7 Apple Cider Cocktails That Were Made for Cozy Nights In

Spiked Cider Cocktails That Will Warm You Up—and Get You Tipsy at the Same Time

7 Apple Cider Cocktails That Were Made for Cozy Nights In

Now that fall is officially underway, we can’t think of anything we’d rather be doing then welcoming the start of cuffing season with an apple cider cocktail (or two) on the couch.

Weekends spent apple picking are great and all, but when you just don’t have the energy for peeling a bushel full of fruit and then getting it—or would rather be cozied up in sweats at home—rest assured you can still get your apple fix.

Related: 7 New Canned Wines That Are More Convenient Than Bottles

These apple cider cocktails can be made with just about any spirit (from tequila, to rye, to rum) and most recipes can even be doubled or tripled, depending on the size of your crew. You know, in case you do decide to venture outside for some bonfire, camping, or tailgating fun this fall. Try them out, pin your faves and cheers to autumnal boozy bevs being back and better than ever.

Warm Apple Pie

When you combine Tennessee Whiskey and apple cider liqueur with the spiced flavors of cinnamon, orange peel and clove, great things are bound to happen.



  1. Squeeze lemon in bottom of mug.
  2. Add tea and Winter Jack.
  3. Stir in maple syrup and top with whipped cream.

Apple Cider Sangria

Sangria definitely doesn’t need to be a summer-only beverage. Infuse the wine-laced Spanish beverage with one of our favorite fall flavors: apples.


  • 2 cups apple cider
  • 1/4 cup Calvados or Applejack
  • mixed apples, cored, diced and tossed with lemon juice to prevent browning
  • 1 bottle sparkling wine


  1. Combine apple cider, Calvados, and chopped apples in a pitcher and chill for at least 1 hour.
  2. Pour into glasses and finish with sparkling wine, making sure each serving has chopped apples.

Spiced Apple Cider Mule

Meet the tequila mule, but make it fall. Apple cider powder and nutmeg take this Moscow Mule variation to the next (cozy) level.


  • 1 ½ oz Tequila Cazadores Reposado
  • 1 tsp spiced apple cider powder
  • 1 lemon wedge
  • top with ginger beer
  • pinch nutmeg
  • mint sprig for garnish


  1. In a mixing glass, combine the first three ingredients with ice, shake and serve over the rocks.
  2. Top with ginger beer and sprinkle nutmeg.
  3. Garnish with lemon and mint.

Sagamore Cider

The perfect mix of sweet and spicy—and ideal for Sunday Funday’ing next to a fire. Another bonus? This recipe is batchable if you’re mixing for a crowd.


  • 4 oz Sagamore Spirit Rye Whiskey
  • 8 oz apple cider
  • 1 oz lime juice
  • 1 oz simple syrup
  • few dashes cinnamon
  • 2-4 cinnamon sticks and apple slices for garnish


  1. Add apple cider, lime juice, simple syrup and cinnamon stick to a small pot.
  2. Bring to a gentle boil for 10 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat, add whiskey and stir to mix.
  4. Strain into your favorite mugs.
  5. Garnish with apple slices, cinnamon sticks and a dash of cinnamon.

Captain Morgan’s Hot Cider

We never met a fall cocktail with cinnamon spice and spiced rum that we didn’t . The Captain’s hot cider included.



  1. Build in glass and heat ingredients.
  2. Stir to combine.
  3. Add garnish and serve in a clear mug.

Apple of My Eye

A fruity, clean and polished malt with a touch of honey and spice, this whiskey-based cocktail pairs well with orange bitters and apple cider—and weekends spent wearing plaid, doing all of the fall things.


  • 1 oz Aberfeldy 12 Year Old
  • ¼ oz simple syrup
  • ¼ oz Ancho Reyes
  • ¼ oz lemon juice
  • 2 dashes Regans Orange Bitters
  • apple cider


  1. Top with apple cider and serve in a collins glass.
  2. Garnish with an orange twist.

Cidralini Recipe

Go beyond basic apple cider this fall with a refreshing Cidralini from Clinton Hall. The locally-loved brewpub combines dry sparkling apple cider, white peach puree, peach and orange blossom water and lemon juice for the perfect bubbly brunch cocktail.


