My Favorite Bourbon-Based Cocktail Recipes for Fall

Bourbon, spice, and everything nice (in a cup!)

Fall is definitely my favorite time to sip cocktails; there’s something so lovely about notes of spice, the vanilla of bourbon, and the tartness of apple. Because I’m not quite ready to pack up my outdoor pillows and furniture to head inside, I’ve been brainstorming ways to stay warm outdoors just a littttle bit longer. I love cuddling around my backyard fire pit with a cozy throw and a strong cocktail in hand. I realized that over the years we’ve shared so many yummy drinks here on the blog, that I decided to peruse the recipe archives and re-share my top 5 cocktail for fall… especially the bourbon-based ones!

photography by Ashley Batz.

5 Fall Cocktail Recipes: My Fave Bourbon-Based Cocktail Recipes

First up, this delicious Spiced Apple Old Fashioned. I think this is the quintessential fall cocktail, with the warm, vanilla notes of bourbon paired with a yummy spiced apple syrup.

Click here for the Spiced Apple Old Fashioned recipe

portrait of a cocktail fig manhattan //
photography by Craft + Cocktails

Next up, how about a September farmer’s market staple: the fig! We whipped up a delicious Fig Manhattan, perfect for sipping around the fire.

Click here for the Fig Manhattan recipe

portrait of a cocktail // apple + grilled thyme smash recipe on
photography by Craft + Cocktails

The days are getting shorter and chillier, but I still haven’t put away my grill juuuust yet. Keep yours out, too, and whip up some Apple + Grilled Thyme Smashes! I love the bit of smokiness that grilling adds to this perfect-for-fall libation.

Click here to get the recipe for the Apple + Grilled Thyme Smash

a fall fête + mulled wine old fashioned for Ecco Domani
photography by Belathée Photography

For a cocktail that’s a great entertaining drink, look no further than this Mulled Wine Old Fashioned. I love the mix of spices we used, especially when paired with Merlot, bourbon, and muddled blackberries.

Click here for the Mulled Wine Old Fashioned recipe

portrait of a cocktail // quincy hot toddy recipe
photography by Craft + Cocktails

Last, but certainly not least… a twist on a perennial fall favorite, the Hot Toddy. This version is spiked with quince-infused bourbon and anise.

Click here for the Quince Hot Toddy recipe

my top 5 bourbon-based cocktail recipes for fall — Get all the details on how to make the spiced apple old fashioned, the fig manhattan, the apple + grilled thymed smash, mulled wine old fashioned, and the quince hot toddy — all on

So, tell me… what are you sippin’ this fall? I hope one of these fall cocktails is on your list! Leave a comment and let me know which is your favorite.

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Joanna Hawley-McBride is a Pacific Northwest-based social media strategist, content creator, and former textile designer. Joanna is the founder and editor-in-chief of Jojotastic, a lifestyle blog focused on Joanna’s work-in-progress cabin, finding the best pair of underwear through #UnderwearThesis, and empowering women to explore nature — all in her signature unfiltered style. Her work has been featured in Domino, CNBC, and Eating Well.

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