A new season calls for new cocktails! The fall holidays are upon us, which means your guests are looking for cocktails to cheers with.

Give your guests a warm welcome to fall by transitioning your menu and decor with the season. 

In this blog post, we’re going to focus on 5 autumn cocktails you can add to your menu. Each of them features a different spirit so there’s one for every occasion and customer. Prepare to fall for these autumn cocktails, let’s get right into them.

Heated Affair

Looking for a drink that will keep your customers warm on those chilly nights? The Heated Affair cocktail is exactly what you need. This is a mix of añejo tequila and hot spiced apple cider, yummy right?

First, let’s explain why añejo tequila is ideal for this cocktail. This kind of tequila is aged for one-to-three years in oak, making it mature. Añejo is a sipping tequila and has a lot of other flavors, not only agave. From the nose, you get a floral aroma and notes of rich vanilla. Añejo tequila is comparable to sipping Cognac or bourbon because of its smoky flavor and age.

Pairing this tequila with a hot spiced apple cider will have you warm head to toe. Here are the ingredients for Heated Affair from Liquor.com:

  • 2 oz Partida añejo tequila
  • 6 oz Hot spiced apple cider
  • Heavy cream
  • For garnishes: Grated nutmeg & a cinnamon stick

A warmed Irish Coffee glass fits this cocktail the best. This way you can top off the drink with some heavy cream and your guests can get some with each sip. The last step to the Heated Affair is garnishing with freshly grated nutmeg and a cinnamon stick.

This drink showcases some of fall’s best flavors. It’s taking hot spiced apple cider to a new level of heat with añejo tequila. Add the Heated Affair to your fall cocktail list to spice things up.

The Early Autumn

The second featured autumn cocktail is called Early Autumn. It’s a gin cocktail that shows off this season’s flavors of apple, pear, cinnamon, and ginger.

The Early Autumn recipe begins by infusing apples and pears into gin. It’s going to be complemented with apple cider and pear brandy. The ingredients you need are:

  • 1 1/2 oz of apple-pear infused
  • 1/2 oz absinthe
  • 1 oz of apple cider
  • 1/2 oz pear brandy
  • 1/2 oz fresh lemon juice
  • 2 dashes chocolate bitters
  • 2 oz ginger beer
  • Garnishes: Cinnamon stick and lemon peel

Let’s go over how to make this intriguing cocktail. Begin by combining the first 6 ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake well. Then, strain the contents into a highball glass over fresh ice. Top off the glass with as much ginger beer as needed, then garnish and serve.

Find extra tips and recipe variations of this cocktail at The Spruce Eats.

Autumn Rum Old Fashioned

A seasonal twist on the classic Old Fashion is going to be our third highlighted autumn cocktail. Instead of whiskey, this drink will show off the rum spirit. An apple cider syrup is also on the ingredient list to add sweetness to this drink. Once the apple cider syrup is prepped and finished, this cocktail is quick and easy to make.

You will need 2 ounces of Mount Gay XO rum, your syrup, Angostura bitters, and an orange twist. Begin by placing all your ingredients in a mixing glass and stir until well-chilled. Next, strain into an Old Fashioned glass and spritz the oil of the orange twist over and around the glass and drink.

Check out the steps for making the apple cider syrup here from Liquor.com.

Pumpkin Spice White Russians

This next cocktail is the new, improved, and spiked version of a pumpkin spice latte. It’s going to be a Pumpkin Spice White Russian.

A normal White Russian is a classic combination of vodka, Kahlua, and cream. But, we’re going to upgrade this into a delicious pumpkin drink. This cocktail features a crushed graham cracker rim that will have heads turning. Everybody will be asking “What’s that drink they got?” with this cocktail. Here are the ingredients:

For the rim:

  • 1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice and 3 tsp. crushed graham cracks

For the drink:

  • 2 oz. vodka
  • 1 oz. Kahlua
  • 1 1/2 oz. pumpkin spice creamer
  • Garnish: Cinnamon stick

Start this cocktail by mixing the pumpkin pie spice into the crushed graham crackers for the rim. This is a part of the drink that can always be prepped and ready to go. Dip the top of the glass in water and then into the rim mixture, making sure you coat the whole edge.

To make the drink, begin by pouring the vodka and Kahlua together over ice. Top it off with your pumpkin spice creamer and garnish with a cinnamon stick.

Delish also puts another spin on this drink with dipping it in caramel before the crust for extra flavor. Check out their how-to video here.

Hot Toddy

We had to save room for this classic hot cocktail, the Hot Toddy. The Hot Toddy has one job and one job only, to warm you up. This is a great cocktail to offer to your guests as they come inside on the crisp days of Fall. It’s also known for curing colds so that’s an extra selling point!

You can use any kind of whiskey in this cocktail, making it very versatile. The basics of this cocktail are also easy to improvise and expand on. For example, always start with the classic ingredients of whiskey, lemon, and cloves. But, from there you can be creative with adding fruits, spices, and flavored liquors.

Here are the steps for making a perfect Hot Toddy:

  1. Start by filling your glass or mug with boiling water. Let it sit for a minute to warm.
  2. While the glass is warming, begin to stick cloves into a lemon peel and set aside.
  3. Empty out the glass and fill again halfway with new boiling water.
  4. Add either Demerara or brown sugar. Stir to dissolve.
  5. Add the lemon wheel with cloves to the mug and stir.
  6. Add 1/4 ounces of fresh lemon juice.
  7. Lastly, add the 2oz of your preferred whiskey and give it it’s a final stir.

If you want to take this one step further in an Autumnal direction, give the Plum Toddy a try. Purple is one of the richest colors of fall and a plum liqueur gives a Hot Toddy a modern, fruity twist. So simple and easy, all you need is the liqueur, bitters, and hot water. Garnish this cocktail with a cinnamon stick and you’re all set. The Hot Toddy is a staple cocktail to add to your fall menu, don’t miss out.

Sipping on Autumn

Every once in a while you need something stronger than a pumpkin spice latte. These cocktails will do just the trick. 

Don’t be afraid to put your own branded twist on these cocktails. Get creative with the names and have fun! Seasonal cocktails are great for experimenting with new flavors and trying new things.

Updating your cocktail list with fall flavors will help your restaurant stay on top of the latest consumer trends. Give these cocktails a try and show us your creations on Instagram. Tag us @trycake and let us know what your customers think. Cheers!