Now that fall is here, so is the time for fall parties! We always like to make sure that any gatherings and dinners we host have food and drink options for anyone, regardless of their dietary restrictions and choices, so we try to serve a range of dishes when we’re choosing our snacks or dinner entrees and sides. The same applies to the drinks too! We like to make something fun and seasonal or themed that people who don’t drink alcohol can enjoy, as well as a relevantly flavoured cocktail for those who do. That’s why we’ve been on the lookout for fall drinks lately! We like that so many of the alcoholic beverages we’ve found as options are things that you can quite easily make a “virgin” version of as well, so everyone can try out the same flavours without compromising.
Just in case you love the idea of learning how to make fun fall drinks and cocktails just as much as we do, if not more, here are 15 of the very best ideas, flavours, and recipes that we’ve come across so far in this year’s search!
1. Apple cider sangria
Where we come from, the apples are at their ripest right now around this time of year, so apple cider is probably the most popular drink you’ll find! We’ve always loved putting creative spins on anything we make, though, so we’re sure you can imagine just how excited we were when we came across this apple chunks filled apple cider sangria outlined step by step on Today’s Creative Ideas!
2. Cranberry thyme gin and tonic
Did we really catch your attention when we started talking about the idea of putting a fun seasonal twist on a glass idea but you’re just not sure that a cider is quite the direction you’re going for? Well, if you’ve ever been a gin and tonic fan then we think you’ll get a real kick out of the way A Cozy Kitchen made this delicious cranberry and thyme version!
3. Pumpkin pie moonshine
Are you actually looking for something a little more unconventional that you might give as a warming or holiday gift, rather than something you might serve at dinner? Then, particularly if you’re a big lover of pumpkin flavoured things, we have a feeling you just might be the perfect person to give this delicious homemade pumpkin pie flavoured “moonshine” recipe from It Is A Keeper a try!
4. Pumpkin martini
We’ve always really liked classic martinis a lot, but we find that sometimes it’s just nice to enjoy a novelty flavour in the form of a creamy martini as well! If you combine that with our love of seasonal recipes, then we think you’ll know exactly why this particular pumpkin martini recipe featured in detail on The Spruce Eats appeals so much to us.
5. Apple butter old fashioned
Just in case you’re still thinking about how intrigued you’re feeling by the idea of adding seasonal flavours to a classic drink you’ve enjoyed the traditional way plenty of times before but you just haven’t seen your regular choice yet, here’s a neat way to put a spin on an old fashioned! Take a better look at the recipe and tutorial on Half Baked Harvest to see how this apple butter old fashioned was made.
6. Pear naked sailor cocktails
Are you feeling quite enamoured indeed in the idea of making a fruit flavoured cocktail that’s still seasonal but you’re just not sure that you like the flavours of apples enough for any of those ideas? Well, luckily for all of us, pears are perfectly seasonal and ripely delicious right now as well! They’re also completely delicious in drinks. Take a look at The Spruce Eats to see how this “pear naked sailor” cocktail was made.
7. Pumpkin spice white Russian cocktail
Have you actually been thinking about how much you love the idea of a cream based cocktail ever since we mentioned it above, but martinis have just never really been your think? Then we think you might have a better time making something like this pumpkin spice flavoured white Russian drink featured in neat steps on The Cookie Rookie instead!
8. Pumpkin apple shandy
Has all this talk about both pumpkins and apples got you feeling a little bit torn because you like them both so much that you’re just not sure you can choose between the two? Well, who ever said you have to choose? Instead, give this fragrant pumpkin apple shandy from Jennifer Meyering so that you can enjoy the complimentary flavour of both things in one place!
9. Cinnamon maple whiskey sour
Believe it or not, there are totally more classic drinks out there that you can add seasonal flavour to in order to make something a little extra delicious! This cinnamon maple version of a whiskey sour, outlined on Cookie + Kate, is a perfect example of what we mean. It’s got a hint of the usual classic taste but with a flavour that undoubtedly tastes just like fall!
10. Honey pear margarita
Has your favourite idea on our list so far definitely been the one involving pear flavour because that’s actually your favourite fruit all year round, but you’re just not sure the previous recipe we showed you has you sold? Then here’s another one for your alternative! We’re huge fans of how The Almond Eater outlines this delicious recipe for making a honey pear margarita.
11. Pecan pie bourbon shake
If you’re going to make something that even hints at the word “creamy”, would you actually much rather make something that’s really creamy and satisfying, rather than just mixed with a creme beverage base? In that case, we think you just might be the perfect person to give this scrumptious pecan pie bourbon shake a try! Get the full details thanks to Delish.
12. Hot chocolate whiskey
In addition to being a lover of fall flavours, are you also a total chocolate addict as well? In that case, we have a feeling this fantastically tasty hot chocolate whiskey recipe outlined nice and simply on The Worthey Life might be a little more up your alley! It’s slightly creamy but not too creamy, with that flavour you love most and a kick at the end.
13. Autumn fig sangria
Have you actually found yourself scrolling through our list thinking about how much you love the idea of making a fall flavoured sangria but you’re just not sure that the apple cider version we already talked about is really the one for you? Then we’d suggest taking a look at Sugar and Cloth instead! Their recipe shows you how to make an autumn fig sangria that’s full of seasonal flavour.
14. Apple cider bellini
Don’t worry, we’re not done with the fall versions of classic year round drinks just yet! Before we go, we think you simply must see this recipe from Crazy for Crust that shows you how to put a seasonal twist on the delicious phenomenon that is the bellini! Their tutorial shows you how to make it happen with apple cider rather than with peach and orange flavours.
15. Hot chocolate martini
Has our earlier suggestion actually got you feeling totally enamoured with the idea of a hot chocolate flavoured cocktail but you’ve never really been one for whiskey? In that case, we’d definitely be willing to bet that you’ll get along a little better with this delicious recipe outlined in nice, simple detail on The Kitchen is My Playground. They show you how to make a hot chocolate martini complete with mini marshmallow garnish!
Do you have another favourite fall flavoured drink that’s always a hit with your friends but that you don’t see here on our list? Tell us all about it or share the recipe with us in the comments section so we can give it a try as well!