Sumptuous sloe gin, delicately spiced apple brandies, warming mulled cocktails and hedgerow-inspired flavours are the stars of our autumnal cocktail menu. These seasonal stunners feature classic fruity combinations you’ll want to sip all evening.
Construct your ultimate entertaining menu and pair your cool cocktails with worthy plates from our autumn recipe collection. Make the most of these short-lived seasonal flavours and put together an impressive spread, complete with drinks to match.
Top 10 best ever autumn cocktails
Take some inspiration from the hedgerow and try our simple sloe gin cocktail. The botanical gin and juniper syrup makes for a sweet and sharp mix of flavours that’s simply irresistible.
Learn how to make sloe gin at home with our simple recipe that makes the most of an autumnal glut of fruit. A bottle of this rich liqueur will never go to waste, and it makes a delicious homemade gift.
Give the classic sixties sidecar an autumnal makeover with our spiced apple strudel & brandy cocktail. There’s nothing more evocative of the turn of the season the flavours of apple and cinnamon, with a hint of nutty almond. Think of the sweet strudel dessert in liquid form.
Put your bottle to good use and try our other brandy cocktail recipes, from a classic brandy sour, to a traditional sidecar or a Singapore sling.
3. Mulled cider
Need something to warm your hands and sip slowly on chilly evenings? Shun the traditional mulled wine and give this fruity mulled cider a go. A splash of apple brandy gives our mulled brew sweet depth of flavour to balance the dry cider. Cloves, cinnamon and allspice berries add plenty of aromatic spice. If you’re looking for more mulled drinks ideas, look no further than our ultimate collection.
Hazelnuts are in season in the UK around September/October, and luckily for everyone they go deliciously well with chocolate. This hazelnut cream hot chocolate spiked with hazelnut liqueur and topped with fluffy whipped cream, is an instant autumn favourite. This recipe is a mug of pure indulgence, perfect for warming up from the inside out.
Our marvellously mellow blackberry gin fizz is the perfect thirst-quencher for the autumn months. This easy recipe also works well with sloe gin or blackcurrant gin. Top with a sprig of thyme for a light whiff of herbal flavour.
Try making your own batch of blackberry gin at home with our simple steeping recipe. Bottle a taste of these beautiful berries and use the leftover fruit in a boozy trifle with layers of sponge and cream. Create more fruity cocktail recipes and refreshing serves for every occasion with our thoroughly tested tipples.
6. Whiskey sour
Crack out the cocktail shaker and whip up a punchy classic in the form of our whiskey sour. If you’re feeling daring, try our flavour variations, like ginger, nutty amaretto or even a New York sour with a red wine float.
Check out our other whisky cocktail recipes for more delicious drinks featuring this super spirit.
Use a herbal aquavit or botanical gin in this spiced apple snaps fizz. Don’t have a cocktail shaker? Use a jam jar to shake up your mixture and combine your ingredients. A pinch of cinnamon brings out the sweetness in the apple juice. Garnish with apple slices dusted with cinnamon for an eye-catching display.
Featured on many a cocktail menu all year round, the bramble is a staple of every gin cocktail fan’s repertoire. It couldn’t be simpler to make, but the eye-catching shot of blackberry liqueur that bleeds through the drink makes it ideal for entertaining. Try our three twists for simple and delicious variations that will make you look like a cocktail maestro.
Try your hand at even more gin cocktail recipes to impress your friends and family.
Serve up this satisfying boozy dark delight for an after-dinner treat. This cocktail has a heady mixture of warming whisky, smooth stout and a dash of zesty orange liqueur. Stout and chocolate are a match made in heaven – the roasted malt flavours of the beer pair particularly well with sweet chocolate.
Explore even more inventive beer cocktail recipes, from the humble shandy to a mojito twist with our top collection.
Conjure up memories of harvest festivals, Halloween parties and autumn fairs with our toffee apple sour. This creative cocktail uses toffee syrup and aromatic apple brandy to make this classic flavour pairing. The lemon juice balances the sweetness of the syrup, and egg white will give your drink a silky smooth texture. Enjoy a grown-up version of everyone’s favourite autumnal treat.
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