The crisp air, the changing leaves, and the cozy sweaters can only mean one thing: fall has arrived. And with it, a new season of flavors and drinks to enjoy.
As a bartender, I am always on the lookout for new and exciting recipes to add to my menu. And when it comes to fall, there is no better spirit to work with than brandy.
Brandy is a versatile liquor that pairs perfectly with the warm and spicy flavors of fall. Its rich and complex flavor profile makes it the ideal base for a variety of cocktails that are perfect for the season.
Think apple cider, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. These warm and comforting flavors are the essence of fall and can be found in some of the best brandy cocktails.
Whether you're looking for a cozy drink to enjoy by the fire or a festive cocktail to serve at your next gathering, brandy is the perfect spirit to incorporate into your fall cocktail repertoire.
From classic recipes to modern twists, there is no shortage of delicious brandy cocktails to try this season. So, let's raise a glass to fall and explore some of the best brandy cocktail recipes around.
1. Apple Brandy Cider Cocktail
The Apple Brandy Cider Cocktail is a must-try for anyone looking for a delicious and warming drink this fall. This cocktail is made with apple cider as the base, and the addition of brandy and cooked apples gives it a rich and intense apple flavor. The cinnamon, brown sugar, and butter add a touch of sweetness and warmth, making it perfect for a chilly evening.
This cocktail is a great option for special occasions and holidays like Thanksgiving. It can be served warm or chilled, and it pairs well with a variety of foods. If you're looking for a flavorful and easy-to-make cocktail this fall, the Apple Brandy Cider Cocktail is definitely worth a try.
2. Spiced Orange Brandy Spritzers
The Spiced Orange Brandy Spritzer is a perfect fall cocktail made with brandy, orange juice, allspice berries, and cinnamon stick. It's topped with ginger ale and garnished with orange slices and a cinnamon stick.
The warm spices and citrusy orange flavor make it a perfect choice for a cozy night in or a holiday gathering. The carbonation from the ginger ale adds a refreshing fizz to the cocktail.
3. Apple Brandy Allspice Fizz Cocktail
The Apple Brandy Allspice Fizz Cocktail is a must-try for anyone who loves the taste of apples and spices during the fall season. Made with apple brandy, this cocktail has a beautiful apple flavor with spicy notes that are perfectly balanced with the fizziness of the soda.
The emulsified, creamy egg white adds a smooth texture to the drink, making it a refreshing and light option to sip on during Thanksgiving dinner. This cocktail is a perfect choice for those who want to try something new and unique this fall. So, if you're looking for a delicious and refreshing cocktail to enjoy during the season, the Apple Brandy Allspice Fizz Cocktail is definitely worth trying.
4. Hot Spiked Apple Cider With Brandy and Caramel
Looking for a cozy and festive cocktail to enjoy during the Fall season? Look no further than the Hot Spiked Apple Cider with Brandy and Caramel. This warm and inviting drink combines fresh apple cider with apple brandy and a touch of caramel syrup for a deliciously satisfying sip.
Topped with homemade whipped cream and a drizzle of caramel sauce, this cocktail is perfect for sipping by the fireplace on a chilly evening or serving at your next holiday gathering. If you're a fan of warm, spiced drinks, consider adding cinnamon sticks, star anises, and whole cloves to the mix for a mulled version of this tasty cocktail. Give it a try and let us know what you think!
5. Brandy Alexander
The Brandy Alexander is a classic after-dinner cocktail that has been enjoyed by adults for generations. This mature and sophisticated drink is perfect for the fall season, with its rich and creamy texture and warming brandy base. The Brandy Alexander is a perfect way to end a meal, and is sure to impress your guests with its elegant presentation and complex flavor profile.
This cocktail is a must-try for anyone who appreciates the finer things in life, and is sure to become a favorite for those who enjoy a good brandy cocktail. So why not treat yourself to a Brandy Alexander this fall and experience the ultimate in grown-up indulgence?
