Fall in Texas is an incredible time of year. Most days it’s still warm enough to go swimming yet cool enough to sit on the porch sipping a refreshing, mixed cocktail. In addition to great weather, fall fruits are starting to harvest, meaning apples and cranberries galore. To get into the spirit of fall and give you some new ways to show off your amateur mixologist skills, we put together this list of some of the best Texas-themed fall cocktails we could find.
What gives a cocktail a “Texas theme?” Well, if it is served in a ten-gallon hat and drank while riding a horse, that could do it. One method is to take a traditional cocktail recipe and swap out spirits and mixers for ones that are made or grown in Texas. Additionally, a cocktail could have a Texas theme simply because of its popularity in the Lone Star State. However you choose to define a “Texas theme”, we hope you enjoy the delectable cocktails on this list.
Best Texas-themed Fall Cocktail Recipes
This cocktail is a classic summer drink, but add some cider, apples, and cinnamon sticks and now you have a refreshing fall twist. This cocktail is perfect for using up those extra apples you’ll get from visiting the orchard. Make this recipe Texas-themed by using a Texan hard cider (we like Austin Eastciders).
Apple Cider Mojito (serves 2)
- 4oz cider
- 4oz spiced rum
- 2tbsp sugar syrup
- Mint leaves
- Cinnamon sticks
The Bloody Mary is the essential brunch cocktail. This recipe takes the classic beverage cranks up the heat a notch with spicy vodka and a jalapeño!
Texas-style Bloody Mary (serves 1)
- 3oz Sunrise Survival Bloody Mix
- 2oz Burn Vodka
- 1oz Fresh Lemon
- 0.5oz Pickle Juice
- 1 Dash Stubbs Liquid Smoke
- 1 Dash Pickapeppa Sauce
- Celery Stick (optional)
Sangria is perfect for getting all the citrus and spiced fall flavors without being too sweet. This cocktail recipe calls for a Texas whiskey and a Spanish wine (but why not go ahead and use a Texas wine, too?)
Texas Sangria (serves you and some friends, maybe)
- 1 bottle Spanish Red Wine
- ½ cup favorite Texas Whiskey/Bourbon
- 1 ½ cup Orange Juice
- ¼ cup sugar
- 2 apples, sliced
- 2 pears, sliced
- 3 oranges, sliced. Extra for garnish
Sweet tea is already a Texas beverage staple, but this cocktail recipe boozes the drink up. Grab your favorite sweet tea and add some more ingredients to turn it into a delightful, refreshing cocktail.
Spiked Sweet Tea (serves you and some friends)
- 4 c. sweet tea (a 32-oz. bottle works)
- 1 3/4 c. tequila
- 1 1/4 c. peach schnapps
- 1 bag Fredericksburg peach, sliced
- 1 lemon, sliced
The Maple Bourbon Smash is a boozy, citrusy drink best sipped in a lowball glass. This cocktail only has a few, subtle mixers, so it can really highlight the bourbon. For this reason, we recommend using a high-quality Texas bourbon that will really shine through.
Maple Bourbon Smash
- 3 or 4 lemon slices
- 1/4 cup (2 oz.) your favorite Texas bourbon
- 2 tablespoons torn fresh sage leaves
- 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
Dr. Pepper and Whiskey
While this mixed drink isn’t necessarily restricted to being served in fall, it would be remiss to have a list of Texas-themed cocktails and leave out the beloved Dr. Pepper. This Texas twist on a Jack and Coke swaps out the national soda for a Texas native. Then, make it truly Texan by mixing it with a Texas whiskey.
Dr. Pepper and Whiskey
- Dr. Pepper
- Texas whiskey
- Twist of lime (optional)
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