There is something so special about the autumn season. The air is crisp and the breeze is cooling. Before the leaves fall, they turn into warm cozy colors like reds and oranges and most beautifully the sky becomes an extra rich blue. Actually, the fall season is also nicknamed the aurora season because the evening skies are so clear, making them perfect for stargazing.

There once was a time during our childhood when the pinnacle of our autumnal experience was gorging on candy at Halloween, jumping in piles of leaves, and feasting on pie at Thanksgiving. However, for us grown-ups, we've learned to find joy in other wonderful things about this season. One of our favorite ways to enjoy this cozy season is to throw on a sweater and chill with a cuppa tea in hand.

Although tea for us is seasonless, a warm cup of tea just fits that vibe from the changing to a cooler season. And you know what makes an autumnal cup of tea even more special for when we grown-ups want to spoil ourselves? Yep, you guessed it... getting boozy with tea-infused cocktails.

Tea infused cocktails combine our favorite autumnal daily treat, tea, with our favorite weekend or after-work treat, cocktails.

5 Delicious Tea-Infused Fall Cocktails

Not only is infusing a fall cocktail with tea the perfect way to enjoy your favorite drink with booze, but also the addition of tea is an excellent way to add rich health benefits to an alcoholic drink. Numerous studies have backed teas’ abilities to boost your immune system and fight off inflammation, which is going to be very useful considering the consumption of alcohol compromises your body's immunity.

Another perk of fall tea cocktails is that the tea infusion adds extra flavor to your autumn beverage. Tea has so many varieties of flavor; this includes anything from nutty, umami, juicy, snappy, bitter, bold, to citrusy.

So, with that said, we've put together 5 incredible recipes for fall tea cocktails that go beyond just the usual hot toddies and that are spiced, warming, rich with flavor, and cozy enough to help you embrace the wonderful dreamy fall season every weekend.

1. Pumpkin Spiced Old Fashioned

Serves: 1 cocktail

This recipe for a Pumpkin Spiced Old Fashioned is a healthier and autumnal take on the classic old fashioned, which is one of the oldest mixed drinks in the cocktail canon. This recipe is lower in calories, processed sugar-free, and is made with real pumpkin.

The flavor from this cocktail is rich with cozy fall flavors like pumpkin spice and includes a wonderful warm balanced taste of Assam black tea, turmeric, and cinnamon from the addition of Wise Ape Coconut Warrior tea.


  • 1 teaspoon of Wise Ape Coconut Warrior tea
  • ¼ cup of boiling water
  • 1-2 tablespoons of pumpkin purée
  • ½ teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice
  • 2.5 ounces bourbon
  • 2 to 5 tablespoons of pure maple syrup
  • A drop of vanilla extract
  • 1-2 dashes of black walnut bitters, to taste
  • Garnish with orange peel and a cinnamon stick

How To Make

In a medium saucepan, steep the tea leaves in the boiling water for 5 to 10 minutes. Add the pumpkin puree and pumpkin pie spice into the saucepan and cook, stirring, for a couple of minutes. Allow the mix to chill in the fridge.
In a cocktail shaker with ice, combine the tea mix with the bourbon, maple syrup, vanilla, and bitters. Shake well.

Strain the cocktail mixture into a glass with ice. Rub the orange peel around the rim of the glass and garnish with the peel and cinnamon stick.

2. Sweet Cinnamon & Lemon Tea Cocktail

Serves: 1 cocktail

This honey sweetened, cinnamon spiced, citrusy beverage is the perfect refreshing fall flavored cocktail to whip up. What we love most about this cocktail is that the woody sweetness and spicy fall flavor are balanced fantastically by the refreshing soft punch from the citrus in the lemon.

The inclusion of Wise Ape Lemon Vibration tea adds more of that soothing lemon flavor but with a mellow lavender undertone.


  • 1 cup of boiling water
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1 Wise Ape Lemon Vibration tea bag
  • 2 tablespoons of gin
  • Ice
  • Garnish with a cinnamon stick and a strip of lemon peel

How To Make

In a medium saucepan, combine the hot water and honey; stir to dissolve the honey. Add the teabag and cinnamon; steep for 5 minutes. Strain, remove the teabag, and chill the tea mixture in the refrigerator.
In a cocktail shaker with ice, combine the tea mixture with the gin. Shake. Pour into a glass and garnish with a cinnamon stick and lemon peel.

