15 Fun Fall Cocktails That’ll Make You Forget About PSLs

PSLs are great, but these fall cocktails are so much better! Full of fall flavors and a variety of spirits, you'll want to sip on them all season long.

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Chocolate caramel rum coffee
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Chocolate-Caramel Rum Coffee

Take your nightcap to the next level with this chocolate-caramel rum coffee!

Yield: 8 servings

  1. Warm two 12oz. cans of evaporated milk, 3/4 cup of rum, 1/2 cup of chocolate syrup, 1/2 cup of caramel sundae syrup and 1/4 cup of packed brown sugar in a large saucepan. Make sure it doesn’t boil.
  2. Once the mixture is hot, turn the burner off and stir in 4 cups of hot brewed coffee and 2 tablespoons of coffee liqueur.
  3. Pour the coffee cocktail into your favorite mugs, top with a dollop of fresh whipped cream and a sprinkle of espresso powder.

If you want even more coffee in your life, you have to try these 39 recipes that start with it.

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Apple Amaretto Sours

Give the amaretto sour a fall twist with this apple cider version.

Yield: 6 servings

  1. Fill 6 highball glasses with ice and add 2 tablespoons of amaretto to each.
  2. In a separate container, combine 4 cups of chilled apple cider and 1/4 cup lemon juice, then divide it evenly between the glasses.
  3. Top with a lemon slice and cinnamon stick, then serve to your 5 closest pals.

If you love amaretto, you have to try these 8 other amaretto-based cocktails.

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Hippocras Punch

Get your fall party going with this warm and boozy punch from Sebastien Derbomez, a Hendrick’s Gin Brand Ambassador.

Yield: 6-8 servings

  1. To a large pot, add a bottle dry white wine, ¾ cup of brewed chamomile tea, half of a peeled, cored and chopped pineapple, 9.5 tablespoons of sugar, 7 cloves (or to taste), 2 cinnamon sticks 4 orange peels and a teaspoon of white pepper. Let the mixture simmer for about 15 minutes, cut the heat and stir in 1.25 cups of Hendrick’s gin.
  2. Fish out the spices, ladle the cocktail into punch glasses and let the celebration begin!

Check out these party food recipes you’ll want to serve, too.

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Chilean Monkey Tail Punch

Also known as cola de mono, monkey tail punch is a traditional Chilean cocktail that’s commonly served around Christmas. But, it’s so delicious, you’ll definitely want to make it a little early.

Yield: 16 servings

  1. Boil 4 cups of milk with a cup of sugar, 3 cinnamon sticks and 3 cloves in a large saucepan; reduce the heat, cover the pan and let the milk simmer for about 5 minutes.
  2. Take the milk off the burner and allow it to cool slightly. Remove the cinnamon sticks and cloves.
  3. Stir in 2 cups of strongly brewed coffee, 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract and 1 1/2 cups of pisco, aguardiente, grappa or brandy.
  4. Enjoy this Chilean specialty warm in a mug or cold over ice.

You should make these other traditional holiday recipes from around the world.

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Vanilla Bean Fizz

You can still enjoy a light and bubbly cocktail in the cold months, thanks to this vanilla bean fizz.

Yield: 8 servings

  1. Whip up a vanilla simple syrup by boiling 2 cups of water and 1 cup of sugar. Once the sugar dissolves, reduce the heat, drop in 4 split vanilla beans and let the simple syrup simmer for 10 minutes. Then, remove the syrup from the heat, remove the vanilla beans and let it cool.
  2. For the cocktail, pour ¼ cup of vanilla simple syrup to a flute and top with chilled champagne.

Enjoy with your pinky out and feet up! Take a look at our favorite bottles of champagne that are $20 or under.

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Monster Smash

Turn on Monster Mash and stir up this cocktail from Bookstore Bar & Café’s lead bartender, Cheston Overman.

Yield: 1 serving

  1. Muddle 4 mint leaves in a cocktail mixing glass, then add 1.5 ounces of Four Roses bourbon, an ounce of Pedro Ximenez sherry and half an ounce each of lemon juice and simple syrup.
  2. Stir until the cocktail has chilled, then strain into a rocks glass with ice and garnish with an apple slice and cube of dry ice for some extra spookiness.

These are the recipes to make for a monster-inspired Halloween party.

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Chocolate Martini

Let’s be honest: Everything is better with chocolate, even a martini.

Yield: 1 serving

  1. Add 2 ounces of vodka and 2 ounces of creme de cacao (or chocolate liqueur) to a mixing glass filled with ice.
  2. Stir the mixture until it’s nice and cold, then strain into a cocktail glass and garnish with a chocolate truffle.

