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Fall Cocktails to Drink in Autumn 2024

The cozy season brings themed fall cocktails to the top of everyone’s drink list. These popular drinks mix unique ingredients, and their recipes capture the true feel of autumn.

As leaves change and the cool fall air sets in, our cocktail choices shift to match the season. We pick fresh apples, pears, and pumpkins to give our drinks a true fall taste. Warm spices like cinnamon and nutmeg mix well with sweet flavors like caramel and maple. As the nights get longer, many of us turn to darker drinks like bourbon and aged tequila. And when it gets really cold, hot toddies and mulled wines warm us up. We also love drinks with a creamy feel, like a soft blanket on a chilly evening. Some drinks remind us of sitting by a fall campfire or walking through the woods. The right garnish and rustic glasses make these fall drinks even better. 

Some fall cocktails always grab our attention. Think of drink names like Apple Cider Mimosa, Pumpkin Spice White Russian, and Cranberry Old Fashioned, and you get the idea. They not only taste like fall but are also simple to make or to order at a bar. If you’re throwing a Halloween party, planning a fall wedding, or celebrating Thanksgiving, you can make many of these drinks and punches in big batches. This way, your guests always have a tasty drink, and you don’t have to keep mixing. And even if you don’t drink alcohol, we’ve got you covered! We’ve also picked some great non-alcoholic drinks and mocktails that still give you all the fall feels.

Best 42 Fall Cocktails and Recipes

If you’re searching for autumn-inspired drinks, you’ve come to the right place! Here is our full list of favorites:

Hot Toddy

A sido shot if a Hot Toddy cocktail in a mug on a brown wooden table with a cinnamon stick on the side and orange slices behind.

Hot Toddy is popular when the fall air turns cool. This drink mixes whiskey, honey, lemon, and hot water. You feel its warmth right away, and the spicy scent feels comforting. It’s the best drink for chilly autumn nights, whether sitting by a fire or outside under the stars.

Whiskey Sour

A side shot of a Whiskey Sour cocktail in a Old Fashioned glass with some oranges in the background.

The colors of fall leaves remind people of a Whiskey Sour. This drink mixes the warmth of whiskey with the fresh taste of lemon juice. A little sweetness makes it even better. It feels like walking on dry leaves or watching a beautiful fall sunset.

Irish Coffee

A side shot of a Irish Coffee in a mug on a wooden table surrounded by coffee beans, a jigger and a bar spoon, in front of a white wall.

Fall mornings feel special, and an Irish Coffee fits right in. This drink starts with strong coffee and adds the smooth taste of Irish whiskey. The creamy top feels like a treat. It’s a great drink for cold mornings when you want to feel warm and awake.

Amaretto Sour

A side shot of an Amaretto Sour cocktail in an old fashioned glass on a wooden coaster with a bar spoon on the side placed on a turquoise table and in front of a yellow wall..

As the trees shed their leaves in fall, an Amaretto Sour becomes a drink of choice for many. This drink feels cozy and refreshing with the sweet almond taste of amaretto and a tangy citrus punch. It’s like the sweet memory of summer meeting autumn’s cool embrace.

Honey Deuce

A side shot of a Honey Deuce cocktail in highball glass on a wooden tray placed on a dark grey surface surrounded by an orange cloth, a lemon, two lemon slices, and a shaker, in front of a black background.

As the days get shorter and the nights cooler, the Honey Deuce offers a sweet escape. The mix of vodka, fresh lemonade, and a hint of raspberry makes it a delightful drink. It feels like the last rays of a summer sun, warming you up on a brisk fall day.

Rum and Coke

A side shot of a Rum and Coke cocktail in a highball glass with 3 ice cubes on the side and turquoise background color

When fall evenings call for simplicity, many turn to the classic Rum and Coke. The deep, warm taste of rum combined with the bubbly coke feels familiar and comforting. It’s like sitting by a campfire, listening to the crackling wood and feeling the season’s change.

Sazerac Cocktail

A side shot of a Sazerac cocktail in an old fashioned glass on a coaster surrounder by a bar spoon and lemon wedges, with plant leaves on a side.

