5 Warming Autumn Cocktails

by | Sep 20, 2021 | Articles, Cocktail Recipes

Whilst we were hoping September was going to serve us a late summer after its rather poor performance this year, it would seem that autumn has arrived, and to be honest, we’re not mad about it. Autumn brings with it a slew of fun socialising events, from small dinner parties, Halloween get-togethers to bonfire nights – and all of them pair extremely well with cocktails.

With the transition of the seasons, it’s time to say goodbye to fruity, refreshing drinks and hello to cosy and warm autumn cocktails.

We’ve compiled a list of the 5 best cocktails for autumn including a few hot tipples to warm you up on those cold nights. Ditch the pumpkin spiced lattes and make these your autumnal drink of choice!

Maple Whisky Sour

When life gives you lemons, make whisky sours of course! The combination of sweetness from the sugar, sour from the lemon and warmth from the whisky makes the whisky sour a popular choice. This classic and historic cocktail (it was first recorded in a recipe book in 1862!) gets an autumn makeover by using maple syrup instead of simple syrup and garnishing with cinnamon.



50ml Bourbon

35ml Lemon Juice

12ml Maple Syrup

½ Fresh Egg White


Orange Slice and cinnamon stick (for garnish)

  • Place all the ingredients (except the garnish items) into a shaker and shake hard for 20 seconds
  • Strain into an ice filled glass
  • Garnish with extra the orange slice

Whisky Sours are a great cocktail to get experimental with. Try adding a drop of ginger liqueur for extra autumnal flavour. 

5 Warming Autumn Cocktails

Top Tip: If you ever have a recipe which calls for egg yolks and leaves you with loads of egg whites leftover, then freeze them. Put the egg white into an ice cube tray, and freeze for up to 3 months. Then simply pop them out into your shaker 30-60 minutes before you want to make your cocktail, and voila. DON’T use frozen egg whites to make meringues though – it really won’t work. Trust us.

77 Black Espresso Martini

But first, coffee. Everybody’s favourite cocktail, the espresso martini, shows no sign of losing its popularity as we transition into the new season. Rich, indulgent and creamy, it’s perfect as a post dinner digestif or for a caffeine hit if you’re flagging on a night out. Experiment with vodka flavours or add salted caramel syrup for a sweeter twist.


5 Warming Autumn Cocktails

50ml St. Patrick’s Potato Vodka

25ml Fresh Espresso Coffee

35ml 77 Black


Coffee beans (for garnish)

  • Pour the vodka, coffee and 77 black into a cocktail shaker and fill with ice
  • Chill a martini glass with ice as well
  • Shake the liquid vigorously (this helps create the frothy top)
  • Strain into a martini glass
  • Gently place3 coffee beans on top for garnish

Top tip: You must use espresso coffee if you want to achieve the creamy layer on top (and provide something for your coffee beans to float on!)

Hot Spiced Apple and Gin 

This cocktail ticks all the boxes for the perfect autumn cocktail. Served hot with a combination of tart, spicy and sweet flavours, it’s perfect for warming you up as the nights get colder. This is also a great one for non-drinkers, just serve minus the gin!


50ml Elemental Apple Gin

200ml Apple Juice

1 Cinnamon Stick

5 Cloves

Grated Nutmeg

25g Brown Sugar

Slice of Apple to Garnish

  • Heat all the ingredients (apart from the gin) gently in a pan for five minutes
  • Remove from the heat and add gin
  • Strain into copper cups or jars 
  • Garnish with an apple slice


5 Warming Autumn Cocktails

If warm cocktails aren’t your thing, replace the apple juice and brown sugar with apple cider and sugar syrup and shake vigorously in a shaker, then strain into glasses.

Caramel and Apple Mule

Reminiscent of eating toffee apples around the bonfire (but more fun!) This cocktail is the perfect autumn blend of caramel, apple and ginger 


50ml St Patricks Vodka

30ml Caramel Syrup

50ml Apple Cider

Ginger Beer


Apple Slice (to garnish)

  • Place all ingredients into a shaker and shake for 20 seconds 
  • Pour into jar glasses
  • Garnish with Apple Slice

Cranberry and Rum Autumn Warmer

Hot cocktails are the perfect antidote to the cold, dark evenings and this one is no exception. The cranberry juice is a nod to the festivities ahead whilst the dark rum and spices add a delicious warmth.


50ml Dark Rum

1 Cinnamon Stick

2 Cloves

2 Tablespoons of Lemon Juice

200ml Cranberry Juice


  • Place all the ingredients (apart from the rum) in a saucepan and heat gently over a medium heat for five minutes
  • Remove from the heat and stir in the rum
  • Garnish with cinnamon stick and serve immediately


5 Warming Cocktails for Autumn