There’s something about fall and cozy cocktails. I love doing super easy batch party cocktails for happy hours and holiday parties. Fall 2020 may look a little different for social gatherings. It doesn’t mean that the fun times have to stop. It means more creativity and out of the box thinking when it comes to holiday parties.

As the weather starts to cool down, it’s the perfect time to start being creative with your happy hours. Some communities have started to do individually packaged cocktails on the go. I wanted to give you some ideas on drinks that will surely be ahead for your fall happy hour.

The following five cocktails can be perfect for in-house events or place in your tenant newsletter for inspiration. My goal is to inspire you to try new drinks for your community or personal events. Batch cocktails help with saving money on a full bar. You can’t miss out on a signature drink, beer/wine, and soda options for your events.

Apple cider mulled wine

party cocktails

Makes 6 drinks


1 (750 ml) bottle juicy light red wine, such as Beaujolais

4 ounces brandy

2 cups fresh apple cider

2 star anise pods

6 whole cloves

2 cinnamon sticks; plus 6 more for serving (optional)

Spiced punch

Cookie Monster 

1/2 oz of Kahlua coffee liqueur

1/2 oz of Bailey’s Irish Cream

1 tsp of Bacardi 151 rum

Use a spoon to layer the alcohol and float 151 on the top. Lite on fire, let it burn for about 5 seconds, then blow it out and suck it up through a straw.

Pumpkin, Cinnamon & Apple Spiced Sangria

Makes 4 Servings


2  apples (sliced or cubed)

1/2 cup cranberries

1 tsp salt

3 cinnamon sticks

1 orange (sliced or cubed)

1 pear (sliced or cubed)

2 tbsp pumpkin puree

2 cups apple or pumpkin flavored bourbon

1 1/2 cups apple cider


Add all of the ingredients to a pitcher except for the champagne. Feel free to alter these amounts if you have a larger pitcher than the one pictured. Once all of the ingredients are added, top off with champagne and give a good stir. Place in the fridge for an hour or so before serving.

Thanksgiving Margarita

2 Servings


1 1/2 cup apple juice or apple cider

2 tbsp pure maple syrup

2 tsp orange extract

4 oz tequila

3 oz triple sec

2 tbsp lime juice


Combine ingredients. Shake or blend the margaritas well then pour into two glasses ( salted rims are optional). Add ice and sliced fruit in the glasses. Pour the margarita mixture into the glasses. Serve & enjoy

All of these drinks sound amazing. I can’t wait to nestle up with a mulled wine cider next to the fireplace. I hope these ideas help spruce up your fall happy hour. Party cocktails in large batches is a cost-saving secret. You will be truly surprised by the savings.

Which of the cocktails do you want to try out? What are your favorite party cocktails outside of the one’s listed?

Most communities are still in limbo on how to handle the holiday party season. Each community will have to play it according to your state guidelines. Check out our blog on ways to navigate around catering and food service safely. Several tips were provided on the go-to food trucks. Plus, you can find other fall event themes and ideas on our blog fall 2020 resident event ideas.

If you do find yourself stuck on how to navigate around the holiday season, you can schedule a free consultation on our services. I would love to talk with you. In addition, I’m available for corporate consultation regarding portfolio strategy towards resident events.

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Cold Pressed Clear Food Grade PET Bottles with Tamper Evident Safety Cap

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