The Sazerac Cocktail mixes rye whiskey, absinthe, and bitters for a deep flavor. The herbs and a touch of anise from the absinthe make this drink stand out at any party.

Kentucky Mule

A side shot of a Kentucky Mule cocktail in a highball cocktail with a ginger pieces and a bar spoon on a wooden tray placed on a white marmol table with a shaker and a lime on the background.

In a Kentucky Mule, bourbon meets the zesty kick of ginger beer. A splash of lime tops it off, creating a strong and refreshing drink.

Hot Buttered Rum

A side shot of a Hot Buttered Rum cocktail in a mug with two lemons behind on a wooden tray placed on a brown wooden table and a plant on the background.

When fall gets cold, Hot Buttered Rum warms you right up. Dark rum, butter, and spices come together in this drink, making it perfect for sipping by a fire or after walking through crisp leaves.

Pimm’s Cup

A side shot of a Pimm's Cup cocktail in a highball glass on a wooden board placed on a brown placemat with a jigger around.

Pimm’s Cup mixes gin-based liqueur with lemonade for a fresh taste. Add some fruits and cucumber slices, and you get a drink perfect for any time you want to feel refreshed.

Maple Old Fashioned

Fall’s sweetness shines in the Maple Old Fashioned. This drink uses maple syrup with whiskey, giving you a taste like the golden leaves outside.

Apple Manhattan

When the apples ripen in fall, the Apple Manhattan becomes a favorite. Whiskey mixes with apple-infused vermouth, making every sip feel like a crisp autumn day.

Espresso Martini

A side shot of a Espresso Martini cocktail in a martini glass on a dark wooden table surrounded by coffee beans.

If you want a pick-me-up, the Espresso Martini is your drink. Vodka and fresh espresso combine like a coffee boost in a fancy glass.

Whiskey Highball

A side shot of a Whiskey Highball cocktail in a highball glass on a coaster with a jigger on a side, placed on a table in front of an orange wall.

You can’t beat the Whiskey Highball for a simple and strong drink. Whiskey and soda water mix for a refreshing and bold drink.

Mudslide

A side shot of a Mudslide cocktail in a hurricane glass on a white marmol table surrounded by Oreo cookies and chocolate blocks

The Mudslide combines creamy liqueurs with vodka. It’s like a dessert in a glass, sweet and smooth.

Spanish Coffee

A side shot of a Spanish Coffee cocktail in a mug on a wooden plate placed on top of a beige cloth with a jigger and a bar spoon on the side, on top of a wooden table, in front of a plant and a dark grey stone wall.

When winter’s chill starts to bite, Spanish Coffee warms you up. Brandy and hot coffee mix with sugar, making it perfect for those cold days.

Apple Martini (Appletini)

A side shot of an Apple Martini cocktail in a martini glass on a brown coaster with three apple slices and a lemon on the side, placed on a white marmol table.

The Apple Martini, or Appletini, brings the crisp taste of apples into a cocktail. Vodka and apple liqueur mix for a tart and sweet drink.

Campari Spritz

A side shot of a Campari Spritz cocktail in a wine glass on a beige table with orange slices in front and a half orange behind.

The Campari Spritz is a bubbly treat. Campari, prosecco, and soda water come together for a bitter and refreshing drink.

Jack and Coke

A side shot of a Jack and Coke cocktail in a highball glass on a black stone plate placed on a light grey table surrounded by a straw, two lime wedges and a lime

You can’t go wrong with Jack and Coke. Whiskey and cola blend for a drink that’s both familiar and always hits the spot.

Baileys Martini

A side shot of a Bailey's Martini cocktail in a martini glass on a dark brown tray placed on a wooden table with a white cloth, a book and plat leaves around.

As the leaves fall, the Baileys Martini becomes a top pick. Creamy Baileys meets vodka in this drink, making it taste like autumn in a glass. It’s a dessert and a drink all in one!

Sloe Gin Fizz

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The Sloe Gin Fizz is a bubbly delight. Sloe gin mixes with lemon juice and soda, creating a light, tangy drink. Did you know? Sloe gin comes from the sloe berry, which isn’t a true gin!

