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12 Fall Vodka Cocktails to Try

I’ve always enjoyed crafting drinks that evoke a sense of season, and fall’s rich palette offers the perfect inspiration for our vodka cocktails. We mix the smooth, versatile nature of vodka with autumn’s signature tastes—apple cider, pumpkin spice, and a hint of cinnamon. These combinations yield warm, inviting drinks ideal for cooler evenings. Each sip brings cozy comfort, blending the crispness of fall air with the warmth of gathered company. Perfect for any vodka enthusiast looking to savor fall’s flavors, this roundup promises a drink to suit every taste. I highly recommend exploring these fall vodka cocktails.

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Caramel Apple Moscow Mule

Caramel Apple Moscow Mule
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A seasonal take on the classic ginger beer and vodka cocktail, the caramel apple Moscow Mule uses caramel-infused vodka and spiced apple cider in addition to ginger beer. The apple cider and ginger create a comforting tangy spiciness to balance the sweet caramel. This playful cocktail will make you nostalgic for the days of bobbing for apples. You could even serve it in a metal bathing tub with red apples for garnish.


Ginger Pear Snap

Ginger Pear Snap
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Pears are the quintessential autumn fruit, adding an elegant sweetness to any torte, salad, or drink. This ginger pear snap vodka cocktail is the height of freshness, using a wealth of fresh herbs and juices in conjunction with pear-infused vodka. The fresh pear soda and lime juice add tanginess and dryness, while the fresh ginger warms everything up. This is a subtly sweet and sophisticated cocktail that will wow even the most pretentious guests.


Autumn Smash

Autumn Smash
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This sweet vodka cocktail features a myriad of autumnal fruits, from apples to figs to citrus. The dash of maple syrup adds a distinct seasonal flavor to the spicy ginger beer and tangy lemon. If figs aren’t in season, you could always use an apple slice for garnish.


Pumpkin Spice White Russian

Pumpkin Spice White Russian
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Since pumpkin spice is the most anticipated fall latte at your local Starbucks, it follows that bartenders would figure out a way to make pumpkin spice cocktails. There’s no better drink for a pumpkin spice infusion than a milky White Russian. You use the same rich Kalua liqueur, cream, and vodka mixture with the addition of pumpkin spice syrup. This is the most luxurious and rich cocktail. You just need one!


Pear & Elderflower Collins

Pear & Elderflower Collins
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A traditional Tom Collins is essentially a bubbly lemonade spiked with gin. This Pear and Elderflower Collins is much more complex, adding freshly pureed pear and elderflower liqueurs. Elderflower adds bitterness and a floral flavor that complements the subtle and elegant sweetness inherent in pears. Using vodka instead of gin evades an overly herby taste.


Apple Cider Sangria

Apple Cider Sangria
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Sangria is always a reflection of the seasons, using the freshest fruits seasonally available to create the ultimate spiked fruit punch. This delicious sangria uses an apple cider base, throwing in oranges, cranberries, and apples to soak up the sweet alcoholic punch. This is a perfect party cocktail meant to be made by the pitcher.


Spicy Pear Martini

Spicy Pear Martini
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The beauty of a Martini is that it’s a two-ingredient cocktail. The beauty of vodka martinis is that they are as smooth and tasteless as vodka itself, taking on any flavor you’d like to add. This recipe makes a pro out of anyone by instructing you on how to infuse vodka with pear and various fresh spices like anise, cinnamon, and clove. Spoiler alert, it’s not that difficult.


Fall Back Buck

Fall Back Buck

If you’re looking for great cocktails, most spirit brands have a long list of recipes on their websites. This citrus bursting fall cocktail comes compliments of Ketel One Vodka, which recommends pairing their Citroen flavored vodka with the same profile of citrus fruits used to infuse it. The addition of pineapple, simple syrup, and bitters rounds out the flavor profile, so it’s not too sweet or too tart. 


Apple Cider Vodka Crush

Apple Cider Vodka Crush
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This simple recipe has three main ingredients: vodka, apple cider, and ginger ale. It’s easy to make it by the pitcher as easily as by the glass. It’s a cold beverage, and the ice helps water down the sweetness. To bring out the spice of the ginger, a dash of cinnamon is the ideal fall garnish.


Fig Thyme Shrub Cocktail

Fig Thyme Shrub Cocktail
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This intricate recipe has you making every ingredient from scratch. I thought that “shrub” referred to a bush, but in this case, it refers to thyme and fig-infused simple syrup. You first must make the shrub, and then you use it as an ingredient in this herbaceous and fresh vodka cocktail with figs as the star of the show.


Cranberry Vodka Fizz

Cranberry Vodka Fizz
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This balanced cocktail uses a scratch-made cranberry, and orange reduction stirred into a fizzy base of vodka and soda. The reduction becomes a beautiful burgundy syrup that you can use in the future for Italian sodas or as a tangy sweet glaze over a freshly baked pound cake.


Pomegranate and Orange Vodka Cocktail

pomegranate orange vodka cocktail
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Pomegranate juice is the height of tangy, healthy, and fruity flavor. The price of a small flask is enough to scare budgets, but thankfully a little goes a long way. This cocktail supplements pomegranate with fresh orange juice, but the real flavor enhancer is the muddled mint with simple syrup.


A sophisticated fall vodka cocktail scene. In the foreground, a sleek martini glass contains a vibrant, ruby-red vodka cocktail, garnished elegantly with a twist of lemon peel and a couple of cranberries. Next to the glass, a small bowl of fresh cranberries and a lemon zest garnish lay on the wooden table. The background features an array of autumn decorations, including a small bouquet of dried wheat, a scattering of colorful fall leaves, and a warmly lit lantern. The scene is set against a window with a view of a serene autumn landscape, showing trees with leaves in hues of red, orange, and yellow under a dusky sky.

12 Fall Vodka Cocktail Recipes

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
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Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: fall vodka, fall vodka cocktails
Servings: 1
Author: Paul Kushner
Mix vodka into these fall flavored cocktails for some delicious drinks this autumn!

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