6. Brandy Alexander Cocktail
The Brandy Alexander Cocktail is a classic and delicious way to enjoy brandy during the fall season. This cocktail is made with equal parts brandy, creme de cacao, and half & half, resulting in a creamy and sweet drink that almost tastes like a milkshake. The history of this cocktail dates back to the early 1900s when it was created by a bartender at Rector's restaurant in New York.
The Brandy Alexander is perfect for those who enjoy a sweet and creamy cocktail with a kick. It's a great choice for fall gatherings or as an after-dinner drink. If you're looking for a simple yet delicious brandy cocktail, the Brandy Alexander is definitely worth trying.
7. Holiday Homemade Apple Brandy
The Holiday Homemade Apple Brandy is a perfect Fall Brandy Cocktail with all the flavors of apple pie and a boozy twist.
The combination of apples, sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg creates a deliciously sweet and spicy flavor that can be served cold or warm. The recipe is easy to make, and the end result is a tasty and refreshing drink that is perfect for any occasion.
8. Brandy Old Fashioned Sweet
The Brandy Old Fashioned Sweet is a classic cocktail recipe that has been a favorite in Wisconsin for decades. Made with brandy, muddled fruit, bitters, and lemon-lime soda, this cocktail is a perfect balance of sweet and boozy flavors. The addition of muddled fruit and soda gives it a unique twist on the classic Old Fashioned recipe.
The use of brown sugar instead of a sugar cube adds a depth of flavor that takes this cocktail to the next level. The garnish of a maraschino cherry and orange slice gives it a pop of color and a touch of sweetness. This cocktail is perfect for Fall evenings, cozy nights in, or sipping by the fireplace. It's a must-try for anyone looking for a classic cocktail with a twist.
9. Spiced Apple Brandy Cocktail
The Spiced Apple Brandy Cocktail is a must-try for any fall cocktail enthusiast. Made with freshly squeezed SweeTango® apple juice, this cocktail has a sweet and tangy taste that is perfectly balanced with hints of warm spices.
The apple brandy and lemon juice add depth to the cocktail, while the demerara sugar syrup provides a touch of sweetness. The cinnamon sugar rim adds an extra layer of flavor and texture to the drink. Overall, this cocktail is refreshing, easy to make, and perfect for any fall gathering.
10. Apple Cider Champagne Cocktail
The Apple Cider Champagne Cocktail is a perfect fall drink that combines the flavors of rich apple cider, cinnamon, nutmeg and maple syrup with the bubbly goodness of champagne. This cocktail is easy to make and perfect for holiday parties or autumn brunches.
The cinnamon sugar rim adds an extra festive touch to the drink. The combination of sweet and bubbly makes this cocktail a must-try for anyone looking for a delicious fall drink. So, if you're looking for a tasty and festive cocktail to enjoy this fall, give the Apple Cider Champagne Cocktail a try!
11. The Perfect Pear
"The Perfect Pear" is a delicious Fall Brandy Cocktail made with only one spirit, pear brandy. It has a bright and spirit-forward taste with a slightly sweet and tart flavor from the citrus.
The sugar rim adds a touch of elegance to the drink and sweetens each sip from that side of the glass. Despite not containing fresh pears, the pure pear flavor from the brandy shines through and makes this cocktail perfect for sipping on a cool autumn evening.
12. Cranberry Apple Fizz
"Cranberry Apple Fizz" is a must-try cocktail for anyone who loves the flavors of fall. This delicious drink is a perfect combination of cranberry juice and apple brandy that creates a refreshing and sparkling taste. The simple syrup adds a touch of sweetness that makes it a perfect drink for any holiday party.
It's easy to make and can be prepared ahead of time for easy serving. This cocktail is dangerously good, and it's easy to have two or three without realizing it. It's a classic flavor pairing that everyone will love. If you're looking for a perfect fall cocktail, "Cranberry Apple Fizz" is definitely worth a try.
