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Our 21 Best Fall Cocktails for Fireside Sippin'

It’s fall, y’all, and while sipping apple cider and pumpkin spice lattes are a given, finding the perfect fall cocktail recipe isn’t so easy. After a season of spritzes and rosé wine, we’re craving cocktails that are equal parts refreshing and cozy. From apple cider margaritas to mulled wine, we rounded up our best fall cocktails (and a couple of mocktails too!).

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    Whiskey & Apple Cider Syrup (aka the Only Fall Cocktail You Need in Your Life)

    Whiskey & Apple Cider Syrup (aka the Only Fall Cocktail You Need in Your Life)

    Food52 - Cory Baldwin

    Author Notes The glorious combo of whiskey and boiled cider was first introduced to me years and years ago by Helen Rosner at Saveur, and I've been making versions of the drink (every fall, like clockwork)...

    Spicy Apple Cider Margarita

    Spicy Apple Cider Margarita

    Food52 - Erin Alexander

    Author Notes The margarita has always been my go-to summer drink, but this year I'm making it my fall drink, too, with five autumnal takes on the classic cocktail. In this version, inspired by Cookie Kate's...

    Autumn Ash

    Autumn Ash

    Food52 - Sippity Sup (Greg Henry)

    Author Notes Scotch is often an acquired taste. The peat-smudged smoke can be too intense for some people. However, the hint of apple and elderflower in this drink sweetens the smokiness just enough to...

    Apple Rye Punch

    Apple Rye Punch

    Food52 - Kate Williams

    Author Notes My roommate and I made this punch for a recent housewarming party. The temperature had just dropped outside, and apple cider was abundant all over New England. Wanting an easy party drink...

    Irish Hot Chocolate

    Irish Hot Chocolate

    Food52 - Marian Bull

    Author Notes This recipe is adapted from Serious Eats. It's also boozy and awesome and makes you feel warm and Irish! —Marian Bull Serves 6 1 12-ounce bottle Guinness or other stout • 1/4 cup cocoa powder...

    Old Fashioned

    Old Fashioned

    Food52 - Let's Drink About It

    Author Notes The Old Fashioned is not just a classic, it's delicious, and a great starter cocktail for the home bartender because, chances are, you already have all the ingredients. —Let's Drink About...

    Session Manhattan

    Session Manhattan

    Food52

    Author Notes For most drinkers, classic cocktails serve as craving benchmarks. When it’s sweater weather and you’ve got whiskey on the brain? Make it a Manhattan. When you’re roasting in the midsummer...

    Figgin' Delicious

    Figgin' Delicious

    Food52 - fiveandspice

    Author Notes I spent most of the fall playing with cranberry, pumpkin, pears, and figs in gin cocktails. This one is one of my favorites, combining muddled figs with a hit of maple syrup, tart lime, and...

    Mulled Wine Sparkler

    Mulled Wine Sparkler

    Food52 - Posie (Harwood) Brien

    Author Notes Instead of simply infusing wine with traditional mulling spices, I like to make this bubbly twist: First, boil a thick cocktail syrup using The Spice Hunter’s Mulling Spices, sugar, and red...

    The Tom Cat

    The Tom Cat

    Food52 - Jody Eddy

    Author Notes One endearing quality of hygge is its embrace of nostalgia and tradition. Vintage decor, clothing styles, and recipes are celebrated facets of a hygge lifestyle. This cocktail recipe, inspired...

    Winter Spritz

    Winter Spritz

    Food52 - sandy peccerillo

    Author Notes Blood orange juice, Campari, cider. Yum. —sandy peccerillo Serves 1 1 shot Campari • 1 shot freshly squeezed blood orange juice • 1 shot hard apple cider, or more to taste • 1 slice blood...

    Hot Toddy

    Hot Toddy

    Food52 - Coral Lee

    Author Notes In my digging to understand what makes a hot toddy a hot toddy to people, the most common response I got was that it must “be hot.” (That’s it? Really?) So, already back to square one, I in...

    Spiced Pecan Margarita From A-K Hada

    Spiced Pecan Margarita From A-K Hada

    Food52

    Test Kitchen Notes “I grew up mostly in Atlanta, and my favorite dessert to eat back home is pecan pie,” says New York City bartender A-K Hada. This margarita hits all of the warm baking spice notes you’d...

    Fresh Apple Shrub

    Fresh Apple Shrub

    Food52 - Marisa McClellan

    Author Notes Shrubs (aka drinking vinegars) are a kind of preserve in which fruit is submerged it in a combination of vinegar and sugar and allowing it to steep for a time. After straining, you’re left...

    Kentucky Hot Toddy

    Kentucky Hot Toddy

    Food52 - Table9

    Author Notes Being from Alabama, the only true bourbon to drink is Makers Mark. Who can miss its red wax top, and sometimes green wax top for the horse race season. This is a classic Kentucky Hot Toddy....

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