  • 4 oz dry sparkling apple cider
  • 1 oz white peach puree
  • 1/4 oz peach blossom nectar
  • 1 splash of orange blossom water
  • 1 bar spoon of fresh lemon juice


  1. Stir ingredients (except for the cider) in a mixing glass.
  2. Pour into a coupe glass.
  3. Add dry sparkling apple cider.

Source: https://parade.com/912809/kelli_acciardo/spiked-cider-cocktail-recipes/

47 Best Fall Cocktails – Drink Recipes Perfect for Autumn

7 Apple Cider Cocktails That Were Made for Cozy Nights In

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Apple Butter Old Fashioned

Besides enjoying it in this delicious drink, you'll be eating this blogger's homemade apple butter by the spoonful—it's that good. (It would be super tasty when paired with an apple dessert too!)

Get the recipe at Half Baked Harvest.

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Pumpkin Spice White Russian

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Apple Cider Champagne Cocktail

Although there are so many ways to enjoy apple cider this season, mixing it with a bit of bubbly is one of our favorites. Cheers!

Get the recipe at Well Plated by Erin.

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Pumpkin Spice Moscow Mules

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Cinnamon Tequila Sour

Warning: This blogger notes her libation “will leave your taste buds wanting another and another and another.” It's that yummy.

Get the recipe at The Almond Eater.

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Autumn Fig Sangria

Although this blogger used a dry white whine in her sangria, she notes you could also use a fruit-forward red wine. Both would taste delicious.

Get the recipe at Sugar and Cloth.

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Sage-Fig Cocktail

A sage-infused simple syrup makes this rum cocktail unforgettable. You'll be savoring every single sip.

Get the recipe at Burrata and Bubbles.

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Pumpkin Apple Shandy

If you're not a fan of hard liquor, try this beer cocktail that features two of fall's favorite flavors. You could also add a little bourbon to give it a kick!

Get the recipe at Jennifer Meyering.

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Cinnamon Maple Whiskey Sour

Maple syrup offers natural sweetness to this upgraded whiskey sour. A hint of cinnamon ensures this drink isn't too sugary.

Get the recipe at Cookie and Kate.

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Honey Roasted Pear Sparkling Cocktail

Want to make a special drink for the little ones? This blogger gives a mocktail version of her refreshing recipe.

Get the recipe at Cotter Crunch.

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Orange-Thyme Old-Fashioned

An orange-thyme simple syrup adds a hint of sweetness to this classic cocktail.

Get the recipe.

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Cider Sidecar

Use fresh apple cider in this refreshing drink.

Get the recipe.

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Pomegranate-Rum Punch

This fruity concoction is made with hibiscus tea, blood orange juice, and sparkling wine.

Get the recipe.

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Honey Pear Margarita

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Long Island Apple Iced Tea

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Apple Pie Spritzer

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Plum and Thyme Prosecco Smash

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Bourbon and Spiced Pear Cocktail

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Spiced Pear Gin Fizz

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Pumpkin White Russian

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Apple Cider Hot Toddy Cocktail

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Apple Cranberry Moscow Mule

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Kahlua Pumpkin Scotchie

This dreamy pumpkin and butterscotch drink will make your tastebuds sing.

Get the recipe at Garnish with Lemon.

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Spiced Cider Margaritas

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Pumpkin Pie Shooters

We didn't think we could love mini Mason jars any more… until we found this recipe that fills them with the most delicious boozy pumpkin drink.

Get the recipe at A Night Owl.

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Apple Cider Mimosas

You'll never want to drink apple cider alone again after discovering how tasty it is combined with bubbly champagne.

Get the recipe at The Cookie Rookie.

