There’s something about the changing seasons that makes me want to create new memories with a delicious beverage in hand — whether I’m spending a quiet night in, hosting family and friends or attending an autumn gathering. Today I’m thrilled to share 5 Cozy Fall Cocktail, Sangria & Mulled Wine Recipes that celebrate my favourite season in libation form with warm, crisp, comforting flavours and a mosaic of seasonal ingredients! This spirited collection of delicious fall COCKTAILS, SANGRIAS and MULLED WINES are not only staples in my repertoire, but they’re also your favourites as well — having been featured across various high profile media outlets and signature cocktails at reader wedding receptions!
As always, my alcoholic beverages are simple, seasonal, free of dairy, gluten and refined sugar and and packed full of fresh, healthier ingredients — because I truly believe in balance in every area of life. Each of these carefully crafted cocktails and sangria recipes feature my favourite fall ingredients including fig, rosemary, pomegranate, cranberry, vanilla, apples, clementines, berries and honey spiced with cloves, star anise and nutmeg — expertly combined with classic autumn spirits of Prosecco, apple Brandy, Japanese whisky, Chambord, Crème de Violette, Pinot Noir and Zinfandel. Whether you’re entertaining and looking for large batch fall cocktails, sangrias or mulled wines you can prep in advance, enjoying an elevated autumn date night in front of a roaring fire, or simply in the mood to shake yourself up a fabulous cocktail in your coziest loungewear, I have just the recipe! From my home bar to yours, I hope this roundup of tested-till-perfect, better-for-you fall cocktail and sangria recipes inspires you to get creative with your sips this season!
5 COZY FALL COCKTAIL & SANGRIA RECIPES
Who’s ready to mix up a delicious fall libation? If you’re familiar with my typical recipe roundup format, I’ve organized this post into COCKTAIL, SANGRIA and MULLED WINE categories for easy browsing. I’ve included a photo, summary and link to each recipe — and also indicated which category each recipe falls into: Vegan, Vegetarian, Gluten Free, Refined Sugar Free and No Sugar Added.
You’ll also find a Pinterest friendly graphic at the footer for easy reference if you’d like to bookmark this roundup for later. Without further ado, please enjoy this collection of quintessential fall cocktail inspiration — I hope you enjoy my 5 Cozy Fall Cocktail & Sangria Recipes roundup! Cheers, friends.
THE BEST FALL COCKTAIL RECIPES
Let’s start with my favourite fall cocktails, shall we? This section features my very best single serve sips and delicious seasonal ingredients that you can shake up in the comfort of your own home.
Vegetarian (Vegan option), Gluten Free, No Sugar Added
My Rosemary Fig Japanese Whisky Sour is a deliciously luxurious juxtaposition of fall flavours and textures that you can shake up at home. This creative, comforting cocktail is creamy, smoky, sweet and sour — enveloping your tastebuds in early autumn inspired warmth! Premium Japanese whisky combines with egg whites (with a vegan option), fig syrup (made from preserves), bitters, fresh lemon juice and a spring of rosemary shaken into a creamy, comforting sip that celebrates quintessential fall flavours in cocktail form.
If your looking to satisfy your cocktail lounge cravings at home this autumn, look no further! Dust off your cocktail shaker, slip on your fuzzy slippers, light a fire and learn how to shake up this sumptuous, seasonally inspired Japanese whisky sour.
THE BEST FALL SANGRIA RECIPES
I love to serve sangria whenever we’re hosting or attending a party and it’s ideal for Thanksgiving! There’s nothing I love more than whipping up a big batch of sangria in the kitchen while the turkey cooks and the kitchen bustles with the activity of holiday meal prep while children play at our feet. It’s truly one of my favourite things to share with family and friends over the holidays!
Vegan, Gluten Free, Refined Sugar Free
Traditional sangria gets a luxurious makeover in my Sparkling Pomegranate Cranberry Sangria where I’ve swapped wine for bubbles and infused the recipe with flavours of pomegranate, cranberry, orange, and ginger, plus a healthy splash of Grand Marnier to send it over the top! It’s been featured in Brit + Co‘s 14 Herbaceous Cocktails Full of Fall Flavors and You’ll Want These 21 Signature Cocktails at Your Fall Wedding roundups — and was even one lovely couple’s signature wedding cocktail.
