There are so many delicious seasonal ingredients available in the fall. Although Pumpkin Spice is a perennial (albeit overdone) favorite, there are many other wonderful fall flavors to try. If you’re craving a warming drink after a brisk fall day, try one of these fall cocktails.
Savor the Flavors of the Season With These Fall Cocktails
Autumn’s chill should give you plenty of reasons to sample them all!
It’s hard to beat the crisp crunch of a freshly harvested fall apple. And that aroma and flavor…
The English Harvest celebrates fall’s abundant harvest of apples. It combines dry gin, apple brandy, dry vermouth, unfiltered apple juice, orgeat (an almond-flavored syrup), and Angostura bitters. It’s garnished with a spiral-cut orange twist.
The Stone Wall is made from fresh ginger muddled in simple syrup. Then aged rum and apple cider are added and it’s topped with ginger beer and garnished with a lime wedge and a slice of fresh apple.
Offer a toast to fall with Apple Cider Mimosas. Moisten the rims of your champagne flutes and dip in cinnamon-sugar. Then fill them a quarter of the way with apple cider and top with champagne. Salut!
Combine unfiltered apple juice and spicy Zubrowka vodka for the Szarlotka. It tastes like you’re drinking a slice of apple pie!
Yes, even the freshly harvested root crops of fall can make their way into an autumn cocktail! The Once Around the Track features fresh carrot juice along with a good scotch, ginger syrup, lemon juice, and parsley. It’s scented with the sweet caraway seed, cumin, and fennel flavors of kummel, topped with a dusting of nutmeg, and garnished with a carrot top.
Bright red cranberries are harvested in fall for use throughout the holiday season. Why not get a head start with these splendidly refreshing cocktails?
Rosé Sangria with Cranberries and Apples combines two fall favorites in a spicy punch that isn’t overly sweet. A spicy simple syrup is made by simmering sugar, crushed red pepper, a cinnamon stick, allspice berries, whole cloves, and a star anise pod in water. Cranberries and diced Granny Smith apples are marinated in the syrup overnight, then mixed with rosé, port, Cointreau, and cranberry juice in a large pitcher.
This Cranberry-Spice Cocktail includes fresh cranberries muddled with an orange wedge and minced ginger. Aperol, Lillet Blanc, and bitters are added before it’s topped with hard cider. Garnish with a skewer of more fresh cranberries and a slice of ginger.
Fennel & Fig Infused Vodka makes use of two seasonal ingredients, early fennel and late-season figs. The vodka is infused with fresh fennel and dried figs for a week then strained and served with a fresh fig garnish.
Speaking of figs… The Figa is a chilled concoction of fig vodka, brewed Earl Grey tea, and fresh tangerine juice garnished with wedges of fresh fig.
This Red Grape & Coconut Refresher features red grapes muddled with brown sugar. Then vodka, unsweetened coconut water, and halved grapes are added before the whole thing is topped with chilled Champagne.
There are so many delicious pear varieties available in the fall that we thought we’d offer you two equally delicious pear cocktails. The Pear Sour is made with pear brandy, pear nectar, lemon juice, and simple syrup. It’s garnished with a fresh pear slice.
The Pear of Desire features citrus vodka, Licor 43 (a citrus and vanilla-flavored liqueur), pear juice or nectar, cream soda, ginger ale, and it’s also garnished with fresh pear slices.
This Spiced Persimmon Old Fashioned mixes the sweet pulp of a very ripe Hachiya persimmon with mandarin orange segments, maple syrup, rye, and orange bitters. Add a sprinkle of grated cinnamon and stir with a cinnamon stick.
This Pomegranate Margarita perfectly combines four simple ingredients into a refreshing bright pink take on a fall drink. Muddle fresh pomegranate arils (seeds) until they release their juice. Add simple syrup, tequila, and passion fruit juice, strain, and enjoy!
No list of fall cocktails is complete without one spiced pumpkin drink and this Pumpkin Spice Margarita is it. It combines tequila, cream, pumpkin spice syrup, simple syrup, and those familiar warm fall spices.
This Hot Mulled Cider includes many of the flavors of fall. It combines apple cider, dry white wine, diced quince, honey, fresh rosemary, cinnamon sticks, cloves, star anise, and grated lemon zest into a hot and zesty beverage perfect for your next tailgating party.
Enjoy fall’s many amazing flavors when you enjoy these seasonal cocktails!