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Five Fall Cocktails For Your Next Happy Hour

Fall is upon us! And what better way to celebrate than with some great cocktail recipes that are perfect to cozy up with as the weather starts changing. These cocktails are some of the SipScience team's favorite happy hour go-tos when we're mixing up at home, whether we're getting fancy or looking for a simple fall cocktail we can whip up before that scary movie Netflix watch party.

1. Cake N'Knife's Bourbon Pumpkin Smash

If you're looking for a rich pumpkin flavor, look no further. This pumpkin cocktail combines pumpkin puree with pumpkin pie spice and bourbon for a cocktail that'll remind you of the changing fall leaves. It's a bit complex of a recipe but worth the effort, especially if you want a cocktail that's sure to impress coworkers on that next virtual happy hour. You'll need:


  • 1 oz pumpkin spice syrup

  • 2 oz bourbon

  • 1/4 oz lemon juice

  • 4 oz soda water

  • Lemon wedges

Pumpkin Spice Simple Syrup

  • 8 oz pumpkin puree

  • 1 cup water, more as needed

  • 1 cup granulated sugar

  • 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice

Cinnamon Rimming Sugar

  • 1/2 Tbsp ground cinnamon

  • 1/2 Tbsp ground ginger

  • Pinch of ground allspice

  • 1/2 Tbsp brown sugar

For the full recipe and instructions, check out the Cake N' Knife blog here.

2. HGTV's Caramel Apple Martini

HGTV has us mesmerized with their caramel apple martini, a fall cocktail that's perfect for apple picking season! It combines Bailey's, apple, and butterscotch schnapps for a creamy, warming cocktail that will make you want to cozy up in your fall blanket and light that fall scented candle. It includes:

  • 1 oz. Baileys Irish cream

  • 1/2 oz. apple schnapps

  • 1/2 oz. butterscotch schnapps

  • 2 oz. half-and-half or whole milk

  • coarse sugar

  • ground cinnamon

Full the full recipe, be sure to see HGTV's website.

3. DamnDelicious' Kahlua Hot Chocolate

Kahlua hot chocolate is perfect for the weather change and for chocolate lovers looking for a hot cocktail! Blogger Chungah's secret is that the hot cocoa recipe is made from scratch, to give this cozy fall cocktail an extra special creaminess. You'll need:

  • 2 cups milk

  • 2 tablespoons sugar

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Dutch-processed unsweetened cocoa powder

  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

  • Pinch of nutmeg

  • 1 ounce Kahlúa coffee liqueur

  • Mini marshmallows, for serving

  • Salted caramel, for serving

  • Chocolate syrup, for serving

Be sure to check out the DamnDelicious food blog for the full recipe.

4. Love & Olive Oil's Bourbon Salted Caramel Milkshake

We absolutely adore this fall cocktail. Salted Caramel lovers get excited, because blogger Lindsay's delicious, creamy, and boozy milkshake is a perfect 21+ fall dessert or sweet treat. Combining vanilla ice cream, bourbon, and a home made salted caramel sauce, this recipe is a fall must-have for happy hour. To make it, you'll need:

For Caramel:

  • 1 cup granulated sugar

  • 1 tablespoon corn syrup

  • pinch cream of tartar

  • 1/4 cup water

  • 2/3 cup heavy cream

  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons bourbon

  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla bean paste or 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt

For Milkshakes:

  • 16 ounces vanilla ice cream

  • 1/3 cup bourbon caramel sauce, plus more for garnish

  • 1/3 cup milk, more or less as needed

  • 2 tablespoons bourbon

  • Whipped cream, for serving (optional)

Be sure to take a look at Love & Olive Oil's blog for the full recipe.

5. Not Without Salt's Hot Buttered Rum

Not Without Salt has an easy recipe for a classic fall cocktail that won't disappoint. It combines quintessential fall spices like nutmeg, cinnamon, and cardamom with brown sugar to form a creamy cocktail base you can keep in your fridge. Just add a bit of the base to your favorite mug with rum and hot water, and VOILA! Fall cocktail magic in a mug. The recipes calls for:

  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

  • 1/4 teaspoon cardamom

  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1 stick unsalted butter, soft

  • 2 cup dark brown sugar

as well as your favorite dark rum! Be sure to check out Not Without Salt's blog for the full recipe.

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