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7 Cocktails for Your Fall Wedding

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.


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


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.


  • 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)


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.


  • 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


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.


  • 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


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.


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


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.


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


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. 


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


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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