Every season brings its own blend of flavor and provides a unique atmosphere for every social gathering. If you’re an avid party-thrower, then you know that one of the most important tasks presented to an event host is to capture the atmosphere of whatever season you’re currently in.
There are many ways to do this, but one of the simplest and yet most iconic methods for encapsulating the feeling of a season into your party is to get the drinks right!
Not a certified bartender? No problem! Mixing drinks is both easy and fun! All you need are ideas, and you don’t need to be worried about that one bit, because we’ve got you covered!
Autumn comes with a warm, spicy taste to it, and as it turns out, there are many ways to capture that flavor within party cocktails. If you need a few ideas to provide you with a solid launchpad for your fall cocktails experience, look no further than right here! Here are 10 fall cocktails to make for your next party!
1. Apple Cider Mojitos
Speaking of warm and spicy, this first of our fall cocktails is the perfect representative drink for the Autumnal season! It’s also simple, delicious and fun!
All you’ll need is apple cider, lemon juice, gold rum, ice, and mint and cinnamon sticks for garnish. Of course, if you really want to lean into the Fall aspect of this drink, you can substitute the mint garnish for rosemary or thyme, and even add apple slices!
2. Apple Pie Bourbon Shots
These little guys might take a bit of preparation a few days in advance of your party, but we promise you, it’ll be worth it! If an apple pie bourbon shot sounds delicious to you, that’s because it is!
All you’ll need to do is fill a mason jar with bourbon, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and apple slices. Let this mixture sit for a few days, and then they’ll be ready to pour! Empty the mason jar into shot glasses and add a cinnamon stick to each one if you like to garnish!
3. Mulled Wine
Mulled wine is simple and delicious! Simply combine a bottle of red wine with brandy, orange slices, honey and whatever spices you please, and then let that mixture sit for 10 minutes. You’ll come out with a drink that your guests will never forget!
4. Pumpkin Spice What Russians
Ever wanted to bring the famous pumpkin spice latte into the world of alcoholic beverages? Who hasn’t! Here’s how you do it:
Simply make white Russians (vodka + Kahlua + milk) but substitute the milk for pumpkin spice creamer. How easy was that?
To make a unique and delicious seasonal rim for these drinks, combine pumpkin spice with crushed graham crackers and you’ll have the perfect garnish for this staple of fall cocktails.
5. Spiked Cider
Apple cider + booze. Perfection! If you want to blow your guests away, this needs to be one of your go-to fall cocktails!
Combine apple cider, whiskey, caramel and cinnamon sticks in a crockpot. Stir thoroughly and then leave the mixture on a low heat setting for two to three hours, and voila! Spiked apple cider!
If you really want to go the extra mile, you can gut apples to make into apple cups and garnish each drink with its own cinnamon stick!
6. Apple Pie Vodka
Keep the apple pie rolling! If vodka is your thing, these fall cocktails are for you. All you’ll need to do is combine apple slices, lemon slices and cinnamon sticks with vodka. Cover, shake and then refrigerate for a few hours.
Strain the mixture when you’re done so you’ve just got the liquid, and then serve however you like!
7. Fireball Slushies
This cold drink will warm you right up, from your head to your toes! It may be icy, but it’s also spicy!
Easy to make, too. You just need to combine Fireball whiskey, apple cider and ice in a blender and blend away until you’ve got slushies!
8. Autumn Fizz
Need another one that’s cool, quick and easy? Here’s the autumn fizz!
Shake together gin, agave nectar, and lemon juice. Once shaken through, pour into glasses and top each glass with sparkling apple cider. Garnish with cinnamon sticks if that’s your thing!
9. Apple Butter Old Fashioned
Here’s another one to warm your heart. The apple butter old fashioned should be on everyone’s list of favorite fall cocktails!
Shake together apple cider, lemon juice, bourbon, and apple butter, then pour the mixture over ice and top it off with some ginger kombucha and you’ll have one of the spiciest, creamiest drinks of the season!
10. Apple Sangria
And what list of party cocktails would be complete without a representative from the Sangria family? Yes, it’s autumn, but sangria does not have to be excluded from the gathering of fall cocktails!
Whisk together some white wine, apple slices, cranberries, and pear slices and refrigerate the mixture for at least an hour, and then boom! You’ve got your new favorite seasonal sangria.