Planning your first party of the season? Stop right there: We have a few cocktails that will make a great addition to your party snack buffet.
Whether you’re having a small get-together with close friends and family or putting the finishing touches on the ultimate Halloween bash, you’ll want to make sure your guests are properly lubricated. And that means one thing: booze—and lots of it.
Go the traditional route with seasonal twists on classics like the Rickey and Old Fashioned or hold nothing back with a spookily easy-drinking and seriously boozy punch.
Whatever you choose, be sure to check out these seven essential autumn recipes that will be a sure-fire hit with your guests.
Eager to take your favorite Rickey into the fall season? Start with bourbon as the base and add a few swirls of maple syrup for woodsy sweetness. Top it off with club soda and lime wheels for that familiar refreshing fizz.
Get the recipe for the Autumn Rickey.
Don’t let the extensive ingredients list—or the name—intimidate you: This fizzy concoction is a cocktail-party champion. It’s got a base of tea-infused vermouth and tequila that’s mellowed out by the addition of citrus, spices, bitters and soda.
Get the recipe for the Lights Out Punch.
October isn’t complete without a few pumpkin-infused cocktails. Celebrate the seasonal squash by turning it into a homemade lemon-pumpkin soda, then combine with rum and allspice liqueur for a festive drink that party guests will love.
Get the recipe for the Smashing Pumpkin.
Capture all of autumn’s comforting flavors in this party-ready tequila cocktail. Featuring mezcal and apple cider, the subtly smoky combo is topped with bubbly ginger beer and cubes of fresh red apple. Plus, a spiced sugar rim adds hints of cinnamon, nutmeg and ancho chile powder.
Get the recipe for the Mazanasada.
Dust off your party equipment. Start stocking the bar. Call—or text—your pals: It's Party Season, the perfect time of year to show off your well-honed hosting skills and bring all your favorite people together.
You’ll be glowing after a cup or two of this spiced punch from top New York mixologist Phil Ward—and so will all your guests. The rum-based beverage has a delightful warming effect when paired with seasonal favorites like apples, cinnamon and nutmeg.
Get the recipe for the Jack-o-Lantern Punch.
Even classics like the Old Fashioned need an autumnal upgrade when the weather turns cool. Pilfer a little maple syrup from your pancakes and shake the sweetener with dark rum and Angostura bitters, then serve in a chilled cocktail glass.
Get the recipe for the Maple Old Fashioned.
October chills got you down? This toasty concoction will warm you head to toe. All you need is a little tequila, some hot spiced apple cider and cream to make this perfectly acceptable affair a reality.
Get the recipe for the Heated Affair.