20+ Fall Cocktails to Toast the Season
In many regions of the South, you’re as likely to see a true fall season as you are a unicorn. Often, blistering summer days continue into the autumn months until they take a sharp turn into bitter cold. However uncooperative the fall weather can be, Southerners will stand their ground, drink their cider, and carve their pumpkins, even if said pumpkins melt into a mess on the porch. Regardless how the weather behaves this season, we’ll be raising a glass filled with one of our favorite fall cocktails. We’ve got plenty of refreshing fall cocktails that will keep you cool on hot Southern nights but still showcase fall flavors like warm spices and apple cider. If it does happen to get chilly out, we have some of the best warm fall cocktail recipes for you to savor. If you’re in need of a big-batch fall cocktail for your tailgate or at-home football watch party, look no further than this list right here. And finally, if you’re getting dressy this autumn, our easy fall cocktails will solidify you as the hostess with the mostess. Whether you’re a cider-lover, a beer-drinker, or a wine enthusiast, there is a fall cocktail on this list that you’re going to love. Grab your flannels and scarves—these comforting cocktails will make it feel like fall even if it’s still over 80 degrees outside. From tailgate to dinner party, cozy up with our favorite fall flavors.
Bourbon Apple Cider Thyme Punch
Recipe: Bourbon Apple Cider Thyme Punch
It remains warm outside for much of the fall in the South, so a refreshing chilled drink made with seasonal ingredients fits the bill perfectly.
Sparkling Autumn Chianti
Recipe: Sparkling Autumn Chianti
Give wine night with the girls a sparkling, seasonal upgrade for fall.
Bourbon and Hard Pear Cider Cocktail
Apple cider might feel a little over-done on the fall drink scene, but this pear cider cocktail made with honey simple syrup is fresh and delicious.
Apple, Lemon, and Gin Shandy
Recipe: Apple, Lemon, and Gin Shandy
Bright lemon makes this big-batch cocktail so refreshing for tailgate parties.
Maple Bourbon Smash
Recipe: Maple Bourbon Smash
This sage-infused cocktail is ideal for porch sitting and sipping.
Orange Spiced Cider
Recipe: Orange Spiced Cider
This rich, sweet, and slightly tart cider is the perfect warm sipper for a fall night around a fire pit.
Spicy Bourbon-Citrus Punch
Recipe: Spicy Bourbon-Citrus Punch
Every Southern hostess has a go-to Christmas punch and bridal shower punch recipe, but why stop there? This big-batch cocktail will disappear before your eyes at every fall party and tailgate.
Apple Butter Sparklers
Spiced Hard Cider Fizz
Recipe: Spiced Hard Cider Fizz
The real secret to this drink is the homemade spiced simple syrup that adds a festive fall touch, especially when mixed with hard apple cider and bourbon.
Recipe: Hot Toddy
This classic cold-weather cocktail will comfort you during chilly fall nights and can even help ease a sore throat.
Whiskey-Apple Cider Punch
Recipe: Whiskey-Apple Cider Punch
Cool off on a hot fall game day with this chilled punch recipe that still carries all the cozy flavors of the season.
Lost in Texas
Recipe: Sorghum-Cider Punch
This big-batch cocktail tastes like fall in a glass.
Spiced Tea Bourbon Refresher
Recipe: Spiced Tea Bourbon Refresher
Think of this big-batch cocktail as a spirited and spiced Arnold Palmer. Perfectly refreshing but full of fall flavor, this sipper was made for the season.
Hot and Cold Bourbon Ginger Slush
Summer doesn’t get to have all the fun with boozy slushies! This chilly sipper with a hint of heat will be our go-to for at-home tailgates when it’s still hot out.
Recipe: Spiced Wine
Bring your weekly wine night into the season with this cozy, soothing recipe.
Apple Pie-Bourbon Sweet Tea
Recipe: Apple Pie-Bourbon Sweet Tea
This recipe is made with homemade apple pie-infused bourbon, so yes, it’s amazingly autumnal and delicious.
Cherry Bourbon Cheerwine
Recipe: Cherry Bourbon Cheerwine
This cocktail recipe couldn’t get more Southern if we tried, and we’re just fine with that.
Fizzy Cider Punch
Recipe: Fizzy Cider Punch
With just a few ingredients, this recipe dresses up classic cider so it’s ready to party.
Recipe: Apple-Ale Wassail
Cozy up around a fire with friends to share this warm, spiced drink.
Recipe: Bourbon Slush
This simple cocktail is easy to make and easier to drink. Plus, you can make it ahead and store it in your freezer for your next football party.