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This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at U Conn chapter.

Fall seems to be the easiest season to get in the spirit for. Everyone loves the foliage colors, the crisp cool air, the morning chill and the autumn holidays. When fall begins, Halloween and Thanksgiving are not far behind.

Because of that, we’ve compiled five of the best cocktail recipes in honor of the fall season.


  1. Pumpkin Spice Mudslide



It wouldn’t be fall without pumpkin spiced something. This creamy cocktail is absolutely perfect after a long day of exploring corn mazes.


Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 2 tbsp Pumpkin puree

  • 1/4 tsp Pumpkin pie spice

  • 1/2 cup milk

  • 1 shot whipped cream vodka

  • 1 shot of pumpkin spice liqueur

  • Whipped cream

  • Pumpkin pie spice (for garnish)


Here’s how it’s made:

1. In a cocktail shaker, add the pumpkin purée and milk.

2. Pour in vodka and pumpkin spice liqueur.

3. Sprinkle with pumpkin pie spice and shake for 30 seconds.

4. Pour into a short cocktail glass.

5. Top with whipped cream and sprinkle with pumpkin pie spice.


Feel free to substitute non-dairy milk options as well.


2. Apple Cider Moscow Mule


Mules are such a delicious and versatile cocktail, it only makes sense to create one with favorite fall flavors.


Here’s what you need:

  • 4 oz. vodka

  • ginger beer

  • sparkling cider

  • Sliced apple (for garnish)

  • Cinnamon sticks (for garnish)


Here’s how it’s made:

  1. Fill two copper mugs with ice.

  2. Pour 2 oz vodka into each cup.

  3. Fill 2/3 full with sparkling cider, then top with ginger beer.

  4. Garnish with an apple slice and a cinnamon stick.


Yields two so it’s perfect for you and your “boo”!


3. Orange Cinnamon Blossom Wine

For a more “not ready for summer to end” drink, try this fruity sparkling wine cocktail.


Here’s what you need:

  • 1 bottle of Santa Margherita Prosecco Superiore

  • 1/2 a lemon

  • 1/2 an orange

  • 1 tablespoon of honey

  • 1/4 cup of sugar

  • 3 whole cloves

  • 3 whole allspice

  • 2 cinnamon sticks


Here’s how it’s made:


  1. Rinse the lemon and the orange, and thinly slice them, discarding seeds;

  2. Quarter the orange slices.

  3. Put fruit in a 4- to 5-quart pan.

  4. Add honey, sugar, cloves and allspice to pan.

  5. With a knife, cut the cinnamon sticks lengthwise into thinner strips.

  6. Add cinnamon and 2 cups water to pan; bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat and boil gently for five minutes.

  7. Pour Prosecco into hot citrus base and that until steaming, about eight minutes. Keep warm over low heat.

  8. Ladle into heat proof cups or glasses.


This one serves 4-8, so it’s a great option for a pumpkin-carving party.


4. Sparkling Apple Pie Cocktail



The flavor of apple pie, only a fraction of the sugar!


Here’s what you need:

  • 3 oz. apple juice or apple cider

  • 3/4 oz. cinnamon schnapps

  • 1/2 tbsp honey

  • 1/2 tbsp hot water

  • 3 oz. champagne or sparkling wine

  • cinnamon & sugar for rim

  • apple slice (for garnish)


Here’s how it’s made:


  1. Combine honey with hot water; stir until honey is dissolved.  Allow to cool before preparing cocktail.

  2. Combine a bit of cinnamon and granulated sugar in a shallow dish. Wet the rim of each glass, all the way around, with water. Dip each rim into cinnamon sugar to coat. Set aside.

  3. Place apple juice, cinnamon schnapps, and cooled honey/water mixture in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake for about 20 to 30 seconds until well combined. Strain into prepared glass.

  4. Add champagne and gently stir to combine. Garnish glass with an apple slice.


Cool, refreshing and great after an afternoon at the apple orchard.


5. “Poisoned” Apple Cider Cocktail

With hints of apple and pomegranate, and edible glitter, this drink is almost too beautiful to drink.



Here’s what you need:

  • 4 oz apple cider

  • 1 1/2 oz spiced rum

  • 1 1/2 oz pomegranate juice

  • 3/4 oz grenadine

  • scant 1/4 tsp edible luster dust


Here’s how it’s made:

  1. Add ice to cocktail shaker

  2. Pour in cider, rum, pomegranate juice and grenadine.

  3. Cover and shake.  

  4. Strain into glass and serve!


Please drink responsibly and never drink and drive. Enjoy!


Chelsea is a senior undergraduate at the University of Connecticut. She is pursuing a degree in Digital Media & Design with a concentration in business strategies, as well as a minor in Communications. She holds one of the Marketing & Design chairs for her school's chapter of Her Campus.