Beer and wine are popularly enjoyed on Thanksgiving Day, but cocktails are a great fit too. From autumn-worthy spirits like bourbon and scotch to Champagne cocktails and big-batch punch recipes for a crowd, these recipes are perfect for the holiday. You'll find plenty of seasonal flavors like apple and a few hot alcoholic drinks as well. Whatever your taste or need, there's a Thanksgiving cocktail that will add spirit to your day.
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When you put so much effort into creating a great Thanksgiving feast, it's only appropriate to serve it alongside the best dinner drinks. The Negroni is an impressive apéritif that simply requires gin, sweet vermouth, and Campari.
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The Boulevardier Cocktail
For whiskey drinkers, there's the Boulevardier cocktail. This cocktail uses the Negroni's accent ingredients, but switches to bourbon. Equally satisfying, it's easy to offer guests a choice of these two classic dinner cocktails.
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Pumpkin Pie Old Fashioned
When you're in the mood for a pumpkin whiskey drink, the pumpkin old-fashioned is sure to please. It's surprisingly simple, requires no muddling, and mixes up in minutes. Plus, unlike other pumpkin cocktails, there are no unusual or hard-to-find ingredients that you need to hunt down.
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Pink Gin Cocktail
The pink gin mixes your favorite top-shelf gin with a few dashes of bitters for a no-fuss cocktail. Despite its simplicity, this drink is crisp and refreshing, and ideal for serving before and during dinner.Continue to 5 of 35 below.
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As the weather cools, many people gravitate toward whiskey cocktails. Splurge on a good bottle of whiskey and mix it with sweet vermouth and bitters for the iconic whiskey Manhattan.
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Vieux Carré Cocktail
Rye whiskey and cognac are a spectacular duo in the Vieux Carré. Sure to impress, it's like a complex Manhattan accented by two bitters and a splash of Bénédictine liqueur.
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Corpse Reviver No. 2 Cocktail
Though this cocktail's name might be macabre, it's a phenomenal drink to pair with food. The tantalizing mix of gin, fortified wine, citrus, and a dash of absinthe, ensures the corpse reviver will go great with the flavorful dishes on your table.
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The Champagne Cocktail
Light, refreshing, and perfectly balanced, the Champagne cocktail is an impressive beverage for any special occasion. Made with a sugar cube, aromatic bitters, and brandy, this drink can also cleanse the palate between bites.Continue to 9 of 35 below.
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Poinsettia Champagne Cocktail
For a seasonal sparkling wine drink, pick up cranberry juice and serve the lovely poinsettia. To simplify it, mix the orange liqueur and juice in a pitcher, keep it chilled, then top each glass with Champagne.
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Black Velvet Cocktail
The black velvet will satisfy both beer and wine drinkers. This amazing cocktail of chilled Champagne and stout can be layered to create a showstopping and very tasty drink.
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The Last Word Cocktail
A sweeter apéritif and pleasant dinner cocktail, the last word is a surprising classic. The recipe combines two liqueurs with lime juice to create a gin cocktail you won't want to miss.
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Blood and Sand Cocktail
Break out that good bottle of scotch and enjoy this cocktail before, during, or after dinner. The blood and sand's mix of whisky, cherry brandy, sweet vermouth, and orange juice is truly delightful.Continue to 13 of 35 below.
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Spiked Apple Cider
For a tasty twist, skip the hot apple cider. Club soda ensures this cold spiked cider drink is refreshing, while the rum and amaretto give it a nice kick. Make the caramelized oranges in advance and use the garnish for other drinks.
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An equally satisfying and simple sipper, the separator cocktail combines brandy and coffee liqueur. Add a splash of cream to turn it into a dessert-worthy delight.
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Tall cocktails are great for dinner or watching the day's football games. With a little lemon juice and simple syrup, the John Collins is an excellent sweet, sour, and bubbly choice that mixes up in minutes.Continue to 17 of 35 below.
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Finish the holiday with the ideal nightcap. The old-fashioned is a great whiskey-forward sipper that accents the spirit with nothing more than sugar, bitters, and an orange peel.
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An enjoyable evening drink, this basic scotch sour recipe needs just two ingredients. To accentuate the flavor of a good blended scotch whisky, all you need is fresh lemon juice.