Source: https://www.countryliving.com/food-drinks/g2603/fall-cocktail-recipes/

20 Cozy Apple Cider Drinks to Make This Fall

7 Apple Cider Cocktails That Were Made for Cozy Nights In

  • Diana RattrayKids will love this delicious salted caramel apple punch. Tantalizingly sweet and bubbly, the recipe mixes cider and orange juice with ginger ale. The real treat comes in the form of a salted caramel syrup that you can also use to rim each glass.
  • The Spruce Eats / Anfisa StrizhUse a chai spice mix to give your cider a new twist. This warming cup may be even more inviting with its complex flavor and all you have to add is ginger, cardamom, and vanilla, along with a small amount of black tea. If you , use almond milk as a creamer for a dairy-free drink.
  • The SpruceHard cider is the alcoholic version of regular apple cider and it's a fabulous ingredient for mixed drinks and punches. In this sangria, it's paired with white wine, cinnamon, and even more apples—both fresh and juiced. It's a fabulous way to enjoy the essential summer punch with an autumn twist.
  • Just two ingredients are required for this sippable apple pie, a boozy toddy- drink that's perfect for a night by the fire. The recipe features Tuaca, a vanilla and citrus liqueur that pairs perfectly with cider. Make it extra indulgent with whipped cream and cinnamon, just its namesake dessert.Continue to 5 of 20 below.
  • James And James / Stockbyte / Getty ImagesThe apple pie martini is another favorite drink among home bartenders. Vanilla liqueur, cider, ground cinnamon, and lime make it a vodka drink that's both easy and impressive.
  • Leah MaroneyThis autumn-worthy sangria is a serious crowd-pleaser. Inside the sparkling punch, you'll find caramel-flavored vodka, ginger liqueur, bubbly white wine, and apple cider. Serve it alongside seasonal treats pumpkin spice scones and you'll have an unforgettable party.
  • Elena Veselova / Moment / Getty ImagesUse your crock pot to make a hot apple cider that's perfect for a party or holiday family gathering. The recipe mixes essential cider spices with brown sugar, allspice, and clove-studded oranges. Let the flavors meld and heat for a couple hours, then keep it warm and have guests help themselves.
  • The Spruce / Zorica LakonicHot apple cider is a favorite drink for many and this four-ingredient recipe is one you'll come back to every year. ​It's nonalcoholic, so anyone can enjoy it and it warms up quickly, filling your home with the cozy aroma of cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg.Continue to 9 of 20 below.
  • When cold winds blow, the hot toddy becomes a drink many people turn to. For something a little different, switch out the tea for cider and add honey and whiskey or apple brandy.
  •  zi3000/Getty ImagesYour cold-weather party is sure to be a hit with the Hot Gold! The spiked warm punch pairs cider with dark rum and Goldschäger, the cinnamon schnapps infused with gold flakes. It's also spiced and can be made on the stove or in your slow cooker.
  • Paul Johnson/E+/Getty Images You can make this wassail with or without rum, so it can also be a nice nonalcoholic punch if you have young partygoers. Cranberry juice makes an appearance in the recipe, along with all the usual spices. Warm and inviting, it's ideal when you have guests over for the holidays.
  • David Roth/Photolibrary/Getty ImagesWhiskey is the star of this comforting punch. The Steelers Cider is perfect for tailgating or watching a game at home. Cider, cloves, lemon, allspice, and cinnamon act as the ideal complement for a great bourbon and the cups are sure to keep everyone nice and warm.Continue to 13 of 20 below.
  • Start the season off with an apple cider martini. This simple, yet elegant cocktail pairs top-shelf vodka with apple cider, ginger liqueur, and a splash of velvet falernum for a complex flavor you'll love.
  • S&C Design StudiosIf you prefer tequila, this is the cocktail for you! This sweet drink is ideal for dessert—it's simply too hard to resist the combination of butterscotch schnapps and apple cider. Mix up a round for friends who stop by or use it to celebrate any special occasion.
  • S&C Design StudiosTransform your Moscow mule into an autumn delight with the apple cinnamon mule recipe. Adding apple cider makes a world of difference and it gets a new life when paired with your favorite ginger beer.
  • The Spruce Eats / Katarina ZunicPumpkin pie vodka and apple cider combine with club soda for the ultimate Thanksgiving sipper. As you might expect, the cider is designed to go with a holiday feast, though it's a great choice for any fall or winter event.Continue to 17 of 20 below.
  • S&C Design StudiosA must-have cocktail for autumn, the Chimayó is a favorite in New Mexico during the apple harvest. This tequila recipe is best with unfiltered apple cider, which brings out the sweet fruitiness of crème de cassis.
  • Tullamore Dew Irish WhiskeyIrish whiskey and hard cider are a perfect match in the Tully 10. It's a little more interesting than pouring those two ingredients, though. You'll also muddle mint, which gives it a julep-y feel.
  • ekash / Getty ImagesSnakebites typically consist of Yukon Jack, beer, and cider, but this recipe takes that trio to the next level by adding fresh raspberry juice to the mix. It's fabulous with a rich vanilla porter.
  • Angry OrchardBacon lovers simply have to try this drink. The Bacon Me Angry begins with a DIY bacon-infused vodka, maple syrup, and bitters. It's then topped off with hard cider to create a drink un any other.

