Lazy You Will Love Making These 11 Delicious and Easy Fall Cocktails

Some of these autumn-inspired sips feature only two ingredients!

It’s fall, y’all! That means it’s time to break out comforting and grounding cocktails with autumn flavors like apple, ginger and maple. The chill in the air also gives way to whisky and rum-based creations that feature the warm taste of cinnamon and ginger.

That said, making the perfect fall cocktail doesn’t have to be complicated. Small touches like adding cinnamon sugar to the rim of a glass or burning the edge of a vanilla bean for a smoky flavor are easy ways to elevate otherwise simple sips.

With these easy recipes up your sleeve, there’s no need to jacket up and head to a bar. Cozy up for a perfect fall night in—watching the leaves fall or sitting around your firepit with some friends and good tunes—and whip up these cocktails in mere minutes. This is what crisp autumn days and chilly nights are all about.

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1. Apple Mule

apple mule cocktail

Take your classic Moscow mule and give it an autumnal twist with apple flavors.

  • 1.5 oz Captain Morgan Sliced Apple
  • 4 fl oz Ginger Beer
  • Cubed Ice
  • Lemon wedge for garnish

Directions: Pour Captain Morgan Sliced Apple and ginger beer into a tumbler glass over ice. Garnish with lemon.

2. Maple Whisky Sour

maple whisky sour

This fall-ified whisky sour recipe is by Lisa Steele, cookbook author and creator of the blog Fresh Eggs Daily.

  • 2 ounces bourbon
  • 1 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1-ounce maple syrup
  • 1 egg white, room temperature
  • 3 to 4 ice cubes, plus more for serving
  • Small maple leaf for garnish, optional
  • Large maple leaf for a coaster, optional

Directions: Add the bourbon, lemon juice, maple syrup and egg white to a cocktail shaker or pint mason jar. Shake vigorously until the egg white is foamed and frothy, about 30 seconds. Add the ice cubes and shake until well chilled, about 20 seconds. Strain the liquid into a glass over ice.  Garnish with a small red maple leaf, if desired, and set the glass on the large leaf.

3. Caramel Apple Martini

caramel apple martini

Who needs to go bobbing for apples when you can get the same amazing flavor in a martini glass?

  • 2 fl oz Captain Morgan Sliced Apple
  • 1.5 fl oz Apple Cider
  • 0.5 fl oz Caramel Syrup
  • Dash of cinnamon
  • Apple slice and cinnamon stick for garnish

Directions: Shake all ingredients and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with an apple slice and cinnamon stick.

4. Appily Married

Appily Married cocktail
Courtesy of Ketel One Vodka

Fall 2022 brides and grooms will appreciate this cheeky cocktail. Hey, maybe you can even slide it in last minute as your specialty cocktail? Sure your wedding planner will love that!

  • 1 1/2 ounces Ketel One Vodka
  • 1/2 ounce apple juice
  • 1/2 ounce pink grapefruit juice
  • 2 spoons honey syrup
  • Cinnamon sugar, for rim

Directions: Chill a cocktail glass and coat the rim with cinnamon sugar. Add Ketel One Vodka, apple juice, pink grapefruit juice, honey syrup, and ice to a cocktail shaker. Shake until well chilled. Strain into a cocktail glass and serve.

5. Zacapa Smoked Carajillo

zacapa smoked cocktail
Courtesy of Zacapa Rum

This is where things start to get cool. For this smokey rum concoction, you’ll have to light a vanilla bean or cinnamon stick on fire!

  • 5 oz Zacapa No. 23 Rum
  • 5 oz Vanilla Syrup
  • 3 oz Hot Coffee
  • Garnish: Cinnamon Stick

Directions: Using a match, light the end of a vanilla bean or cinnamon stick until it begins to smoke. Drop into a separate glass and wait until the vessel fills up with smoke. Cover the top if necessary. Add the ingredients to the smoke-filled glass. Let the mixture sit for a minute or two until fully infused with smoke. Pour mixture into a rocks glass and serve.

6. Death & Co NYC Scholar’s Mate

apple brandy cocktail
Not actual cocktail shownShutterstock

Death & Co is a famous cocktail bar in New York City for good reason: Every drink on their menu is nothing short of a masterpiece. This smart sip is by Tiffany Nahm.

  • 1.25 oz Nardini Amaro
  • 1 oz Clear Creek Apple Brandy 8 year
  • 0.25 oz Caol Ila Single Malt Scotch
  • 0.5 oz Galliani Ristretto
  • Garnish: heavy cream float and grated nutmeg

Directions: Stir, then strain.

7. Reposado Old Fashioned

old fashioned cocktail

Like the old fashioned you know and love … but with tequila instead. Amazing.

  • 2 oz Jose Cuervo Tradicional® Reposado   
  • ¼ oz Simple Syrup  
  • 2 dashes of bitters  
  • Blood orange twist to garnish  

Directions: Add 2 dashes of bitters and simple syrup to a rocks glass. Add ice and Jose Cuervo Tradicional® ® Reposado, stir, and garnish with orange peel and cinnamon stick.

8. Crownberry Apple

crown royal apple cocktail
Courtesy of Crown Royal

It doesn’t get more lazy-yet-impressive than this two-ingredient cocktail!

  • 5oz Crown Royal Regal Apple
  • 4oz Cranberry Juice

Directions: Add Crown Royal Regal Apple Flavored Whisky to an ice-filled rocks glass. Top with cranberry juice and stir. Garnish with Apple Wedge.

9. Guinness Black Velvet

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Champagne and Guinness together may sound disgusting, but this drink has endured for 160 years, so it’s worth a try.

  • Half a flute of Champagne
  • Half a flute of Guinness® Extra Stout

Directions: Pour Guinness Draught into a champagne flute. Add champagne carefully, so it does not mix with the Guinness and serve.

10. Cincoro Blanco Espresso Martini

espresso martini
Courtesy of Cincoro

Espresso martinis have been the drink of the year. This simple recipe kicks them up a notch by using blanco tequila instead of vodka.

  • 2 oz Cincoro Blanco tequila
  • .25 oz Tempus Fugit Dark Creme de Cacao
  • .5 oz Rich 2:1 demerara sugar syrup
  • 1 shot espresso, freshly pulled and slightly cooled

Directions: Combine all ingredients into a mixing tin, add ice, and shake vigorously until very cold. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

11. Cincoro Anejo Founders Way Cocktail

anejo fall cocktail
Courtesy of Cincoro

Another too-easy recipe: This requires you to simply open up the bottle and pour that sweet nectar over ice—garnishing with an orange slice for a hint of zesty flavor.

  • 2 oz Cincoro Anejo
  • Orange Slice for garnish

Directions: Pour Cincoro Anejo over ice in a rocks glass and garnish with an orange slice.

Jamie Davis Smith
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