While turkey and pumpkin pie are two of the most talked-up Thanksgiving plates, let’s not forget about the crucial cocktail portion of the meal. Thanksgiving side dishes like stuffing, gravy and mashed potatoes are lovely, but why not add a festive cocktail to liven up the celebrations? The holiday season is the perfect time to work on your bartending skills, and whether it’s a pre-dinner aperitif, dessert treat or a mid-meal cocktail, a cheerful Thanksgiving drink is sure to elevate the menu and add a little something extra to the festive atmosphere.
Yes, it turns out that Thanksgiving is nearly upon us, so it’s time to finalize that menu and, along with the turkey and cranberry sauce, make sure you include a cocktail or two for the special celebration. Fall cocktails just hit different, and why not elevate the atmosphere with a drink that’s the perfect to complement Thanksgiving dinner, or perhaps a lovely pairing with those appetizers? We found all the best recipes for the best Thanksgiving cocktails that you’ll be *so* grateful for this year, because what goes better with apple pie and all the other Thanksgiving desserts than a delicious drink? Whether you’re into a classic cocktail, a fizzy beverage or any other kind of bubbly sipper, we’ve got you covered. Below, see our favorite concoctions with all the fall flavors to whip up for the holiday table, because these are the best cocktail recipes that are sure to be the hit of the night.
The Best Thanksgiving Cocktail Recipes for the Perfect Turkey Day
Cîroc Autumnal Appletini
1.5 oz Cîroc Apple
.75 oz fresh lemon juice
.75 oz simple syrup
Apple slices, for garnish
Combine vodka, lemon juice and simple syrup into a shaker with ice. Shake well; strain into a chilled coupe glass. Garnish with apple slices.
Pumpkin, Spice and Everything on Ice
1.5 oz Broken Shed Vodka
1 oz pumpkin maple coffee syrup
Pumpkin maple coffee syrup (mix equal parts cold coffee, maple syrup and pumpkin purée)
Star anise pod, for garnish
Add all ingredients into a shaker; shake with ice. Double strain into a rocks glass with one large ice cube; garnish with a star anise pod.
Combine all ingredients (except garnish) in a shaker tin; shake with ice to chill. Strain into a coupe glass rimmed with salt. Garnish with a maple leaf.
Pumpkin Spice Margarita
1 oz Cointreau
2 oz tequila
.75 oz fresh lime juice
2 tbsp pumpkin puree
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1 tbsp honey
Cinnamon stick, for garnish
Add all ingredients to a shaker, add ice and shake. Fine strain over ice into a glass. Garnish with cinnamon stick.
Templeton Maple Toddy
2 oz Templeton Rye Maple Cask Finish
3/4 oz lemon juice
1/2 oz maple syrup
Cinnamon bark, for garnish
Add maple syrup, hot
Fall Spiced Wine
Add liquid ingredients into a glass or bowl; top with sparkling wine. Add ice. garnish with mint, apple and a cinnamon stick for a fun take on the classic Moscow Mule.
Melbourne Apple Sour
2 oz Starward Two-Fold Whisky
.75 oz fresh lemon juice
.25 oz simple syrup
.5 oz egg white
Combine all ingredients except for the apple cider into a shaker without ice. Shake vigorously to whip the egg whites. Add ice and shake again until very cold. Double strain into a coupe glass; top with apple cider.
Noilly Hot Toddy
Add all ingredients except for the tea into a glass. Top with hot tea and garnish with a cinnamon stick.
West Coast Mulled Wine
Courtesy Grant Sceney, creative beverage director at Botanist
(Makes a big batch of 40 servings)
5 bottles pinot noir
2,000 grams white sugar
10 cinnamon sticks
.5 cup of English Breakfast Tea
1 cup dark chocolate chunks
10 oz green cardamom
20 oz cloves
10 bay leaves
10 star anise
10 lemon quarters
10 vanilla beans
Grated nutmeg, for garnish
Slice vanilla pods lengthwise; scrape the seeds out. Add pods and seeds to a pot with dry spices and bash with a muddler. Add lemon wedges and juice from the lemons, as well as the red wine and the rest of the ingredients, except the tea. Bring to a rapid simmer. Reduce heat to a slow bubble; add tea for three minutes. Strain and serve at 65 degrees in a teacup or mug.
