Thanksgiving is here. If you are spending it with your family, chances are, you’re gonna need a drink or two. The good news is that whether you need a boozy sip to melt the icy tension in the room or cool you down when you find yourself getting a little hot under the collar, we’ve got Thanksgiving cocktail recipes to help you out. From the wintery hot toddy to a spiced pear bourbon sparkler, get ready to say cheers!
Apple Cider Sangria
Add a little fun to your Thanksgiving dinner with this fall twist on the beloved Sangria!
- 2 c. apple cider
- 1 c. apple brandy (I love this one)
- 750 mL bottle dry white wine, chilled (Find it here)
- 1 lemon
- 3 apples, thinly sliced
- 12 oz. bottle ginger ale
This is one of our Thanksgiving cocktail recipes that tastes most like the holiday season. Combine apple cider, apple brandy, dry white wine, and the juice of 1 lemon in a pitcher. Stir in apple slices. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours and up to 1 day. Just before serving, pour in ginger ale. Serve over ice.
Spiced Pear and Bourbon Sparkler
This sparkly drink is strong and might even get Aunt Edna to shut the fuck up about how things were so much more civil “back in the day!”
SPICED PEAR AND BOURBON SPARKLER
- 1½ ounces Spiced Pear Simple Syrup
- 1½ ounces Bourbon
- ½ ounces lemon juice
- 1-2 ounces Prosecco
SPICED PEAR SIMPLE SYRUP
- 1cup pear juice (not from concentrate or 3 ripe pears blitzed in a blender with ¼ cup of water)
- 2-inch nub of ginger
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 5 cloves
- ¼ cup Brown Swerve (Get it here)
To make this Thanksgiving cocktail recipe start with the Spiced Pear Simple Syrup. In a pot combine 1 cup pear juice, a 2-inch nub of ginger peeled and sliced, 2 cinnamon sticks, and 5 cloves. Cover and let simmer over low heat for ten minutes. Take off the heat and add 1/4 cup of lightly packed Brown Swerve. Stir until the Swerve is fully incorporated into the mixture. Let cool, and strain. You can make this in advance and store it in the refrigerator for up to one week.
For the cocktail, pour the Bourbon, Spiced Pear Simple Syrup, lemon juice, and ice into a cocktail shaker and shake for 30 seconds or until the surface of the cocktail shaker is cool to the touch. Strain, serve, and top with the Prosecco of your choice.
Pecan Pie Martini
This is one of my favorite Thanksgiving coctial recipes for its ability to sweeten even the most sour conversation with your MAGA Trump-loving, backwood cousins.
- 3 tbsp. caramel, microwaved until pourable
- 1/4 c. toasted chopped pecans
- Cool Whip, for garnish
- 3 whole pecans, for garnish
- Sprinkle of cinnamon, for garnish
- 6 oz. rumchata
- 6 oz. creme de cocoa
- 3 oz. Bourbon
Place caramel and toasted chopped pecans on separate small shallow plates. Dip the rim of each glass first into caramel and then into chopped pecans to coat. Combine rumchata, creme de cocoa, and bourbon in a large cocktail shaker. Fill with ice and shake until cold, 30 seconds. Pour into martini glasses and top with a dollop of whipped cream, a whole pecan, and a sprinkle of cinnamon.
- 1 (750 ml.) bottle of red wine (I love this one)
- 1 orange, sliced into rounds, plus more for garnish
- 6 whole cloves
- 3 cinnamon sticks, plus more for garnish
- 3 star anise
- 1/4 c. honey
- 1/2 c. brandy
To get started, make this Thanksgiving cocktail recipe in a medium saucepan over medium heat, and combine all ingredients. Bring to a simmer, not a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer gently over low heat for 10 minutes. Serve warm and garnish with more citrus slices and cinnamon sticks.
Apple Cider Mimosas
This is one of those Thanksgiving recipe’s you’re gonna want when the day starts early. The earlier you get that first drink down, the less likely you are to tell your homophobic parents to “fuck off”.
- Gold and Silver Sprinkles
- Apple Cider
- Apple Slices
Dip the rim of each champagne flute into the water, then dip in sprinkles to coat. Pour apple cider about halfway into each champagne glass. Top with champagne. Garnish with an apple slice.
Pumpkin Spice White Russian Cocktail
This is the only thing that needs to get spicey a the Thanksgiving dinner table. Make yourself two.
For the Drink
- 3 ounces 2 shots vodka
- 3 ounces 2 shots pumpkin spice creamer
- 1.5 ounces 1 shot Kahlua
- Whipped Cream and pumpkin pie spice for garnish
For the Rim
- 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- 1 teaspoon sugar or sparkling sugar
- 3 tablespoons crushed graham crackers
Mix the ingredients for the rim together on a shallow plate. Dip the edge of two glasses in water and then dip into the graham mixture. Press to coat. Set the two glasses aside. Pour vodka, creamer, and Kahlua into a large cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake lightly until combined and cold. Pour into glasses and top with whipped cream and pumpkin pie spice.
Pomegranate French 75
This gorgeous Thanksgiving cocktail recipe will help keep things cool when your youngest sister tells the family she’s born again.
- 2 ounces gin, (such as Hendrick’s)
- 2 ounces of pomegranate juice
- 1 ounce simple syrup
- Champagne or Prosecco, for topping off the drink
- Pomegranate seeds, for garnish
Combine the gin, pomegranate juice, and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake for about 15 seconds until chilled. Strain the mixture into two champagne glasses and top with champagne. Garnish with the desired amount of pomegranate seeds.
Chai Tea Recipe with Bourbon
Sometimes you just gotta say “Fuck it!” and spike your tea while the teetotallers carry on about, whomever they are gossiping about this year.
- 3 cups hot water
- 4 black tea bags
- 4 green cardamom pods crushed
- 4 whole allspice berries crushed
- 4 whole cloves
- 1 star anise
- 2 whole cinnamon sticks
- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 3 cups vanilla almond milk
- 1/4 cup honey
- ½ cup good quality bourbon
In a medium saucepan, combine the water, tea bags, spices, ginger, and vanilla. Bring to a boil over medium/high heat and then reduce to a simmer. Stir in the almond milk and honey, whisking to combine. Remove from the heat and allow to sit for 10 minutes to steep. Strain through a fine mesh sieve to remove the bulk spices and tea bags, making sure only the liquid remains. Pour into a heat-proof serving pitcher and stir in the bourbon.
Apple Cider Bellini
This is a classy-ass cocktail that will sneak up on you. Trust me, your relatives will be telling stories about the scene you made on Thanksgiving Day for years to come. I say, have five!
- 1 ounce apple cider
- 1 ounce apple vodka
- Champagne or Prosecco
- Apple slices for garnish
Add cider and vodka to a champagne flute, then top off with champagne and an apple slice.
Turmeric Ginger Hot Toddy
Warm up that cold, hard heart of yours with a hot toddy.
- 3 cups water
- 2 bags turmeric ginger tea
- 1 cinnamon stick
- Ginger liqueur, to taste
- ½ orange, sliced
- 2 tbsp sugar
- 1 tsp cinnamon
Combine the water, tea bags, and cinnamon sticks in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer for about 5 minutes. Combine the sugar and cinnamon and spread them on a small nonstick pan. Place it on the stove over medium heat and arrange the orange slices on top. Cook for about a minute on each side, or until caramelized. Serve the tea hot, add ginger liqueur to taste and garnish with orange slices. You can also dip the glass or mug rim in the tea and cinnamon sugar.