Cocktail & Other Recipes Occasion Fall

11 Essential Cocktails for Your November Parties

These bring the best of fall flavors to your glass.

Goldwyn Follies cocktail
Goldwyn Follies Image: / Tim Nusog

As fall is in full swing and we head into the holiday season, it’s time to spice up your cocktail game. The colder weather might have you craving hot drinks spiked with dark spirits, and we have plenty of those, plus so much more. From boozy riffs on our favorite autumnal coffees to classic cocktails spiked with fall flavors, these recipes will surprise your taste buds through the rest of the season.

  • Great Pumpkin

    Great Pumpkin cocktail / Tim Nusog

    This seasonal flip created by Jim Meehan at New York City’s PDT combines the autumnal elements of apple brandy, rye whiskey, maple syrup, pumpkin ale and a whole egg into one craveable cocktail that’s garnished with grated nutmeg for an extra boost of fall flavor.

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  • Apple Cranberry Moscow Mule

    Apple Cranberry Moscow Mule / Tim Nusog

    Your typical Moscow Mule is readied for autumn with this seasonal spin. The secret? A splash of cran-apple juice adds a fall flair to the otherwise traditional recipe of vodka, ginger beer and fresh lime juice. Serve it all over lots of ice in a Mule mug garnished with fresh cranberries and apple slices.

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  • Jack Rose

    Jack Rose cocktail / Tim Nusog

    This Prohibition-era cocktail takes part of its name from the apple brandy or applejack used and the other part from the rosy hue it gets from grenadine. Throw some freshly squeezed lemon juice into the mix and garnish with a lemon twist, and you’ll have yourself a delicious classic.

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  • Black Mole Margarita

    Black Mole Margarita / Tim Nusog

    Created at Nightmoves in Brooklyn, this revamped Margarita is a rich and unique take on the tequila classic. Mezcal joins Cointreau and fresh lime juice, while homemade cocoa-orange syrup adds depth. Round it all out with a couple dashes of mole bitters, top with soda water, and serve with a lime wheel.

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  • Pumpkin Spiced Latte

    Pumpkin Spiced Latte / Tim Nusog

    This boozy large-format take on the favorite fall drink sees your choice of spirit, coffee, pumpkin puree, milk, sugar, heavy cream and spices heated in a slow cooker, then served with whipped cream and a dusting of cinnamon or nutmeg.

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  • South by Southwest

    South by Southwest cocktail / Tim Nusog

    What happens when you swap in scotch for gin in a Negroni? You get the South by Southwest. Smoky 10-year-old scotch and bittersweet Campari are the perfect pair, especially when they’re balanced out with just a hint of sweet vermouth. Serve in a chilled glass that has been misted with orange blossom water, and garnish with an orange twist. 

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  • Hey, Gourdgeous

    Hey Gourdeous cocktail
    Céline Bossart

    You can find mini-pumpkins all over the place at this time of year, so grab a bunch and put them to good use with this cocktail. Apples, maple syrup and spices mingle in a slow cooker, then are joined by apple brandy and amaro. Serve hot in spiced-butter-brushed mini pumpkins.

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  • Bitter Temptation

    Bitter Temptation cocktail

    DiAnoia's Eatery

    Simple yet gratifying, this is a nightcap you’re not going to want to sleep on. Fernet-Branca, crème de cacao, cold-brew coffee and vanilla syrup make a bitter, sweet and bracing drink that’s elevated with a final float of sparkling red wine.

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  • Apple Toddy

    Apple Toddy

    David Wondrich

    For a drink that’ll warm you from the inside out, try this sweet and spiced concoction. Baked apples take a little while to make, but they're worth it once they’ve been cooled, muddled with sugar and topped with boiling water and your choice of applejack, cognac or bourbon. Serve in a mug with a dusting of nutmeg.

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  • Pumpkin Sazerac

    Pumpkin Sazerac / Tim Nusog

    All-star bartender Naren Young puts a fall twist on the Sazerac by using real pumpkin in a spiced syrup, which joins cognac (or rye whiskey) and Peychaud’s bitters in an absinthe-rinsed rocks glass with a final spritz of the expressed oils from a lemon twist. 

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  • Goldwyn Follies

    Goldwyn Follies cocktail / Tim Nusog

    This recipe from bartender and distiller Allen Katz mixes gin, apple and cranberry juices, and black tea with a spiced cinnamon syrup for an elegantly autumnal cocktail, garnished with equally elegant apple slices. 

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