28 Warming Cocktails For Fall

Fall is a beautiful time of year as it is filled with orange leaves, crisp weather, and warming food.

When you have finished work on a chilled day and you want to come home to something warming, a cocktail perfect for fall will do the trick!

28 Warming Cocktails For Fall

You want your cocktails to reflect the seasons, so having summer cocktails would not feel the same in the fall.

Finding delicious recipes for you to try at home will give you something to cozy up with and enjoy in front of the fire.

This article will show you how to make 28 warming cocktails for fall (see also ‘The 45 Best Spooktacular Drinks For The Halloween Season‘) so that you can experiment with different flavors and try new cocktails at home.

You can find out more below to warm both your stomach and your heart!

28 Warming Cocktails For Fall

1. Spiced Old Fashioned

To warm yourself up at home, use traditional fall spices for you to feel cozy.

You will need bourbon, cinnamon sticks, cloves, vanilla beans, star anise, maple syrup, angostura bitters, water, ice, and orange peel. 

To infuse the bourbon with spices, add it to a glass jar with star anise, cloves, and cinnamon sticks and leave for 24 hours.

Add ice, spice-infused bourbon, water, bitters, and maple syrup to a glass and stir until smooth. Garnish with fresh orange peel and enjoy!

2. Caramel Apple Vodka Cocktail

Two of the most distinctive fall tastes are caramel and apple, and combining them creates this beautiful cocktail!

You will need caramel vodka, apple cider, plain vodka, and ice. For garnish, use caramel syrup and fresh apple slices. 

Firstly, dip the rims of the glasses in caramel syrup to add sweetness to the cocktail.

Next, fill the glasses with ice and add the caramel vodka, plain vodka, and apple cider. Stir well but gently so it doesn’t spill.

Garish with fresh apple slices. 

3. Honey Pumpkin Whiskey Smash

Pumpkin pie is a traditional fall dessert, so why not try a sweet cocktail that resembles it?

You will need pumpkin syrup, whiskey, mint leaves, lemon juice, cinnamon sticks, and star anise.

You can make the pumpkin syrup yourself using honey, water, and pumpkin purée. 

For the syrup, mix honey, pumpkin purée, and water and boil.

Add the syrup, mint, whiskey, lemon juice, and ice cubes to a shaker and shake until chilled.

Strain the mixture into glasses filled with ice. Garnish with cinnamon sticks, star anise, and fresh mint!

4. Autumn Spiced Rum Cider Cocktail

This cocktail is perfect for warming you up when you are cozy under blankets watching TV.

You will need cinnamon sticks, apple cider, star anise, spiced rum, lemon bitters, hard cider, nutmeg, and cloves. 

Infuse the apple cider with star anise (see also ‘6 Star Anise Substitutes‘), nutmeg, cloves, and cinnamon sticks and refrigerate it for at least an hour.

Fill glasses with ice and add the spiced rum and spiced apple cider. Pour lemon bitters and hard cider on top and garnish with a cinnamon stick. 

5. Spiced Pear Gin Cocktail

Pear is a sweet fruit that works very well with spices.

To make the cocktail, you will need to gather ice, pear juice, spiced pear liqueur, gin, cardamom bitters, fresh lemon juice, pear slices, and thyme. 

Add ice, gin, lemon juice, pear liqueur, and cardamom bitters to a shaker and shake well.

Strain the mixture into chilled glasses and garnish with a slice of fresh pear and thyme before serving to your guests!

6. Hot Buttered Rum

Although iced fall cocktails are cozy, some people prefer hot cocktails to warm their hands.

For hot buttered rum cocktails, you will need butter, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, brown sugar, rum, and water. 

To make spiced butter, roll out the butter with a rolling pin and add the allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg, and brown sugar on top.

Add some spiced butter to the glasses, pour in the rum and boiled water, and stir well until it is smooth. Add whipped cream for sweetness!

7. Elderflower Fall-Hattan

To create this fall-inspired cocktail, you will need spice-infused bourbon, elderflower syrup, angostura bitters, dry vermouth, star anise, and orange peel.