Source: https://www.thespruceeats.com/fall-apple-cider-recipes-4175286

32 Best Fall Cocktails – Easy Fall Cocktail Recipes

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Pumpkin Pie Mimosa

Sip this at any autumn brunch, or stir some up for the crowd on Thanksgiving morning. Just make sure to get the turkey in the oven first!


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Hot Buttered Rum

Warm up after the Friday night football game with this combination of brown sugar, butter and rum in a mug. Trust us: It’s exactly what you need on a chilly fall evening.


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Cranberry Orange Margarita

Love a margarita but crave fall flavors? This drink combines the tartness of cranberries with the sweetness of oranges for a cocktail that’s equally suited for small bites or a hearty autumn dinner.


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Candy Corn Cocktail

This adorable layered drink is almost too cute to drink! It looks exactly your favorite autumn candy, and you can omit the alcohol for kiddie events.


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Pumpkin Pie Martini

Kick off sweater weather season with this pretty vodka martini that tastes pumpkin pie in a glass.


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Ginger Pear Bourbon Cocktail

Homemade ginger-honey simple syrup enhances the flavor profile of this delicious drink; we think the leftover syrup would be divine over vanilla ice cream, too!


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Spiced Blood Orange Champagne Punch

Make this drink the next star of your Sunday brunch lineup. With fresh blood orange juice, white wine and dry champagne, it’s an elegant cocktail for any autumn occasion.


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Bourbon Maple Chai Punch

Reward yourself after a hard day apple-picking and hay riding with this boozy punch. Use a vintage bowl to show off its pretty color.


1 1⁄2 cups fresh lemon juice2 cups strong chai tea, brewed2 cups apple cider1 1⁄2 cups maple syrup4 dashes orange bitters

3 cups Maker's Mark® Bourbon
2 cups dry hard cider

4 cups sparkling water

Apple slices, lemon slices, and cinnamon sticks for garnish


Combine lemon juice, maple syrup, chai tea, apple and hard apple ciders, bitters, and bourbon in a large punch bowl. Immediately before serving, add a few generous scoops of ice and top with sparkling water.

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Boozy Apple Cider

This unique combination of apple cider, carrot juice and absinthe is the perfect starter for an autumn dinner party.


1 .25 oz. Johnnie Walker Red
1 oz. Unfiltered apple cider.5 oz. Fresh carrot juice.5 oz. Sage/Ginger syrup.2 oz. Absinthe.25 oz. Apple cider vinegar

Crushed ice


Build all ingredients into a rocks glass over ice.

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Fig Bourbon Cider Smash

Apple cider and fig preserves showcase the season’s best flavors. The secret ingredient (balsamic vinegar!) takes it to the next level.


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Cinnamon and Sugar Margarita

Margaritas aren't just for poolside parties. This one has a decidedly autumn feel that's just right for cooler temperatures.


