Fall rolls in some of the best flavors of the year: pumpkin, ginger, cinnamon, caramel, and more. Non-alcoholic drinks featuring these flavors are always good to have on hand, whether you debut them at a kid-friendly part of a family get-together. Be sure to try these fall drinks this season.
Autumn is the perfect time of year to celebrate warm spices, savory herbs, and deep flavors. While it’s hard to beat a hot toddy or hard apple cider’s ability to warm you up on a brisk fall day, non-alcoholic drinks can be just as enjoyable. (But hey, if spicy hard fall drinks are your jam, we have you covered.)
The picks on this list are perfect for Halloween parties, chilly evenings, or spicing up a regular dinner. These drinks are so good, they don’t even need to be spiked!
Cranberries are typically associated with the delicious Thanksgiving sauce they make, but they work beautifully in drinks as well. This concoction has plenty of cranberry flavor with notes of orange, lemon, lime, and pineapple.
Ginger ale tones down the sweetness for a well-rounded beverage that sings with fall flavor. Want an extra punch? Try swapping out some (or all!) of the ginger ale with ginger beer. Ginger beer isn’t alcoholic but a good ginger beer like the one from Fever-Tree is so punchy you might think it was!
For the best experience, mix everything except the ginger ale and add the soda at the last minute. This will keep the carbonation fresh when the drink is served.
Ginger and apples make the perfect pairing. The spiciness of the ginger is best balanced why super sweet apples like Fuji or Honeycrisp—and you’ll be chopping a lot of them for this recipe, so grab this tool. This drink calls for ginger beer instead of ginger ale, which has a more prominent flavor.
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Fresh apple cider is also superior to the containers you get in the juice aisle. You can find fresh cider at farmers’ markets, from local farms, or at some grocery stores. You’re free to experiment with the ratio of apple cider to ginger beer until you find the perfect blend of sweetness and spiciness.
If you’re a fan of the Harry Potter series, you’ll recognize this drink from one of Harry’s many trips to the Great Hall for meals. Thanks to the opening of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Florida in 2010, fans of the books got to see this drink come to life.
Since then, recreations have popped up by food bloggers who want you to be able to make it at home.
With ingredients like real pumpkin puree, apple cider, and pumpkin pie spice, this drink is tangy, sweet, and slightly spicy.
Pears are in season from August through October, making them a quintessential fall fruit. They’re sweet with a slight citrus flavor that pairs wonderfully with spices.
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This recipe calls for fresh pears and pear nectar, which contains the entire fruit and even more flavor than juice. Paired (see what we did there?) with ginger ale and spiced apple cider, this drink is ideal for any fall gathering and looks lovely enough that you should serve it out of a glass pitcher!
What is fall without a caramel apple? Candy apples were originally a Christmas treat after a candy maker in New Jersey dipped the fruit in melted cinnamon candies to create a beautifully bright dessert. But because apples come into season in the fall, it made sense for the popular coated treat to make its debut around Halloween.
The only downside to caramel apples is how difficult they are to eat. This drink puts all the flavors of a sticky sugar-coated apple into a tasty mocktail. The homemade caramel sauce takes a little more time than store-bought, but the end result is worth the effort.
All of the food at Hogwarts seems to be perfect for fall. Butterbeer, which is a non-alcoholic butterscotch drink, is the pinnacle of Harry Potter food.
You can only buy J.K. Rowling’s approved Butterbeer drink at a few places around the world, including the Warner Bros Studio Tour in London and the Wizarding World of Harry Potter inside Universal Studios in Florida and California.
There are tons of recipes out there attempting to recreate the official stuff, so every one is going to taste a little different.
Harry Potter Cauldron Mug
Sure you can drink your butterbeer out of a regular mug but why would you when cauldron mugs exist?
This recipe, however, tastes remarkably similar to the carbonated beverage you can find in the theme parks. For a themed experience, you can even drink it out of these spooky Harry Potter cauldron mugs.
Lemonade and limeade are standard summer drinks. Adding rosemary gives with refreshing drink a fall makeover by toning down the bright citrus flavor—it’s perfect for those days that feel like fall but have a little summer heat to them.
Also, rosemary is a member of the mint family and has been used traditionally to help alleviate muscle pain, improve memory, boost the immune system, and improve digestion. Not bad for a fresh herb!
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This recipe uses a homemade rosemary simple syrup to sweeten and flavor the drink. Simple syrup is made by boiling granulated sugar, water, and flavoring (in this case fresh rosemary) until the sugar dissolves. This is a great way to extract flavor from herbs before adding them to drinks. You can strain your rosemary simple syrup through one of these steel mesh strainers that will catch every herb leaf.
Looking for your go-to punch recipe this fall? It’s simple, refreshing, and delicious. It only calls for three ingredients, all of which can be purchased at the grocery store.
If you want the drink’s flavor to be stronger, substitute spiced apple cider for the regular and use ginger beer instead of ginger ale.
The drink is tasty at room temperature but best served chilled over ice. Apple slices on top are optional but recommended.
The Cosmopolitan is traditionally made with vodka, triple sec, cranberry juice, and lime juice. It became wildly popular after being featured in the HBO show “Sex and the City” in the 1990s. Although the true drink isn’t virgin, this mocktail tastes pretty close to the original.
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Cosmos, alcoholic or not, call for proper martini glasses.
Because this drink doesn’t contain any carbonation, you can make it ahead of time and store it in your refrigerator for up to a week. And don’t forget to sugar the rim of your martini glasses!
Sangrias are mixed alcoholic drinks hailing from Spain and Portugal. They are typically made with red wine and fruit. This recipe keeps all the rich, fruity notes but omits the alcohol. The result is a tasty drink full of flavor and perfect for fall.
The fresh orange slices paired with the cranberry juice, in particular, gives this drink a great autumn flavor.
Add sparkling mineral water at the end if you want a drink that is on the tart side or lemon-lime soda if you want it sweet. You’ll be doing a lot of chopping for this recipe so if you’re in the mood to upgrade your cutting board now’s the time!
These non-alcoholic fall drinks are perfect for fancy parties, children’s gatherings, or anything in between. Whether you’re sipping on these chilled concoctions or something warmer, autumn flavors work wonderfully well in drinks.