To infuse the bourbon, leave bourbon in a jar with cinnamon, cloves, and star anise in the fridge for at least an hour. 

Add the spiced bourbon, elderflower syrup, angostura bitters, and dry vermouth to a shaker and shake to mix all of the ingredients.

Pour into ice-filled glasses and garnish the cocktails with orange peel and star anise.

8. Pumpkin Martini

If you want a fall-inspired cocktail that is sweet and creamy, a pumpkin martini will be perfect for you to snuggle up with.

You will need vodka, maple syrup, pumpkin pie spice, vanilla extract, pumpkin purée, coconut cream, and graham crackers. 

Dip the rim of the glasses in maple syrup and crushed graham crackers to add some more sweetness to the cocktail.

Add all of the other ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice and shake until it is chilled. Strain the mixture into glasses and enjoy!

9. Fireball Whisky Cocktail

This cocktail has great levels of spice and will be sure to please your friends and family over the holiday period.

You will need Fireball cinnamon whiskey, lemonade, apple cider, cloves, cinnamon sticks, and blood oranges. 

Fill your glasses with ice and pour in the Fireball cinnamon whiskey and apple cider and stir.

Then place a cinnamon stick, cloves, and fresh orange peel inside the glasses. Top the cocktails with lemonade (see also ‘23 Refreshing Lemonade Cocktails To Make At Home‘) and serve!

10. Cranberry Bourbon Sour

If you want a fall cocktail that has a fruity flavor instead of a spiced flavor, this cranberry bourbon sour will be for you!

You will need bourbon, cranberry juice, lemon juice, sugar syrup, fresh lemon slices, raspberries, and cranberries. 

Add the bourbon, cranberry juice, lemon juice, and sugar syrup to a cocktail shaker and shake well.

Fill the glasses with ice and pour the mixture out evenly. Garnish the cocktails with fresh lemon slices, raspberries, and cranberries.

11. Apple And Cranberry Cocktail

This cocktail is great for those who like a combination of sweet and sour.

To make them properly, you will need rosé, cranberry juice, cloudy apple juice, fresh orange slices, cranberries, and cinnamon sticks. 

For this cocktail, add the garnishes first! Add ice, fresh orange slices, cranberries, and cinnamon sticks to the glass, and then pour in the rosé.

Next, add the cloudy apple juice and cranberry juice and stir well. Sit back and enjoy!

12. Fall Long Island Iced Tea

Make this classic cocktail more suitable for fall by using traditional spiced flavors!

You will need spiced rum, gin, apple vodka, triple sec, cranberry juice, apple juice, and lemon and lime soda. 

To start, add all of the ingredients, except for the soda and lemon, into a cocktail shaker.

Shake the ingredients for 30 seconds to make sure that they are mixed well.

Strain the mixture into chilled glasses and top them with lemon and lime soda.

13. Cinnamon Maple Whiskey Sour

This fall version of a whiskey sour combines classic fall flavors that are not too overpowering!

You will need bourbon, maple syrup, cinnamon, and fresh lemon juice. 

To make the cocktail, fill a shaker with ice, bourbon, maple syrup, lemon juice, nutmeg, and cinnamon, and shake well.

Add ice to the glasses and strain the mixture equally into them and enjoy!

14. Autumn Harvest Cocktail

If you are looking for a refreshing fall-inspired drink, this cocktail has a strong apple flavor to remind you of the season.

You will need apple vodka, apple cider, apple bourbon, cranberry juice, and lemon and lime soda. 

Add the apple vodka, cider, and bourbon (see also ‘Bourbon Cocktails: 30 Of The Best‘) to a cocktail shaker and shake for a minimum of 10 seconds.

Fill your glasses with ice, strain the mixture, pour lemon and lime soda over the cocktails, and add cranberry juice too.

Garnish with fresh cranberries and an apple slice. 

15. Fall Sangria

Sangria is a classic summer drink that is often enjoyed with friends, but can you make a version that is more suitable for fall?

