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8 Cocktails to Make You Fall in Love with Fall

Updated October 16, 2021. Published September 22, 2018.

Today is officially the first day of fall and what better way to ring in a new season than with festive seasonal cocktails!

There’s something here for everyone, from easy, three ingredient drinks to classic cocktails reimagined. Find drinks made with apples, pears, ginger and honey and spirits ranging from rye whiskey to Chilean pisco.

Looking for a hot drink? Try my Turmeric Chai Hot Buttered Rum

Want an easy to batch recipe for Thanksgiving or friendsgiving celebrations? My Cranberry Campari Spritz is the perfect bittersweet aperitivo. Try Cranberry Mimosas for an even easier festive cocktail that’s just as good with breakfast as it is with hors d’oeuvers!

a pale yellow cocktail in a tall coupe glass with a rose garnish made from green apple slices.

First Frost

This complex blend of fruit and herb flavors highlights the unique flavor of green Chartreuse. If you’re looking for a fall cocktail that’s a bit more grown up than cider spiked with cinnamon whiskey, the First Frost is for you.

This smooth, herbal cocktail is made with a blend of white rum, Chartreuse, dry vermouth, lime juice, and (easy!) homemade apple cinnamon syrup.

a yellow drink in a rocks glass garnished with a lemon twist and a fan of green apple slices.

Bitter Apple Negroni

The classic Negroni is a great choice any time of year, but this autumn-inspired riff brings the flavors of fall into bittersweet harmony. Each ingredient of the classic drink is swapped for a similar, but slightly softer, fall-forward flavor profile.

The result is a less bitter, but still very flavorful stirred cocktail. To make the Bitter Apple Negroni, you’ll need Laird’s Applejack (or another apple brandy), the bitter liqueur Suze, Cocchi Americano, and homemade apple cinnamon syrup.

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Pear Ginger Pisco Sour

The Pisco Sour is another classic cocktail that’s wonderful year round, but this one amps up the fall flavors with fresh Bartlett pear and an easy ginger honey syrup. Pisco is an unaged grape brandy made in the countries of Peru and Chile with a clean, crisp, mildly fruity flavor.

This blend of juicy, ripe pear, fresh lime, and spicy ginger make this fall cocktail fun to sip on all season long. The Pear Ginger Pisco Sour is made with Catan Pisco, muddled Bartlett pear, lime juice, and ginger honey syrup.

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This classic cocktail was made for falling leaves and sweater weather. The Toronto can be thought of as a rye and Fernet Old Fashioned. It’s a simple blend of whiskey, simple syrup, bitters, and a splash of the potent, bitter liqueur Fernet Branca.

Fernet adds complexity, depth, and flavors of herbs and spice without overpowering the whiskey. If you enjoy classic spirit-forward cocktails like the Manhattan, the Toronto is for you. 

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Calvados Jack Rose

The Jack Rose is a classic, three ingredient cocktail featuring applejack or other apple brandies, citrus, and grenadine. This next level riff uses the French apple brandy Calvados for its smooth, refined flavor.

Freshly squeezed lime juice and a quick homemade grenadine are all that’s needed to make this perfectly balanced, seasonal sipper. 

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Classic Rye Manhattan

Few cocktails are as iconic as the classic Manhattan. Made with just three simple ingredients, the Manhattan is an easy to make fall cocktail for any skill level.

Cozy up by a fire with this timeless mix of whiskey, vermouth, and bitters. Make it your own with dashes of autumnal bitters like black walnut or coffee!

two highball glasses filled with an orange drink and blood orange slices.

Blood Orange Turmeric Collins

This cold weather variation on the classic Collins is made with gin, fresh blood orange juice, lemon juice, and turmeric liqueur (or turmeric simple syrup).

The blood orange-forward Italian gin Malfy con Arancia amps up the citrus flavor but this can be made with other gins as well.

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Gold Rush

The Gold Rush is an easy modern classic made with bourbon, honey, and lemon. The sweet, caramel flavor of honey syrup highlights the bourbon’s notes vanilla, nuts and cocoa.

Freshly squeezed lemon juice brightens, balances, and makes the Gold Rush a surprisingly refreshing fall cocktail.

a yellow drink in a rocks glass garnished with a lemon twist and a fan of green apple slices.

Bitter Apple Negroni (And more fall cocktails!)

Amy Traynor
This autumn-inspired riff on the classic Negroni is bursting with crisp apple, bittersweet citrus, and cinnamon spice. If you enjoy a spirit-forward fall cocktail, this Bitter Apple Negroni is for you!
4 from 6 votes
Prep Time 3 minutes
Total Time 3 minutes
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 1 cocktail


  • oz Laird's Applejack
  • 1 oz Cocchi Americano
  • ½ oz Suze
  • ½ oz apple cinnamon syrup (recipe below)


  • Add all ingredients to a mixing glass and fill it 3/4 with ice.
  • Stir until very cold, about 30 times. Strain the liquid into a rocks glass filled with ice (or over one large cube).
  • Garnish with an expressed lemon twist and an apple fan, if desired.


Apple Cinnamon Syrup

  • 1 green apple
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
This apple syrup is easy to whip up, and it’s also easy to make in both small and large batches. For a small batch, add a half cup of water and a half cup of sugar to a small saucepan over medium heat.
Stir frequently until all of the sugar has dissolved, then add one chopped green apple and a cinnamon stick broken into a few pieces. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for about ten minutes, or until the fruit just begins to break down.
Remove the pan from the heat and allow the syrup to cool fully before straining. Use a fine mesh strainer to remove the solids. Store any leftover syrup in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.
Keyword apple cinnamon, applejack, cocchi americano, Negroni
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