Spiced Cocktail Recipes

Warm up with these rich spiced cocktails

As the weather turns colder, we're looking forward to mixing cocktails infused with rich, warming spices and nutty flavors. Spiced rum, woodsy bitters, and intense amari can all give drinks a wonderfully warming bite. From a cinnamon-spiced rum punch to carrot cake in a glass, we've rounded up our favorite spiced cocktail recipes.

Cinnamon is a great choice for warming up a cocktail. The Pearman's Toddy takes gin, sweetens it with a cinnamon syrup, and then brightens it up a little with lemon juice. The Canadian starts with spiced rum—already rich with cloves, allspice, and vanilla—ands adds apple cider, maple syrup, and ground cinnamon. Su jung kwa is a Korean tea made from cinnamon, ginger, spices, sweet dried dates, and pine nuts. Spiked with rye whiskey, it makes for a complex cocktail.

Braulio amaro is an Italian digestif flavored with botanicals like star anise and bitter orange. It gives a pleasant bitterness and a little spice to whatever you use it in. For the American, Braulio and vermouth are combined and topped with club soda to make a drink both bracing and refreshing. Our Amber Negroni pairs Braulio with gin, rosemary, and Lillet Blanc, another amaro. The Black Betty takes the intensity to the next level, mixing spicy rye with Braulio, Cynar, and Herbsaint.

Find all of these drinks and more in our collection of spiced cocktail recipes.

Bourbon and Carrot Juice Cocktail

The Alpine Rabbit

Fresh carrot juice, bourbon, and a sweet, slightly bitter walnut liqueur combine in this drinkable twist on carrot cake.Cory Baldwin

The Harvest Spritz

Cardamaro and Aperol add bittersweet and fruity notes to a spiced take on the classic spritz. See the recipe for the Harvest Spritz »Helen Rosner

The Brow Burner

Developed by Steve Wood of John J. Jeffries, The Brow Burner is a more sophisticated take on the old-boys' drink whiskey and ginger. See the recipe for the Brow Burner »Anna Stockwell
The Pennyworth Cocktail

The Pennyworth

This nutty cocktail from Mike Bass of Florida's Cask and Larder combines amaro, vermouth, and sherry with a tangy beet and carrot shrub.Matt Taylor-Gross
Friends And Neighbors Cocktail

Friends And Neighbors

This herbal, anise-capped riff on a negroni comes from Eric Foster of Florida's Cask and Larder. In typical SAVEUR fashion, this cocktail is great for enjoying with a good meal, friends, and family.Matt Taylor-Gross
American Vermouth Cocktail

American Cocktail

This refreshing amaro-and-vermouth-based cocktail—a twist on the classic Americano—from New York City’s Amor y Amargo offers big notes of orange, cinnamon, and pine, with a touch of anise from a couple dashes of absinthe. We love Imbue Petal & Thorn vermouth for its bold, citrusy flavor, but you can substitute any other sweet vermouth. See the recipe for the American »Ingalls Photography
Ford's Model Tea Party Cocktail

Ford's Model Tea Party

Charles Joly of Aviary in Chicago presents a pot of Earl Grey tea beside this cold cocktail, dropping dry ice into the tea to create an aromatic steam that fragrances the air as you sip. Even without the tableside theatrics, the home version is wonderful.Ingalls Photography
Lucky Luciano Cocktail

Lucky Luciano

At Lebensstern in Berlin, the amaro Fernet-Branca adds a pleasingly bitter note to this petite riff on a perfect Manhattan. See the recipe for the Lucky Luciano »Michael Kraus
Prague Cooler

Prague Cooler

The bar menu at Portland restaurant Ned Ludd is full of drinks that hint at bar manager Jeremy Wilson's devotion to amari and other bittersweet liqueurs. Our favorite of his concoctions features Becherovka, a traditional Czech liqueur with a pleasant bitterness and a spicy, herbal flavor. To it he adds rum, homemade honey-ginger syrup infused with cardamom and cinnamon, two kinds of bitters, a splash of tart lime juice, and a bit of soda water. The resulting drink is both warming and refreshing—the perfect accompaniment to a chilly fall evening.Laura Sant
Brother James Cocktail

Brother James

A housemade amber vermouth flavored with juniper and cardamom is the base for this gutsy drink from Manhattan’s Amor y Amargo, which opened in 2011 with vermouth on tap and more than 12 bottled varieties. Cardoon-flavored Cardamaro and dry gin play off the vermouth’s botanical notes, while celery bitters boosts the drink’s herbaceousness. See the recipe for the Brother James »Ingalls Photography
Nectar of the Ancient

Nectar of the Ancient

Mastiha is a traditional Greek liqueur flavored with mastic, the resin from a tree that grows on the island of Chios. It adds an herbal, pine-like flavor to this sparkling cocktail from Berlin's Lebensstern.

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
Apple Barrel Cocktail

Apple Barrel Cocktail

At the vermouth-focused bar Amor y Amargo in New York City, cognac, apple brandy, and an apple-mint vermouth are combined for a decidedly autumnal cocktail. Becherovka, a spicy, bittersweet Czech liqueur, lends a complex herbal flavor; dashes of apple bitters amp up the fruit aromatics. See the recipe for the Apple Barrel »Ingalls Photography
The Canadian Cocktail

The Canadian Cocktail

Spiced rum, with its notes of cloves, allspice, and vanilla, is complemented by the comforting fall flavors of spicy cinnamon, sweet maple syrup, and warming apple cider for a cocktail inspired by autumn in Toronto.Anna Stockwell
Amber Negroni

Amber Negroni

Replacing the Negroni's traditional sweet vermouth with Lillet and the Campari with Braulio, an herbal Italian amaro, gives this twist on the classic cocktail a rich amber hue and a pleasingly astringent edge.Zoe Schaeffer
Black betty

Black Betty

Inspired by the classics—the Manhattan, the Sazerac—Max Greco created this drink featuring bittersweet, nutty Braulio amaro at Vasco in Sydney, Australia.Helen Rosner
The Spice Trade

The Spice Trade

Simple syrup infused with anise and cardamom adds depth and sweetness to this genever and persimmon cocktail from Manhattan restaurant The Breslin.Laura Sant
Rye-Spiked Cinnamon Tea (Su Jung Kwa)

Rye-Spiked Cinnamon Tea (Su Jung Kwa)

Su jung kwa is a traditional Korean tea made from cinnamon, ginger, spices, sweet dried dates, and pine nuts that's commonly served as an after-dinner drink or dessert. Rye whiskey gives the drink an untraditional kick.Laura Sant

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