13. Spiced Autumn Apple Sangria
Spiced Autumn Apple Sangria is a perfect cocktail to enjoy during the fall season. This cocktail is made with Spanish red wine, brandy, ginger ale, orange juice, honey crisp apple, orange, pomegranate seeds, cinnamon sticks, and star anise. The combination of seasonal fruits and aromatic spices gives this cocktail a unique and delicious flavor.
The sweetness of the fruit and the warmth of the spices make it a perfect drink to cozy up with on a chilly autumn evening. Overall, Spiced Autumn Apple Sangria is a must-try cocktail for anyone who loves fall flavors and wants to enjoy a delicious and refreshing drink.
14. Coffee Brandy Alexander
The Coffee Brandy Alexander is a must-try cocktail for any brandy lover this fall season. This creamy and decadent cocktail is a modern twist on the classic Brandy Alexander, with the addition of coffee liqueur that adds a rich and bold flavor to the mix.
The cocktail is made with cognac, coffee liqueur, and cream, creating a smooth and velvety texture that is perfect for sipping on a cozy fall evening. The addition of nutmeg and coffee beans as garnish adds a touch of warmth and sophistication to the drink. If you're looking for a cocktail that is both indulgent and sophisticated, the Coffee Brandy Alexander is definitely worth a try.
15. Harvest Moon Applejack Cocktail
The Harvest Moon Applejack Cocktail is a perfect Fall cocktail made with apple brandy, almond syrup, and lemon juice. It has a tangy and sweet flavor profile, with a pleasant almond taste from the orgeat.
The applejack brandy used in this cocktail is widely available, and it has a balanced feel to it. The tang of the lemon juice is mellowed out by the smooth apple brandy, making it a must-try Fall cocktail.
16. Katrina Van Tassel's Spiced Apricot Cocktail
If you're looking for a unique and flavorful Fall Brandy Cocktail, you won't want to miss Katrina Van Tassel's Spiced Apricot Cocktail. Inspired by the blooming Katrina Van Tassel of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, this enchanting brew marries ripe, sweet apricots with warm spices.
The spiced simple syrup made with apricot nectar intensifies the apricot flavor in this cocktail, which is perfectly balanced with a splash of lemon juice. The combination of gin and apricot brandy creates a smooth and sophisticated taste that will leave you wanting more. Whether you're a fan of the classic tale or just looking for a delicious Fall cocktail, Katrina Van Tassel's Spiced Apricot Cocktail is a must-try.
17. Applejack Old Fashioned With Brown Sugar
The Applejack Old Fashioned with Brown Sugar is a perfect Fall Brandy Cocktail that is rich and smooth. It has a sweet apple flavor and is layered with caramel-y brown sugar and a zesty spritz of orange. The cocktail is made with pure applejack, which is made by fermenting apple juice and distilling the resulting wine.
The oak aging gives it a deep mahogany color and adds aromas such as vanilla, toast, spice, toffee, caramel, and coconut. This cocktail is perfect for those who want a subtle touch of apple flavor in their drink. It's a great example of simple done really well. If you're looking for a unique spin on an old fashioned cocktail, the Applejack Old Fashioned with Brown Sugar is a must-try.
The Stinger is a classic cocktail that has been around since the early 1900s. It's a simple yet sophisticated drink made with creme de menthe and brandy, making it a perfect choice for a chilly autumn evening. The mint flavor in this cocktail is not too overpowering and blends well with the brandy, creating a unique and delicious flavor.
The Stinger is best enjoyed on its own or with a cigar, making it an ideal after-dinner drink. If you're looking for a food pairing, try it with a spicy dish like Easy Mint Chimichurri. However, if you're not a fan of creme de menthe, this may not be the drink for you. Overall, the Stinger is a timeless cocktail that's worth trying this fall season.
19. Blood Orange Sidecar
The Blood Orange Sidecar is a perfect winter version of the classic sidecar cocktail. This cocktail is a beautiful balance of sweet and sour, with a deep rich red color that adds elegance to any dinner table.
