21 Fall Cocktail Recipes to Celebrate the Season

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Fall is right around the corner—literally!—and what better way to say goodbye to summer and welcome sweater season than with the best fall cocktails to enjoy by the fireplace or with friends. Autumnal ingredients like pumpkin, ginger, apple, cloves, cranberry and fig aren’t just meant for homemade pies and cakes. They’re also the perfect fruits and spices to feature in warming fall drinks and cocktails.

In this round-up, we’ve gathered some of our favorite boozy fall drinks recipes. Want to ward off the chills from that nip newly in the air? Go for Hot Buttered Rum spiked with a powerhouse combo of cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and allspice. Need a few spooky and festive concoctions for your Halloween party? Impress your guests with the tequila-spiked Witches Ginger Brew or a treacly Candy Corn cocktail. Fan of rum, bourbon or whiskey? Try our rum-based Hot Chocolate or sake Hot Toddy.

Meanwhile, imbibers interested in low-alcohol cocktails can opt for a tart mezcal and apple cider vinegar cocktail, and coffee lovers can look forward to caffeinated quaffs like an Espresso martini and Mocha White Russian. We even have a cocktail for fans of all things pumpkin, like the tropical Pumpkin Painkiller. This rum spiked-based blend of pineapple juice, pumpkin coconut cream and blood orange juice is topped with a garnish of pumpkin seeds and pineapple slices and is sure to cure your hankering for something sweet.

No matter which one you choose, one thing’s for sure: these drinks are sure to excite your taste buds. Here are 21 festive fall cocktails to try this season!



Layered hot chocolate with whipped cream and rum
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The Best Boozy Hot Chocolate Recipe

Hot cocoa and hot chocolate are often used interchangeably. This recipe combines cocoa power and real chocolate with rum for a warming drink.

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Hot Toddy with a twist
"Hot Tadashi", hot toddy Credit. / Photo by: Tom Arena
The Perfect Hot Toddy Cocktail With a Saké Twist

Hot saké is a natural fit for this warming cocktail. Learn how to make this easy "hot toddy with a twist" cocktail.

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White Russian in rocks glass on marble background
White Russian / Photo by Meg Baggott, styling by Dylan Garret
The Enduring Legacy of the White Russian Cocktail

This iconic mix of vodka, coffee liqueur and cream has persisted through generations of cocktail culture. We look at its recipe and impact.

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Mug of mulled wassail cider next to pot of cider with spices
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A Whiskey-Spiked Mulled Cider Recipe For the Ages

This mix of cider, fruit and spices dates to medieval England, and has warmed winter revelers for centuries. Here's how to make it at home.

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Candy Corn Cocktail in a silver goblet glass
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Candy Corn Cocktail

This sweet and spicy drink is a delicious interpretation of a fall favorite. Learn how to make your new favorite Halloween cocktail here.

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Blue cocktail inspired by Hawaii and Halloween
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Terror From the Deep Cocktail

An ocean-blue drink that mirrors Hawaii’s deep sea…where gummy sharks roam.

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Vibrant toxic tonic cocktail in a tall glas swith gummy worms
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Toxic Tonic Cocktail

Gin and Tonic, but make it eerie. Try this electric green twist on a classic cocktail— gummy body parts optional.

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pumpkin painkiller cocktail
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Pumpkin Painkiller Cocktail

If you’ve outgrown trick-or-treating, this sweet pumpkin and spiced rum drink is for you.

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Witches Ginger Brew cocktail, bright purple drink in a short glass
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Witches Ginger Brew Cocktail

Stir the pot this Halloween with a juicy, earthy riff on the classic Moscow Mule.

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The Classic Coffee Cocktail Recipe

This milkshake-like cocktail dates back to 1887 and curiously uses no coffee. Rather, Cognac and Port mimic the complexity of your morning pick-me-up.

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Cousin Eddie cocktail
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A New Take On an Old Favorite: The Mezcal-Port Negroni

Try this interesting variation on the famed Negroni that uses the earthy flavors of mezcal with Port's sweetness for a fresh take.

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Poinsettia Cocktail

Be sure to use a fruitier Cava rosé for this gorgeous hot pink cocktail. It'll offset the tart cranberry juice and Grand Marnier.

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Berry Revenge cocktail
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Berry Revenge Cocktail

Hatch chiles are making the leap from the culinary world to cocktail culture. Learn how to use them in this cranberry and vodka-based recipe.

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A Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte Recipe, With or Without Booze

This recipe turns fall's staple drink, the pumpkin spice latte, into a sweet and savory cocktail. Or, skip the booze to make a non-alcoholic PSL instead.

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The Figg Buzz cocktail.
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The Fig Buzz Cocktail

In-season figs are a true treat. Here, the fruit meets Tequila, agave, licorice, thyme and lime in a perfect twist on a summer or fall margarita.

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Espresso Martini with beans and espresso pot
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How to Make a Real Espresso Martini

The Espresso Martini is a modern classic with a storied history, whose reputation has been tarnished by years of abuse. Here’s the recipe to fix that.

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Meet Your Mocha, Cocktail of the Month
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This Mocha Russian Cocktail is the 'Cup of Joe' You Deserve

The Mocha Russian is a cocktail mashup of the Espresso Martini and White Russian. Try this coffee chocolate dream recipe today!

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The Classic Hot Toddy / Photo by Meg Baggott, styling by Dylan Garret
The Classic Hot Toddy / Photo by Meg Baggott, styling by Dylan Garret
The Classic Hot Toddy Recipe

Often a blank canvas for a variety of innovative upgrades, the classic Hot Toddy recipe is still the best entry point to the world of warm cocktails.

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Miracle of Light

Tart, with a touch of bitters for balance, this drink will be a showstopper when the garnish is set aflame.

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Hot buttered rum with spices and stirrer
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The Original Hot Buttered Rum Recipe

While a buttered cocktail may seem off-putting to some, there's a reason this seasonal hot rum classic has endured for centuries. Learn how to make it here.

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COM Mi Nonie Cocktail
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The Mi Nonie Is a Low-Alcohol Apple Cider Vinegar Cocktail Perfect for Day Drinking

Jump-start your day with the Mi Nonie cocktail that boasts flavors of honey, clove, apple cider vinegar and elderflower. Get the recipe here.

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Published on September 16, 2022