Last Word Cocktail

A Last Word cocktail, shot from above, in a cocktail glass on a smal plate placed on a brown placemat with a jigger, two limes, a white cloth around.

The Last Word Cocktail mixes gin, lime juice, green Chartreuse, and maraschino liqueur. It’s sharp, sweet, and always leaves an impression. This drink dates back to Prohibition times!

Nutty Irishman

A side shot of a Nutty Irishman cocktail in a mug on a wooden tray surrounded by a white cloth, a jigger and a plate with nutmegs

When the air gets crisp, the Nutty Irishman feels just right. Irish cream and hazelnut liqueur combine, making it taste like fall’s cozy sweater. Funny fact: Despite its name, no nuts are harmed in its making!

White Russian

A side shot of a White Russian cocktail in an Old Fashioned glass on a wooden background.

The White Russian mixes vodka, coffee liqueur, and cream. It’s smooth, sweet, and perfect for sipping. Did you know? It became super popular after the movie “The Big Lebowski”.

Zombie Cocktail

A side shot of a Zombie cocktail in a tall glass on a blue cloth surrounded by oranges, pineapple, limes, a jigger and a shaker, placed on a blue table in front of a green wall.

The Zombie Cocktail mixes rums, fruit juices, and bitters. It’s strong and tropical. It’s so potent that some bars limit how many you can order!

Black Magic Margarita (Fall Margarita)

This drink combines tequila with dark berries, giving it a mysterious, dark hue. Perfect for those who want a touch of magic in their glass.

Cranberry Margarita

A side shot of a Cranberry Margarita cocktail in a margarita glass on a black stone coaster placed on a table surrounded by a salmon cloth and a lime.

Tequila meets the tartness of cranberries in this refreshing drink. It’s a twist on the classic margarita, adding a splash of festive color.

Cranberry Apple Mimosa (Fall Mimosa)

This drink blends the tartness of cranberries with the sweetness of apples and the fizz of champagne. It’s like a bubbly toast to the changing leaves.

Pumpkin Martini (Fall Martini)

When the pumpkins are ripe, and the air turns cool, the Pumpkin Martini is the drink. Vodka mixes with pumpkin flavors, making every sip feel like you’re wrapped in a warm fall blanket. And here’s a tidbit: It’s a favorite even among those who don’t carve pumpkins!

Apple Cider Mule

A side shot of a Apple Cider Mule cocktail in a highball glass on a wooden coaster placed on a wooden tray surrounded by apple slices, a wooden board and a knife.

The Apple Cider Mule combines apple cider’s crispness with ginger beer’s kick. It’s the drink that captures the essence of fall orchards. While mules typically come in copper mugs, this one might tempt you to use an apple as your cup!

Harvest Punch

A side shot of a Harvest Punch cocktail in an old fashioned glass on a wooden board placed on a wooden table surrounded by two apples, a white cloth and apple slices.

This drink captures the essence of fall with a blend of seasonal fruits and spices. Every sip feels like a walk through an orchard during harvest time.

Fall Sangria (Cranberry Apple Sangria)

This sangria mixes cranberries and apples with red wine, creating a perfect autumnal drink. The best part? You can easily whip up a big batch for a crowd quickly. And here’s something to think about: While sangria hails from Spain, this version feels right at home at any American fall gathering.

Mulled Wine

Nothing warms up a cold evening like mulled wine. With spices and citrus fruits infused in red wine, it’s delicious and easy to make in large quantities for all your friends and family. And a little tidbit: People have been enjoying versions of mulled wine since the Roman times!

Sparkling Cranberry Vodka Punch

This punch combines the tartness of cranberries with the fizz of sparkling water and the vodka kick. It’s a refreshing drink that adds sparkle to any fall celebration.

Apple Cider

When you sip apple cider, it feels like you’re drinking the heart of an apple orchard on a cool fall day. The fresh taste of boiled-down apples makes this drink a fall favorite.

Hot Chocolate with Cinnamon

Adding a dash of cinnamon gives regular hot chocolate a spicy twist. As you wrap your hands around a warm mug, it’s easy to imagine cozying up by a fireplace.