To make fall sangria, you will need pinot grigio, apple cider, bourbon, club soda, maple syrup, apples, plums, pears, and cinnamon sticks. 

Firstly, chop up the apples, plums, and pears before you add them to a large jug with the cinnamon sticks.

Pour the pinot grigio, bourbon, club soda, maple syrup, and apple cider into the jug and stir well.

Refrigerate for at least an hour before serving and enjoy!

16. Fall Aperol Spritz

Aperol spritz is an incredibly popular drink at any time of the year, but you can make a fall-inspired version.

You will need ice, prosecco, Aperol, apple cider, and fresh blood oranges. If you do not want to use prosecco, use soda water or champagne.

To begin, you will need to juice the blood oranges, but leave some slices to use to garnish the cocktails.

Add the ice, blood orange juice, Aperol, prosecco, and apple cider to the glasses and sir well. Garnish with fresh blood orange slices and enjoy!

17. Spiced Rum Punch

Spiced rum punch (see also our favorite party punch recipes) is full of classic fall flavors that will warm your guests up and have them feeling festive!

You will need spiced rum, apple cider, cinnamon sticks, cranberry juice, orange juice, apples, pears, and oranges. 

You will need to chop up the oranges, apples, and pears and add them to a serving jug.

Next, add the spiced rum, apple cider, orange juice, and cranberry juice and stir well to combine the ingredients.

Pour the punch into iced glasses and garnish them with cinnamon sticks.

18. Apple Bourbon Cocktail

These apple bourbon cocktails (see also ‘Bourbon Cocktails: 30 Of The Best‘) are sweet and crisp, making them the perfect drink to relax with in the evenings.

You will need bourbon, apple juice, maple syrup, sugar syrup, fresh lemon juice, and red apples. 

In a glass, add fresh lemon juice, maple syrup, and sugar syrup and stir well. Add ice to the glass and pour in the bourbon and apple juice.

Stir the cocktail well to evenly distribute the ingredients. Garnish the cocktails with fresh red apple slices and enjoy!

19. Apple Cider Sidecar

To put a seasonal twist on a classic cocktail, you will need apple cider, Cointreau, cognac, fresh lemon juice, brandied cherries, and lemon peel.

This cocktail will most definitely impress your guests on a festive holiday!

Add ice and all of the ingredients, except the lemon peel and brandied cherries, to a cocktail shaker and shake to make sure that they are combined well.

Strain the mixture into glasses and garnish with the lemon peel and brandied cherries!

20. Caramel Apple Moscow Mule

This caramel apple Moscow mule will soon become a favorite!

You will need caramel vodka, apple cider, ginger beer (see also ‘20 Of The Most Tasty Ginger Beer Cocktails‘), fresh lime juice, ground cinnamon, fresh apple, and cinnamon sticks. 

To a cocktail shaker, add the apple cider, caramel vodka, and lime juice and shake well.

Fill your glasses with crushed ice and then strain the cocktail mixture over the top.

Pour ginger beer into the glasses and sprinkle with cinnamon. Garnish the cocktails with cinnamon sticks and enjoy!

21. Pumpkin Spice White Russian Cocktail

Pumpkin spice lattes are a prominent part of fall, but why not mix it up with a pumpkin spice white Russian cocktail that is creamy and sweet!

You will need vodka, Kahlua, pumpkin spice creamer, whipped cream, graham crackers, maple syrup, pumpkin spice, and sugar. 

Add maple syrup, sugar, crushed graham crackers, and pumpkin spice to the rims of the glasses.

Next, add the vodka, Kahlua, and pumpkin spice creamer to a cocktail shaker and shake.

Strain the mixture into glasses and top them with whipped cream!

22. Fall Enzoni

This cocktail is a fall twist on a classic that has a lot of depth of flavor.

You will need ice, Campari (see also ‘20 Of The Best Campari Cocktails‘), sugar syrup, red grapes, lemon juice, orange peel, and rye whiskey. 

In a cocktail shaker, add the Campari, sugar syrup, whiskey, and lemon juice and shake well.

