As fall approaches, we feel the temperatures change and the brisk weather of fall. Thoughts turn to flavors a little warmer and spiced, from baking to comfort foods. It’s no different for our favorite cocktails. Whether we add herbs to warm up classic drinks or add our favorite fall fruits to the mix, there is no end to fall cocktail options. If you’re looking for some autumn cocktail inspiration, look no further than these six fall cocktails you don’t want to miss.
Bourbon and Spiced Pear Cocktail
Nothing warms you on a chilly fall evening like a little nip of bourbon. This unique Bourbon and Spiced Pear cocktail blends bourbon with the heady spices of thyme and sage and sweetness of the pear. Allspice, cinnamon, and orange peel round out this cocktail for a real treat. This recipe is perfect for weekend trips to the mountains and even enjoying it in front of an open fire.
Plum and Thyme Prosecco Smash
Amp up your autumn brunches with this upgraded take on the mimosa. The Plum and Thyme Prosecco Smash combines the prosecco or your favorite sparkling white wine with rich plum and thyme flavors. It’s easy to make in batches and serve when entertaining. Fall cocktails that can easily transition to evening cocktails are some of our favorites. No matter when you serve it, it’s bound to be a hit. For a mocktail version, replace the prosecco with sparkling water to enjoy the same rich flavors without the alcohol.
Do you prefer your Negroni the classic way with gin or a bourbon version? Whichever way you like your Negroni, these classic fall cocktails are perfect for cooler weather. The heady mix of liquor with Campari and vermouth makes a strong but smooth cocktail. Remember that these are meant to be stirred, not shaken, so prepare in a tall glass and pour into a chilled highball to serve.
Rosemary Citrus Old Fashioned
A classic Old Fashioned is the ultimate cool weather cocktail. This Rosemary Citrus Old Fashioned combines the zing of the orange flavors with an upgraded take on the original recipe by adding earthy herbs to balance the flavors. To take it over the top when entertaining, serve this cocktail with a sprig of fresh rosemary and sliced of candied orange.
Sriracha Bloody Mary
What’s a brunch without a Bloody Mary? When cool weather strikes it’s always fun to add even more spice to your Bloody Mary recipe. This Sriracha Bloody Mary replaces the traditional hot sauce with spicy Sriracha chili pepper sauce for an added kick. Make one for yourself or a pitcher to share and you’ll be the hero of the weekend brunch!
Mulled wine is a timeless drink made from spices and red wine. It’s often served as the weather heads towards winter to take the chill off of outdoor festivities. This slow-cooked drink is easier than you may think to make yourself. Simply add your favorite full-bodied red wines, apple cider, and spices in a slow cooker or stove top pot and cook over low heat. The aroma of the simmering wine smells amazing and the taste that develops is just as good. This is a must-try cocktail during cold autumn nights.
As the weather cools, we tend to move from the sweetness of summer to the headier full body flavors of fall. Give some of these fall cocktails a try. We are sure you won’t be disappointed! For even more cocktail fun, learn What Your Signature Drink Says About You or check out our favorite Holiday Cocktail Recipes.