Test Kitchen Tip: To make this a creamy chocolate martini, stir 1 to 2 ounces of half-and-half with the vodka and creme de cacao. Strain into a chocolate syrup-drizzled cocktail glass if desired.

Making your own truffles is super easy, especially when you follow one of these 12 fun recipes.

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Fallen Apple

You don’t have to shake up a complicated cocktail to get a taste of fall. Tim Herlihy, of Tullamore D.E.W., suggests this easy fall drink.

Yield: 1 serving

  1. Add 2 ounces of Tullamore D.E.W.’s cider cask Irish whiskey to freshly pressed apple juice in a highball glass with ice.

Speaking of apples, here’s the best spot for apple picking in each state.

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Soul Snatcher

This spirit-forward cocktail comes from Jenghis Manning-Pettit of B&O American Brasserie​.

Yield: 1 serving

  1. Stir 2 ounces of Larceny Bourbon with half an ounce of pear syrup, 2 dashes of cardamom bitters and ice until chilled.
  2. Strain the cocktail into a rocks glass with ice and garnish with a lemon peel.

By the way, this is the difference between bourbon and whiskey.

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Warm your bones with something a little spicy.

Yield: 1 serving

  1. The michelada starts off by rimming a glass with salt and filling it with ice.
  2. Add to the glass 6 dashes of Valentina hot sauce, 3 dashes of Maggi seasoning, 2 dashes of Worcestershire sauce and ¼ to ⅓ cup of lime juice, to your taste.
  3. Top the glass off with a 12-ounce bottle of Corona, Modelo or Tecate and add a lime wedge garnish.

It’s a great cocktail to serve along with these brunch recipes.

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That’s S’more Like It

Make your next s’mores a bit more adult with this cocktail from Travis Sanders of Pennyroyal.

Yield: 1 serving

  1. Infuse a bottle of bourbon by adding 8 crushed graham crackers and let it sit overnight.
  2. Strain the bourbon first through a mesh strainer, then a coffee filter to get rid of any solid bits.
  3. Pour 2 ounces of your infused bourbon in a rocks glass and stir in .25 oz of creme de cacao, 2 dashes of angostura bitters and an ice cube.
  4. Top with a toasted marshmallow or ghost-shaped Peep.

That’s not all you can do with those shaped marshmallows. Here are 11 fun ways to use leftover Peeps.

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Easy Irish Cream

While Saint Patrick’s Day is still months away, there’s no reason not to make this easy Irish cream.

Yield: 5 cups

  1. Add 2 cups of half-and-half cream, 13.4 ounces of sweetened condensed milk, 1 1/4 cups of Irish whiskey, 1/4 cup of chocolate syrup, 2 tablespoons of instant coffee granules and 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract to a blender and pulse until blended.
  2. Enjoy over ice or in coffee for an after-dinner drink pick-me-up.
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Cinnamon Smash

Cozy up next to a fire with a good book, sugar cookies and this warming cocktail from Belvedere.

Yield: 1 serving

  1. Muddle a few grapefruit chunks with .75 ounces of lemon juice and .75 ounces of simple syrup in a shaker. Pour in 1.5 ounces of Belvedere, 2 dashes of ground cinnamon, 2 dashes of angostura bitters and ice.
  2. Cover and shake the cocktail until condensation forms on the shaker, about 15 seconds.
  3. Strain into a rocks glass with ice and top with a grapefruit slice and cinnamon stick.

Still feeling a chill? Turn to these stew recipes that’ll warm up cold nights.

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Black Russian

Want to feel like The Dude but not in the mood for something creamy? We have the answer: A black Russian.

Yield: 1 serving

  1. Pour an ounce of vodka and an ounce of Kahlua in a rocks glass with a few ice cubes.

It’s easy, satisfying and oh-so-smooth.

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Cranberry-Orange Sangria

It doesn’t have to be summer to enjoy a glass of sangria. This cranberry-orange sangria is packed with fall flavor.

Yield: 10 servings

  1. Pour a bottle of zinfandel wine into a large pitcher with 32 ounces of cranberry juice, a cup of simple syrup, 1/2 cup of orange liqueur, 1/2 cup of fresh or frozen cranberries, a thinly sliced apple and thinly sliced orange.
  2. Cover the pitcher and let the flavors develop overnight in the fridge.
  3. When you’re ready for a libation, drop a few ice cubes in a wine glass, fill it with sangria and garnish with additional oranges, apples and cranberries, if desired.

Next, spread holiday cheer with some of these vodka cocktail recipes.

Caroline Stanko
As Editor, Caroline writes and edits all things food-related and helps produce videos for Taste of Home. When she’s not at her desk, you can probably find Caroline cooking up a feast, planning her next trip abroad or daydreaming about her golden retriever, Mac.