3. Autumnal Tea Sangria

Serves: 1 pitcher

This autumn tea sangria will keep you coming back for more - it makes for an amazing addition to any Thanksgiving table or fall gathering. Our Autumnal Tea Sangria is loaded with everyone's favorite seasonal flavor - it's appley, sweet, spiced, fruity, zesty, and includes a warming mellow herbal, citrusy, and lavender undertone thanks to the addition of tea.

It’s basically a boozy apple cider tea punch that's fun and fruity, but still cozy enough for the chilly autumnal season.


  • 3 cups of a bottle dry white wine
  • 2 cups of brewed Wise Ape Lemon Vibration tea
  • 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 cup apple cider
  • 1/3 cup brandy
  • 1/3 cup of apple butter
  • 3 tablespoons of pure maple syrup, or to taste
  • 2 to 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 apples, sliced
  • 3 small blood oranges, sliced
  • 1 cup pomegranate arils
  • Ginger beers

How To Make

In a pitcher, combine all of the ingredients other than the ginger beer. Stir well with a whisk. Chill the drink in the fridge.

Once chilled and ready to serve, fill each glass about a little less than a quarter way full with ginger beer. Add ice and pour the tea sangria mix over the ice and ginger beer. Voila!

4. Spiced Pineapple Hot Toddy

Serves: 2 to 3 cocktails

Of course, we couldn't share an article on tea cocktails without at least one recipe for a hot toddy; but our recipe has fun and seasonal twist. This hot toddy recipe is made with spiced rum, cozy spices, ginger ale, pineapple, and a semi-smoky blend of black tea, fresh ginger, and ancient adaptogens. This warming drink is not only incredibly yummy, but also amazing for your health.

Plus, it’s loaded with balanced nutrients that can help soothe a cold or aches.


4 teaspoons of Wise Ape Pineapple Shaman tea
2 cups of boiling water
1/2 cup of Pineapple concentrate
2 tbsp of orange juice
4 ounces of spiced rum
8 ounces of ginger ale
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 tsp honey
1 tsp ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice
2 cinnamon sticks
4 ounces of coconut milk, heavy cream, or full-fat milk

How To Make

In a medium saucepan, steep the tea and spices in the boiling water for about 5 minutes. Add in the concentrate, honey, ale, and rum. Simmer on medium heat until well combined.

Place in the cinnamon sticks and continue to simmer on low heat for about 7 minutes. Pour in the vanilla extract and milk. Stir until combined. Serve and garnish with orange slices and a sprinkle of cinnamon. Enjoy!

5. Apple, Ginger, & Pineapple Tea Fusion Cocktail

Serves: 1 cocktail

This apple, ginger, pineapple, and tea cocktail is the ultimate warming autumnal pick-me-up! Made with a fruity yet cozy punch of tangy pineapple, sweet apple, spicy ginger, and a flavor of grilled pineapple with a smoky-sweet finish from the tea, this cocktail is sure to please your tastebuds and keep your mood up and your body thriving this fall season.


  • 1/4 cup of boiling water
  • 1/3 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 1 Wise Ape Pineapple Shaman tea bag
  • 1 cup pineapple chunks
  • 1 minced large apple, peeled
  • 1 lemon, peeled
  • 2 tablespoons of minced peeled ginger
  • Pinch of cayenne
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 2 tablespoons of gin

How To Make

Add the cinnamon and steep the teabag in the boiling water. After 5 minutes remove the teabag. Using a juicer or blender, blend or juice the tea mix and the rest of your ingredients other than the gin.

Pour the mix into a glass with the gin and stir. Serve with a cinnamon stick and garnish with an orange slice.

Happy Autumn!

What're you waiting for? Get bartending and whip up some of these delicious fall tea cocktails. And if you want to try some fun and bold tea flavors? Here at Wise Ape Tea, we combine premium tea with adaptogenic herbs, crafted to create bright, flavorful organic wellness-driven tea combos. This is the evolution of tea.

This informative article is written, by Sophia Mckenzie. Sophia is head content creator and writer, for several premium websites, where her expertise lie in health, nutrition, and wellness. Her content is heavily focused on providing and sharing doable solutions to help people truly thrive, and live their happiest, healthiest, fulfilled life.

October 25, 2021 — The Wise Ape