23 of The Best Fall Cocktails You’ve Never Heard Of

As the weather cools down and the leaves change color, there’s nothing quite like a delicious fall cocktail to warm you up. From classic apple cider bourbon smashes to decadent apple dumpling cocktails, there are fall cocktails out there for everyone. So, mix up one of these cocktails and enjoy a cozy night in or a festive gathering with friends.

White Grape Cosmo

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Enjoy the White Grape Cosmo Cocktail, a flawlessly balanced drink boasting the ideal touch of sweetness for a truly revitalizing experience. This cocktail is delicious and a breeze to prepare with just three ingredients, making it the ideal choice for serving your guests or a personal treat after a hectic day. Get the recipe: White Grape Cosmo

Pink Lady Cocktail

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The Pink Lady cocktail is a delightful concoction blending Applejack liquor, gin, fresh lemon juice, grenadine, and frothy egg whites. With its vibrant pink hue and delightful taste, the Pink Lady will leave a lasting impression! Get the recipe: Pink Lady Cocktail

Syringe Jello Shots

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If you’re searching for a new and exciting method to savor jello shots at your upcoming gathering, Syringe Jello Shots are just the ticket! This inventive take on the traditional recipe is a breeze to whip up and is guaranteed to be a crowd-pleaser. Your guests will adore these vibrant jello shots! Get the recipe: Syringe Jello Shots

Orange Martini

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Experience the sheer delight of this Orange Martini, a refreshingly delicious cocktail crafted with orange-infused vodka, triple sec, a splash of zesty orange juice, and garnished with a vibrant orange slice. This homemade martini is sure to capture your heart with its delightful simplicity. Cheers to a burst of citrusy bliss! Get the recipe: Orange Martini

Southern Comfort Manhattan

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This Southern Comfort Manhattan is a delightful twist on the classic cocktail lovingly shared with me by my Aunt Carol and Uncle Vic. This tasty libation is a family favorite and will soon become yours, too! Get the recipe: Southern Comfort Manhattan

Vampire Kiss

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Unleash the Vampire Kiss Cocktail, a robust and slightly sweet vodka libation that’s bound to become your go-to spooky Halloween drink. Its haunting, blood-red hue transforms it into an instant showstopper at your upcoming holiday soiree. Get the recipe: Vampire Kiss Cocktail

New York Sour

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Elevate your cocktail game with the New York Sour recipe, a delightful fruity variation of the classic whiskey sour. The intriguing addition of red wine deepens the flavors and creates a visually stunning layered effect. Don’t miss the chance to try this refreshing and seasonally perfect cocktail! Get the recipe: New York Sour

Witches Brew

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Get into the Halloween spirit in style with a spooktacular Witches Brew Cocktail! This vodka-based drink is a breeze to make, with the enchanting flavors of blue Curacao, grenadine, and pineapple juice, creating a bewitching beverage that’s not just for the fall season. It’s a potion you’ll want to enjoy year-round! Get the recipe: Witches Brew Cocktail

Apple Cider Spritz

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Quench your autumn cravings with a Caramel Apple Cider Spritzer, a simple yet superb cocktail crafted from caramel vodka, apple cider, and Prosecco. It’s the ideal fusion of those iconic fall flavors, creating an incredibly delicious drink you won’t be able to resist! Get the recipe: Apple Cider Spritzer

Last Word Cocktail

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A delightful reinterpretation of the classic prohibition-era cocktail, this Last Word Cocktail is a harmonious blend of slight sweetness and perfect balance. Ideal for unwinding after a long day or dazzling your guests at a party, this refreshingly captivating drink is sure to be a hit. Get the recipe: Last Word Cocktail

Loch Ness Monster Shot

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The Loch Ness Monster Shot lives up to its whimsical name with its wild and enjoyable character. This delightful shot is made from luscious layers of Midori, Bailey’s, and Jagermeister, offering a straightforward yet impressive way to delight your guests. Get the recipe: Loch Ness Monster Shot

Limoncello Spritz

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You can’t beat the Limoncello Spritz for a year-round burst of flavor. By combining lemon liqueur with Prosecco, this uncomplicated yet delicious blend promises to tantalize your taste buds on any occasion. With just four ingredients, crafting this lively libation is a breeze, even if you’re not a seasoned mixologist. It’s the perfect choice for entertaining at barbecues or pool parties. Get the recipe: Limoncello Spritz

Apple Dumpling Cocktail

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The apple dumpling cocktail is a slightly sweet and incredibly refreshing drink, perfect for embracing the flavors of fall year-round. With just a few key ingredients like bourbon, hard cider, aromatic bitters, and a touch of simple syrup, you can whip up this delightful whiskey cocktail in no time! Get the recipe: Apple Dumpling Cocktail

