Whether you’re throwing an autumn cocktail party or looking for something to serve with Thanksgiving appetizers, drinks that can be mixed ahead in large quantities and served in a punch bowl or pitcher save you from having to play bartender all evening. Parties should be about spending time with your guests, not mixing drinks. From smoky mezcal to sweet sherry, we’ve rounded up our favorite fall party cocktail recipes.
Cranberries are one of our favorite flavors of the colder months, and their sweet-tart flavor is great for cocktails. Our Pawleys Rum Punch is both bright and dark— appropriate for any time of year. It’s made with dark and gold rums, cranberry, orange, and pineapple juice, and a sprinkle of freshly grated nutmeg. Our Red Nose Punch is a Christmas drink, but your guests will love it at Thanksgiving. A cinnamon-spiced mix of bourbon, cranberry juice, and beer, it’s kept cold in the bowl with a ring of ice studded with cranberries.
We like complexity in our fall cocktails. The sweet gin symphony certainly satisfies. Starting with a gin base, you add citrus juice, a mint tea syrup, and maraschino liqueur. To get extra fancy, spray the glasses with absinthe before serving and garnish with star anise.
Find all of these drinks and more in our collection of fall party cocktail recipes.