The autumn bride is lucky for many reasons. You are getting married during a beautiful time of year when the leaves change to vibrant colors and a golden light fills the air. As you plan for your upcoming nuptials, let the beauty and flavors of the season help you choose a specialty drink to serve at the reception. Here’s a list of signature wedding cocktails that celebrate the essence of fall and will leave your guests feeling warm and joyous all night long.
Apple Cranberry Moscow Mule
For a fall take on the Moscow mule, add the seasonal flavors of cranberry and apple. The spiciness of the ginger pairs deliciously with the fruit. You’ll need vodka, cranberry juice, sparkling apple juice, ginger beer, and cranberries for garnish. The color is so pretty, we suggest trading the traditional copper mug for a glass. Get the full recipe at Heather Christo.
Apples are usually the go-to fruit flavor of the season. Offering a unique autumn twist on the classic late-morning cocktail, the pear mimosa is a marvelous drink to serve at your post-wedding brunch. It’s very simple to make and calls for pear nectar, dry champagne, and pear slices for garnish. Visit Delish for the full recipe.
Cranberry and Cinnamon Whiskey Sour
Are you planning your wedding during the late, cold months of fall? Think about serving your guests a warm and cozy drink like the cranberry cinnamon whiskey sour. In addition to the usual ingredients, this seasonal version of the whiskey sour calls for cranberry cinnamon simple syrup, which gives the drink a lovely hue. Garnish with a cinnamon stick and orange twist. Get the full recipe at Baker by Nature.
Apple Cider Margarita
We typically think of margaritas as a refreshing drink to be enjoyed on a hot, sunny day. Here’s a recipe that carries the summer favorite on over to the crisp days of autumn. To make the apple cider margarita, you’ll need gold tequila, Grand Marnier, sweet apple cider, orange and apple slices, cinnamon and sugar to rim the glass, and a cinnamon stick for garnish. Visit How Sweet It Is for the full recipe.
Sparkling Champagne Cider
Wedding celebrations and champagne go hand in hand. Here’s a fall inspired version of the libation that will have your guests toasting well into the evening. To make sparkling champagne cider, simply mix 2 oz. brandy, 4 oz. apple cider and 8 oz. champagne in a flute. Finish the presentation by rimming the glass with pumpkin pie spice and course sugar or cinnamon. Get the complete recipe at Well Plated.
Caramel Apple Martini
Make a sweet impression with this adult version of the sticky treat you loved eating as a kid right around Halloween. The drink recipe uses apple cider, caramel vodka and butterscotch schnapps. Now for the delicious part – rim the glass with caramel, dip it in apple cider, and then into a mixture of cinnamon and sugar. Head over to Inspired By Charm for the full recipe.
Bourbon’s rich flavors and aromas make it a favorite spirit to drink once the days become shorter and colder. Toast the fall wedding season with the Apple Bottom. To make this smooth and inviting cocktail, muddle gala apple in a shaker, and then add bourbon, maple syrup, lemon juice, and ice. Shake and strain the mixture in an ice-filled glass and garnish with an apple slice and sprinkle of cinnamon. Go to Whiskey Tango Globe Trot for complete recipe.
Seasonal Beer for Fall
With the change of season, comes a change of selection in the beer aisle. So be sure to take advantage of all the amazing fall-flavored beers and have a bottle ready to pass out at the reception. Some of are favorites include Sierra Nevada Oktoberfest, Autumnation from Six Point Brewery in Brooklyn, Samuel Adams Octoberfest, and Southern Tier Pumking.
Radiating warmth, comfort and togetherness, fall is great time to get married. Let the spirit of the season be the inspiration for your signature wedding cocktail. And the great thing about these drinks is that they can be served at any wedding-associated occasion such as the rehearsal dinner, engagement party, and bridal shower.