Quality time with your peeps during the holidays (occasionally?) requires a few good drinks! Politics with your Uncle? Nosy in-laws? That close-talking friend… When you’re ready to grab the dog and make a run for the door… just breathe. And take a sip of one of these awesome Thanksgiving cocktails!


Spiked Apple Cider








Servings: 4-6

Tools: Skewers
Glassware: Pitcher, hIghball or rocks glass


¼ gallon apple cider
½ cup dark rum
½ cup cinnamon schnapps
1 Granny Smith apple, peeled, cut into large chunks
½ lemon, juiced

Cider is a household favorite during Thanksgiving time, so giving it an extra kick will only make everyone all the happier. Get the party buzzed by mixing the cider, rum and schnapps into a pitcher. Toss the apple chunks in the lemon juice to prevent browning, then skewer them as the garnish. Gather your serving glasses and fill them with ice. Then pour the spiked cider over the ice, garnish and serve.


Whiskey Harvest

Servings: 1
Tools: Shaker
Glassware: Coupe glass


2 oz. whiskey
2 dashes maple syrup
½ oz. pumpkin butter
Squeeze of a lemon wedge
Dash of allspice liqueur

This cocktail is a bit of smoky yet sweet and served straight up, not neat. It gives all of the flavors reminiscent of a good turkey dinner. Fill your shaker with ice, then add all of your ingredients. Shake well and then strain into your glass.


Thanksgiving Rum Cocktail

Servings: 1
Glassware: Glass mug


1 oz. Cruzan Vanilla Rum
1 oz. Cruzan Aged Dark Rum
2 oz. pumpkin pie puree
1 ½ oz. hot water
Chantilly cream (1/4 tspn vanilla extract, 2 parts heavy cream shaken until whipped) or whipped cream

Let your basic instincts come out with your love for all things pumpkin as the season arrives. One of the cocktails that fit right in with your pumpkin latte love is this cocktail. Mix the puree and hot water together and stir well. Top with both rums and chantilly cream. Then garnish your masterpiece with a sprinkle of freshly grated nutmeg and cinnamon stick.


Pumpkin Pie Sangria

Servings: 4
Tools: Pitcher, shallow plate for rimming
Glassware: Rocks glass or wine glass


1 bottle white wine, chilled
1 bottle sparkling cider, chilled
½ cup pumpkin pie vodka
1 pear, chopped
1 apple, chopped
¼ cup sugar
½ tsp. pumpkin spice
Cinnamon sticks, for garnish

For the love of pumpkins, let’s not stop at just one cocktail! Here’s another recipe to enjoy with your brunch babes. Prepare your rim by mixing sugar and pumpkin spice into a shallow plate. Then rim your glasses with an apple and dip into the mixture. Add the wine, cider, vodka and fruit to a pitcher. Stir then serve over ice in your rimmed glasses.


Charred Lemon Ginger Sparkler

Servings: 12
Tools: Cast iron skillet or stainless steel skillet, wooden spoon, strainer, pitcher
Glassware: Rocks glass

For the charred lemon juice:

12 lemons, halved

For gin rosemary mixer:

8 (5-inch) sprigs of rosemary, cut in half
6 tsps. sugar
2 cups gin, such as St. George Botanivore
1 cup charred lemon juice

For each cocktail:

¼ cup gin rosemary mixer
2 tablespoons sparkling wine
Rosemary sprig for garnish

For something tart and fizzy with an artisanal touch of creativity, try this recipe. Warm up your skillet on high heat and char the flat side of the lemons for about two minutes. Let it come down to room temperature and juice through a strainer. In the pitcher, combine the rosemary halves and sugar, then bruise the leaves with a spoon. Add the gin and lemon juice, mixing until the sugar has dissolved. Chill in the refrigerator and strain out in an hour. Serve over ice and garnish with a rosemary sprig.


Ginger Snap 

Serving: 1
Tools: Shaker
Glassware: Highball glass


1 ½ oz. vodka
1 oz. ginger liqueur, such as Domaine de Canton
1 oz. fresh lemon juice
¼ tsp. agave syrup
¼ tsp. peeled and grated fresh ginger
Pinch ground cinnamon
Pinch ground cloves
Pinch grated nutmeg
Cinnamon stick, for garnish

From spicy to sweet, a little bit of everything goes into this cocktail. Fill a shaker with ice and add all of the ingredients except for the garnish. Shake well then strain into the glass. Garnish with cinnamon and enjoy!


Poinsettia Smash

Servings: 1
Tools: Shaker, double strainer
Glassware: Rocks glass


2 oz. Patrón Silver
½ oz. Fino Sherry
5 Fresh cranberries (or ½ oz of cranberry jelly)
½ oz. Simple syrup (omit if using jelly)
½ Lemon
Crushed Ice
Cinnamon stick & lemon wheel for garnish

Poinsettias are vibrant in ways that make you feel warm and fuzzy, because you know the holidays are now all around. Get in touch with your childhood love for slushies with the Poinsettia Smash. Add the tequila, sherry, cranberries, syrup and lemon to the shaker with ice and give it a good shake. Fill your glass with crushed ice, then double strain your creation over the ice. Garnish with a cinnamon stick and a lemon wheel and enjoy your puckery potion.


Champagne Fizz 

Servings: 12
Tools: Bowl, strainer
Glassware: Coupe glass or champagne flute


6 pieces candied ginger (each about 2 inches)
1 bottle (6.7 ounces) angostura bitters
2 bottles (750 milliliters) Champagne brut, such as Perrier-Jouet, chilled

Everyone loves some bubbly, especially for such special occasions as bringing your family of forty together from far and wide. This champagne recipe is a cinch to create. Start by soaking the candied ginger with bitters in a bowl for four hours at room temperature. Strain and save the bitters for something else. Then cut each ginger in half. Place them at the bottom of each flute and serve with champagne.


Cherry Pie Shots

Servings: 4
Tools: Saucepan
Glassware: Mini-graham cracker pie crusts


3 oz. cherry-flavored Jello
1 cup boiling water
1 cup cold vanilla-flavored vodka
2 tbsp. Chopped cherries

Pie-oh-my, who said jello shots had to be boring? Everyone loves pies, but this recipe gives a spin to spike your sweet pie bites. Bring water to boil, then add cherry-flavored jello. Mix well, then add cold vanilla-flavored vodka and chopped cherries. Once cooled, add the mixture to the pie crusts and set for eight hours. Serve them with whipped cream and cherries and get the party started by enjoying your spiked dessert!


Pecan Pie Soda (Non-Alcoholic)

Serving: 4
Tools: Saucepan
Glassware: Rocks glass


2 ½ cups water
½ cup toasted pecans
½ cup maple syrup
¼ cup brown sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. lemon juice
Pinch of salt

Just because everyone has some fun with booze doesn’t mean the young and sober can’t join in. For something alcohol-free and unique at the Thanksgiving table, this soda will be a great addition. Add the water, pecans, maple syrup, brown sugar, vanilla, lemon juice and salt to a saucepan and bring to a boil. Simmer for about 40 minutes to reduce to ¾ cup. Once cooled, add 3 tablespoons of the mixture into a glass with ice, then top off with seltzer. Give it a special garnish of pecans.


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