8 Fall Cocktails to Make When It Starts Cooling Down


Since cooler temps mean more time spent indoors, here are eight fall cocktails to cozy up with that are infused with the best of autumn ingredients, from orchard apples to maple syrup. Now get thee to the kitchen and start shaking one up.

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1 Poached Pear Maple Cocktail

An icy maple drink that'll make you feel like you're kicking back in Canada.


3 Perfect Spoonfuls of David's Poached Pear tea

2 cups Water

3 tblsp. Maple Syrup


Lemon Juice


Slices of Pear, for garnish

Bitters (optional)


Steep tea for 7 minutes and strain into a small bowl. Stir in maple syrup until fully dissolved. Chill in the refrigerator for at least 15 minutes. Fill glasses 2/3 full with ice. Add 4 oz. chilled tea, 1.5 oz. vodka, ¼ tsp. lemon juice and a dash of bitters. Garnish with pear slices and serve.

2 Singapore Sling Slush

It's not too cold to enjoy this slushy cherry drink.


1/2 cup White Sugar

4 cups Water

1/2 cup Grenadine Syrup

1/2 cup Cherry Juice

1/2 cup Lemon Juice

1/2 cup Cherry Brandy Liqueur

2 cups Gin

2 1/2 cups Pineapple Juice

1 can Frozen Pink Lemonade Concentrate, frozen

2 (2 liter) bottles Lime Flavored Carbonated Beverage


Dissolve the sugar in the water in a gallon-sized, freezer-safe container. Stir in the grenadine, cherry juice, lemon juice, cherry brandy, gin, pineapple juice, and lemonade concentrate. Freeze for 24 hours, stirring at least twice during this time. To serve, place 1/4 cup of the slush in a a glass, and top with lemon-lime soda.

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3 Joe Sheridan's Irish Coffee

A warm and creamy coffee drink to make when cold-brew-on-ice season is over.


1/4 cup Chilled Heavy Cream

2 tsp. Sugar

1 1/2 oz. (3 tblsp.) Irish Whiskey

3/4 cup Hot Strong Coffee


Whip heavy cream with sugar until it just holds stiff peaks. Pour Irish whiskey into a mug or Irish coffee glass and add enough of the coffee to fill it three-fourths full. Spoon whipped cream on top.

4 Tito's Caramel Apple Cocktail

Mmmmm, a caramel apple in drink form.


1.5 oz. Caramel Infused Tito's Handmade Vodka (see recipe)

0.25 oz. Real Maple Syrup (don't use the fake pancake stuff please)

0.5 oz. Cranberry Juice Cocktail

0.75 oz. Spiced or Mulled Apple Cider (we recommend mulling your own cider, but if you are short on time, grab a jar or jug of pre-made spiced cider)


Combine all ingredients in a shaker glass, fill with ice, shake, and serve in a rocks glass with the bruised ice. Garnish with a dried apple wheel (see recipe), or a fresh apple wheel if you don't want to spend time dehydrating apples. For a punch bowl, add the vodka and maple syrup first, stir to dissolve the maple syrup, then add the other ingredients. Add ice last.

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5 Sparkling Cherry Rosé Sangria

A seasonal sangria made with your favorite rosé. What's not to like?


1/2 cup Sugar
1/2 cup Water
2 cups Cherries, pitted
1 bottle Dry Rosé Wine (E. Guigal or another dry rosé), chilled
1/2 cup brandy
1/4 cup Cherry Herring (or other cherry liqueur, see Recipe Note)
6 dashes Cherry Bitters
1 liter Club Soda, chilled
Whole Cherries, pitted, for garnish


Bring the sugar and water to a simmer in a small saucepan, and stir just until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat. In a pitcher, pour the syrup over the pitted cherries and let stand 5 minutes. Add wine, brandy, and bitters and stir to evenly combine. Chill, covered, for at least an hour or, ideally, overnight. When ready to serve, add club soda and pour into ice-filled glasses.

6 Figtini

A fruity twist on your classic martini.


2 1/2 oz. Fig Infused Tito's Handmade Vodka (see recipe)

1/4 oz. Dry Vermouth


in a non-reactive vessel (glass, ceramic, or hard plastic) combine the dried figs with the bottle of Tito's. Cover and let infuse for at least 48 hours, then take out the drunken figs. Don't throw out the infused figs! They're great for snacks. If the fig flavor is too strong for your taste, simply add more vodka to soften the fig flavor. Shake with the vermouth in a cocktail shaker with ice and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a fresh fig slice.

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7 Vanilla Margarita

Your new fall happy hour staple.


2 oz. Good Quality Tequila (see note below)

2 tsp.Meyer Lemon Juice

2 tsp. Heilala Vanilla Syrup


Add all ingredients to a measuring cup or cocktail shaker and stir/shake. If you like your margarita cold but not icy, then shake with crushed ice and strain into a pretty glass. If you like ice in your drink, add crushed ice to your glass and pour in the margarita.

8 Maple Syrup Old Fashioned

An easy fix on cooler nights.


2 oz. Bourbon or Whiskey

¼ oz. Maple Syrup

Couple of Dashes of Bitters


Lemon or Orange Twist


Mix whisky, maple syrup and bitters. Stir or shake over ice. Pour into glasses with a little ice or water if preferred. Add lemon or orange as garnish.

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