Chai Tea

With every sip, this tea blends cardamom, ginger, and cloves to create a warming sensation. And here’s a tidbit: In Hindi, “chai” means “tea”, so saying “chai tea” is a bit like saying “tea tea”!

Cinnamon Coffee

Adding a sprinkle of cinnamon to your morning coffee transforms it into a fall delight. It’s amazing how one simple spice can elevate your daily brew.

Apple Ginger Fizz

This refreshing drink mixes the crispness of apples with the zing of ginger. It’s like a burst of fall in a glass, perfect for those warmer autumn days.

Virgin Cranberry Mocktail Mule

This mocktail offers cranberries’ tartness combined with ginger beer’s kick. It’s a non-alcoholic twist on the classic Moscow Mule, making it perfect for all ages.

Pumpkin Pie Mocktail

This drink captures the essence of a pumpkin pie but in liquid form. It’s creamy, spiced, and everything nice about fall.

Spiced Pear Spritzer

Pears and fall spices come together in this bubbly drink. It’s light, refreshing, and hints of the orchard’s sweetness.

More Fall Inspired Cocktails and Drinks

Here are some more fall-themed cocktails:

  • Fall Gin Cocktails
  • Fall Bourbon Cocktails

Other Cocktails and Recipes

At DrinksWorld, we have cocktails for every season, holiday, and event. Here are a few more of our collections:

  • Summer Cocktails
  • Winter Cocktails 
  • Halloween Cocktails
  • Spring Cocktails
  • Thanksgiving Cocktails

Simple Fall Cocktails: White Russian Recipe (and 41 More!)

White Russian Cocktail Drink

Best White Russian Recipe

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Do you like White Russian? Check out our recipe! Easy ingredients include vodka, coffee liqueur, and a touch of cream.
Prep time: 1 minute
Mixing time: 1 minute
Servings: 1
Calories: 329

Ingredients
 

  • 2 oz Vodka
  • 1 oz coffee Liqueur - Kahlúa
  • 1 oz heavy cream or Half-and-Half
  • Ice cubes

Equipment

  • Old Fashioned Glass
  • Measuring Jigger
  • Stirrer or Bar Spoon

Instructions

  • Prep Glass: Fill your Old Fashioned glass with ice cubes.
  • Add Coffee Liqueur: Measure and pour 1 oz coffee Liqueur over the ice.
  • Add Vodka: Pour 2 oz Vodka into the glass.
  • Add Cream: Gently float 1 oz heavy cream or Half-and-Half on top.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Vodka: I've experimented with white rum in place of vodka. The result is a slightly sweeter and more aromatic profile.
  • Coffee Liqueur: If you can't find Kahlúa, Tia Maria is another good option. For a homemade twist, infuse vodka with coffee beans and add a bit of simple syrup.
  • Heavy Cream or Half-and-Half: Milk can be used, but the drink will be less rich. If you want to elevate the drink, try a dollop of whipped cream on top.

Making a Pitcher:

  • Scale: To serve 8, you'd need 16 oz of vodka, 8 oz of coffee liqueur, and 8 oz of heavy cream or half-and-half.
  • Mix: Combine the vodka and coffee liqueur in a large pitcher.
  • Serve: Pour the vodka and coffee liqueur mixture into individual ice-filled Old Fashioned glasses, top each with the heavy cream or half-and-half, give a gentle stir, and serve immediately.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Vodka Substitute: Use a non-alcoholic vodka or plain soda water for the kick without the alcohol.
  • Coffee Liqueur Substitute: Opt for a coffee-flavored syrup or non-alcoholic coffee liqueur.
  • Proceed As Usual: Replace the alcoholic components with these non-alcoholic alternatives and follow the original steps for a delightful, non-alcoholic version.

Making it Vegan:

  • Cream Substitute: Cashew cream, almond milk, or coconut cream work wonderfully to replace dairy-based cream. Adjust the thickness as desired. I love coconut cream for its rich texture and subtle tropical flavor. Ensure you shake or stir well before using, as they can sometimes separate.

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