Thanksgiving Cocktail Recipes

Round out your holiday feast with festive cocktails that incorporate fall flavors and even traditional Thanksgiving ingredients.

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Mulled Apple Cider Cocktail

Alex's fall cocktail tops freshly mulled cider with bubbly sparkling wine. Float small cubes of red and green apples with fresh ginger in the champagne flutes for a slightly spicy finish.

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Holiday Sangria

Cranberries and other fall fruits add an autumnal spin to this cinnamon-tinged sangria.

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Dark and Stormy

Making your own ginger beer is easier than you'd think. Just boil together grated ginger, allspice, cloves, sugar and water, and then add some lime zest and rum for the best Dark and Stormy of your life.

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Cranberry Prosecco Fizz

If tart cranberry sauce is your favorite part of the Thanksgiving spread, sip on a liquid version, topped with fizzy prosecco and earthy rosemary.

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Apple-and-Thyme Martini

Offer an apple- and thyme-infused cocktail to accompany small bites — it tastes like fall in a glass.

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Pumpkin Spice Dark and Stormy

Conjure autumn in a glass by adding allspice liqueur and pumpkin puree to the classic rum cocktail.

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Apple Toddy

Sunny gives her cider-based toddy a boost with brandy, cinnamon sticks and clove-studded orange wedges. Serve it warm from the saucepan with a generous dollop of whipped cream. 

Get the Recipe: Apple Toddy

Ginger Cranberry Cocktail

Tart cranberries are mixed with a sweet-and-spicy ginger syrup in this refreshing seasonal cocktail. Try omitting the soda and it becomes the perfect holiday martini.

Get the Recipe: Ginger Cranberry Cocktail (Frozen Vodka or Gin)

Pumpkin Spice Margarita

A margarita shot through with autumn-inspired ingredients is the next best thing to a Thanksgiving tropical getaway.

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Pomegranate Champagne Cocktail

Fresh pomegranate juice and creme de cassis, a liqueur made from black currants, make this drink as pretty as it is bubbly and delicious.

Get the Recipe: Pomegranate Champagne Cocktail

Pear-Rosemary Bellini

A little sweet and a little savory, pear and rosemary put a refreshing, earthy new twist on the fizzy brunch cocktail.

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Thanksgiving's a Breeze Seabreezes

Give an autumnal twist to a traditional screwdriver by adding cranberry juice and a sprig of fresh mint.

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Autumn Colors Cocktail

Sip on a southern-inspired sweet tea and pomegranate cocktail.

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For a wintry take on this most celebratory of cocktails, add some orange and pomegranate juice to Prosecco.

Get the Recipe: Blissini

Cranberry-Orange-Cinnamon Vodka Tonic

Turn a tonic cocktail into a Thanksgiving tradition by mixing cinnamon vodka with muddled cranberries.

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Chocolate Martini

Channel the sweeter side of Thanksgiving by transforming a classic martini into a creamy, chocolatey cocktail.

Get the Recipe: Chocolate Martini

The Casserole Cocktail

A big, spicy bourbon provides the perfect base for the sweet-potato-casserole flavors (potato, nutmeg and cloves) of this unique cocktail.

Get the Recipe: The Casserole Cocktail a.k.a. The Sweet Potato Cocktail

Spiked Apple Cider Cocktail

Spike a warm and spicy apple cider with some bubbly for a more celebratory take on the classic fall drink.

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Ginger Rum Shandy

Rum and fresh ginger transform a summer sipper into a spicy autumn staple.

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Shoot a Wild Turkey Cocktail

What do you get when you combine bourbon, butterscotch, sweet potatoes and nutmeg, all topped with browned mini marshmallows? A cocktail creation from our Classy Ladies that is dinner, dessert and the after party all rolled into one.

Get the Recipe: Shoot A Wild Turkey Cocktail

Pumpkin Spice Manhattan

Add a hint of fall flavor to your Manhattan by pulling in pumpkin pie spice, then garnishing the glass with a fresh slice of apple.

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Orange Mojito

An overdose of orange turns this exotic drink into the perfect holiday beverage.

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Pear Ice Cube Prosecco

Add extra pizzaz to prosecco with spiced-pear ice cubes that are a cinch to make.

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Spiced Cabernet

Make mulled wine without breaking the bank by simmering Cabernet Sauvignon with cloves, cinnamon sticks and an orange.

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Pumpkin Spice Shandy

Go beyond a basic shandy by combining pumpkin ale with apple cider, then amping up the spice factor with a cinnamon stick.

Get the Recipe: Pumpkin Spice Shandy

Mulled Cider

Boost a beloved cold-weather sipper with dark rum, brown sugar and plenty of warming spices.

Get the Recipe: Mulled Cider

Spiked Hot Chocolate

Heavy cream, dark chocolate and rum add up to an ultra-rich rendition of a beloved cold-weather beverage.

Get the Recipe: Spiked Hot Chocolate

Spiced Bourbon Pumpkin Milkshake

Turn the classic Thanksgiving combo of pie and ice cream into a drinkable, bourbon-spiked dessert.

Get the Recipe: Spiced Bourbon Pumpkin Milkshake