14 Fall Mocktails to Sip on for a Sober Autumn 

Published September 28, 2022
Smoky apple cider margarita fall mocktail

Picture it: fall. The weather is crisp, the leaves are falling, and you're looking for a fall mocktail to complete your day. Dive headfirst into the season, flavors, and drinks with a fall mocktail: all the flavors, all the mixing, and none of the booze. There's no such thing as overindulging with these virgin drinks, but there is such a thing as lighting too many fall candles. After all, where will you put your drink?

Apple Ginger Fizz

Pineapple ginger iced tea

Kick off your fall mocktail quest with the spice of ginger and the smooth notes of apple cider.

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. In a highball or rocks glass, add ice, apple cider, and cinnamon bitters.
  2. Stir to mix.
  3. Top off with ginger beer.
  4. Garnish with apple slice.

Sparkling Apple Cider

Sparkling Apple Cider

Rely on a nonalcoholic prosecco for the bubbles in this apple cider mocktail. Can't find any? Sparkling apple juice and club soda will get you to those much sought-after bubbles.

Ingredients

  • 4 ounces apple cider
  • 2 ounces nonalcoholic prosecco
  • ¾ ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • Ice
  • Mint sprig for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a rocks glass, add ice, apple cider, nonalcoholic prosecco, and lemon juice.
  2. Stir to mix.
  3. Garnish with mint sprig.

Virgin Cinnamon Pear Mocktail

Virgin Cinnamon Pear Mocktail

Rely on nonalcoholic spirits to give this mocktail a little extra kick. Not a spiced notes fan? Go ahead and use a nonalcoholic bourbon instead for this recipe.

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces nonalcoholic spiced rum
  • ¾ ounce pear nectar
  • ½ ounce cinnamon simple syrup
  • ½ ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • Ice
  • 1 ounce ginger beer or ginger ale
  • Rosemary sprig and pear slice for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a cocktail shaker, add ice, nonalcoholic spiced rum, pear nectar, cinnamon simple syrup, and lemon juice.
  2. Shake to chill.
  3. Strain into rocks glass over fresh ice.
  4. Add ginger beer.
  5. Garnish with rosemary sprig and pear slice.

Mocktail Orchard Spritzer

Mocktail Orchard Spritzer

Mingle flavors of apple and pear together in this virgin mocktail riff that'll fill your senses with bubbles and fall flavors without the kick of booze.

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces apple cider
  • 2 ounces pear juice
  • ½ ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • Ice
  • Sparkling white grape juice to top off
  • Pear slice for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a cocktail shaker, add ice, apple cider, pear juice, and lime juice.
  2. Shake to chill.
  3. Strain into wine glass over fresh ice.
  4. Top off with sparkling white grape juice.
  5. Garnish with pear slice.

Virgin Autumn Orange Spiced Mocktail

Virgin Autumn Orange Spiced Mocktail

Consider this citrusy mocktail the perfect swap for a traditional autumn old-fashioned. Its beautiful look and crisp flavors will steal your heart away faster than the setting sun.

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces nonalcoholic bourbon
  • 1 ounce cinnamon simple syrup
  • 3-4 dashes orange bitters
  • 2-3 aromatic bitters
  • Ice
  • Cinnamon stick, rosemary sprig, orange wheel, and star anise for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a mixing glass, add ice, nonalcoholic bourbon, cinnamon simple syrup, and bitters.
  2. Stir to mix.
  3. Strain into rocks glass over fresh ice.
  4. Garnish with cinnamon stick, rosemary sprig, orange wheel, and star anise.

Mocktail Autumn Punch

Mocktail Autumn Punch

Don't believe everything you see online... autumn punch isn't just a boozy treat. Indulge in a punch, glass after glass, without worrying about how you'll carve a pumpkin later.

