3 Festive Fall Cocktails That Celebrate the Spirit(s) of the Season

As if we needed one more reason to toast the arrival of fall!

Fall Cocktail With Cinnamon Sticks for Garnish
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When summer ends, we trade fruity, sweet cocktails for more robust ones. Here are three delicious, easy-to-make craft cocktail recipes that showcase fall flavors: fresh apples, Turkish coffee, cinnamon, orange zest, and darker spirits that will keep you warm all season long. Each one comes together quickly in a simple shaker—no fancy cocktail machine or blender is needed.

Byblos Old Fashioned

When you’re in the mood for a bonafide classic, you know you can always turn to an Old Fashioned. This timeless masterpiece of mixology is an extremely simple three-ingredient blend (sugar + bitters + liquor), which makes it a great contender for recipe variations. This twist on a classic from Byblos Miami is framed with eastern spices and is served traditionally over a perfect cube of ice with an expression of orange oils. Boozy, smooth, and sophisticated, Byblos’ Old Fashioned is just as easy to make as it is to drink.


  • 1.5 oz. bourbon
  • 0.5 oz. rum
  • 0.5 oz. Turkish Coffee
  • 4 dashes orange Angostura bitters
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters
  • Orange zest (for garnish)

Directions: Add all ingredients together in a shaker, then stir. Serve in a rocks glass over a single large ice cube. Optional: Garnish with orange zest.

The Baby Bison

This easy-drinking cocktail from Sweet Liberty Drinks & Supply Co. combines vodka, apple juice, Aperol, citrus, and cinnamon. It's a small-but-mighty mixture reminiscent of fall.


  • 1.5 oz. of vodka (Sweet Liberty recommends Zu Vodka Bison grass vodka)
  • 1.5 oz. apple juice
  • 0.5 oz. fresh lemon juice
  • 0.5 oz. Aperol
  • Cinnamon stick (for garnish)

Directions: Shake all ingredients together with ice in a shaker. Strain into a chilled glass. Optional: Garnish with a cinnamon stick.

El Cafecito

Gloria Estefan once described Cuban coffee as "very powerful, very sweet, and a little dangerous." That's exactly how we'd describe this cocktail developed by mixologists at Lobster Bar Sea Grille, made with coffee liqueur, dark rum, Licor 43, chocolate bitters, and simple syrup. Enjoy while listening to salsa music and playing dominoes.


  • 1.5 oz dark rum
  • 0.5 oz coffee liqueur
  • 0.5 oz Licor 43
  • 1 dash simple syrup
  • 2 dashes chocolate bitters

Directions: In a shaker, add all the ingredients, shake vigorously, then pour into a rocks glass with a large ice cube.

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