I’ve served this recipe countless times at both Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Eve celebrations — and it’s always a smash hit. This bold and bubbly recipe makes about 12 serving, but if you’re hosting 8+, I recommend doubling this recipe.
Vegan, Gluten Free, No Sugar Added
If you’re an apple cider lover, this sangria is for you! My Late Harvest Spiced Apple Sangria combines late harvest riesling with Eau Claire’s Apple Brandy, freshly pressed apple cider and ginger beer with a sweet and spicy trio of Okanagan apples, fresh ginger and cinnamon sticks to infuse this comforting, apple-centric sangria with autumnal warmth.
This quintessentially autumnal sangria is my to-go recipe for Thanksgiving celebrations — it makes about 5 litres and serves approximately 8 (that said, if you’re hosting 8+, I recommend doubling this recipe and halving it for groups of 4 or less). My Late Harvest Spiced Apple Sangria has become a fast favourite among family and friends — it’s a crowd pleasing recipe that goes down easy (consider yourself warned!) and is enjoyed by winos and non-wine lovers alike. It tastes like autumn in a glass — simultaneously cozy and refreshing!
Vegan, Gluten Free, No Sugar Added
My Violette Noir Berry Sangria is the latest addition to my sangria recipe collection — and my most inventive yet! This sophisticated, Parisian-inspired spin on traditional red sangria is as intricate as it is accessible — seducing both wine lovers and skeptics with each delicious, antioxidant-rich sip! If you’re craving a dramatic, berry-infused libation with bold, luscious flavours, this recipe is a must-try. It combines raspberry-laden Chambord, floral Crème de Violette, juicy blackberry and a fresh kiss of citrus intertwined over an elegant Pinot Noir backdrop.
This unexpected, berry-forward sangria yields one large pitcher and serves up about 8 glasses. It’s the ideal accompaniment to festive cocktail parties, formal occasions, holiday dinners or anytime you’re craving a refined, wine-based bracer to delight and surprise even the most discerning of palettes!
THE BEST FALL MULLED WINE RECIPES
Is there anything more comforting than a warm glass of mulled wine on a cold autumn day? It’s the ultimate in cold weather comfort — like a cashmere sweater for your taste buds!
Vegan, Gluten Free, No Sugar Added
Last but certainly not least is a modern spin on mulled wine that serves 12 – 16! If you’re hosting a holiday celebration this season and looking for a crowd-pleasing beverage to serve, welcome guests with a warm mug of Vanilla Pomegranate Mulled Wine.
Featured in Country Living‘s 25 Easy Mulled Wine Recipes to Warm You Up This Fall and Redbook‘s 11 Fall Drinks that will Warm You Right Up roundups, this sophisticated twist on a classic is sure to leave you feeling all warm and fuzzy. Luxurious flavours of pomegranate and vanilla mix and mingle with robust Zinfandel, clementines, honey, cloves, star anise and a touch of nutmeg to warm you from the inside out! This updated mulled wine recipe is also chock full of antioxidants and healing spices, because who doesn’t love a festive beverage with feel-good health benefits?
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Thanks for stopping by for this spirited fall cocktail, sangria and mulled wine recipe roundup, friends! I plan to update this post each year to ensure you can reference all my favourite seasonal sips in one convenient location — I can’t wait to share what I’m working on this year (hint: I hope you like pumpkin spice!).
As always, if you try one of my recipes, please let me know how you liked it — I absolutely love your feedback! Leave me a comment, or tag me on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook. I’d love you to hashtag #justinecelinacocktails in your recreations so I can find them — browsing my feed and stumbling on your gorgeous recreations is one of my favourite things! I also have a Pinterest board for if you’re looking for more Clean Cocktail inspiration. Wishing you all a lovely autumn!
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