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces apple cider
  • 2 ounces apple juice
  • 2 ounces freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1½ ounces cranberry juice
  • Ice
  • Apple cubes and cinnamon stick for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a cocktail shaker, add ice, apple cider, apple juice, orange juice, and cranberry juice.
  2. Shake to chill.
  3. Strain into rocks glass over fresh ice.
  4. Garnish with apple cubes and cinnamon stick.

Virgin Cranberry Mocktail Mule

Virgin Cranberry Mocktail Mule

Let the fall spirit shine in lieu of alcoholic spirits with a virgin Moscow mule with tart cranberry flavors and fizzy ginger beer.

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces nonalcoholic vodka, optional
  • 2 ounces cranberry juice
  • 1 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • Ice
  • Ginger beer to top off
  • Cranberries, mint sprig, cinnamon stick, and orange peel for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a rocks glass or copper mug, add ice, nonalcoholic vodka, cranberry juice, and lime juice.
  2. Stir to mix.
  3. Top off with ginger beer.
  4. Garnish with cranberries, mint sprig, cinnamon stick, and orange peel.

Virgin Sparkling Honey Pear Mocktail

Virgin Sparkling Honey Pear Mocktail

Mocktails deserve just as much glassware love as their cocktail counterparts. Dig up your favorite martini or coupe glasses to make this fizzy mocktail pop.

Ingredients

  • 1 ounce pear nectar
  • ¾ ounce honey syrup
  • ¾ ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • ½ ounce nonalcoholic orange liqueur
  • Ice
  • Club soda or nonalcoholic prosecco to top off
  • Rosemary sprig for garnish

Instructions

  1. Chill a martini glass or coupe.
  2. In a cocktail shaker, add ice, pear nectar, honey syrup, lemon juice, and orange liqueur.
  3. Shake to chill.
  4. Strain into chilled glass.
  5. Top off with preferred bubbles.
  6. Garnish with rosemary sprig.

Virgin Pumpkin Pie Martini Mocktail

Pumpkin Pie Martini

With or without nonalcoholic spiced rum, indulge yourself with what is arguably one of the most famous autumn desserts: pumpkin pie. This mocktail boasts every last bit of flavor and none of the booze. Go ahead and have a few, your secret is safe here. If you're skipping the nonalcoholic rum, use an extra ounce of cream and add a splash of maple syrup.

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces nonalcoholic spiced rum
  • ¾ ounce pumpkin pie puree
  • ½ ounce cream
  • ½ ounce maple syrup
  • Ice
  • Grated nutmeg and cinnamon stick for garnish

Instructions

  1. Chill a martini glass or coupe.
  2. In a cocktail shaker, add ice, nonalcoholic spiced rum, pumpkin pie puree, cream, and maple syrup.
  3. Shake to chill.
  4. Strain into chilled glass.
  5. Garnish with grated nutmeg and cinnamon stick.

Pumpkin Spice White Russian Mocktail

Pumpkin Spice White Russian Mocktail

Some days, the Dude definitely didn't imbibe, and on those days, especially in fall, rumor has it you can find a virgin pumpkin spice White Russian in his hand.

Ingredients

  • 1½ ounces pumpkin pie coffee creamer
  • 1 ounce milk
  • 2 ounces nonalcoholic coffee liqueur or chilled coffee
  • Ice
  • Pumpkin pie spice for garnish, optional

Instructions

  1. In a cocktail shaker, add ice, pumpkin pie creamer, milk, and nonalcoholic coffee liqueur.
  2. Shake to chill.
  3. Strain into rocks glass over fresh ice.
  4. Garnish with pumpkin pie spice if desired.

Virgin Sparkling Cranberry Mocktail

Virgin Sparkling Cranberry Mocktail

Mocktails don't need to be overly complicated to be delicious or convincing, and this virgin highball is proof enough. It bubbles over with fall flavor without taking up all of your time to make it. Add up to two ounces of nonalcoholic bourbon if that's more your speed.

