The air is cooler, the leaves are changing (although we wouldn't know here in Florida), Gilmore Girls is playing, a pumpkin candle is burning, so naturally, it's time for fall inspired mocktails. Below are a few wonderful zero proof fall cocktail recipes perfect for a random Wednesday, the cozy weekends, a special event, or the holidays too, but don't think too hard - you can pretty much add apple cider to any cocktail and it becomes a fall mocktail 🤷♀️. Ranked in no particular order...let's get into these delicious mocktails for fall.
What kind of list would this be without mulled wine?! This warm, cozy, spiced drink is everything for fall and winter. Not to mention it makes your home smell wonderful with spices like clove and cinnamon. And I know what you might be thinking - why bother trying to make non-alcoholic mulled wine when good non-alcoholic red wines can be hard to come by, but we've curated a few zero proof reds that we think are worth it. Our recipe was made with ALLAY's Functional Non-Alcoholic Cabernet Sauvignon, and it was everything we could have asked for in a mulled wine. But we think Jøyus Cabernet would fare well, Surely's Non-alcoholic Red Blend, or Grüvi's Non-Alcoholic Wine Dry Red Blend would be great, too, if you're looking to only make a few servings since it's sold in cans.
This recipe comes together with a few fall spices, orange slices, the non-alcoholic red wine of your choice, and a couple optional ingredients.
The classic spring/summer aperol spritz, but make it fall just by adding apple cider. This is one of our favorites, and it's easy if you can remember 1-2-3: 1 part non alcoholic aperol (we're using Wilfred's non-alcoholic Bittersweet Aperitif of course), 2 parts apple cider, and 3 parts non-alcoholic sparkling white wine like Gruvi's Dry Secco. For this spritz recipe, we did 1 oz Wilfred's, 2 oz apple cider, and 3 oz Gruvi's Dry Secco. You could even sprinkle some cinnamon on top, just don't go overboard. Try this recipe here and get our non-alcoholic aperitivo spritz bundle here!
Dark N Stormy Cider
A little fall twist on this classic rum cocktail. Dark and Stormies are typically made with 2 oz dark rum (we use Caleño's Dark & Spicy Non-Alcoholic Rum), 1/2 oz lime juice, topped with ginger beer/sparkling ginger drink. But, take our non-alcoholic Mango Dark N Stormy recipe, remove the mango and maple syrup (the apple cider is sweet enough), add 2 oz of apple cider and you've got yourself the perfect zero proof fall Dark N Stormy recipe.
Are margaritas strictly a summer drink? Absolutely not! Add apple cider and it's giving major fall vibes. In this recipe we used non-alcoholic mezcal (you can of course use non alcoholic tequila, we just like the smokiness in Monday's Zero Alcohol Mezcal), apple cider, non-alcoholic aperol, maple syrup, cinnamon, and lemon juice. Get the full non-alcoholic apple cider margarita recipe by clicking here!
If you like pomegranates and grapefruit, you will love this non alcoholic pomegranate paloma. A paloma cocktail incorporates tequila and grapefruit with lime juice. This paloma recipe just adds some pomegranate juice and voila! Make it with 2 oz pomegranate juice, 2 oz non alcoholic tequila (or non alcoholic mezcal like we used), 1 oz lime juice, 1 tbs maple syrup, and 3ish oz of sparkling grapefruit juice like AVEC sparkling grapefruit & pomelo mixer. Get the full recipe here!
To be honest, anything with red wine screams fall to us, so even though the tinto de verano may be considered a summer drink, we're using it as a fall transition drink. It comes together with just a few ingredients, mainly a good non alcoholic red wine and seltzer of your choice, but add some non alcoholic bitters from All The Bitter and it becomes an elevated, refreshing treat. Put it in a beautiful glass to really enhance the experience, because pretty glasses make everything feel better right? Try our Tinto de Verano recipe by clicking here!
Negroni & Negroni Sbagliato
For some reason, negronis just feel like fall to us. A traditional negroni is made with 1 part gin, 1 part Campari, and 1 part sweet red vermouth. You can easily make a non-alcoholic version using Monday's non-alcoholic Gin, Wilfred's non-alcoholic red Aperitif for the Campari, and Gnista's Floral Wormwood for the vermouth. Wilfred's is so nice in the fall because of its strong clove flavor which we love.
The Negroni Sbagliato (pictured below) is made very similarly, the gin is just swapped for a sparkling white wine. We used Grüvi Alcohol-Free Dry Secco, a non alcoholic sparkling white wine, but you could use any, or even try a rosé. When only making 1 or two though, the convenience of using Grüvi's single serve bottles is unmatched. Try our Negroni Sbagliato recipe and get our NAgroni Sbagliato Bundle here!