I am an autumn person. After the heat and humidity of a southern summer, I can always count on my mood to lift right around the beginning of October. I’m pretty much guaranteed to be a ball of cozy-knit-wearing happiness straight through Thanksgiving (that’s when my shipment of holiday spirit usually arrives).
I’m not sure what’s most responsible for my love of autumn, really. The cooler temperatures are the perfect excuse to cook all my favorite comfort foods, for sure. But if I had to choose, I’d say that the scent and taste of fresh apples, pomegranate, and pumpkin are what really does me in.
And sure, you can pack all of that autumnal deliciousness into your favorite desserts, breads, and casseroles, but why stop there? There are a number of fall-inspired cocktails and drinks that make perfect companions to the crisp air and sweater weather. Not only are these five recipes delicious for a quiet solo night or for enjoying with your family and friends, they’re incredibly simple to make. Using only a few seasonal ingredients (and a few minutes of prep), you can make a batch of drinks that capture all of the colors and flavors of fall.
So when you’ve had your fill of PSLs and you’re ready for something with a bit more kick, break out your coziest knits and give one of these recipes a try.
Cranberry Ginger Cider Cocktail
With muddled cranberries, apple cider, and ginger beer, this simple cocktail will help ease the pain of saying goodbye to your favorite summer margaritas. You can find the recipe here.
Cinnamon-flavored whiskey helps give this easy-to-make sangria a distinctly fall flavor. You can find the recipe here.
Caramel Apple Candy Corn Martini
Here’s one that’s perfect for Halloween: imagine all the goodness of sour apples, caramel, candy corn and butterscotch in a single glass. There are a few steps involved — mainly to get that gorgeous garnish — but the drink itself uses just three ingredients. You can find all the steps to making this tasty fall martini here.
If you love mojitos, this drink could easily become a fall favorite. Pro-tip: try it with an alcoholic ginger beer for an additional kick. The recipe for this super simple drink (and at least 10 variations on the classic version) is available here.
Apple Pie Moonshine
This one is definitely not for the beginners out there! Warning: you’ll need to get your hands on a bottle of Everclear to make this recipe. But once your guests try it, I can guarantee it’ll become a party favorite. All of the ingredients — and a few cool variations — are available here.