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces cranberry juice
  • ½ ounce cinnamon simple syrup
  • Ice
  • Club soda to top off
  • Cranberries for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a highball glass, add ice, cranberry juice, and simple syrup.
  2. Top off with club soda.
  3. Garnish with cranberries.

Virgin Red Fall Sangria

Virgin Red Fall Sangria

A nonalcoholic wine will bring your virgin red sangria to the next level, but if that's hard to find or you're not sure where to start when it comes to looking for it, don't add any stress to your day. Tart cherry juice and a splash of grape juice will suffice just as well.

Ingredients

  • 4 ounces nonalcoholic cabernet sauvignon
  • 1½ ounces freshly squeezed orange juice
  • ¾ ounce cinnamon simple syrup
  • 2-3 fresh blackberries
  • Ice
  • Rosemary sprig, lime wedge, and blackberries for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a cocktail shaker, add ice, nonalcoholic cabernet sauvignon, orange juice, cinnamon simple syrup, and blackberries.
  2. Shake to chill.
  3. Strain into rocks glass over fresh ice.
  4. Garnish with rosemary sprig, lime wedge, and blackberries.

Apple Cider Old-Fashioned Mocktail

Apple Cider Old-Fashioned Mocktail

This mocktail requires a little foresight; notably, you'll want your black tea already chilled. If you don't have any ready to go, you can either brew the tea in ice or brew as usual and allow to cool partially before shaking it with ice.

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces chilled black tea
  • ¾ ounce apple cider
  • ½ ounce simple syrup
  • 3-4 dashes orange bitters
  • 2-3 dashes aromatic bitters
  • Ice
  • Cinnamon stick and apple wedge for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a mixing glass, add ice, black tea, apple cider, simple syrup, and bitters.
  2. Stir rapidly to chill.
  3. Strain into rocks glass over fresh ice.
  4. Garnish with cinnamon stick and apple wedge.

Virgin Cranberry Margarita Mocktail

Virgin Cranberry Margarita Mocktail

This fall mocktail margarita calls for nonalcoholic tequila, but it's just as tasty without, so don't stress your sweater weather heart.

Ingredients

  • Lemon wedge and cinnamon sugar for rim
  • 2 ounces nonalcoholic silver tequila
  • 1 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 ounce cranberry juice
  • ¾ ounce nonalcoholic orange liqueur
  • ½ ounce agave
  • Ice
  • Cinnamon stick for garnish

Instructions

  1. To prepare rim, rub the rim of the glass with the lemon wedge.
  2. With the cinnamon sugar on a saucer, dip either half or the entire rim of the glass in the sugar to coat.
  3. In a cocktail shaker, add ice, nonalcoholic tequila, lime juice, cranberry juice, nonalcoholic orange liqueur, and agave.
  4. Shake to chill.
  5. Strain into prepared glass.
  6. Garnish with cinnamon stick.

Virgin Tom and Jerry Mocktail

Virgin Tom and Jerry Mocktail

Banish the chill of fall in your bones with a virgin Tom and Jerry mocktail. Tbh, you may find yourself enjoying this cozy drink several times a week instead of an afternoon cup of coffee.

Ingredients

  • 1 ounce nonalcoholic dark rum, optional
  • 1½ heaping tablespoons Tom and Jerry batter mix
  • Warm milk to top off
  • Grated nutmeg and cinnamon stick for garnish

Instructions

  1. Warm a mug by filling with hot water.
  2. After the mug is warm to touch, pour out the water.
  3. In mug, add nonalcoholic dark rum if desired and Tom and Jerry batter.
  4. Top off with warm milk.
  5. Stir to dissolve and mix.
  6. Garnish with grated nutmeg and cinnamon stick.

Virgin Rosemary's Berry Mocktail

Virgin Rosemary's Berry Mocktail

Steer away from the sweeter flavors of fall and slide right into the tart and herbaceous mocktail flavors that beckon you with each falling leaf.

