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:
- Apple cider
- Spices: cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, cloves
Want specific types of liquor? Go to Fall Bourbon Cocktails or Fall Vodka Cocktails.
And now…the top Thanksgiving cocktails and drinks!
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
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
Here’s a punch recipe that's even more delicious than it looks. Try this Thanksgiving Pomegranate Punch! This ruby red punch stars pomegranate juice and fresh citrus with a hint of maple syrup. Take one sip and it’s light, fruity, bubbly, and sweet tart: a true burst of refreshing flavors! Spike it or drink it non-alcoholic: either way, guests won’t be able to stop sipping it.
Ingredients: Pomegranate juice, lemons, oranges, soda water, maple syrup, bourbon or brandy
Looking for a signature Thanksgiving cocktail featuring cranberry and orange? Try this Cranberry Bourbon Cocktail! It’s balanced, sweet tart, and complex, fruity with intriguing notes from sweet vermouth. Because it stars cranberry and bourbon it’s ideal for fall or winter entertaining, like Thanksgiving dinner. But it works for any season and occasion!
Ingredients: Cranberry juice, bourbon, orange juice, sweet vermouth
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.
Ingredients: Pomegranate juice, Aperol, Prosecco
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.
Ingredients: Fresh pear, pear vodka, lemon juice, simple syrup
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.
Also try: Cranberry Margarita
Ingredients: Cranberry juice, vodka, lemon juice, Cointreau, simple syrup
Looking for a hot drink for Thanksgiving? Try an Apple Cider Hot Toddy! Apple cider is the ideal balance in a hot toddy: it brings just the right sweet tart nuance to the flavor. Mix one up as a single serving, or make a big batch for guests like a spiked cider.
Ingredients: Apple cider, bourbon, honey lemon
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 a fun pitcher-style Thanksgiving cocktail: Thanksgiving sangria! It features white wine mixed with cider, brandy, pumpkin butter, citrus, spices, and a splash of ginger beer. via Half Baked Harvest
Ingredients: White wine, brandy, pumpkin butter, lemon juice, maple syrup, ginger beer
What better way to start the Thanksgiving fun than a great Mulled Wine? Make up a big pot, and it fills your kitchen with an intoxicating aroma of toasted allspice and cinnamon. This recipe is just sweet enough, balancing the bold fruity wine with mulling spices, citrus, and oak and vanilla notes on the finish.
Ingredients: Dry red wine, water, maple syrup, brandy or Cognac, allspice, cloves, star anise, cinnamon sticks, orange
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
Spiced Cranberry Punch
This cranberry punch is a festive, warming pitcher style cocktail that's perfect as a Thanksgiving drink! It stars a homemade spiced cranberry syrup with warming mulling spices, mixed with honey, citrus and vodka. via Half Baked Harvest
Ingredients: Cranberry syrup, cranberry juice, orange juice, vodka
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.
Ingredients: Crème de cassis, champagne
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
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
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
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
Spiced Honey Bourbon Old Fashioned
Here's a great bourbon-forward cocktail for Thanksgiving sipping: a spiced honey Old Fashioned! Make up a homemade spiced rosemary and honey simple syrup to mix with warming bourbon, lemon, and orange. via Half Baked Harvest
Ingredients: Honey, cinnamon, rosemary, cardamom, ginger, orange, vanilla, bourbon, lemon juice, orange juice, bitters
Spicy Pomegranate Moscow Mule
Another spin on the Moscow mule that's a great Thanksgiving cocktail: the Pomegranate Moscow Mule! Add pomegranate juice, lime, grapefruit, spicy jalapeños, and top it all off with ginger beer for a bit of bubbly! via Half Baked Harvest
Ingredients: Vodka, pomegranate juice, lime juice, grapefruit juice, jalapeño pepper, ginger beer
Cranberry Thyme Spritz
Last up in our Thanksgiving cocktails and drinks, another party style punch: the Cranberry Thyme Spritz! It's festive, pretty, and easy to serve, made with thyme, vodka, and sweet floral elderflower liqueur. via Half Baked Harvest
Ingredients: Honey, cranberries, thyme, ginger, vodka, St Germain (elderflower liqueur), grapefruit juice, lime juice, ginger beer
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:
- Make a big pot of fragrant Mulled Cider
- Make eye-catching Non Alcoholic Holiday Punch (or the non-alcoholic variation of Holiday Punch!)
- Mix up Apple Cider Slushies
- Grab a cozy tea latte, like a Chai Latte or London Fog
25 Great Thanksgiving Cocktails
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 0 minutes
- Total Time: 5 minutes
- Yield: 1 1x
Thanksgiving cocktails celebrate the flavors of the season! Try drinks starring apple, pomegranate, and cranberry and more.
- Cut a notch in a lime wedge, then run the lime around the rim of a glass. Dip the edge of the rim into a plate of cinnamon and sugar.
- Single drink: Place all ingredients in a cocktail shaker and fill it with ice. Shake until cold. Strain the margarita into the glass with the sugar rim. Fill the glass with ice and serve.
- Pitcher (8 servings): Place 1 ½ cups tequila, 2 cups apple cider, ¾ cup Triple Sec or Cointreau, and ¾ cup lime juice in a pitcher. Add 3 handfuls ice and stir until cold. Prepare the glasses separately, then add 2/3 cup to each glass and garnish with ice.
*To convert to tablespoons, 1 ounce = 2 tablespoons
- Category: Drink
- Method: Shaken
- Cuisine: Cocktails
- Diet: Vegetarian
Keywords: Thanksgiving cocktails, Thanksgiving drinks
More Thanksgiving resources
We’ve got a full suite of Thanksgiving resources to help you plan for this holiday! Whether it’s mains, sides, appetizers, or desserts: we’ve got you covered! Here are a few lists of recipes:
- Find all the greatest hits at 50 Best Thanksgiving Recipes
- Pick from 15 Thanksgiving Desserts to Wow Everyone
- Got an Instant Pot? Try 10 Instant Pot Thanksgiving Recipes
- Choose from 30 Easy Thanksgiving Side Dishes or 10 Thanksgiving Salad Recipes.
- Cooking for special diets? Try 25 Vegan Thanksgiving Recipes or 10 Top Vegetarian Thanksgiving Recipes
Let us know if you have any questions!
It was very helpful for me to prepare a cocktail list for my upcoming Thanksgiving Dinner at my restaurant. Since we are having apples, cranberry and pumpkins on the set menu, why not pair it up with some of the apple, cranberry and pumpkin drinks.
Thanks a lot!