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