1 part Tres Agaves Blanco Tequila4 parts apple cider ½ parts triple sec Splash of lime juice

Sprinkle of sugar and cinnamon


Combine Tequila, apple cider, triple sec and lime juice in a shaker with ice. Shake well and pour into glass. Sprinkle a touch of cinnamon.

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Spicy Tequila Old Fashioned

Light and refreshing, this drink works well with small bites or a charcuterie board.


2 oz. Ghost Tequila1 oz. Simple syrup3 Dashes of orange bitters

2 Dashes of chocolate bitters


Serve on a large ice cube with an orange twist.

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Apple Butter Old Fashioned

This classic drink gets an update with apple butter, cider, and ginger beer, which captures all the flavors that make fall appealing.


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NOLET’S Silver Pumpkin Flip

If you prefer drier drinks with just a hint of sweet, this gin cocktail hits the right note.


1.25 oz. NOLET’S Silver Dry Gin

1 oz. Pumpkin Puree

1 Whole Egg

.5 oz. Maple Syrup

1 Bar Spoon Sugar


Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass. Dry shake until emulsified (about one minute). Add ice and shake again, vigorously. Double strain into a martini glass. Dust the top with nutmeg to garnish.

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Spicy Pear Martini

It’s super easy to infuse your own vodka for this lovely drink. Simple and elegant with only three ingredients, you’ll serve this one over and over again this autumn.


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Autumnal Old Fashioned

Even if you love your single malt neat, you just may change your mind when you sip this cinnamon-y, pumpkin-y libation.


1.5 oz The Singleton of Glendullan 12 Year Old.5 oz Fresh Lemon Juice1 oz Apple cider.25 oz Cinnamon syrup

1 bar spoon Pumpkin butter


Add all ingredients into a shaker. Add ice and shake until chilled

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Halloween Vampire Cocktail

This vodka and amaretto-based drink is made even more appealing (especially to the undead!) by using a syringe filled with sweet raspberry puree to add the finishing touch.


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Pom & Mary Coupe Cocktail

Pomegranate, muddled rosemary and elderflower liqueur give an herbal edge to this lovely gin tipple. Serve it in a vintage coupe glass for maximum glamour.


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Apple Pie Cocktail Pitcher

This drink uses apple juice instead of cider to keep it clear and amber, so serve it in your prettiest glasses to show off its autumn hue.


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Fall Fizz

This pomegranate and pear juice rum drink goes down ever so easily. It's pretty enough for elegant dinner parties but so simple you can serve it on game night.


1.5 oz Captain Morgan White Rum5 oz Pomegranate juice0.5 oz Fresh lime juice2 oz Pear Juice

Ginger ale


In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, add rum, pomegranate juice, lime juice, and pear juice. Shake and strain into a highball glass filled with ice. Top with ginger ale. Garnish with pear slices and pomegranate seeds.

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Spiced Pumpkin Punch

This rum- and vodka-spiked punch tastes everything you love about fall. Plus, it’s scrumptious without any alcohol.


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A little rosemary and worm salt or chili powder give this drink a nice kick to warm you up on the chilliest evenings.


1½ oz. of Mezcal Unión Joven
Dash of lime juiceHibiscus waterRosemary leaves

Chili powder


Frost a glass rim with worm salt or chili powder. Pour Mezcal Unión Joven and the lime juice dash. Add the hibiscus water. Mix with a bar spoon. Garnish with rosemary leaves.

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Ginger Stone Wall

Ginger beer and apple cider make this bourbon cocktail a perfect autumn delight. It’s ideal for both elegant autumn dinner parties or pizza night.


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Apple Pie Plankers

Cuteness rules with these gelatin shooters. Give them plenty of time to freeze, then top with whipped cream right before serving.


6 oz. Captain Morgan Original Spiced Rum20 oz. unsweetened apple juice3 T. (about 3 packages) of unflavored gelatin powder3/4 c. sugar3/4 t. ground cinnamon, plus more for garnish

Whipped cream for garnish


Pour apple juice in saucepan, sprinkle gelatin evenly over top, and let it sit for two minutes. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium heat, making sure gelatin is dissolved.

