50 Fall Cocktail Recipes

These cocktails are perfect for warming up on a cool fall evening

Fall is full of opportunities for drinking. Thanksgiving, Halloween, and just a plain old pretty autumn evening are all great reasons to mix together a cocktail.

If you're having a lot of company for a holiday party, you don't want to have to spend the time making drinks for each guest. A big punch can come together quickly, leaving you more time to enjoy yourself. Punch à la Taylor starts with Assam tea and Irish whiskey, kicking it up with citrus juice and gentian liqueur. Fish House Punch combines dark rum and cognac with peach schapps. Fall is apple season, so you could also try our Chilled Cider Punch, a mixture of normal apple cider, hard cider, ginger beer, and whiskey.

Want an apple drink, but not preparing for a party? For the Szarlotka, simply combine spicy Zubrowka vodka and unfiltered apple juice to make a drink that tastes like apple pie in a glass. Prefer whiskey? Mix spiced apple cider with bourbon for our warming Bourbon Cider.

Autumn generally means cool weather, but on an unseasonably warm day you might want a refreshing drink that keeps the flavors of fall. Our Autumn Bellini features mulled cider, but prosecco keeps it light. The Cranberry Crush is a tart, gingery sipper that you'll crave all year.

Find all of these cocktails and more in our collection of 50 great fall cocktail recipes!

