12 Delicious Thanksgiving Cocktail Recipes to Gobble Up This Year

It’s Thanksgiving time and that means, for better or worse, you’re probably spending some time around people that you don’t really want to. Maybe it’s because your sibling who picked on you mercilessly lives across the country, or this is the one time of the year that old Aunt Karen deems your family worthy enough for her presence. Regardless of the reason or person, you’re going to need a drink. While there are plenty of beers and wines for you to down during the Thanksgiving meal, it’s nice to have a cocktail or three before sitting down to discuss the fact that yes, you are perfectly happy not having kids any time soon and that it is indeed your choice to do so.

Below, check out our picks for the best Thanksgiving cocktail recipes you can make this holiday. (There’s also Shotsgiving if you want to do away with cocktails and get right to the boozing.)

Nolet’s Silver Apple Crisp Punch

Nolets Silver Apple Crisp Punch
  • 26 oz Nolet’s Silver Gin
  • 13 oz apple juice or cider
  • 5 oz lime juice
  • 5 oz honey
  • 2 fresh limes
  • 2 fresh apples (green or red) 

Method: Mix all ingredients in an infusion jar (or punch bowl) and stir thoroughly to dissolve honey. Slice limes into wheels and add to jar. Serve over ice. Garnishwith lime, apple slices or matchsticks, cinnamon sticks, and or thyme.

The Chai Crusta

The Chai Crusta

(Created at Commander’s Palace, New Orleans)

Method: Add all ingredients into a shaker with ice. Shake and pour into a sugar-rimmed coupe glass. Garnish with a lemon peel.

*Chai-infused Buffalo Trace bourbon

  • 1 bottle Buffalo Trace bourbon
  • 4 chai tea bags
  • 1 orange spice tea bag

Method: Carefully add all of the tea bags to the bottle of bourbon. Cover and let infuse for 36 hours. If sitting longer than 3 days, pour the bourbon into another bottle so it does not over infuse.

Cuervo Cranberry

Cuervo Cranberry Cocktail

(Created by Jose Cuervo)

Method: Shake all ingredients together. Pour over ice and serve with a lime slice.

Carrot Card Daq

Carrot Card Daq

Method: Shake and serve up in glass. Garnish with a baby turmeric sliced halfway down the bottom to center and placed on the rim to look like a baby carrot.

All the Fixin’s

All the Fixins
  • 1.5 oz The Botanist Gin
  • .75 oz Amontillado Sherry
  • .75 oz fresh lemon juice
  • .75 oz fresh grapefruit juice
  • .5 oz cinnamon syrup
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters
  • Cracked white pepper for garnish

Method: Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker. Add ice and shake. Fine strain into a coupe glass. Garnish with cracked white pepper.

Ginger Diplo

Ginger Diplo
  • 1.75 oz Mantuano Diplomático Rum
  • 5 oz ginger ale
  • Dash of cocoa bitter (optional)
  • Cranberries for garnish
  • Rosemary for garnish

Method: Add ice to a glass. Add rum and top off with ginger ale to taste. You can add a dash of cocoa bitters for more contrast. Stir gently with a bar spoon. Garnish with cranberries and rosemary. 

Brisket House Sour

Brisket House Sour
  • 1 part Jameson Black Barrel
  • .5 part simple syrup
  • .5 part grapefruit juice
  • .5 part lime juice
  • Smoked salt
  • Grapefruit triangle for garnish

Method: Build in shaking tin. Add ice and shake. Use smoked salt for the rim. Fine strain into a rocks glass. Garnish with grapefruit triangle.

Hold The Fluff

Hold The Fluff

Method: Combine bourbon, lemon juice, and sweet potato syrup in a cocktail shaker. Fill with ice, cover and shake until outside of shaker is frosty, about 30 seconds. Strain into a double rocks glass filled with fresh ice. Gently pour .5 ounce red wine over the back of a spoon held just above the drink’s surface so wine floats on top.

Corduroy Cocktail

Corduroy Cocktail
  • 1.5 parts Absolut Original
  • 2 parts chocolate stout
  • 3 parts club soda
  • .75 parts clove syrup
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters

Method: Combine syrup, Absolut Original, and bitters with ice and shake. Add stout to shaker and stir. Fill Collins glass with ice, add club soda, and pour remaining ingredients on top. Garnish with an autumn leaf pinned to the glass.

Gunsmoke Cocktail

Gunsmoke Cocktail
  • 1.5 oz Duke Bourbon 
  • .75 oz fresh bay leaf syrup
  • .75 oz yuzu lemon juice blend
  • 2 dashes Elemakule Tiki bitters

Method: Dry shake all ingredients, add ice, and shake vigorously. Strain into a small coupe. Place the cocktail under a glass cloche and fill the cloche with cherrywood smoke from a smoking gun. Let sit for 30 seconds then enjoy! 

The Broadmoor Cocktail

The Broadmoor Cocktail

(Created by Dennis Schuler, The Broadmoor, Colorado Springs)

  • 1.5 oz Old Overholt Rye Whiskey
  • .25 oz Benedictine
  • .75 oz lemon juice
  • .5 oz honey simple syrup (equal parts honey and hot water, shaken or stirred until dissolved, then chilled)
  • 1 dash Angostura bitters

Method: Combine all ingredients with ice and shake. Strain into a martini glass. Garnish with lemon twist.

Cinnamon Tequila Toddy

Cinnamon Tequila Toddy
  • 5 parts Hornitos Black Barrel Tequila
  • 5 parts hot water
  • .75 part cinnamon bark syrup
  • .25 part honey
  • .25 part fresh lemon juice
  • 3 dashes vanilla bitters
  • Cinnamon sticks

Method: Combine equal parts sugar and water and 3 cinnamon sticks in a saucepan and bring to a boil to create cinnamon bark syrup. Remove cinnamon sticks from the mixture and combine the remainder of the ingredients in a coffee glass. Stir and garnish with a cinnamon stick.

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