Stir in sugar and cinnamon until dissolved. Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature. Stir in rum and pour mixture into shot molds.

Freeze for at least four hours, then top each shot with whipped cream and cinnamon.

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Apple Cider Sangria

This drink includes tart apples, sweet apples, cranberries, cider, and a combination of spirits (plus white wine!) for a fantastic autumnal version of the classic.


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Blood Orange Mojito

You don’t have to wait until next summer for your favorite citrus and minty libation. This zingy blood orange version will convince you that mojitos aren’t just for hot and humid days.


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Pumpkin Moscow Mule

Three ingredients make this Moscow mule quick and easy. Mix it up for game day or for a rainy fall Saturday when you’re binge-watching your favorite show.


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Crown Royal Billion Dollar Apple

This gorgeous ruby red drink blends your favorite fall flavors. It's prettiest in a coupe glass.


0.75oz Crown Royal Regal Apple
0.75oz Crown Royal XO
1.0oz Sweet Vermouth0.5oz Fresh Lemon Juice0.5oz Cranberry Juice0.5oz Grenadine

3 Dark Red Maraschino Cherries


Add all ingredients to a shaker filled with ice. Shake very hard then double strain into a coupe glass. Garnish with maraschino cherries on a cocktail pick.

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Caramel Appletini

A hint of sour on top of sweet makes this vodka-based martini a keeper. Don’t forget the caramel candy garnish!


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Baileys Cinnamon Toast Punch

Snuggle up in bed on a Sunday morning with this creamy drink. Or serve it to warm up after the hayride.


2 oz. Baileys Pumpkin Spice1/2 oz. Cinnamon SyrupHot Apple Cider to Top

Orange Wedge and Cloves for Garnish


Combine Baileys Pumpkin Spice and cinnamon syrup into a cocktail shaker. Shake well. Strain contents into a coffee mug and top with hot apple cider. Garnish with orange wedge and cloves.

Source: https://www.oprahmag.com/life/food/g28099287/fall-cocktails/

7 Holiday Pitcher Cocktails Sure to Impress (& Warm Up) Your Guests

7 Apple Cider Cocktails That Were Made for Cozy Nights In

There are cocktails you have to mix/shake one or two at a time – which are fine for smaller gatherings, but become burdensome when serving larger groups. Pitcher cocktails are the answer, because you can mix them up to a day in advance and let your guests serve themselves.

Host Tip: When offering pitcher cocktails, make one that’s on the sweet side (vodka, rum), one that’s spirit-forward (gin, bourbon, whiskey, brandy), and include a mocktail – which will cover almost everyone’s preferences.

Cozy Cocktails

“I wanted something simple to whip up while spending time with the family. A little research and I came across hot buttered rum, which was nothing I’d ever tasted.

Butter, booze, and sugar, yes please! But I also wanted to make the drink a little more interesting. My step-mom suggested using up some of the mandarins and the pomegranate juice she had in the fridge.

Both were perfect additions to the spiced hot buttered rum!” – Michelle Ferrand, Cup of Zest

For cold winter nights, there’s nothing quite so cozy as hot buttered rum. Cup of Zest blogger Michelle Ferrand suggests making a big batch in advance and serving hot in an insulated pitcher/thermos, “so you don’t need to take up precious room on the stove top.”


  • 8 oz dark rum
  • 4 Tb unsalted high quality butter (Kerry Gold is Michelle’s favorite)
  • 1 ½ cups water
  • ½ cup packed dark brown sugar
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/8th tsp ground clove
  • 1/8th tsp kosher salt


  • Pomegranate juice and pomegranate arils (seeds)
  • Zest and juice from mandarin oranges


  1. Evenly distribute the rum and butter between four 8-ounce mugs.
  2. Place the water, sugar and spices in a small pot and bring to a boil, whisking occasionally to dissolve the sugar.
  3. Evenly distribute that boiling, sweet and spiced water between the mugs and stir well to melt the butter.
  4. Drink it piping hot

For the optional pomegranate and mandarin extras

If you want to add in either (or a combo of both) of these awesome additions, make sure the juice is super hot. You want to make sure you keep your drink piping hot while drinking it, and cold juice will drastically reduce its temp. The butter will solidify (ew!) if the drink gets cold!

