Autumn Cocktails

Once the leaves start fallin’, these drinks start callin’


Autumn is one of my favorite drinking times of the year. The weather is brisk and light-jacket worthy, calling for drinks that will warm up my insides. For me, autumn isn’t just about the changing of the leaves and the swap over from summer dresses to heavy jackets. It’s also about paying homage to the fruits and spices of the season.

With the change in seasons, we have a change in produce. These new flavors make for excellent ingredients in our autumn cocktails. For the past few months, we’ve been partaking in the fantastic fruits and veggies of summer; strawberries, blueberries and even cucumbers have made their way into most drinks. But, with the fall comes a very welcome change to that ingredient list. We swap out these ingredients for fruits such as grapes, apples, pears and plums to give drinks a warm and juicy flavor profile.

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The holidays that fall in the autumn season are also important to take into account when designing a timely cocktail menu. With Halloween just around the corner, it is more likely than not that you will find many a cocktail recipe revolving around candy corn or pumpkins. While some of these will only appeal to those with a very prominent sweet tooth, others are simple and delicious. Thanksgiving is also a holiday that is very cocktail-worthy. With ingredients like cinnamon, clove and nutmeg, you’ll be in the autumn drinking spirit in no time.

Below are some fantastic autumn cocktails, perfect to get you in the mood for this lovely season. These are all very inspired and perfect for a dinner party at home or a warming drink to accompany a nice, cozy blanket. Cheers, and happy mixing!

Have any autumn cocktails to share? Let us know about them in the comments section!

Smokin' Apple

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2 oz whisky (We recommend The Macallan Fine Oak 10 Years Old)
.75 oz fresh lemon juice
1.5 oz hand-pressed apple cider
2 fresh figs
2-3 sage leaves
.5 oz simple syrup

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake and strain over ice in a rocks glass or into a martini glass. Garnish with one or two sage leaves.

Camarena Candy Corn Cordial

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1 oz Familia Camarena Reposado Tequila
½ oz butterscotch schnapps
½ oz Crème de Cacao
2 oz fresh orange juice
1 tsp dark cocoa
4 pieces candy corn

Rim a martini glass with orange juice, then dip into the cocoa powder. Combine the tequila, schnapps, creme de cocoa and orange juice in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into the martini glass. Garnish with an orange wheel and three candy corns on a tooth pick.

Cinnamon Toast

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1 1/4 oz Spiced Rum (We recommend Captain Morgan)
6 oz hot apple cider
1 Tbsp sugar
1 Tbsp cinnamon

Rim a glass with cider, then dip into the sugar and cinnamon. Combine hot cider and Captain Morgan into the rimmed glass.

Bourbon Hot Toddy

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1 ⅓ oz Bourbon (We recommend George Dickel)
1 tsp fine grain sugar
2 small cloves
1 ½ oz boiling water


Combine bourbon, sugar and cloves in an old-fashioned glass or mug. Pour in the boiling water and stir to combine.

Mulled Cider

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12 cups apple cider
3 cinnamon sticks
4 whole cloves
3 strips orange peel, removed with a vegetable peeler
1 cup dark rum (optional)
Garnish: orange slices, whole cloves, cinnamon sticks

In a pot, combine the cider, cinnamon sticks, cloves and orange peel. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce the heat and simmer uncovered for 30 minutes. Line a sieve with cheesecloth and set over a large saucepan. Strain the mixture into the pan and keep warm. When you are ready to serve, put 2 Tbsp of rum into the mugs. Fill the mug the rest of the way with hot cider. Garnish with orange slices, cloves and cinnamon sticks.

Grape Sparkler

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4 cups seedless red grapes, plus more for garnish
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons honey
2 cups seltzer
6 ounces vodka

In a blender, puree the grapes until smooth. Pour through a mesh strainer set over a bowl. Press on the solids to ensure all the juice has been extracted. Add lemon and honey to the juice. Stir until the honey is dissolved, then add in the vodka and seltzer. Serve over ice and garnish with whole grapes.

Harvest Mule

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1.5 oz Gin or Vodka (We recommend Bluecoat American Dry Gin or Vodka)
1 oz Cranberry Pear Shrub
.5 oz Hum Botanical Liqueur
5 Drops of Bitterman’s Spiced Cranberry Bitters
2-3 oz Ginger Beer (We recommend Fever Tree)

Combine the gin, shrub, liqueur and bitters in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously until chilled. Strain into a collins glass filled with ice. Top with ginger beer and garnish with cranberries.

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