10 autumn drinks you must try

These cosy autumn drinks are perfect for Bonfire Night or Halloween. Warm up with a hot toddy, mulled wine, hot chocolate or classic damson gin.

Two hot toddies on silver tray

As the seasons get colder, tuck into our warming cocktails for a delicous autumn treat. Whether you're entertaining or just unwinding by a cosy fireplace, these comforting drinks are the perfect solution. 

Try our party cocktails fit for a Bonfire Night celebration or spooky Halloween party; infuse your own spirits with our seasonal damson gin and sloe gin recipes; and thaw the autumn chill with warm classics like hot chocolate, mulled wine and hot toddies. Our top cocktails are full of seasonal spices like cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves.

See our cocktail recipes for the ultimate selection of seasonal drinks.

1) Hot pie apple punch 

Hot apple pie punch in enamel mugs

Host a Bonfire Night celebration with our rich hot pie apple punch. This versatile drink can be left as a mocktail for kids or add a splash of dark rum for the adults. Whisk vanilla ice cream into hot apple juice for a creamy result with a frothy topping, and garnish with apple crisps for an added treat.

Celebrate with our Bonfire Night drinks recipes.

2) Slow cooker hot chocolate

Hot chocolate in mugs with shaved chocolate
Our easiest-ever slow cooker hot chocolate recipe is the best way to serve a crowd at a festive gathering. Just add rich double cream, milk and dark chocolate and milk to a slow cooker and leave to simmer for two hours. Guests can help themselves to a decadent toppings bar while the hot chocolate stays warm all night. Adults can add their favourite liqueur to each mug.

For more indulgent drinks, see our hot chocolate collection.

3) Damson gin

Damson gin in glasses
Try making homemade damson gin to celebrate classic autumn flavours. The longer you leave this gin to age, the better – the flavour improves and matures over time. Vodka can be substitiuted for gin if you'd prefer. See our damson recipe collection to use up any leftover damsons. 

Infuse your own seasonal tipples with our flavoured spirit recipes.

4) Hot toddy

Hot toddy in glasses on silver tray
This hot toddy recipe combines whisky, honey and lemon with cinnamon and cloves for the ultimate remedy to a cold evening. This soothing tipple is perfect if you're feeling under-the-weather. Serve with a cinnamon stick and a lemon slice studded with cloves for an impressive finish.

See our whisky cocktail recipes for more drinks with a kick.

5) Bramble

Two glasses of bramble with blackberries
Our bramble recipe showcases the best of autumn produce with fresh blackberries. Try a gin sour spiked with a vibrant shot of blackberry liqueur. This recipe features three unique twists for entertaining such as adding champagne, peach liqueur or fresh fruit. To use up this autumnal berry, see our blackberry collection.

For more drinks ideas, see our gin cocktail recipes.

6) Spiced apple snaps fizz

Apple slices on top of glass
This sparkling spiced apple snaps fizz is a delightful cocktail for a sophisticated dinner party or autumn feast. Our bubbly party drink uses Swedish aquavit but can be substituted with gin. Apples and cinnamon make a great accompaniment to sparkling wine topped off with a splash of lemon juice. Serve with sliced apple on a cocktail stick for an elegant finish.

Dazzle your dinner party with our best party drinks recipes.

7) Slow cooker mulled wine

Two glasses of mulled wine with oranges
Classic slow cooker mulled wine is an easy way to whip up a crowd-pleasing favourite. This recipe requires only five minutes preperation, then leave to simmer for 1½ hours. Using a slow cooker ensures gentle, even heat so the wine doesn't boil and the flavours stay fresh. Combine zesty citrus with fragrant star anise, cinnamon sticks and cloves.

See our mulled wine collection for more takes on the seasonal classic.

8) Sloe gin cocktail

Slow gin cocktails in glasses with straws
Combine our homemade sloe gin with lemon juice and juniper syrup for our delectable sloe gin cocktail. The juniper syrup is easy to make on the hob and keeps in the fridge for up to two weeks. The botanical notes in the gin keeps this autumnal hedgerow cocktail fresh and sharp. 

For more ways to use this seasonal treat, see our sloe gin recipes.

9) Toffee apple sour cocktail

Cocktail in glass with red rose
This enchanting toffee apple sour cocktail is perfect for the Halloween season. Blend indulgent toffee apple with Somerset brandy and Breton cider. To make a toffee syrup, combine caster sugar, unsalted butter and water on the stove. Stir until you have a light golden brown colour, then remove from the heat. 

For more inspiration, see our Halloween drinks recipes.

10) Mulled cider

Mulled cider on tray of cocktails
Warming mulled cider is an easy way to entertain a crowd. Our cider is full of autumn spices, like cinnamon, cloves and allspice. Perfect for entertaining, this recipe serves 10 and takes just 10 minutes prep time.

For a non-alcoholic alternative, try our mulled apple juice or try our non-alcoholic drinks collection.

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25th Sep, 2019
very cosy drinks, wide veraity
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