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10 Enticing Fall Cocktails for Your Next Get-Together

Friends gathered around a buffet full of food holding glasses of wine.
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Throwing together a soiree for friends is fun, but it can also feel stressful without a bartender on hand. If you need to find the perfect fall cocktail for your next party, we’ve got some suggestions.

These 10 adult beverages are fantastic treats to share with your friends. With so many holidays around the corner, you’ll have many special occasions to enjoy sipping these fun refreshments.

Fall Sangria

A glass of sangria garnished with slices of lime and orange, and a cinnamon stick.
Everyday Maven

Whether you’re an oenophile or just enjoy the occasional glass with friends, this sangria is a great way to take wine to a whole new level. We understand some wine lovers wouldn’t dare mix other ingredients with their fermented grapes. However, some people can’t get enough of this sweet, refreshing beverage.

You don’t have to say goodbye to this summer BBQ classic just yet, because the autumn flavors in this version are out of this world. The tart apple, lemon, and lime flavors perfectly complement the cinnamon and cherry brandy. You’ll want more than one glass.

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Spiced Apple Moscow Mule

Two Moscow Mules in copper mugs, garnished with granny smith apple slices and cinnamon sticks.
Home Cooking Memories

If you’ve never tried a Montana, Moscow, or Southern mule, there’s no better time than now. You can make this ginger cocktail in many ways, but the main ingredients consist of alcohol, ginger beer, and lime juice.

In this recipe, you learn how to make a spiced simple syrup out of sugar, water, cinnamon sticks, and cloves. The spices come alive and infuse perfectly into a fresh, aromatic drink you’ll enjoy.

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Ginger Pear Snap Cocktail

A glass full of Ginger Pear Snap sitting next to a pear.
Boulder Locavore

This is one fancy cocktail—and a tasty one, too. Pear is in season this time of year and makes a great snack, so why not use it to create an adult beverage? The pear and ginger flavors, coupled with lemon and fresh rosemary, create a daring cocktail that is both fresh and delicious.

If you feel bold, give this one a try.

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Fall Apple Cider Margarita

A tumbler full of margarita, garnished with a star anise and sugared rim.
Wicked Spatula

Most people think of margaritas as an all-summer-long drink, but we’ll have to disagree. If tequila is your poison, then you might love this unique apple cider margarita.

You can enjoy this hot, on the rocks, or even frozen, if that’s your thing. While it’s not your classic margarita with sour mix, orange liqueur, and triple sec, it’s still a flavorful treat.

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Pumpkin Pie Martini

A Pumpkin Pie Martini with whipped cream and a sugared rim.
No Spoon Necessary

You didn’t think we’d leave out pumpkins, did you? That’d be a crime with Halloween around the corner. The author of this recipe says this adult beverage tastes like a boozy pumpkin pie. It has a creamy, smooth texture, and even those who aren’t pumpkin pie fans seem to enjoy it.

So, if you’ve got a costume party coming up, this just might be a hit. By all means, give it a try before your get-together—you won’t be disappointed.

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Caramel Apple Martini

Two Caramel Apple Martinis surrounded by apples.
Inspired by Charm

If vodka is more your thing, perhaps you’ll enjoy this lip-puckering caramel apple martini. This recipe stands out for so many reasons. You’ll love that it only takes three ingredients to make this drink.

If you like, you can dazzle your glass with a cinnamon stick garnish and a cinnamon sugar rim. Apple cider, caramel vodka, and Butterscotch Schnapps are a fantastic combo, but be careful—they’re dangerously delicious!

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Ginger Pear Bourbon Cocktail

A tumbler full of Ginger Pear Bourbon, garnished with ginger, and pear and lemon slices.
No Spoon Necessary

This is another pear and ginger combo, but this time with a kick of bourbon! Celebrate early fall with this fruity, gingery thirst-quencher.

The pear nectar and honey, combined with the bourbon and biting ginger, make this another daring and delicious combination. Bourbon lovers will truly enjoy sipping this autumn treat.

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Autumn Sunshine Cocktail

A martini glass full of Sunshine Martini.
All Recipes

Here is another delicious bourbon drink. This time, the recipe calls for maple syrup and Grand Marnier to create a boozy bourbon adult beverage.

A squeeze each of clementine and lemon juice, and you’ve got yourself one tasty drink. Enjoy this one with your friends at your next party.

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Pumpkin Spice White Russian

A woman's hand and a man's hand each holding a tumbler full of Pumpkin Spiced White Russian cocktails.

White Russians make fantastic dessert drinks, but who ever said you couldn’t have dessert before dinner? Or why not sip your fancy last course all night?

If you want a fall-festive version of this yummy treat, we’ve got it! That’s right; the author created something unique with pumpkin pie spice, Kahlua, and pumpkin spice creamer.

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Apple and Gin Autumn Cocktail

An Apple and Gin cocktail garnished with a cinnamon stick and matchstick sliced apples.
No Spoon Necessary

We’ll wrap things up with another apple cocktail. All the sweet and tart flavors come together to create this delightful treat. The gin provides a piney taste to remind you that winter is around the corner.

So, if you need a drink to take the edge off Thanksgiving (especially if you’re hosting), this could be just the one.

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Emilee Unterkoefler Emilee Unterkoefler
Emilee Unterkoefler is a freelance food writer, hiking enthusiast, and mama with over ten years of experience working in the food industry. Read Full Bio »
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