10 Delicious Autumn Martinis

Capture the Taste of Fall in These Spectacular Martinis

Fall is a fabulous time of year and it is filled with signature flavors that we can bring into our cocktails. Fancy drinks like martinis are no exception and this collection of recipes is filled with all of those warming tastes of this cool season.

From apples and pears to warm spice blends that include vanilla and cinnamon, these cocktails are perfect for pairing with autumn meals or enjoying alone on a chilly evening after work.

Most are not what we typically think of as a 'martini' and...MORE are instead short, flavorful drinks served in the 'up' style. They include the full range of base spirits, everything from vodka and gin to rum and whiskey so there is bound to be a drink that appeals to every drinker.

Have fun with these modern cocktails and explore the entire collection, sharing your favorites with friends this season.

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    Peary Bird Cocktail
    The Peary Bird is a fun autumn cocktail with a lot of flavor. Steve Brown Photography / Photolibrary / Getty Images

    Ingredients: vodka, Tuaca, B&B, pear, simple syrup, nutmeg

    The Peary Bird is a proven winner and a cocktail that is filled with autumn flavors. It is both delicate and complex and a drink that really needs to be experienced to fully appreciate it.

    For this drink, you will want to choose your favorite premium vodka and stop by the liqueurs to pick up Tuaca and B&B. These vanilla and herbal brandy spirits are then paired with fresh pear and a pinch of nutmeg. It is truly delightful.

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    Belvedere Vodka's Toffee Apple Cocktail
    Simple and delightful, this Toffee Apple recipe includes a DIY toffee syrup that's easier than you may think. Rob Lawson / Photolibrary / Getty Images

    Ingredients: citrus vodka, apple juice, lemon juice, toffee syrup

    The name of this vodka martini alone is mouth-watering and it is a very simple drink that may be just a little too tempting.

    To create the Toffee Apple, you will need to begin by making a simple toffee syrup that is really nothing more than adding a little water to melted toffee.

    Once that little task is complete, mix it with a citrus vodka and a little apple juice. A touch of lemon sets the balance and in minutes you have a...MORE delicious apple drink that everyone will enjoy.

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    Kara Newman's Fall Spice Cordial Cocktail
    The Fall Spice Cordial from Kara Newman's Spice & Ice is a smooth bourbon drink with a DIY chipotle-orange syrup for a little kick. Steve Brown Photography / Photolibrary / Getty Images

    Ingredients: bourbon, vanilla liqueur, chipotle-orange syrup, orange bitters

    It is time to add a little spice to our autumn drinking menu and the Fall Spice Cordial is the perfect way to do that.

    Another homemade simple syrup is required to create this bourbon cocktail and in this instance we are pairing the contrasting flavors of chipotle peppers and orange peel. 

    The syrup is easy and when that is ready, simply shake it with your favorite whiskey and vanilla liqueur. This is another tasting...MORE adventure that will expand what you thought was possible in a cocktail.

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    Pumpkin Punch with Grey Goose Pear Vodka - Halloween Party Drinks
    Pumpkin butter and pear vodka come together in a delightful autumn mix in this Pumpkin Punch cocktail. Photo Courtesy: © Grey Goose Vodka

    Ingredients: pear vodka, allspice dram, Licor 43, simple syrup, pumpkin butter, lemon juice

    We cannot have an autumn martini menu without a little pumpkin and of all the pumpkin cocktails out there, this remains a personal favorite.

    This Pumpkin Punch takes a different approach than many and uses pumpkin butter to get this signature fall flavor. This is great news because it means that you don't have to hunt down the pumpkin liqueur of the year (which can be a challenge unto itself).

    Pumpkin...MORE butter in hand, you will mix it with pear vodka, a couple of herbal liqueurs, a little sweet and sour, then finish the drink off with a cinnamon-sugar rim and an apple garnish. It is a truly fantastic array of flavors in a single glass.

