7 Cocktails for Your Fall Wedding

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Believe us when we say that we would gladly do this research for you over and over. The bar is certainly an exciting part of your reception and of course you want to stand out to your partying guests. So here are our top seven signature cocktail ideas for your fall wedding both to keep you cool and to keep you warm and toasty:

1. Apple Cranberry Moscow Mule

There’s nothing like a refreshing Moscow Mule. And now this classic drink gets an autumnal upgrade with apple and cranberry flavors.

Ingredients

  • ice
  • 4 oz. vodka
  • ¼ cup cranberry juice
  • ½ cup sparkling apple juice
  • 2 cans ginger beer
  • fresh cranberries for garnish

Instructions

Fill two glasses with ice. Add vodka and cranberry juice, then sparkling apple juice. Top off the rest with ginger beer. Stir gently and serve immediately.

This recipe comes to us from Heather Christo.

groom and groomsmen in blue suits toasting

2. Rosemary Grapefruit Margarita

Who doesn’t love a margarita? And this party-time drink is great for summer or fall.

Ingredients

  • 2 oz. tequila
  • 2 sprigs rosemary, plus 1 extra for optional garnish
  • 1/2 oz. Agave in the Raw
  • 1 1/4 oz. fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice
  • 1/4 oz. fresh-squeezed lime juice
  • 1/2 tsp. flaky sea salt or cocktail salt for rimming the glass (optional)

Instructions

Fill your rimmed glass with ice. Add the rosemary and agave nectar to an empty cocktail shaker (no ice) and muddle until the rosemary becomes fragrant. Add the tequila, grapefruit and lime juices, and ice to the shaker. Shake to combine and strain.

This recipe comes to us from Food 52.

3. Hot Bourbon Cider

This hot cocktail is perfect for those cooler fall days. They’ll warm you to the bones and them some.

Ingredients

  • 1 part Maker’s Mark bourbon (or other)
  • 4 parts apple cider
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 5 whole cloves
  • 3 whole allspice berries
  • 6 whole peppercorns
  • Lemon slices and additional cinnamon sticks for garnish

Instructions

Combine all ingredients in a large saucepan on the stove. Let sit on medium-low covered for 1 hour and then ladle into mugs. Garnish with a cinnamon stick and lemon slice.

This cider is an official Maker’s Mark recipe

alcohol tap at wedding reception

4. Ginger Apple Cooler

We couldn’t help but add another ginger beer and apple recipe. They’re really the best flavors for a refreshing fall cocktail.

Ingredients

  • 2 oz. Crown Royal Regal Apple
  • 1 tsp. Maple Syrup
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice
  • Brooklyn Crafted Extra Spicy Ginger Beer (or other), to fill
  • Garnish with Candied Ginger

Instructions

Combine whiskey, maple syrup, lemon juice and ice in a cocktail shaker. Serve topped with Brooklyn Crafted ginger beer and garnish with candied ginger.

This drink is an official Brooklyn Crafted recipe.

5. Maple Bourbon Old-Fashioned

We’re not saying women can’t drink an old-fashioned, but it’s definitely a classic man’s drink. With a groom that loves bourbon, this an autumn spin on this old-fashioned old-fashioned.

Ingredients

  • 2 tsp. maple syrup
  • 1 tsp. water
  • 1 dash bitters
  • 1 orange peel
  • 2 oz. bourbon
  • 1 maraschino cherry, for garnish

Instructions

Combine maple syrup, water and bitters in a glass, stirring until well blended. Add ice and orange peel, then pour bourbon on top. Garnish with a cherry and serve.

This recipe comes to us from Delish.

wedding guests toasting

6. Pumpkin White Russian

This fall cocktails list wouldn’t be complete without a pumpkin spiced something. So here’s a cocktail we love with a PSL spin.

Ingredients

  • Heavy cream
  • 4 oz. Pumpkin-flavored vodka
  • 2 oz. Kahlúa
  • Pumpkin pie spice

Instructions

Add vodka, Kahlúa, and sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice to a shaker and combine. Add a handful of ice to a glass and fill glass halfway with drink mixture. Finish by filling the rest of the glass with heavy cream. Stir and serve!

This recipe comes to us from The Nest.

7. Spiced Red Wine Sangria

For those of you who don’t love hard liquor, here’s a yummy fall sangria recipe for everyone. 

Ingredients

  • 1 bottle spiced red wine
  • ¾ cup brandy
  • 1 cup apple cider
  • 1 cup diced apple slices

Instructions

Pour a bottle of spiced red wine into a large pitcher. Slowly pour in brandy and apple cider and stir. Finish with chopped apple slices. Let the sangria sit overnight before serving.

This is another recipe from The Nest.

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