These Thanksgiving cocktails celebrate the flavors of the season! Try drinks starring apple, pomegranate, and cranberry and more.
Thanksgiving is full of traditions: and why not add a signature drink? This holiday is all about the food, but the paired drinks are just as memorable. Here are all our top Thanksgiving cocktails for celebrating the holiday in style with friends and family! Fall flavors are ripe for creating drinks that evoke those cozy fall feelings. In this list, you’ll see the following ingredients highlighted:
Here's the ideal Thanksgiving cocktail: the Pumpkin Martini! It’s creamy, it’s cozy pie spiced, and it’s made with real pumpkin for the best natural flavor. Even better, coat the glass rim in crushed graham crackers and you get a hint of crunchy sweet in each sip! This is the best cocktail for impressing your friends for any fall occasion.
Ingredients: Vodka, heavy cream, maple syrup, pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice, vanilla
When it comes to festive Thanksgiving cocktails…well, this one might take the cake. Try this Pomegranate Prosecco Sparkler! The combination of sweet tart pomegranate, orange perfume and airy bubbles is one of the most satisfying in our list of cocktail recipes.
Next up in our Thanksgiving cocktails: Apple Sangria! This drink is made the traditional Spanish way, meaning it's bold and wine-forward. This fall variation features red and green apples and a hint of cinnamon. It’s crisp, cool and loaded with flavor, without overdosing on sweetness.
Ingredients: Apples, lemon, sugar, dry red wine, brandy, cinnamon, apple cider (optional)
This elegant cocktail the ideal signature Thanksgiving drink: the Pear Martini! This cocktail is great for fall and winter entertaining, and to be honest: it caught us off guard with its delicate, sweet flavor. Pear comes in two waves: a muddled fresh pear brings brightness, and pear vodka infuses a strong fruity aroma.
Once apple cider season rolls around, there’s one cocktail you absolutely must make with it. This Apple Cider Margarita! It’s tangy and balanced: the zingy tequila and lime pairs beautifully with the sweet cider. Top it off with a cinnamon sugar rim, and every sip is a delight.
Ingredients: Apple cider, tequila, Triple Sec, lime juice
Looking for a pumpkin drink that’s sippable and not too sweet? Try our new favorite Thanksgiving cocktail: the Pumpkin Old Fashioned! This one is for bourbon-lovers: it’s a nuanced slow sipper with notes of vanilla, maple and spice. It’s barely sweet and bourbon-forward, ideal for sipping by the fireside or any fall occasion. While it’s bright orange, it tastes just like the Classic Old Fashioned you love…only cozier.
Ingredients: Bourbon, pumpkin puree, maple syrup, pumpkin pie spice, vanilla
Looking for a Thanksgiving drink that exudes all the fall vibes? Try this Apple Cider Bourbon Cocktail! Cider pairs perfectly with sweet and spicy bourbon in this sophisticated drink. It’s got a hint of lemon and a surprise ingredient that rounds out the flavors into a meld that’s intriguing, complex and highly drinkable.
Ingredients: apple cider, bourbon, sweet vermouth, lemon juice, orange bitters
Here’s a tasty, sweet tart spin on the vodka martini that you’ve got to try: the Cranberry Martini! It’s refreshing, zingy and perfectly balanced, starring Cointreau orange liqueur and fresh lemon juice. The bright red cranberry makes it an ideal signature Thanksgiving drink.
Here’s a Thanksgiving drink that’s ideal for sipping by the fire on a chilly evening: Hot Buttered Rum! This spin is just sweet enough, cozy-spiced with cinnamon and allspice, and spirit-forward with boozy dark rum. Oh: and there’s just enough butter to make it lightly creamy. It’s enough to warm your toes…and your soul.
Ingredients: Salted butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, dark rum, water
A stunning Thanksgiving cocktail? Try the Bourbon Manhattan! Over here, we love the smooth, sweet flavor of bourbon whiskey. While a Manhattan is classically made with spicy rye whiskey, we prefer it made with bourbon. The notes of oak, vanilla and caramel oak in bourbon are the perfect match for sweet vermouth.
Ingredients: Bourbon whiskey, sweet red vermouth, angostura bitters
Here's an easy Thanksgiving cocktail that's festive and sophisticated: the Kir Royale! This famous French cocktail stars black currant liqueur and sparkling wine: and the berries and bubbles suit each other perfectly. The best cocktail recipes are simple perfection, and there’s nothing better than this 2 ingredient combination.
Here’s a festive Thanksgiving cocktail that’s perfect for easy entertaining: the Apple Cider Mule! Everyone loves a classic Moscow Mule, and this seasonal spin is even more fun. It pairs apples and ginger in a bubbly, effervescent mix that looks perfectly cozy nestled in a copper mug.
Ingredients: vodka, lime, apple cider, ginger beer
Here’s a spin on the classic that might be even tastier than the original: the Maple Old Fashioned! This fall cocktail uses maple syrup instead of sugar, along with the classic whiskey and bitters. Give it a swirl and a taste, and it’s even smoother than the original! The maple syrup adds hints of caramel and vanilla that give even more nuance and sophistication to each sip.
Ingredients: Bourbon, maple syrup, Angostura bitters
For a great Thanksgiving cocktail, look no further than this Apple Cider Martini! It’s no secret that apple cider is one of our favorite ingredients for fall cocktails. This one surprised us as a new favorite. It’s tangy and balanced, with just the right interplay between sweet tart cider and citrusy orange liqueur. It’s got a hint of cinnamon on the finish and beware: it’s very drinkable.
Ingredients: Apple cider, vodka, Cointreau or Triple Sec, lemon juice, maple syrup, cinnamon
Here's a spin on a classic cocktail that might be even better than the original: the Pomegranate Cosmo! This sweet tart drink pairs pomegranate, vodka, and orange liqueur in a symphony of flavor. You can use bottled pomegranate juice from the store, or make your own using the seeds from the fresh fruit.
Ingredients: Pomegranate juice. vodka, Cointreau, lemon juice, simple syrup or maple syrup
Last up in our favorite Thanksgiving cocktails: spiked apple cider! This spiked apple cider hits all the cozy notes, and it makes your house smell like a fall wonderland. Rum complements the cinnamon, cloves, and star anise perfectly. Make a separate non-alcoholic batch for the kids, or add the rum after serving.
Ingredients: Whole cloves, star anise, cinnamon sticks, apple cider, rum
Thanksgiving drinks that are non-alcoholic
Don’t drink alcohol, or want something for the kids? There are lots of great options for Thanksgiving drinks that aren’t cocktails! Here are some of our top fall drinks that work when entertaining:
Prepare the rim: Crush a graham cracker with your fingers, and place it on a plate. On another plate, add a small pool of maple syrup. Run the rim of a martini glass in the maple syrup first, rotating the glass so the rim is evenly coated. Then roll the rim in the crushed graham crackers until evenly coated.
Shake the drink: Place all ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Add a handful of ice and shake until cold. Strain the drink into the prepared martini glass.
*To convert to tablespoons, 1 ounce = 2 tablespoons.
**½ ounce maple syrup makes a balanced drink (and you’ll still get sweetness from the cracker rim). Use ¾ or 1 ounce maple syrup if you like a very sweet drink. If you don’t have pure maple syrup, try homemade Brown Sugar Syrup (it takes just 5 minutes).