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    Plumdog Millionaire Cocktail with Bulldog Gin
    Plum wine, lavender soda, and Bulldog Gin combine for a unique cocktail with the fun name of Plumdog Millionaire. Photo Courtesy of: © Bulldog Gin

    Ingredients: gin, plum wine, lavender soda

    Two specialty ingredients are required to make this otherwise easy gin cocktail and there are many uses beyond the Plumdog Millionaire once you have them in stock.

    Japanese plum wine and a refreshing lavender soda are great on their own and even better together. When paired with a great gin like Bulldog, they form a spectacular drink that will impress even the most finicky of drinkers and leave you with a new taste experience you will be talking about all...MORE season long.

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    Tequila Tezon's Caramel Apple Pie Cocktail
    Tequila, butterscotch, and apples make a deliciously sweet and wonderful Caramel Apple Pie cocktail. Photo Courtesy: Shannon Graham

    Ingredients: tequila, butterscotch schnapps, apple cider, lemon juice

    Few things say autumn better than a caramel apple or fresh apple pie and they come together in this delicious tequila cocktail.

    The caramel comes from butterscotch schnapps, the apple from cider, and once you add a premium tequila and a hint of lemon, the drink is complete. Enjoy your liquefied apple pie with dessert and don't forget to share its sweet, fruity flavor with friends.

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    Peaches and Scream Cocktail
    A sweet, seasonal treat, try the Peaches and Scream for Halloween. Photo Courtesy: © Shannon Graham

    Ingredients: bourbon, cream, peach puree, apple butter syrup, cinnamon

    Every fall occasion calls for a little whiskey and whether you are seeking a delicious Halloween cocktail or a tempting treat filled with flavor for a dinner party, this is a great bourbon cocktail to try.

    The Peaches and Scream is a creamy martini that is quite simple and is filled with autumn flavors. Mix a top-shelf bourbon with peach puree, apple butter syrup, and cream and add a little cinnamon for spice.

    Don't forget...MORE about the brown sugar rim!

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    Angry Orchard Hard Cider's Bacon Me Angry Cocktail with Bacon-infused Vodka
    This fun Bacon Me Angry cocktail recipe begins with bacon flavored vodka, which you can make yourself. The hard apple cider is a bonus and makes the drink great. Photo Courtesy: © Angry Orchard

    Ingredients: bacon vodka, maple syrup, hard cider, bitters

    Ah, bacon! It is difficult to create any list of modern cocktails without at least one bacon-washed drink and this one is perfect for the fall season.

    To create this vodka cocktail you will need to think ahead and part of the preparation is to have a bacon feast so you can harvest the fat.

    Once you have gorged on bacon, use it to infuse a decent vodka then mix that with maple and hard apple cider to create the unusual Bacon Me Angry.

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    Autumn Leaves Cocktail with Pisco Porton
    Drambuie and Campari mix with pisco to create the Autumn Leaves, which is perfect for fall dinner parties. Photo Courtesy: © Pisco Porton

    Ingredients: pisco, Drambuie, Campari, lime juice

    Your autumn dinner party will be complete with this fantastic, sophisticated, and easy aperitif that has nothing particularly autumn about it. While it lacks the apples, pears, and pumpkins found in so many others, it does have a warming appeal that is perfect for the season.

    Just four ingredients are required to mix up an Autumn Leaves cocktail. Pisco Porton is the South American brandy of choice and that is mixed with the complementing (and...MORE contrasting) flavors of Drambuie and Campari. Add a little lime juice and one fascinating taste experience is created.

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    Benjamin Carpenter's The Baffled King Cocktail
    The Baffled King is a delightful apple and cinnamon rum cocktail that is perfect for the holidays and all winter long. Photo Courtesy: © Benjamin Carpenter

    Ingredients: rum, applejack, cinnamon syrup, lemon juice, absinthe bitters

    Rum and apple brandy come together in our final selection for great autumn martinis and The Baffled King has a little surprise that may baffle your guests as well.

    A well-aged rum and applejack form the base of this warming cocktail and to this we add a touch of cinnamon syrup and lemon. It is the absinthe bitters that brings in a little kick of flavor and transforms the drink into a spectacular experience.