Best Fall Cocktails for Parties

Enjoy these Fall cocktails for Thanksgiving and seasonal gatherings. There’s something for everyone, including apple martinis, spiced hot toddies, large batch punch, and even a few family-friendly options.

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These drink recipes are a great addition to dinner parties, or simply pair them with appetizers for happy hour. 

Delicious Fall Cocktail Ideas

Every good party needs an easy signature drink, and especially for fall parties. There are so many occasions for hosting and gathering during those cool months. 

Whether you’re planning a September apple picking fall picnic, a family-friendly pumpkin carving party, or a Halloween dinner party in October, or a Friendsgiving Thanksgiving celebration in November, you’ll need autumn mixed drinks that taste like the season.

I’ve listed lots of options to try. You’re sure to find one that’s suitable for your signature drink whether it’s a fall inspired martini or a cocktail pitcher for a crowd.

What ingredients make a fall themed cocktail?

There are a few things that make a cocktail perfect for fall. 

  • It may contain themed alcohol like sour apple pucker, spiced rum, or cinnamon schnapps.
  • Autumn cocktails are often made with apple cider or apple juice. They can also be made with an orange tinted mixer to match the fall color scheme.
  • Hot cocktails are great for fall. They can warm up from the inside. Therefore hot coffee, and warm mulled cider or wine make fantastic ingredients.
  • We tend to navigate towards bourbon this time of year. It pairs so well with fruit or spice flavors.
  • And of course vodka or gin are always good choice because they blend so well with so many base mixers.

If any of these resonate with you, I’m sure you’ll find something you like, below.

Bar Accessories You May Need

Here are some bar and cocktail supplies that will come in handy for mixing up your fall drinks.

  • Cocktail Shaker & bar kit
  • Pitcher
  • Tray
  • Martini Glasses
  • Highball glasses
  • Mule cups
  • Infused Ice Cubes ready to freeze

Make These Drinks

Choose one of these drink recipes that sounds good to you and mix it up for adult parties or family gatherings.

They’re perfect for September all the way through December!

Best Fall Cocktails

Here are some of the best recipes for fall cocktails, including punch for a crowd, single serving martinis, wine drinks, hot toddies, and more. There's something for everyone!

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10 Comments

  1. Think I probably screwed up….I bought Apple cider, got home, and noticed it is unfiltered Apple cider. Is that ok? My husband thinks not, and says we will probably be drinking applesauce. Thanks for any help!

    1. Hi Kali, I’m not sure but I think “filtered” apple cider is basically apple juice. I think the unfiltered will be fine.

  2. I’ve made and sampled both of these and they are both equally great! Great signature cocktail to jump of Thanksgiving Dinner! Thanks!!!!

  3. These look really nice (and great photography, too)!

    Are you planning any Halloween themed ideas? If so it’d be great, as we could give it a mention on the blog on our site – our customers are sure to be interested in a Halloween cocktail!

  4. If making for a crowd, do the proportions stay the same? I know with some recipes, when making a big batch, it doesnt work the same way.

    Thanks!

    1. Hi Latisha,
      Unfortunately I haven’t made these in large batches, just 1 or 2 at a time in a cocktail shaker. If I were you I would just start with the same proportions of the main ingredients {liqueur & mixer} and then add in the other flavors in intervals, tasting as you go.
      I hope that helps.

  5. I am working on getting Thanksgiving dinner prepped and baking done today…one of these will definitely make the job fun and festive!!! Thanks for sharing!

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