6 Autumn Cocktails to Sip on All Season Long


The weather outside may not be frightful quite yet, but there's definitely a chill in the air — meaning it's the perfect time to whip up with some deliciously seasonal cocktails. Be your own mixologist with these recipes that showcase the best flavors for chilly nights.

1. Orange-Cranberry Vodka

Whether you drink it straight or add it to a more complicated cocktail, homemade orange-cranberry vodka is a prep-ahead drink you can store for ages. Plus, it look so pretty when canned that it makes for a perfect gift .

This year, why not trade the standard bottle of bubbly for a spirited gift you crafted yourself? Infused vodka is incredibly easy to make, plus it lasts for ages. Which means the party can live on long after the decorations come down.

2. Hot Buttered Rum

Butter. Cinnamon. Nutmeg. Brown Sugar. Put it all together and add a dash (OK, maybe a little more than a dash) of rum and you've got a hot drink to nurse by the fireplace.

Hot Buttered Rum sounds like a cocktail straight out of a period drama — and that's exactly why we love it. Bring on the brrrrr. We're ready!

3. Chocolate Martini

Chocolate martinis are a classic, and if you add some triple sec and dress it up with an orange peel, the holiday flavor is even better.

A chocolate martini is the perfect drink to bust out at your annual holiday party or family get-together. Not only is it a bit classier thanks to a dressed-up chocolate sugar rim but, well, there's a lot of chocolate throughout. And everyone could use a little more chocolate, right?

4. Orange-Cranberry Cocktails

Cranberries are a Thanksgiving staple, so put that flavor in your flutes! With these three recipes — a seasonal spin on a sangria, Moscow mule and cosmo — your glass will always be full.

Cranberries and oranges may scream holiday baking, but these awesome flavors deserve to make an appearance on your cocktail cart, too. Whip up a batch of my Homemade Orange-Cranberry Vodka, then play mix master with these oh-so-festive cocktails. Bonus: This infused vodka also makes a great gift.

5. Irish Coffee

There's nothing quite like staying warm with a sip (or five) of Irish coffee. Four ingredients is all you need, though adding chocolate or maple syrup to the mix can also pump up the flavor.

Irish coffee was invented in — you guessed it — Ireland nearly 80 years ago, when a local chef decided that coffee is even better with a little something extra thrown in to take the chill off. (Irish whiskey, to be specific.)

6. Eggnog

If you simply can't wait until December, get started on your holiday indulgence a few weeks early. This creamy concoction is filled with cinnamon, nutmeg and food-safe eggs (so there's no need to worry about drinking 'em raw). C'mon, eggnog is too good to only enjoy one month a year.

Spiked eggnog is the creamy, rich, boozy drink you can only enjoy one time a year, so you've gotta do it right. This recipe showcases the classic flavors — mixed with a good amount of bourbon — to keep you feelin' festive all season long.

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6 Autumn Cocktails to Sip on All Season Long