Fall Cocktail Favorites

It’s officially Fall so let’s cheers to the new season with some seasonal craft cocktails! I browsed online for inspiration and found a mix of cocktails with some of my favorite Fall ingredients: apple cider, cinnamon, pumpkin, and cranberry. I tried to then narrow down my top picks, including ones I would like (the first half of the list!), what my husband would like (anything Bourbon), to a few crowd pleaser’s (the Cider Punch and a Pumpkin White Russian for dessert). Thank you to all the amazing sites out there for sharing their recipes! Here are my favorite Fall Cocktail Recipes!

Apple Cider Mimosas


  • 1 bottle champagne
  • 1 cup apple cider
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp ground cinnamon


On a small plate, combine sugar and cinnamon. Dip champagne flutes in water to wet the rims, then dip in cinnamon sugar mixture. Fill champagne flutes 1/4 full with apple cider, then top off with champagne.

Recipe from Delish

Spiked Apple Cider Cocktails (iced)


  • 1/4 gallon apple cider
  • 1/2 cup dark rum
  • 1/2 cup cinnamon schnapps
  • 1 Granny Smith apple, peeled, cut into large chunks
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced

Mix together the cider, rum, and schnapps in a large pitcher. Add the apples to a small bowl and toss them with the lemon juice. Thread the diced apples onto skewers. Pour the spiked cider into glasses filled with ice, then garnish with an apple skewer and serve.

Recipe from FoodNetwork

Apple Champagne Sangria


  • 1 bottle chilled dry white wine
  • 1 bottle chilled champagne (modestly good champagne will do)
  • 3 oz. Damiana liqueur (herbal liqueur with citrus and vanilla flavors)
  • 2 freshly sliced pears
  • 2 apples (sliced and cored)
  • 20 whole cloves
  • 1 tsp. ground nutmeg

In a large pitcher, add the pears, apples, cloves and nutmeg. Add the Damiana liqueur and stir. Add the wine and stir gently. Refrigerate overnight. When you’re ready to serve, pour in your champagne, stirring it slowly within the mixture. Serve in an ice-filled wineglass.

Recipe from FoodNetwork

Cider Punch

Combine 4 cups apple cider, 1 cinnamon stick, 3 whole cloves and a pinch of salt in a saucepan. Halve 1 orange; squeeze the juice into the pan and add the peels. Bring to a simmer, then remove from the heat and let steep 10 to 15 minutes. Strain into a pitcher and add 3/4 cup apple brandy or bourbon. Chill at least 2 hours or overnight. Serve in tall glasses on the rocks or reheat and serve warm in punch mugs. Garnish with orange slices.

Recipe from Food Network Magazine

Maple Bourbon Old-Fashioned


  • 2 oz bourbon
  • 2 tsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp water
  • 1 dash bitters
  • 1 orange peel
  • 1 maraschino cherry


Combine maple syrup, water and bitters in a glass, stirring until well blended. Add a few blocks of ice and the orange peel, then pour bourbon on top. Garnish with a cherry and serve.

Recipe from Delish

Pumpkin Spice Margarita


  • 1.5 parts Sauza Signature Blue Reposado tequila
  • 3 parts cream
  • .5 part Torani Pumpkin Spice Syrup
  • 1 part simple syrup
  • .5 tsp vanilla extract
  • .25 tsp cinnamon
  • .25 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • Extra cinnamon for rimming (optional)


Shake all ingredients vigorously with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass rimmed with cinnamon.

Recipe from Sauza Tequila

Autumn Cran-Orange Margarita


  • 1.5 parts Sauza Signature Blue Silver 100& Agave Tequila
  • .5 parts JDK & Sons 03 Premium Orange Liqueur
  • 1 part cranberry puree
  • Orange peel for garnish (optional)
  • Cranberry puree:
  • .5 cup of freshly squeezed orange juice (about two oranges)
  • .25 cup of sugar
  • 4oz package of fresh cranberries

Preparation: To make the cranberry puree: In a saucepan over medium heat, melt the sugar in the orange juice. Add the cranberries and cook over low heat for 10 minutes. Set aside and let it cool. Blend cranberries in a blender, then strain.

Recipe from Sauza Tequila

Pumpkin White Russian


  • 1 oz pumpkin spice Kahlua
  • 2 oz vodka
  • 1 oz heavy cream
  • Fall-colored sprinkles / sugar


Rim rocks glass with sprinkles / sugar. Combine Kahlua, vodka, and cream into glass over ice. Stir lightly.

Recipe from Wolfgang Puck Catering

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