Cranberry and Apple
1.5 oz Jaja Reposado
2 oz cranberry cocktail
Dry hard apple cider
Apple slice, for garnish
Add tequila and cranberry cocktail into a rocks class filled with ice cubes. Top with apple cider and garnish with apple slice.
Combine bourbon, vermouth and Campari in a glass; stir until combined. Pour over a glass with one large ice cube. Garnish with orange slice.
Select Cranberry Paloma
1.5 parts Milagro Select Silver
3/4 part fresh lime juice
3/4 part cranberry juice
1/2 part thyme simple syrup
2 parts pink grapefruit soda
Cranberries, for garnish
Combine all ingredients, except for soda and garnish, in shaker. Shake well. Strain into highball glass with fresh ice. Garnish with cranberries.
1.5 oz Crystal Head Vodka
1 tsp honey
.75 oz coffee liqueur
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
.75 oz heavy cream (or non-dairy alternative, such as oat milk creamer or coconut milk creamer)
2 or 3 ginger snap cookies.
Crumble the ginger snap cookies; place crumbs on a plate. Rub the rim of a rocks glass with honey. Dip your glass in cookie crumbs to coat the rim. In a shaker, combine vodka, coffee liqueur and pumpkin pie spice. Shake with ice. Pour contents of shaker into a rocks glass over ice and top with the heavy cream or non-dairy milk of choice.
Grey Goose Apple Martini
1.5 oz Grey Goose La Poire Vodka
.5 oz calvados
.33 oz Ancho Reyes chilis
.5 oz lime juice
1.5 oz fresh apple juice
Shake all ingredients over ice and strain into a chilled martini glass.
The Botanist Blood Orange Negroni
1.5 oz The Botanist Islay Dry Gin
.75 oz bianco vermouth
.5 oz Italian bitter aperitif
.25 oz blood orange bitters
Blood orange slice, for garnish
Add all ingredients to a mixing glass with ice. Stir to incorporate. Strain over fresh ice into a double old fashioned glass. Garnish with blood orange slice.
Corralejo Pumpkin Pie
Combine all ingredients into a shaker and shake. Pour into a wine glass and top with whipped cream.
Like Thursday Morning
Courtesy Suzy Tweten
Combine all ingredients into a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a rocks glass filled with fresh ice. Garnish with cloves.
Harper Harvest Fizz
1.5 oz I.W. Harper Cabernet Cask Reserve
1 oz 100 percent pomegranate juice
.5 oz lemon juice
5 oz chilled ginger beer
Dried grapefruit, for garnish
Combine lemon juice, pomegranate juice and bourbon whiskey into a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously for a minute, then pour over ice in a rocks glass. Top off with ginger beer and garnish with dried grapefruit.
1.5 oz Bayou White Rum
1 oz pumpkin puree
1 oz orange juice
Cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves, for garnish
Add all ingredients to a shaker; shake well with ice and strain into a chilled coup. Garnish with orange slice and sprinkle with cinnamon, nutmeg and whole cloves.
1.5 oz D’Usse VSOP French Cognac
.5 oz amaretto liqueur
3 oz chai tea
.5 oz vanilla syrup
.5 oz almond milk
2 dashes cardamom bitters
Add all ingredients into a shaker with ice. Shake and then strain into a highball glass filled with ice.
Avaline Red Apple Cider Spritz
1 bottle of red wine (preferably Avaline pinot noir)
2 cups cold apple cider
4 cinnamon sticks
Combine red wine, apple cider, apples and cinnamon sticks in a pitcher. Let sit in the fridge for 30 minutes to an hour to let the flavors infuse. Pour over ice; top with sparkling
Spiced Sorel Spritz
Courtesy Jaylynn Little
.5 oz black pepper and rosemary simple syrup
2 oz Sorel Liqueur
3 dashes orange bitters
3 oz prosecco
Splash of soda
Rosemary and orange slice, for garnish
Add all syrup, liqueur, orange bitters and soda