Calvados Hot Toddy
Calvados Hot Toddy
This variation on a toddy combines calvados, a French apple brandy, with hot cider for a drink that's autumn in a glass.Laura Sant
Wassail
Wassail
Wassail gets its name from the Old Norse "ves heill" and Old English "was hál," meaning "be fortunate," which is how we feel when we drink it.Ingalls Photography
Rakomelo
Rakomelo
On Greece's Cyclades islands, this sweet, anise-flavored drink is said to boost libido.Ingalls Photography
Dainty's Cranberry Gimlet
Dainty's Cranberry Gimlet
This pucker-inducing cranberry twist on a Cosmopolitan delivers striking color and the perfect balance of sweet and tart.Helen Rosner
Kuhano Vino
Kuhano Vino
In central Europe, winter parties are fueled by this mulled wine. A fruity red wine works best for this richly spiced punch, so try a bright-cherry merlot or a jammy syrah.Ingalls Photography
Canelazo
Canelazo
At Christmas, Ecuadorians sip tea spiked with a sugarcane spirit called aguardiente.Ingalls Photography
Regent's Punch
Regent's Punch
This tea-infused champagne punch makes an elegant centerpiece for any festive occasion.Vanessa Rees
Polish Apple Pie Cocktail (Szarlotka)
Polish Apple Pie Cocktail (Szarlotka)
Szarlotka is Polish for apple pie, and that's exactly what this two-ingredient highball tastes like. It's a match made in heaven—the unfiltered apple juice teases out Zubrowka's spicy notes.Ganda Suthivarakom
The Trophy Wall
The Trophy Wall
The sharp herbal finish provided by Fernet Branca balances the richness of this cream drink.Anna Stockwell
Apricot Blossom
Apricot Blossom
This surprisingly balanced cocktail offers up layers of fruit, spice, and sweetness, with a hint of vanilla from the rum.RJ Mickelson
Spiced Wine
Spiced Wine
Red wine warmed with cloves, cinnamon, lemon, and sugar is a quintessential fall treat.André Baranowski
Kir Royale
Kir Royale
Unlike a kir, which is made with white wine, a kir royale is topped with sparkling wine and garnished with fresh berries.
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Todd Coleman
The Long Hello
The Long Hello
The name of this cocktail references an obscure prog rock album from the 1970s, but the drink itself is an elegant champagne cocktail created for wedding toasts and, with the apple brandy and the St. Germain, perfect for cold weather.Anna Stockwell
The Pledge
The Pledge
In this easy-drinking beer cocktail, the concentrated raisin flavor of the sherry, the honeyed quality of the Benedictine liqueur, and the oatmeal stout add up to something like "breakfast in a glass." A sprinkling of sweet, spicy nutmeg seems completely appropriate in this context.Anna Stockwell
Otto's Sour
Otto's Sour
This gorgeously floral and spicy drink is built like a classic New York sour, with a float of red wine on top and aquavit in place of whiskey.Anna Stockwell
Cayo Romano Cocktail
Cayo Romano Cocktail
Freshly grated nutmeg rounds out the flavor of this shaken rum-and-citrus juice cocktail.Todd Coleman
Russian Caravan
Russian Caravan
Bourbon lends warmth to this tea-based cocktail.Anna Stockwell
Ginger Gold Rush
Ginger Gold Rush
This twist on the Gold Rush substitutes honey for ginger liqueur.Maxime Iattoni
Celery Cider
Celery Cider
Vodka, celery bitters, apple cider, and lime combine to create a light and smooth fall cocktail.Maxime Iattoni
Maple Vodka and Espresso Dessert Cocktail
Maple Vodka and Espresso Dessert Cocktail
Indulge yourself with this cocktail treat, sweetened with maple syrup vodka, Kahlua, and heavy cream.Maxime Iattoni
The Naked Ape
The Naked Ape
Pot-still Jamaican rum is redolent of ripe banana, so it's a natural combination with banana liqueur. Cinnamon syrup gives the drink a spicy depth.Todd Coleman
Bourbon Bramble
Bourbon Bramble
In this dark, easy-drinking cocktail, bourbon, creme de cassis, and elderflower liqueur come together in a beautiful marriage of flavors.Caraline Bianchetto Chase
Bourbon Cider
Bourbon Cider
This apple-and-bourbon cocktail is perfect for fall.Todd Coleman
Hot Coconut Milk Punch
Hot Coconut Milk Punch
Coconut milk adds richness to this warm bourbon cocktail.Todd Coleman
La La Lola
La La Lola
This riff on a cherry cola uses cola ice cubes to keep the flavor robust.Todd Coleman
Manhattan Recipe
Manhattan
Few cocktails are more classic than the Manhattan, a mix of rye whiskey, sweet vermouth, and angostura bitters.Todd Coleman
Sazerac
Sazerac
This anise-perfumed cocktail is a New Orleans classic.Todd Coleman
Whiskey Sour
Whiskey Sour
This tart, warming cocktail is perfect all year.Todd Coleman
Cranberry Crush
Cranberry Crush
Spiced rum and fiery ginger beer combine with tart cranberry juice in this flavorful cool-weather cocktail.Helen Rosner
Chilled Cider Punch
Chilled Cider Punch
This chilled cider punch combines the fall flavors of a mulled cider with the celebratory feel of a sparkling punch.MacKenzie Smith
Pear Haymaker
Pear Haymaker
Vodka, ginger beer, and muddled pear make for a tart and refreshing cocktail perfect for sipping on a cool fall evening.Anna Stockwell
Ciderhouse Whiskey
Ciderhouse Whiskey
Two simple ingredients, whiskey and cider syrup, combine to make a powerfully good drink. A twist of lemon lends a bitter brightness without diluting the richness of the cocktail.MacKenzie Smith
The Mr. Adams
The Mr. Adams
This richly-hued beer-based cocktail, built on Sam Adams's yeasty, fruity, fizzy Infinium brew, has a slow burn thanks to a rich black pepper syrup.Helen Rosner
Bourbon Chai
Bourbon Chai
The rich, spicy warmth of chai is a perfect drink for a cold winter's day, and it's made even more warming with the addition of a bourbon like Maker's Mark, whose notes of clove, vanilla, and caramel marry perfectly with the ingredients in the chai.MacKenzie Smith
Fish House Punch
Fish House Punch
Dark rum and cognac warm up this peach punch created in the 18th century.Maxime Iattoni
Chai Iced Tea
Chai Iced Tea
This full-flavored chai has plenty of kick, thanks to the addition of black pepper, ginger, and cinnamon, and plenty of other warming spices.Maxime Iattoni
Pumpkin Old Fashioned
Pumpkin Old Fashioned
Mingling the orange-scented old fashioned with subtly sweet pumpkin yields a brilliantly colored seasonal cocktail.Anna Stockwell
Rock & Rye & Rum Punch
Rock & Rye & Rum Punch
This throat-warming punch is a sophisticated take on the old-timey cold-season cure of tea dosed with Rock and Rye cordial.Anna Stockwell
Spiced Pear Collins
Spiced Pear Collins
Pear purée, gin, and rosemary give this autumnal cocktail a crisp, woody sweetness, robust density, and sour, crackling effervescence.Niki Achitoff-Gray
Autumn Bellini
Autumn Bellini
Prosecco marries with richly spiced mulled cider and a splash of fig vodka in this fall drink.Anna Stockwell
Poinsettia Punch
Poinsettia Punch
This brightly spiced punch recipe includes gin, lemon juice, cinnamon syrup, and allspice dram.Saveur
Il Palio
Il Palio
Campari ice cubes morph this drink from a Manhattan into a Boulevardier as they slowly melt.Helen Rosner
Punch a la Taylor
Punch à la Taylor
Sweet citrus, whiskey, and a pleasantly bitter gentian-flavored liqueur combine in an elegant punch concocted by New York City cocktail bar The Dead Rabbit.Khushbu Shah
Nuestra Casa
Nuestra Casa
The classic gin and tonic gets a seasonal twist from a splash of pear and allspice liqueurs.Laura Sant
Second Circle
Second Circle
Port, bourbon, and maple syrup come together in this cocktail, which has an intense color, depth of flavor, and a bit of a bite.Laura Sant
Greenpoint
Greenpoint
This take on a Manhattan gets an aromatic kick from a touch of green Chartreuse.Todd Coleman
Apple Pie Jelly Shots
Apple Pie Jelly Shots
This Apple Pie jelly shot plays straight to tradition: apple juice, Apfelkorn, and Tuaca, a creamsicle-flavored liqueur.Michelle Palm
Bourbon Smash Jelly Shots
Bourbon Smash Jelly Shots
This jelly shot is a mix of fresh raspberries and mint with just a touch of bourbon.Michelle Palm
Pear Sour Jelly Shots
Pear Sour Jelly Shots
This Pear Sour has a sophisticated balance of lemon, pear liqueur, and gin, with a dash of Angostura bitters.Michelle Palm
Pearman's Toddy
Pearman's Toddy
Laced with cinnamon, lemon, and Angostura bitters, this gin-based drink is a brisk, warming twist on a toddy.Helen Rosner