Purple Rain Cocktail

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The Purple Rain cocktail is a delightful and colorful cocktail inspired by Prince’s 1984 hit song. This sweet and tart drink features a blend of vodka, blue curaçao, cranberry juice, pineapple juice, grenadine, and a hint of lime juice. Its striking purple hue, created by the magic mix of blue curaçao and grenadine, makes it a fun and vibrant choice for any occasion. Get the recipe: Purple Rain Cocktail

Snickers Shot

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The Snickers Shot, dubbed by me “Storm Clouds in a Glass,” is a simple yet tasty concoction requiring just three equal parts of its key ingredients. It has a delectable flavor profile reminiscent of the beloved Snickers candy bar, making it a must-try for dessert-inspired libations. Get the recipe: Snickers Shot

Pumpkin Spice White Russian

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When searching for the perfect Thanksgiving libation, your quest ends with the Pumpkin Spice White Russian! This delightful variation on the classic White Russian cocktail is bound to be the star of your holiday gatherings with friends and family. It is easy to prepare and encapsulates all autumn’s warm and inviting flavors, adding that extra touch of magic to your festive celebrations. Get the recipe: Pumpkin Spice White Russian

Sangria Margarita

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The beautiful & delicious Sangria Margarita is an exquisite blend of fun and flavor. Not only does it delight the palate, but its vibrant presentation will surely shine at your upcoming reception. This enticing margarita is your secret to wowing friends and family, making your next gathering to remember long-term. Get the recipe: Sangria Margarita

Apple Cider Margarita

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The Apple Cider Margarita is a vibrant embodiment of classic autumn taste. A medley of tequila, Grand Marnier, and apple cider is all it takes to conjure this sweet and tangy cocktail, a shining symbol of the season’s rich flavors. Get the recipe: Apple Cider Margarita

Red Velvet Cocktail

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Celebrate a lazy evening in unparalleled style with the Guinness Red Velvet Cocktail. This delightful concoction is a delightful surprise, fusing Guinness’s rich depth with champagne’s effervescence. Get ready to be captivated by the divine drink that’s sure to leave you craving more! Get the recipe: Red Velvet Cocktail

El Presidente Cocktail

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The el Presidente cocktail may not be a household name, but its unforgettable flavor makes it a hidden gem in the world of cocktails. With its delightful balance and delectable taste, this drink is bound to leave a lasting impression. Plus, it doesn’t hurt that it looks pretty cool too! Get the recipe: El Presidente Cocktail

Apple Butter Old Fashioned

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The apple butter old-fashioned is a bourbon-centric cocktail that tastes delicious and boasts an enticing presentation. This drink is the epitome of refreshment, beauty, and flavor. Made from a blend of apple butter and bourbon, it’s the quintessential fall beverage, merging apple cider and bitters with the comforting notes of bourbon to ward off the autumn chill. Get the recipe: Apple Butter Old Fashioned

N*ked Lady Cocktail

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Indeed, there exists a cocktail known as the n*ked lady. Despite its peculiar name, this libation is far from ordinary. Its taste is nothing short of delightful and definitely worth a try, making it a unique addition to your cocktail repertoire. Get the recipe: N*ked Lady Cocktail

Apple Cider Bourbon Smash

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Savor the Apple Cider Bourbon Smash, a delightful cocktail recipe that combines only three key ingredients effortlessly. This seasonal sensation is the ultimate choice for a festive beverage throughout the entire season! Get the recipe: Apple Cider Bourbon Smash

25 Irresistible Appetizers For Sunday Football

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Nothing beats the excitement of Sunday football, a time for family, friends, and delectable snacks. Whether you’re hosting a party or simply enjoying the game from the comfort of your home, there’s a plethora of easy and scrumptious appetizers to elevate your game day experience. GET THE RECIPES

17 Side Dishes that Will Elevate Any Meal

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Whether you’re planning a special meal or just looking for some delicious and easy side dishes to add to your daily meals, these delectable recipes are sure to please your taste buds and impress your guests. GET THE RECIPE

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From lighting up stages with her BA in theater to food journalist, Elaine Benoit's journey is a testament to passion's transformative power. As the CEO of Dishes Delish, she offers a blend of healthy, comforting recipes and exquisitely crafted cocktails. Beyond the kitchen, Elaine voiced her culinary adventures on her podcast, "Dishing," and co-owns Food Blogger Help, extending her expertise to guide budding food bloggers to success. Whether it's for a heartwarming dish or insights into food blogging, Elaine's diverse experiences make her a beacon in the culinary digital landscape.

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