5 Big-Batch Fall Cocktails for Your Next Event

There’s nothing like sipping a piping hot toddy or warm apple cider by the fire on a chilly evening. So why not bringing some of that cozy comfort that everyone craves to your next event? Fall is the perfect time to incorporate cinnamon, sweet pumpkin, crisp apples into a festive drink. Try one of these 5 big-batch fall cocktails (adjusted for servings of 50) that attendees will love to cozy up to:

Pumpkin Martinis

Mix cream liquor and vodka into an ice-filled shaker. For the pumpkin, combine pumpkin liquor, syrup or puree with liquor. Serve in a martini glass and garnish with a dollop of whipped cream and a dash of ground nutmeg.

25 oz. of cream liqueur

100 oz. of vanilla vodka

25 oz. of pumpkin liqueur

Tub of whipped cream

Large container of ground nutmeg

Maple Bourbon Apple Cider

Combine all ingredients into a large pot and simmer over low heat. Stir repeatedly until warmed through. Ladle into mugs, and garnish with a cinnamon stick.

6 gallons of apple cider

6 pints of bourbon whiskey

50 oz. of maple syrup

25 oz. of lemon juice

Hot Buttered Rum

With a mixer, combine butter, sugar, orange zest, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg for about 1 minute. Add butter mixture to dark rum and boiling water. For tartness, add a squeeze of orange juice (optional).

50 sticks of room-temperature unsalted butter

200 oz. of dark brown sugar

25 oz. of orange zest

75 oz. of ground cinnamon

75 oz. of ground ginger

12 oz. of ground nutmeg

75 oz. of dark rum

3 gallons of boiling water

Carton of orange juice

Spiced Mulled Wine

Simmer all ingredients in a large pot over medium heat. Make sure not to boil, as the wine will lose its alcohol content. Add slices of orange to garnish.

9 gallons of inexpensive red wine

50 orange slices

100 oz. brandy (optional)

100 oz. honey or sugar

1 cup of whole cloves

1 cup of cinnamon sticks

1 cup of whole star anise

Pumpkin Cider Beertail

Place a cinnamon stick in each glass. Combine pumpkin ale with cider in a large bowl. Ladle into a beer glass and garnish with lemon. Add a dash of cinnamon on top of the foam.

3 gallons (5 growlers) of pumpkin-flavored ale

6 bottles of Martinelli’s Sparkling Cider

1 packet of cinnamon sticks

50 lemon wedges

Large container of ground cinnamon


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