  • Add in 2 tablespoons of pomegranate juice in each cup along with some arils for garnish.
  • Add in the zest and juice of one mandarin orange in each cup.

Spiked Peppermint Bark Chocolate from HelloFresh

“The hustle-bustle of the holiday season is upon us, and that means festive celebrations are merrily in store. There are a few must-haves at a holiday party, starting with irresistible cocktails!” – Claudia Sidoti, Head Chef, Hello Fresh

Peppermint bark is one of my all-time favorite wintertime sweets, and I love the idea of making into a drink with bourbon! The best part is: You can easily make this into a ‘mocktail’ by just making a version without booze – always important to make sure everyone at the party feels included.


  • 12 oz bourbon
  • 6 oz peppermint schnapps
  • 12 packets of your favorite hot chocolate
  • 12 oz chocolate chips (melted)
  • Whipped cream & crushed peppermint candies to serve


  1. Dip the rims of your serving cups in the melted chocolate
  2. Mix hot chocolate according to package directions
  3. Add peppermint schnapps and bourbon
  4. Pour into cups and top with whipped cream sprinkled with crushed peppermint!

Cold Cocktails

“We host a cocktail party once a month during the summer, so when it’s the holidays, we’re often asked to ‘bring a little something boozy’ to our friends’ parties. This is one of our holiday go-to’s. The Lion’s Tail is Christmas in a coupe.” – Lauren Van Mullem

The cinnamon, nutmeg and clove flavor profile of this classic cocktail makes it holiday-ready. Allspice dram is the secret ingredient that makes the magic happen, and it can be hard to find, so you may want to order it online in advance.

Note: The original Lion’s Tail isn’t a pitcher cocktail, so to get the proportions right (just as if you were shaking each one with ice), Lauren says it’s okay to put a few ice cubes in your serving pitcher to dilute it just a bit, if needed. Don’t forget to keep that pitcher cold using a champagne bucket with ice.

Each poured cocktail should be just over 3oz., best served in a coupe glass. This recipe makes 12 servings.


  • 3 cups Bourbon
  • 6oz Allspice Dram
  • 6oz lime juice
  • 3oz simple syrup (or to taste)
  • 12 dashes Angostura bitters


  1. Combine in a large pitcher and stir (adding a few ice cubes if it’s too strong). Get your coupes ready for guests to self-serve. No garnish required.

Maple Cardamom Eggnog from runamokmaple.com

No holiday cocktail post is complete without an Eggnog recipe, and this one from Runamokmaple is several steps above the average (and a flight of stairs above what you’ll find at the grocery store.

“This is the real-deal eggnog made from scratch, with the updated addition of Cardamom Infused Maple Syrup instead of plain old sugar.  The maple syrup adds a caramel note and the cardamom compliments the bourbon beautifully.

Remember Heat Miser and Freeze Miser from ‘Santa Claus is Coming to Town’?  There is no doubt in my mind that this would be their holiday drink, so make a batch and invite some friends over to watch together.

” – Laura Sorkin, Co-founder of Runamok Maple

Maple Cardamom Eggnog

Serves 2


  • 2 egg yolks
  • 4 Tbsp Runamok Maple’s Cardamom Infused Maple Syrup (RunamokMaple.com)
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 oz bourbon
  • 1 oz brandy
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • Freshly grated nutmeg


  1. Put egg yolks in a bowl with maple syrup and whisk.  
  2. Heat half the milk on the stove to just a simmer.
  3. Add heated milk slowly to egg mixture.  
  4. Return to stove and bring to just 160 degrees, making sure not to boil.  
  5. Remove and cool.
  6. Add remaining milk, bourbon and brandy and chill.
  7. When ready to serve, whip the cream and gently fold in.  
  8. Pour into cups and serve with freshly grated nutmeg on top.  

