Are you celebrating fall with a party at your home or business? If so, one of the first things you need is a host of good drink recipes. Whether you’re on the search for fall non-alcoholic mocktails or adult-friendly drinks for fall, we’ve got a whole host of tasty fall recipes to choose from.
Here are a few of our favorites.
Fall Cocktails for Every Party
Pair these tasty drinks with your favorite fall dishes for a party that’s sure not to disappoint.
1. Autumn Margarita
Take a twist on the summer classic by opting for a cran-orange variety for this tasty drink:
- 2 oz. silver tequila
- 1 oz. orange liqueur
- 1 oz. cranberry puree (store-bought is fine)
- 1 oz. sour mix
- Orange peel for garnish (optional)
Combine all ingredients in a shaker with crushed ice and shake vigorously. Pour drink into a tall glass and garnish with an orange peel.
Mocktail Version: Substitute the tequila for Sprite and the orange liqueur for orange juice, or replace both spirits with orange soda.
Warning: Don’t shake mocktails with soda! It will fizz and go everywhere. Instead, gently stir ingredients with a straw, spoon, etc.
2. Pumpkin Spice Martini
Another fun seasonal spin on the traditional martini, this fall-inspired cocktail features everyone’s favorite fall flavor: pumpkin spice.
- 5 oz. Vanilla Vodka
- 5 oz Spiced Rum
- 3 parts cream
- .5 part Torani Pumpkin Spice Syrup
- Extra cinnamon for rimming (optional)
Put all ingredients together into a cocktail shaker, shake vigorously with ice, and strain into a chilled martini glass, rimmed with cinnamon.
Mocktail Version: Substitute the alcohol for cream soda and garnish with a floating scoop of cinnamon or vanilla ice cream.
3. Pumpkin Spice White Russians
While we’re on the pumpkin kick..give your traditional White Russian a pumpkin spice flair with this delicious fall recipe:
- 1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
- 3 tbsp. crushed graham crackers
- 2 oz. vodka
- 1 oz. Kahlua
- 1 1/2 oz. pumpkin spice creamer
- Cinnamon stick, for garnish
On a shallow plate, mix the pumpkin pie spice and graham crackers. Dip the edge of each glass into the mixture. Once you’ve coated the rims, pour the vodka and Kahlua into glasses, filled with ice. Top each with cream and garnish with cinnamon sticks.
Mocktail Version: Substitute vodka for soda water or Sprite and Kahlua for Coffee Soda. Found at specialty stores or Italian shops.
4. Sparkling Apple Cider Sangria
Fall flavors take center-stage with this party friendly sangria. Let the concentrated aromas of apple and cinnamon whisk you and your friends away to a picturesque orchard as you sip this complex, tart and refreshing fall cocktail.
- 1 lemon wedge
- 1/4 c. cinnamon-sugar
- 24-fl oz. hard cider chilled
- 1 bottle white wine, chilled
- 1/3 c. fireball whiskey
- 2 apples, thinly sliced, some reserved for garnish
- Cinnamon sticks, for serving
Rim each glass with lemon wedges and dip in cinnamon sugar to coat. In a large bowl or pitcher, mix cider, fireball, wine, and sliced apples. Stir to combine. Pour into glasses and garnish with apple slices and cinnamon sticks.
Mocktail Version: Substitute the white wine for white grape juice or sparkling grape juice. Substitute hard cider for apple cider. Substitute the fireball whiskey for a tablespoon of cinnamon maple syrup.
5. Apple Cider Mules
The mule is having a comeback in popularity. This is a great fall party favorite with the distinctly different spicy flavor of ginger beer. It will certainly go down in history as one of the top drinks for fall. Don’t forget the copper mug for these delicious and festive drinks:
- 2 oz. vodka
- ginger beer
- sparkling cider
- Sliced apple, for garnish
- Cinnamon sticks, for garnish
Fill copper mugs with ice, and pour 2 oz vodka into each cup. From there, fill almost to top with sparkling cider, and top with ginger beer. Garnish each drink with a cinnamon stick and an apple slice. Serve immediately.
Mocktail: Simply omit the vodka, or replace with Sprite.
6. Smokey Bacon & Peach Old-Fashioned
It’s old, it’s new, it’s bacon, it’s going to be all your friends and family talk about at your next fall party. Give this old-school favorite a fun new twist with the smoky flavor of grilled peaches and salty bacon.
- 2 oz Bacon-Infused Bourbon
- .75 oz Sweet Vermouth
- 1 slice of a grilled peach
- 2 pitted cherries
- 1 tsp of maple syrup
- 3 dashes of House Citrus bitters
- 1 slice of a fresh grilled peach (for garnish)
Muddle peach, cherries, syrup and bitters in a mixing glass. Add your bourbon and vermouth and stir together to combine. Strain the mixture over fresh ice and garnish with skewered grilled peach.
Mocktail: The best way to get the smoky effect without the bacon bourbon is with a pinch of smoked sea salt if you can find it. Substitute bourbon for dark cherry soda and a spoonful of peach or grape preserves in place of the vermouth. Garnish with a slice of crispy bacon if you dare.
7. Buttery Pear
In this unforgettable fall cocktail recipe, the pear is the star of the show. Pears offer a mildly sweet flavor that pairs well with the creamy, nuttiness of pecans. This delectable drink can be served hot or cold depending on your mood this fall.
- 2 oz. Pear Vodka
- 1 oz. Pecan Liqueur
- 0.5 oz of butterscotch schnapps
- 1 oz of pear puree
- Dash of nutmeg
Cold: Combine ingredients over ice, shake and strain to a martini glass and garnish with a cinnamon/sugar/nutmeg rim or a pecan piece.
Warm: Make a batch to serve by combining ingredients in a saucepan and add a teaspoon of butter for each cocktail. Ladle into mugs and serve with a cinnamon stick.
Mocktail: Substitute vodka for pear juice, pecan liqueur/butterscotch schnapps for Torani Butter Pecan syrup, or a maple pecan creamer.
Drinks to Make Any Fall Party More Festive
If you’re throwing a fall get-together for your friends, these drinks should have a place at your table. Don’t forget to combine them with your favorite fall dishes, such as savory pot-pie, comforting pot roasts, or anything else you love to eat and serve on these chilly fall days.