Fall Cocktails Guaranteed To Keep You Warm

Once the weather starts to cool down, your customers sometimes need more than a sweater to stay warm. Rather than exclusively relying on bar standbys, why not try adding some seasonal goodness to your fall cocktail menu? Check out these awesome autumn sippers for inspiration.

Pumpkin Pie Martini

A nighttime twist on the ever popular pumpkin pie latte, this cocktail uses pumpkin spice, pumpkin puree, and maple syrup for a triple dose of fall goodness. Many recipes call for a mixture of dark rum and pumpkin spice vodka, but we’ve found that the fall flavors still come across strong if you use standard vodka. Garnish with a cinnamon stick and voila! 

Apple Cider Punch

While we’re not ones to ever turn down a hard cider, we’re particularly fond of this super simple fall cocktail. To prepare, just combine a 1/4 mixture of rum and fresh apple cider and top with fall spices. Serve warm or over ice and pair with a fresh apple pie.

  • Pro Tip: If you plan on making your own cider, be sure to pick a variety like winesap or braeburn. 

Cranberry Sangria

Get a little festive with cranberry sangria. This cocktail is great because you can incorporate other fall fruits like apples, oranges, or lemons to great effect. Instead of working exclusively with red wine, try adding a dash of vodka into the mix for a boozier finished product. 

Hot Toddy

Sure, you could make this cocktail anytime of the year, but there’s something so right about sipping on one while watching the leaves slowly fall. For those not in the know, a hot toddy is a mixture of whiskey, tea, and honey, topped with various spices and just a hint of citrus. When choosing your tea, stick with a black English variety such as Earl Grey or English Breakfast for best results. 

  • Pro Tip: Not feeling whiskey? Swap in rum or tequila for a unique flavor profile!

Pear Mimosa

Pears are the unsung heroes of fall fruits. Though they’re available year-round, they hit their absolute best during the fall and can bring some serious flavor to different drinks. For a fun spin on a classic, try swapping out orange juice in your mimosa for pear nectar and topping with a fall herb like rosemary or thyme.

  • Pro Tip: For even more aromatic flavors, add some gin!