10 Festive Thanksgiving Cocktails To Liven Up The Holiday Table

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In the rush of the holidays and planning the perfect Thanksgiving feast — finding the best Thanksgiving cocktails, roasting a delicious turkey and, of course, getting creative with leftovers — it can be hard to kick back and relax. Well, we think you should find a moment for yourself and celebrate the wonderFALL flavors we love so much during this time of year. Instead of going for the pumpkin spice latte, we’re thinking more along the lines of a boozy fall cocktail. Picture bourbon, cinnamon, caramel, apple… you know, all the autumn classics. We don’t recommend sampling these Thanksgiving alcoholic drinks all in one night, but let’s just say it’ll be difficult to only choose one. We can’t wait to try them all!

Two Ingredient Apple Cider Mimosas

If mimosas (especially apple cider mimosas) don’t scream fall brunch, then we don’t know what does. Now you’ll have the perfect drink to sip on while basting the turkey. Plus, since it’s only two ingredients, you don’t have to worry about trying to put together a complex Thanksgiving cocktail recipe while also preparing dinner. That sounds like a win-win if you ask us.

Cranberry Zinger Jam Jar Cocktail

We love jam and we love cocktails, so why not put them together? This cranberry zinger (which is basically the queen of Thanksgiving mixed drinks) will certainly make you feel all kinds of bubbly. All you have to do is pour your favorite gin and cranberry juice over ice, and then top with a spoonful of your go-to jam. Then just top it off with ginger ale and you’re done!

Salted Caramel Apple Martini

Martinis make us feel sophisticated and mysterious, but there’s one thing that’s no mystery: cocktail hour will never be the same after you serve this sweet and tart drink to your family and friends. All you *really* need is a little caramel vodka and apple cider and you’re good to go. Don’t forget to chill your martini glasses beforehand (don’t serve the drinks with ice!) to keep things cool.

Apple Cider Mojito Recipe

Mojitos might usually be a summer drink for you, but the addition of apple cider makes this one of the best Thanksgiving cocktails. You might be tempted to skip out on the key ingredient of this mojito, cinnamon simple syrup, if you don’t have it in your kitchen already, but it’s totally worth the extra trip to the grocery store. This drink is also loaded with fresh mint and cinnamon sticks for a flavor combo you can’t miss.

Cranberry Pear Ginger Fizz

Swap your cranberry sauce for a cranberry cocktail complete with ginger beer, pears, and limes. Make sure you keep some whole cranberries and rosemary sprigs for the finishing touch. Even if you’ve never made cocktails before, this drink is so easy that anyone can make it!

Apple Cider Moscow Mule

Everyone knows that what makes a Moscow mule a true mule is the ginger beer. Well, with this easy Thanksgiving cocktail, what makes it is the hard apple cider instead of the regular kind. However, we are totally in favor of sticking to regular apple cider for all your non-alcoholic babes. Either way, this is one mule you don’t want to miss.

Apple Pie Sangria

Apple pie is a must-have during the holiday season, and sangria is always on our top 10 list. But when you mix them together (plus add them to die for copper mugs), we’re 110% all in. This is the *perfect* Thanksgiving beverage to put out in a pitcher and sip on during dinner, while watching the football game, and when cleaning up the dishes. 

Clementine Whiskey Smash

Sweet clementine juice and rich whiskey are the perfect match in this fun Thanksgiving drink, plus you can adjust the amount of whiskey that goes in depending on how strong you’d like the drink to be. Go easy for a fresh taste or add a bit more if you want something warmer. Now if you don’t mind, we’ll be singing “Oh My Darling Clementine” for the rest of the week. 

Cinnamon Maple Whiskey Sour

We consider November 1 to be the official start of maple season. Even if whiskey isn’t your thing, it might be after sampling this cup of Thanksgiving goodness. If your feast is missing a classic cocktail, not only have you *just* found it, but you’ll never have another Thanksgiving without it. Plus, a little maple syrup goes a long way when you’re working with maple cocktails!

Cranberry Margaritas

Cranberries might be reminiscent of Christmas, but cranberry sauce is basically a Thanksgiving delicacy…which is why we had to give this margarita our stamp of approval. The squeeze of lime and the salted rim puts this cocktail over the edge, and if you want to get extra fancy, there’s also a recipe to make your own homemade cranberry juice. 

Enjoy & have a fabulous holiday!

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