The combination of brandy, rum, and orange liqueur creates a tart, spirit forward cocktail that pairs well with the intense orange flavor of blood oranges. The Blood Orange Sidecar is a great choice for those who want to try a new twist on a classic cocktail.
20. The French Connection Cocktail
If you're looking for a simple yet stunning Fall Brandy Cocktail, then The French Connection Cocktail is the perfect choice. This cocktail is a combination of Cognac and Amaretto, named after the iconic film of the same name that debuted in 1971 starring Gene Hackman as ‘Popeye Doyle’ in a true crime drama.
The use of Cognac, a very French brandy, is what qualifies this inclusion as French. The cocktail is simply stirred before being poured over ice and then garnished with a lemon twist. It's a sweet after-dinner drink that can be enjoyed on any occasion. The French Connection Cocktail is a must-try for anyone who loves brandy cocktails and wants to experience a touch of France in their glass.
21. Eggnog White Russian
The Eggnog White Russian is a perfect cocktail for the fall season. This festive drink is a twist on the classic White Russian, made with eggnog and brandy instead of vodka. The creamy and flavorful Organic Valley Eggnog is recommended for the best taste.
This cocktail is like an adult milkshake, perfect for sipping on a cozy night in. The brandy adds a subtle flavor and makes the drink less strong than vodka. This cocktail is a must-try for anyone who loves eggnog and wants to add a little twist to their classic White Russian.
22. Donner and Blitzen
Looking for a festive and flavorful cocktail to enjoy this fall season? Look no further than the Donner and Blitzen. This cocktail combines ginger simple syrup, brandy, pomegranate molasses, and pomegranate juice for a complex and balanced flavor profile.
Topped off with ginger beer and a few shakes of orange bitters, this cocktail is the perfect addition to any holiday gathering. The garnish of orange slices and crystallized ginger adds a touch of elegance to this already impressive cocktail. Whether you're enjoying it with a holiday meal or sipping it by the fire, the Donner and Blitzen is sure to impress.
23. Calvados Jack Rose
The Calvados Jack Rose is a classic Fall Brandy Cocktail made with apple brandy, grenadine, and citrus. It has been a favorite since the early 1900s and is perfect for sipping during the autumn season.
The addition of real grenadine and Calvados, a more refined apple brandy from Normandy, France, gives this cocktail a unique twist. Whether you prefer a traditional 2:3:3 ratio or like to experiment with different variations, the Calvados Jack Rose is a must-try cocktail for any brandy lover.
24. French 45
The French 45 is a lesser-known but elegant cocktail that is perfect for the fall season. Made with brandy instead of gin or cognac like the French 75, this cocktail is light and bubbly, making it the perfect way to unwind and relax with friends.
With its easy-to-make recipe and affordable ingredients, the French 45 is a great way to impress your guests without breaking the bank. Garnished with lemon twists, this cocktail is sure to be a crowd-pleaser. If you're looking for a delicious and unique cocktail to try this fall, the French 45 is definitely worth a shot.
25. Classic Sidecar Cocktail
The Classic Sidecar Cocktail is a timeless and sophisticated drink that is perfect for the fall season. Made with Cognac, Cointreau, and lemon juice, this cocktail is a perfect balance of sweet and sour flavors. The sugar rim adds a touch of sweetness to the drink, making it a perfect choice for those who prefer their cocktails not too sour.
This cocktail is easy to make and is a great choice for any occasion, whether it's a cozy night in or a fancy dinner party. If you're looking for a classic cocktail that is sure to impress your guests, the Classic Sidecar Cocktail is a must-try.
26. Coffee Nudge
The Coffee Nudge is a perfect choice for those who love coffee and brandy. This cocktail is a combination of hot coffee, creme de cacao, Kahlua, brandy, and whipped cream. It's a little stronger than your average coffee drink, but it's perfect for a chilly evening.
The Coffee Nudge is a great way to warm up and relax after a long day. If you're looking for a delicious and easy-to-make cocktail to enjoy this fall, the Coffee Nudge is definitely worth a try.