Ingredients

  • 3½ ounces cranberry juice
  • 2 ounces tart cherry juice
  • ¾ ounce rosemary simple syrup
  • ½ ounce nonalcoholic orange liqueur
  • Ice
  • Cranberries, dehydrated orange wheel, and cinnamon stick for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a cocktail shaker, add ice, cranberry juice, cherry juice, rosemary simple syrup, and nonalcoholic orange liqueur.
  2. Shake to chill.
  3. Strain into cocktail glass over fresh ice.
  4. Garnish with cranberries, dehydrated orange wheel, and cinnamon stick.

Caramel Apple Mocktail

Caramel Apple Mocktail

There's a pretty good chance you have all of these ingredients on hand already. And if you don't, well, this mocktail is well worth a grocery store run. You're running low on cider donuts anyway.

Ingredients

  • Lemon wedge and cinnamon sugar for rim
  • 4 ounces apple juice
  • 1½ ounces caramel syrup
  • ¾ ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • Ice
  • Apple slice, thyme sprig, and cinnamon stick for garnish

Instructions

  1. To prepare rim, rub the rim of the glass with the lemon wedge.
  2. With the cinnamon sugar on a saucer, dip either half or the entire rim of the glass in the sugar to coat.
  3. In a cocktail shaker, add apple juice, caramel syrup, and lemon juice.
  4. Shake well to dissolve caramel and chill.
  5. Strain into prepared glass.
  6. Garnish with apple slice, thyme sprig, and cinnamon stick.

Ginger Toddy Mocktail

Ginger Toddy Mocktail

Live the ginger spiced mocktail life with a toddy that packs ginger flavor to the max. Perfect for morning, afternoon, and night, it's a game changer for warm fall cocktails.

Ingredients

  • ½ ounce ginger syrup
  • ½ ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2-3 sliced fresh ginger, peeled
  • Hot water to top off

Instructions

  1. Warm a mug by filling with hot water.
  2. After the mug is warm to touch, pour out the water.
  3. In warm mug, add ginger syrup, lemon juice, and fresh ginger.
  4. Top off with hot water.

Autumn Peach Mocktail

Autumn Peach Mocktail

Is the ginger toddy mocktail above a little too much spiced flavor? Come over to the sweeter mocktail side with peach iced tea that becomes a beautiful, virgin, fruity martini mocktail.

Ingredients

  • Lemon wedge and sugar for rim
  • 1½ ounces peach iced tea
  • ¾ ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • ½ ounce cranberry juice
  • Ice
  • Peach wedge and sage leaf for garnish

Instructions

  1. Chill a martini glass or coupe.
  2. To prepare rim, rub the rim of the glass with the lemon wedge.
  3. With the sugar on a saucer, dip either half or the entire rim of the glass in the sugar to coat.
  4. In a cocktail shaker, add ice, peach iced tea, lemon juice, and cranberry juice.
  5. Shake to chill.
  6. Strain into prepared glass.
  7. Garnish with peach wedge and sage leaf.

Virgin Spiced Apple Highball Mocktail

Virgin Spiced Apple Highball Mocktail

Build your mocktail right in the highball glass to avoid any extra dishes. Hint: it's perfect for carving pumpkins or baking with your abundance of apples when you're already swimming in things to wash.

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces nonalcoholic mezcal or dark rum
  • 2 ounces apple cider
  • 1 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • ¾ ounce falernum
  • Ice
  • Ginger ale to top off
  • Apple slice for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a highball glass, add nonalcoholic mezcal, apple cider, lemon juice, and falernum.
  2. Stir to mix.
  3. Top off with ginger ale.
  4. Garnish with apple slice.

Fall Mocktails Worth Falling For

There's no mocktail like a fall mocktail to make you happy to say so long to hot days and hello to sweater weather and that perfect crunch of a leaf beneath your foot. Whether with a nonalcoholic spirit or using juices and mixes, take a walk on the sober side of fall with virgin fall drinks.

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14 Fall Mocktails to Sip on for a Sober Autumn