The French Mistletoe – from Chef Craig Bell, owner of Reclaimed Bar & Restaurant in Chicago

This take on a French 75 (made with gin, Champagne, lemon juice and simple syrup) isn’t strictly a pitcher drink, but you can easily multiply the proportions for the number of guests you have. Just remember to wait until the last minute to top the drinks off with sparkling wine so the bubbles don’t flatten!

“When thinking about a holiday cocktail for your home party, look for subtle flavors that balance acidity with touch of sweetness, since your guests will also be having small bites with their cocktails.

Steer clear of the cinnamon and nutmeg because while they are great, they can be a little overpowering when pairing with food. I recently paired the French Mistletoe with herb and stone ground mustard encrusted Lamb Chops.

 The richness of the chops was cut by the mustard glaze and the herbs carried over to the French Mistletoe and its cherry finish rounded things off.” – Chef Craig Bell, Reclaimed Bar & Restaurant

Ingredients for 1 serving (multiply for a pitcher and add sparkling wine to each tumbler)

  • 1.5 oz tequila or gin
  • .5 oz Amarena cherry syrup
  • .25 oz lime juice
  • .25 oz grenadine


  1. If making single servings, put above ingredients in a shaker with ice.
  2. Shake and strain into a 10oz tumbler glass with ice.
  3. Top off with Champagne or Prosecco.
  4. Garnish with lime.

Apple Cider Sangria by Jennifer Shreckengost of Wanderlust and Wellness

“For holiday entertaining, I always to have a pitcher cocktail. They can be made ahead of time and then pulled out right as your guests arrive.” – Jennifer Shreckengost

There’s nothing Sangria for effortless hosting. It’s beautiful, the garnishes are automatic, and everyone loves it. This Sangria uses a bottle of Pinot Grigio, or any bottle of semi-sweet white wine – and the flavor only improves the longer you let it sit.


  • 1 bottle semi-sweet white wine (Pinot Grigio is ideal)
  • 2 cups apple cider
  • 1 cup club soda or sparkling water
  • 1/4th cup pure maple syrup
  • ½ red apple, sliced
  • ½ red pear, sliced
  • ½ green pear, sliced
  • 4 cinnamon sticks


  1. Combine all ingredients in a punch bowl and let sit for at least 30 minutes to let the flavors meld.
  2. Let guests serve themselves (don’t forget the ladle!)

Wintery Mocktails

No cocktail party is complete without a really good mocktail – not just fruit juice or soda! Wassail, a hot mulled cider, has a long history dating back to Medieval times. It’s delicious on its own, but you can also give guests the option of making it boozy by adding rum!

My favorite part about this cocktail is that once you make the Wassail mix, you can store it up to 4 weeks in the fridge. It’s the perfect pitcher cocktail to wow guests, when you are or are NOT expecting them!


  • 6oz Wassail Mix (recipe to follow*)
  • 2.5 oz Montanya Oro rum (optional)
  • 2 drops Rum Citrus bitters per 6.5oz serving  (optional)


  1. Stir together and serve in an Irish Coffee glass or mug with an orange twist.

*Wassail Mix

  • Mull the following ingredients in a pot
  • ½ gallon organic apple cider
  • 32 oz Cranberry juice
  • 1 orange, stuffed with 5 cloves
  • 2 tsp cloves
  • 2 tsp allspice
  • 7 whole cinnamon sticks


  1. In a pot, bring all ingredients to a low boil, stirring occasionally.
  2. Simmer for a bit.
  3. Strain and transfer liquid to a glass jar for storage.
  4. Store up to 30 days in the refrigerator!

Source: https://tastersclub.com/blog/7-holiday-pitcher-cocktails-sure-to-impress-your-guests-and-some-of-these-drinks-can-warm-you-up-for-the-winter/