Fun Fall Cocktails!!

October 20, 2015, by Katie {The Mishaps and Mayhem of a Solitary Life}

Happy Fall Y'all!!  So excited to be here today sharing some fun fall cocktails with you all.  I enjoy my wine and during the fall, pumpkin ale is my big go-to!  At parties though I like to mix it up and indulge in a few cocktails.

This Thanksgiving,  I'll once again be hosting what we call Friendsgiving. So I thought it'd be fun to have some signature drinks on the menu to offer my  friends!  Two that I am going to share with you today are a pumpkin martini and some fall sangria.  These were both so simple and easy to put together.

So, confession time.... I got a little drunk this weekend! :)  I did lots of taste-testing...

Years ago my family went out for my sister's birthday, and while we waited for our table my mom tried the restaurant's Pumpkin Spice Martini.  Over the course of the evening I think she had three or four.  And by the end of the night, the bartender had written down the recipe on the back of a receipt. He probably wasn't supposed to do that, but he did! My mom still has it to this day.
So yummy!

Pumpkin Martini- makes one glass

2 oz. vanilla vodka (I used stoli)
1.5 oz Godiva White
.5 oz of Creme de Cocoa- white
Pumpkin Spice Coffee Creamer (Both International Delight and Nestle have one this time of year!) The recipe didn't have any measurement on this, so I'd say to taste. (I went with a shot and a half!) It's a pumpkin martini after all!

Put all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice, and shake vigorously!  Strain into martini glass and enjoy!  The recipe called for the glass to be rimmed with brown sugar. That was hard....I made a second one and rimmed with cinnamon sugar!

Last week, a coworker friend of mine told me about a fall sangria she had while camping.  As she was describing it, I knew it'd be perfect for Friendsgiving.  My friends are into Fireball these days.  I have to be honest here...this one was totally trial and error using what my friend told me! There are a number of fall sangrias on sites like Pinterest but when  I couldn't find one exactly as she mentioned, I tried it anyway!  And guess what?!?  I think I nailed it! The longer you leave it the better, too!

Most sangrias have a wine base.  This one is apple cider, no wine! Which for someone like me who's never been good at mixing wine and liquor, works!

Since I didn't have any measurements I went with this shot glass.(the equivalent of 1.5 shots) because unlike the martini, I made a pitcher rather than a glass!

Fall Sangria
FireBall Cinnamon Whiskey
Caramel Vodka
Apple Cider (not juice)
4 or 5 of your favorite apples sliced (depending on the size of your pitcher)

  • Cut up the apples and place them in the bottom of the pitcher
  • Put the shots of vodka and fireball on top of them, letting it all soak in
  • Pour in apple cider
  • Stir Well
  • Place in the refrigerator overnight
Serve in a highball glass with cinnamon rim and garnished with an apple!  Enjoy!!

Hope you try these at your next fall gathering!  Please let me know how you like them and if you have any fall cocktails you think I need to try, please let me know in the comments below!