Easy Fall Cocktail Recipes

Warm up this fall with some easy autumn-inspired drink recipes. From pumpkin spice to apple cinnamon, learn how to make cocktails with fall flavors.
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It's that time of year again to cozy up next to the fire with a blanket, a good book, and a delicious fall cocktail in hand. But the inherent magic of a fall cocktail isn't just about what's inside the glass — it's also about the glass itself.

The right drinkware can enhance your experience and make your fall gatherings even more special. Quality barware ensures beverages maintain their desired temperature, enhancing the overall sipping experience. For larger gatherings, having a substantial flask or set of barware can help keep drinks cold and ready to serve.

Additionally, personalized drinkware can add a unique touch, making gatherings even more memorable by offering guests something distinct and tailored. So, as you prepare for your fall festivities, remember that the right drinkware can be a game-changer. So no matter what you whip up, the following seasonal cocktail recipes are sure to help make your fall gathering memorable.

Apple Cinnamon Whiskey Smash

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The apple cinnamon whiskey smash combines apple, mint, cinnamon, and rye whiskey for a delightful blend. It's a drink that perfectly encapsulates the essence of fall with its sweet taste and spicy undertones.

Here's how you can make this cozy fall cocktail at home:


      • 3 slices of apple

      • 6 mint leaves

      • 1 ounce cinnamon simple syrup

      • 1/4 ounce of lemon juice

      • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

      • 3 cinnamon sticks

      • 1 cup granulated sugar

      • 1 ounce apple cider

      • 2 ounces whiskey

      • 1 cup water

You'll need a few tools for this fall cocktail: a strainer for a smooth cocktail, a shaker to mix flavors, and a muddler to release flavors into the drink.


  1. Smash 3 slices of sweet apple in a shaker, adding an ice cube while muddling for better flavor extraction.

  2. Add 2 ounces of whiskey.

  3. Add 1 ounce of fresh apple cider.

  4. Add 1 ounce of cinnamon simple syrup.

  5. Add about 1/4 of an ounce of lemon juice.

For a batch, multiply the the amount of each ingredient by the number of drinks you want to make.

Recommended Drinkware

For this cocktail, a tumbler like a single rocks glass or highball glass is an excellent choice. Consider this tumbler to add a touch of sophistication to your cocktail hour.

Pumpkin Spice Martini

Try the pumpkin spice martini, a creamy and slightly spiced cocktail that combines the familiar tastes of pumpkin, vanilla, autumn spices, and vodka. This drink is appropriate for fall because its star ingredient — pumpkin spice — is synonymous with the season.

Here's how to make this tasty drink:


      • 1 1/2 ounces of vanilla-flavored vodka

      • 1 1/2 ounces of pumpkin spice liqueur

      • 1 1/2 ounces of Irish cream liqueur

      • 1 1/2 ounces of pumpkin-flavored liqueur

      • Whipped cream, ground cinnamon, or nutmeg for garnish


  1. Start by filling a cocktail shaker with ice cubes.

  2. Pour in your vanilla vodka.

  3. Add Irish cream and pumpkin-flavored liqueur.

  4. Cover and shake until the outside of your shaker is frosty.

  5. Strain into a chilled martini glass.

  6. Finish with a garnish of ground cinnamon or nutmeg.

To make this martini, several pieces of equipment are essential. A cocktail shaker is fundamental for blending and getting the right texture and temperature. Additionally, having the right glassware, such as rocks glasses, can enhance the presentation and sipping experience.

Recommended Drinkware

A pumpkin spice martini can be served in a traditional martini glass or from a pitcher. A stainless steel pitcher, in particular, ensures durability and longevity, while the martini glass highlights the cocktail's elegance.


Decorated fall table with Stanley Tumblers

A spiced pear mojito is a unique twist on the classic mojito. This version introduces the autumnal flavor of pear and a hint of heat from Serrano pepper, creating a perfect balance between sweet, spicy, and refreshing.

Here's how you can make a spiced pear mojito:


      • Juice of 2 fresh limes

      • 1/8 serrano pepper (or substitute with a jalapeño)

      • 2 1/2 cups pear puree

      • 1/2 cup mint

      • Ice

      • Soda water

      • Sliced pears

      • Tajin for a seasoned rim

      • The rum of your choosing


  1. Blend lime juice, serrano pepper, pear puree, and mint in a blender until smooth. Adjust flavors to taste.

  2. Fill glasses with ice and pour the mixture until the glass is about one-third full. Add your preferred amount of rum, then top with soda water and stir gently.

  3. For garnish, spread a thin layer of Tajin over a plate and dip the rim of each glass into the seasoning to create a spiced rim. Fill the glass with the prepared cocktail and garnish with a fresh pear slice.

You’ll need a high-quality blender to ensure the ingredients merge into a smooth mixture. If you're aiming for a professional touch, consider using a jigger to measure out the rum precisely.

Recommended Drinkware

A mojito is traditionally served in a highball glass. However, you might consider serving mojitos in a durable pint glass for a casual or outdoor setting.


A maple old fashioned is an autumnal twist on the classic cocktail. Instead of sugar, it's sweetened with maple syrup, adding a rich, earthy flavor that pairs perfectly with bourbon or rye whiskey. Angostura bitters and a fresh orange peel garnish give it a zesty edge, balancing the sweetness.

Here's how to make a maple old fashioned: 


      • 2 ounces of your choice of bourbon or rye whiskey

      • A few dashes of Angostura aromatic bitters

      • 1/2 teaspoon maple syrup

      • Fresh orange peels

      • Ice

      • Optional: Luxardo cherries for garnish


  1. Cut a 2-3 inch orange peel — this is to rub along the rim of your cocktail glass later on.

  2. Combine your whiskey of choice, a few dashes of bitters, and a drizzle of maple syrup in the glass. Stir briefly to combine.

  3. Add ice to the glass, then stir to mix and chill the drink.

  4. To get all the zesty oils from your orange peels, twist and add to your drink.

  5. If desired, add a Luxardo cherry as a final garnish. Serve immediately.

A sturdy mixing glass or cocktail shaker is needed. Use a muddler for fresh fruits or herbs to release their flavors. You can also use a jigger to measure your ingredients and gently mix with a bar spoon.

Recommended Drinkware

When serving an old fashioned, the traditional choice is a rock glass. A sturdy rocks glass may be perfect for muddling ingredients and serving over ice.

Hosting a Fall Cocktail Party

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A fall cocktail party can be a wonderful way to gather friends and family to celebrate the season. It's all about warm, cozy vibes, delicious food, and seasonal cocktails.

Here are some tips to help you plan the perfect fall gathering:

      • Offer a variety of fall-inspired appetizers and snacks like mini pumpkin pies, caramel apple slices, or a cheese and charcuterie board with fall fruits like figs and pears.

      • Offer a mix of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks to cater to everyone's preferences. Include non-alcoholic options like hot apple cider or a cranberry spritzer.

      • Create a cozy ambiance with fall-themed decorations featuring warm colors, pumpkins, leaves, candles, and fairy lights.

      • Send your guests home with a small token to remember the night, such as mini bottles of maple syrup or homemade apple jam.

The most important part of any party is everyone having a good time. So, plan ahead and check out more fall-gathering essentials, but on the day of the party, relax and enjoy your company!