16 Fall Cocktails to Try This Season

Far from the Tree
Photo: Christopher Testani

Apples. Cranberries. Figs. Pears. These seasonal ingredients aren't just perfect in fall dishes, but drinks and cocktails as well. And in this roundup, we've gathered some of our favorites—think punches with layers of apple flavor, a smoky mezcal-fig sour, and a hard cider sangria. Need something warming to combat the chilly weather? We've got hot toddies and hot mulled cider for that, too. Read on for even more fall cocktails and drinks to enjoy this season.

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Hard Cider Sangria

Fresh Fall Cocktails
Christina Holmes

Instead of wine, this juicy sangria is made with hard cider spiked with lemon juice and apple brandy.

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Stone Wall

Stone Wall
Frances Janisch

This updated version of a Stone Wall mixes rum with ginger beer and apple cider for a refreshing cocktail.

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Hot Mulled Cider

Hot Mulled Cider
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Ken Oringer preheats the Thermos he uses to transport his deliciously spiced cider by filling it with boiling water and letting it sit for a few minutes. Pouring the mulled cider into a Thermos that's already warm helps keep the drink hot.

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Apple-Brandy Hot Toddies

Apple-Brandy Hot Toddies
© Rob Howard

A hot toddy is basically a shot or two of any potent spirit added to a cup of hot water. Bartender Suzanne Bozarth puts a French spin on this warming drink with a slug of apple brandy, such as Calvados.

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Figa

Figa
© Wendell T. Webber

Charlie Hodge's fall-inspired cocktail uses fig-infused vodka and tea, giving this delicious drink an earthy and fragrant taste.

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Cranberry-Spice Cocktail

Cranberry-Spice Cocktail

Fall flavors are created with the combination of tart cranberries, earthy bitters, and Aperol.

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Rosé Sangria with Cranberries and Apples

Rosé Sangria with Cranberries and Apples
© Petrina Tinslay

This strong but not overly sweet sangria is nicely spiced with cinnamon, anise, and cloves, and it has just enough crushed red pepper to give it a tiny kick.

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Gaelic Punch

Gaelic Punch
© Tina Rupp

For hot punches, young Irish whiskeys work best. Heat intensifies the tannic edge of older whiskeys; young ones stay smooth.

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Bacchanalian

Bacchanalian

Chris Hannah loves serving this drink in the fall and winter--especially during Mardi Gras and the carnival season in New Orleans (January to March).

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Figmata

Figmata
Justin Walker

Chicago cocktail innovator Nandini Khaund designed this cocktail to be the perfect autumn drink. Notes of fig, honey and incense keep it refreshing and drinkable in a surprisingly low-alcohol sipper.

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Far from the Tree

Far from the Tree
Christopher Testani

Brooklyn bartender Ivy Mix, the award-winning co-owner of Leyenda in Brooklyn, shares this cardamom-scented holiday punch. Layers of apple flavor (from cold-pressed juice, apple brandy, hard cider, and fresh apple slices) give the not-too-boozy punch an autumnal feel.

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Concord Grape Gin Fizz

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This vibrant purple cocktail—made with Concord grapes, gin, port, and lemon—is frothy, fruity and refreshing.

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Smoky Mezcal-Fig Sour

Smoky Mezcal-Fig Sour Recipe
Victor Protasio

The spicy-sweet fig-ginger syrup rounds out the smoky mezcal and bright lemon juice in this cocktail. This drink is barely sweet, allowing the autumnal mezcal to shine.

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Earl Grey–Aquavit Spritz

Earl Grey-Aquavit Spritz
Victor Protasio

Honey simple syrup is even easier to prepare than standard simple syrup; just vigorously stir together honey and water until well combined. The mellow, floral sweetness of the honey syrup pairs perfectly a touch of lemon in this tea-infused cocktail.

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Mott & Mulberry

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Leo Robitschek uses fresh apple cider and maple syrup in his perfect cold-weather cocktail.

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Frenched Hot Chocolate

Frenched Hot Chocolate
© David Malosh

"Chartreuse and chocolate is among the world's most underrated combinations," says Bobby Heugel. He melds the two ingredients in this boozy, rich hot chocolate.

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