRANBERRY THYME GIN + TONIC
Recently, I’ve become somewhat of a gin convert. It must be something that comes with age because no one younger than me likes the taste of pine trees. Must be why I can’t get enough of Starbuck’s Juniper Latte.
But I digress. I will definitely be trying this fresh and fruity drink that’s perfectly refreshing for fall!
From A Cozy Kitchen
SPARKLING FIG + HONEY COCKTAIL
Loaded with antioxidants and beneficial nutrients like B vitamins, calcium and potassium, figs are nutritional powerhouses.
Figs are also super tasty (think Fig Newtons!) and taste wonderfully refreshing in this Fig + Honey Cocktail.
From Hello Glow
Celebrate fall harvest with friends and family and these Warm and Comforting Fall Cocktails sure to be a hit at your next party!
What do you think of these Best Fall Cocktails? Will you be trying any of these recipes? Share your thoughts in the comments below!