5 Cocktails You Must Make Yourself This Fall

It’s not a secret that one of the reasons we love the fall is the abundance of all things pumpkin (and apple). We pull on our riding boots, wrap ourselves in a scarf, and rush out to get a PSL or grab an apple cider doughnut. But what about the fall-inspired things we can make at home? More specifically, what about fall themed cocktails you can make right in your own kitchen? Instead of blowing 14 bucks on a specialty drink at a bar, pre-game with these easy-to-make cocktails at home.

Apple Cider Shandy (From Back to Her Roots )

Apple Cider Shandy

6 ounces (3/4 cup) apple cider
6 ounces (3/4 cup) pumpkin beer
1 cinnamon stick

Fill a glass with the apple cider, followed by the beer.
Pop in a cinnamon stick.

Cranberry Sangria (From MyRecipes)

Cranberry Sangria

2 cups fresh or frozen cranberries
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
1 (750-milliliter) bottle fruity red wine
1/2 cup brandy
1 cup fresh orange juice
Garnishes: fresh cranberries; orange, lemon, and lime slices

Bring first 3 ingredients to a boil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat.
Reduce heat to low, and simmer 5 minutes or until cranberries pop.
Pour mixture through a strainer into a bowl, using the back of a spoon to squeeze out juice.
Discard solids.
Transfer cranberry mixture to a large pitcher.
Stir in wine, brandy, and orange juice.
Chill 2 hours.
Serve over ice; garnish with cranberries and fruit slices, if desired.

Bailey’s Caramel Appletini (from TheBar)

1 ounce Baileys Caramel Irish Cream
1/2 ounce Smirnoff Green Apple Flavored Vodka
1 slice apple
1 teaspoon caramel

Add Baileys Caramel Irish Cream and Smirnoff Green Apple Flavored Vodka to a cocktail shaker.
Shake with ice and strain into a pre-chilled martini glass.
Garnish with an apple slice and caramel.

Cinnamon Toast (From Delish)

1 1/4 ounces Captain Morgan Original Spiced Rum (You can also do a variation with our beloved Fireball)
6 ounces hot apple cider
1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon cinnamon

Add hot apple cider and Captain Morgan Original Spiced Rum to a glass rimmed with sugar and cinnamon.

Bourbon Pumpkin Pie Milkshakes (from How Sweet Eats)

Bourbon Pumpkin Pie Milkshake

2 cups vanilla ice cream
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup cream or half and half
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2/3 cup pureed pumpkin
1/2 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
1/3 cup graham cracker crumbs
2-3 ounces of bourbon
Frosting and sprinkles (or cinnamon sugar) for glasses

Add all ingredients to a blender (except frosting and sprinkles) and mix until combined.
Rim glasses with a light coating of frosting then dip in sprinkles.
Pour in shake and sprinkle cinnamon on top.
Top with whipped cream if desired.

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Jenna Crowley

Jenna used to be known as 2NOTBrokeGirls, but then one of the girls actually went broke, so she's struck out on her own. Jenna spends her free time saving the world, one sorority girl at a time (usually while wearing yoga pants), questioning why she decided to get a doctorate, and documenting her love of all things cheese related. You can ask her anything you want about football, using your boobs to get what you want, and pizza at @JennaLCrowley on Twitter or via email at

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