10 Fabulous Fall Cocktail Recipes

Trying out different seasonal recipes is a fun way to get festive during the fabulous season of fall.  And for all of our 21+ collegiettes, what could better complement your favorite apple and pumpkin recipes than delicious fall-inspired cocktails?  Read on for some awesome autumn drinks that can spice up your parties and pregames from Halloween to Thanksgiving!

1. Pumpkin Sour Cocktail (recipe from SheKnows)


  • 2 parts Basil Hayden's Bourbon
  • 1/2 part fresh orange juice
  • 1/2 part lemon juice
  • 1/2 part maple syrup
  • 1 heaping bar spoon canned pumpkin puree
  • 3 dashes Angostura Bitters
  • 1 part allspice dram
  • Ice
  • 3-4 pieces candy corn


  1. Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice and shake vigorously.
  2. Strain into a rocks glass over ice.
  3. Garnish with skewered candy corn.


2. Amberjack (recipe from Food & Wine)


  • Ice
  • 1 ounce apple vodka
  • 1/2 ounce Macallan Amber (Scotch-based maple-flavored liqueur)
  • 1/2 ounce Calvados
  • 1/2 ounce fresh lime juice
  • 1 1/2 ounces chilled apple lambic
  • 1 thin green apple slice


  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
  2. Add the vodka, Macallan Amber, Calvados and lime juice; shake well.
  3. Strain into a chilled martini glass, stir in the lambic and garnish with the apple slice.


3. Cranberry-Spice Cocktail (recipe from Food & Wine)


  • 1 orange wedge
  • 13 cranberries
  • Three 1-inch pieces crystallized ginger (2 minced and 1 whole for garnish)
  • 2 ounces Aperol
  • 1 ounce Lillet Blanc
  • Ice
  • 4 ounces hard cider
  • 4 dashes of Peychaud's cranberry bitters


  1. In a cocktail shaker, muddle the orange wedge with 10 of the cranberries and the minced ginger.
  2. Add the Aperol, Lillet Blanc, bitters and ice. Shake well.
  3. Double-strain the drink into an ice-filled Collins glass and top off with the hard cider.
  4. Garnish with the 3 remaining cranberries and the slice of ginger skewered on a toothpick.


4. Baileys Caramel Appletini (recipe from Delish)


  • 1 ounce Baileys Caramel Irish Cream
  • 1/2 ounces Smirnoff Green Apple Flavored Vodka
  • 1 slice apple
  • 1 teaspoon caramel


  1. Add Baileys Caramel Irish Cream and Smirnoff Green Apple Flavored Vodka.
  2. Shake with ice and strain into a prechilled martini glass.
  3. Garnish with an apple slice and caramel.


5. Spiced Wine (recipe from Saveur)


  • 1 750-ml bottle medium-bodied red wine, such as zweigelt

  • 1⁄2 cup sugar

  • 8 whole cloves

  • 4 lemon wedges

  • 4  4" sticks cinnamon


  1. Bring ingredients to a boil, stirring occasionally, in a 4-qt. saucepan and remove from heat. Discard cloves.
  2. Ladle wine into 4 glasses and garnish each with 1 of the cinnamon sticks and 1 lemon wedge. Serve hot.
  3. Serves four.