The Best Fall Cocktails for Hosts In a Hurry

September 16, 2019

The Best Fall Cocktails for Hosts In a Hurry

Between brightly coloured leaves and rediscovered sweaters, there’s plenty to love about fall. Perhaps best of all is the return of indoor entertaining. Whether it’s celebrating the solstice, thanksgiving, a relaunched book club or any gathering of friends, now is the perfect time to learn some new recipes for your guests.

Cocktails provide a perfect, simple showcase for the flavours of fall. Warm, fragrant spices like pumpkin, cinnamon or cardamom evoke autumn instantly. Ciders, mulled wines and other hot drinks warm everyone up on colder days.

A few tips before we begin:

  • It has been said that we eat with our eyes before our mouths. Half of the magic of well-made cocktail is in presentation, so don’t skip the flourishes.
  • It will be helpful to brush up on some cocktail basics like “muddling” and making your own simple syrup. If you need a refresher on any of these techniques, try this video from Basics with Babish (even more cocktail recipes in the video)
  • Don’t be afraid to adjust for your tastes. Take this advice from Cheyanne of NoSpoonNecessary; “Always make your cocktails to taste! The measurements in the recipe below are just my recommendations.”

Even if you’ve never made a cocktail below, you can do this!

Here are five cocktail recipes you can make quickly to give your guests a memorable fall indulgence.

5-Spice on Ice

This spiced-rum based cocktail from Alie Ward and Georgia Hardstark takes just 10 minutes to make and will warm you and your guests with a complex fusion of fall flavours. The heart of this drink comes from a “Chinese 5-spice blend” of cloves, cinnamon, star anise, fennel and Sichuan peppercorns.

For access to all of these spices and more, visit Silk Road Spice Merchants on Whyte Avenue. Their little shop will awaken your senses!

View the recipe here.

Apple and Gin Autumn Cocktail

This fall refresher comes to us from Cheyanne at No Spoon Necessary. She describes her concoction as, "Tart, slightly sweet and smooth with a fruity apple forward taste.'

Nothing says fall like apple cider. Even without alcohol, cider warms us up on cool fall days. Add some gin and you've got a real heater in your hands.

This recipe is a great way to use up apples from your apple trees.

Find out how to mix an Apple and Gin Autumn Cocktail here (there’s even a video guide!)

The Autumn Pear

Jay and Leah from the Spirited Traveller bring us another cider cocktail, this time with pears!

Where the last drink used gin, the Autumn Pear is based in bourbon and hard pear cider. Jay and Leah even rim this delicious drink with cinnamon sugar. Yum!

Learn to make The Autumn Pear here.

Old Irish Cure

If you're going to catch a cold, more often than not it will come with changing seasons. Even you’ve been under the weather with cold symptoms this year, we have good news. There’s a cocktail for that!

The Old Irish Cure is based on the idea that the Irish would often treat a cold with a mix of whiskey, ginger, honey and lemon. You'll find those elements and more in this luxurious cure for what ails ya’.

This drink can be made cold or hot, and we’d suggest you don't wait until you have a cold to try one.

Food and Wine provides instructions for the Old Irish Cure here.

Large-Batch Negroni Sbagliato

This last cocktail will serve the most people in the least amount of time and it sounds as delicious as the rest. A combination of Vermouth, Campari and Prosecco make this party punch pop while the orange peel adds some fall citrus bitterness.

This punch comes to us from Portland bar manager Jeffrey Morgenthaler. You can make it at home in 5 minutes so it should definitely be on your guest list this fall.

Find the recipe at Saveur here.


May your drinkware be sparkling and your gatherings spirited this fall season.

Bottoms up!

Cover photo by Tomas Jasovsky on Unsplash

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