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Apple Cinnamon Mule
To put a seasonal spin on the Moscow mule, grab the best apple cider you can find. It's mixed with vodka, lime juice, and ginger beer to create the invigorating apple cinnamon mule.
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Black Tea Hot Toddy
Hot toddies are an ideal way to relax after a long day. With your choice of brandy, dark rum, or whiskey, this black tea hot toddy is a soothing spiced beverage that's sweetened with a bit of honey.Continue to 21 of 35 below.
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Thanksgiving can get a little crazy, so when you want to really take it easy, go for coffee sambuca. It's nothing more than a pour of sambuca with a few coffee beans, but it's spectacular both before or after dinner.
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For the ultimate dessert cocktail, turn to the brandy Alexander. This classic is indulgent but oh-so-simple because all you need is brandy, chocolate liqueur, and cream.
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Apple Pie Martini
Transform your fruity vodka martini into a seasonal treat with the apple pie martini recipe. Vanilla liqueur adds subtle sweetness while cinnamon gives it a delightful spice and lime juice marries the flavors wonderfully.
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Homemade Amaretto Liqueur
The holidays are a great opportunity to show off homemade goodies, but cookies and pies have nothing on amaretto liqueur! Made with just a few common ingredients, it can be enjoyed on the rocks after dinner or in your favorite amaretto cocktail.
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Toasted Almond Cocktail
Amaretto and coffee liqueur team up to create the deliciously sweet toasted almond cocktail. With a little cream, it's a fabulous dessert drink that can even handle a shot of vodka.
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Thanksgiving kicks off the holiday season, so why not get a headstart with an amplified favorite? The Fireball eggnog recipe spikes prepared eggnog with cinnamon whiskey liqueur and amaretto. It's a simple and utterly delicious drink.
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Rock and Rye Whiskey
Rock and rye is an old-fashioned liqueur made of rye whiskey, rock candy, and botanicals. It's an easy infusion that takes about a week to make, and fun to share when catching up with friends and family during the holiday.
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An effervescent dry Lambrusco wine is the base for this holiday punch. The added fall spices from star anise, cardamom, and rosemary, along with the bright bite of citrus rind make this a show stopper. This punch also includes Byrrh a fortified wine that has also been aromatized with quinine (the ingredient that gives tonic water its bitter edge). Beyond quinine, Byrrh is also flavored with orange and coffee, which add complexity and a distinct aroma. In this recipe, that subtle orange flavor is reinforced with orange liqueur.Continue to 29 of 35 below.
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Jim Beam Fruit Punch
Punch makes it easy to quench the thirst of your holiday guests. This whiskey fruit punch recipe is a brightly flavored sparkling option that takes just a few minutes to put together. To give it a seasonal flair, garnish it with fresh cranberries rather than strawberries.
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Nonalcoholic punch drinks are great for the entire family. The Thanksgiving punch adds spiced syrup, blood orange juice, and sparkling grape juice to an apple cider base. Everyone will love it, and you can set a bottle of whiskey, vodka, or sparkling wine on the side so the adults can spike it as they please.
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Sparkling Cranberry Punch
Featuring frozen pink lemonade, this sparkling cranberry punch is super easy and always a hit. Keep it nonalcoholic, or mix in a cup or so of rum or vodka for a mature Thanksgiving crowd.
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Autumn Spiced Tonic
Tonic water is a perfect soda when you want a crisp, semi-dry mixed drink for dinner. In the autumn spiced tonic, it's the finishing touch that perfectly complements the homemade apple-pear-cinnamon-infused vodka.Continue to 33 of 35 below.
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Polish Hot Mulled Wine
Mulled wine is a classic warm holiday drink that's enjoyed worldwide. There are several variations to explore, including a basic mulled wine with brandy and red wine. In France, vin chaud prefers cognac and cardamom for the spiced punch, while a traditional Polish mulled wine keeps it nice and simple without any liquor and just five ingredients.
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Rum Apple Cider Wassail
And then there is wassail! Another holiday favorite, the warm punch will put anyone in a festive mood. This rum apple cider wassail bridges the gap between autumn and winter flavors, so it's a perfect fit for Thanksgiving.
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Add ginger ale to your favorite whiskey for the spectacularly refreshing whiskey highball. Club soda is a great choice if you prefer a drink that's less sweet.