Strain the mixture over glasses and garnish with fresh orange peel and red grapes for added sweetness. 

23. Ginger Snap Cocktail

Ginger is warm, spicy, and perfect for taking center stage in a fall cocktail.

You will need fresh ginger snap syrup, sugar, vodka, club soda, Molasses, and cinnamon. You can make the syrup at home or buy it from the store. 

Dip the rims of the glasses in sugar and cinnamon for added flavor.

Add the ginger snap syrup, vodka, Molasses, and ice and shake well. Strain the mixture in glasses and top them with club soda. Garnish with fresh ginger and enjoy!

24. Apple Cider Hot Toddy

This apple cider hot toddy will warm you up and soothe your soul.

You will need apple cider, apple whiskey, orange juice, cranberry juice, honey, cinnamon sticks, cloves, star anise, honey, fresh lemon, and fresh apple. 

In a large mug that is microwave safe, add orange juice, lemon juice, cranberry juice, apple cider, and honey.

Microwave for one and a half minutes before removing it, stirring, and adding the whiskey (see also ‘30 Must-Try Whiskey Cocktails For Any Occasion‘).

Add the spices and allow the cocktail to cool. Garnish with fresh apple slices and lemon peel. 

25. Apple Crumble Cocktail

Apple pie is a delicious fall dessert that deserves to be made into a flavorsome drink!

You will need ice, spiced rum, apple juice, vanilla extract, cinnamon sugar, fresh apple slices, and cinnamon sticks. 

Dip the rims of the cocktail glasses in cinnamon sugar and add ice, rum, vanilla extract, and apple juice to a cocktail shaker and shake to mix well.

Garnish the cocktails with a fresh apple slice and a cinnamon stick. 

26. Elderberry Cocktail

This elderberry cocktail is full of fresh fruit and fall flavors. You will need elderberry syrup, lemon juice, vodka, seltzer, fresh lemon slices, and rosemary.

For the syrup, you will need to simmer elderberries, water, lemon juice, and honey. 

Fill a glass with ice and then add vodka, elderberry syrup, and lemon juice and stir well.

Top the glasses with seltzer before garnishing with fresh lemon slices and fresh sprigs of rosemary. 

27. Bourbon Honey Rosemary Cocktail

This cocktail requires you to make rosemary and honey syrup by boiling honey, water, and rosemary on high heat.

To make the cocktail, you will need syrup, bourbon, ice, Angostura bitters, fresh rosemary sprigs, and fresh orange peel.

Add the bourbon, syrup, and bitters to a cocktail shaker, shake well, and strain the mixture into ice-filled glasses.

Garnish the cocktails with fresh orange peel and rosemary before serving. 

28. White Cranberry Mimosa

White cranberry mimosas are the perfect Christmas morning cocktail and they are incredibly simple to make.

All you need to make them are champagne, cold white cranberry juice, and fresh rosemary sprigs. 

To make the mimosas, pour white cranberry juice into glasses and top with champagne.

Garnish the cocktails with fresh rosemary before serving them to guests. 

Final Thoughts

To conclude, there are lots of different fall cocktails that you can make at home to warm you up on a cold night!

You can choose between spiced or fruity cocktails, depend ing on your preferences, and adjust the flavors to suit your tastes (see also ‘13 Best Monster Energy Flavors, Ranked by Taste‘)!

Frequently Asked Questions

What Are Traditional Fall Flavors?

The traditional fall flavors that people enjoy are cinnamon, apple, caramel, nutmeg, orange, pear, and pumpkin spice. They can all be incorporated into cocktails!

Can You Add More Spice To Recipes?

You can add more spices to recipes, but only add a small amount at a time to make sure that they do not overpower the whole drink. 

Can You Use Other Spirits?

If you dislike a spirit that is being used, you can substitute it for one that you enjoy!

28 Warming Cocktails For Fall

28 Warming Cocktails For Fall

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Learn how to make 28 warming cocktails for fall to incorporate classic fall flavors into traditional cocktails to create beautifully spiced drinks!

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