It’s almost time for the holiday season to kick off with a big family dinner and precious times with friends and family. Thanksgiving is the first holiday that ushers in the Christmas season. While some bypass it in favor of getting in on early deals for the season, we celebrate Thanksgiving with every fiber of our beings. If you’re entertaining this year, we have a few ideas for ushering in the holiday cheer with tempting and tasty beverages that will leave your guests asking for more. Here are ten popular Thanksgiving cocktails that are easy to make and sure to be crowd-pleasers.
10. Apple Cider Mimosa
Apple Cider Mimosas offers a slightly sweet cocktail that is good for Thanksgiving through Christmas entertaining. The Apple Cider Mimosa is a simple drink. You can make it using Apple Cider, Champagne, brandy, sugar, and cinnamon. Moisten glass rims and dip them in a mixture of cinnamon and sugar. Start with apple cider, then add the desired amounts of alcohol to achieve the strength to suit your tastes in equal shares. Start with brandy, then champagne. You can substitute the brandy with Fireball whiskey if desired. The sugary spiced rim is an attractive and tasty addition, but you can also add an apple slice or cinnamon stick for more eye appeal. It’s best not to make this cocktail ahead of time, as the champagne will lose its bubbles.
9. Salted Caramel Martini
You can make this hearty cocktail ahead for greater convenience. The recipe idea comes from Family Table Treasures.
- Salted Caramel Sauce
- Caramel Vodka
- Apple Cider
- Sea Salt
- Apple Slices
Dip the top of the glass in salted caramel sauce to cover the rim. Next, dip it in the Sea Salt to form an attractive crystalline ring around the top of the glass. Add 2 ounces of each Apple cider and Caramel Vodka to a cocktail shaker with shaved or cubed ice. Shake the ingredients together, then pour into the rimmed glass. Be careful not to spill it on the rim. Add garnish and serve.
8. Pumpkin Martini
The Spruce Eats provides the best recipe we’ve found for a tempting and delicious Pumpkin Martini. The recipe calls for graham crackers, pumpkin pie spice, vanilla vodka, pumpkin puree, and Irish Cream liqueur. Crush 2 tbsp of graham crackers finely, add 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice, and mix well. Pour the Irish Cream into a saucer. Dip the rim of the glass in the liqueur to moisten. Roll in the graham cracker crumbs. Pour 2 ounces Irish cream, 2 ounces vanilla vodka, and 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice in a cocktail shaker. Add 1.5 tbsp pumpkin puree and ice to the mix, and shake vigorously. Strain the mixture, then pour into prepared cocktail glasses and garnish.
7. Cranberry Bourbon Cocktail
This is one of the easiest holiday cocktails to prepare. It calls for equal parts of cranberry juice and bourbon whiskey. You can dress up the cocktail glasses with rimming or leave them plain. Place shaved or cubed ice in the cocktail glasses. Add Cranberry juice, then bourbon of your choice. Add a dash of simple syrup in your choice of flavors to give it a little extra sweetness. You can use your choice of garnishes to make this one of the most attractive and easy cocktails of the season that will impress everyone at your gathering.
6. Smoky Harvest Apple Cider Margarita
Half-baked Harvest supplied this amazing recipe for the perfect cocktail for Thanksgiving gatherings. All you need is salt, cinnamon, and sugar for the rim, a bottle of smoky mezcal or silver tequila, orange liqueur, spiced cider, a bit of lime, and maple syrup. Dip your glasses in a bit of simple syrup to moisten, then roll in a combination of cinnamon, sugar, and a dash of salt. In a cocktail shaker add a shot of mezcal or tequila, whichever you prefer, a half shot of orange liqueur, ice, and spiced cider. Pour a dash of maple syrup into the mix, and squeeze in fresh lime juice and shake for 30 seconds. Strain the mixture and pour into prepared cocktail glasses. You can alter the amounts of liquor to suit your personal preferences.
5. Apple Cider Mojito
Mojitos are a popular drink at any time of the year, so why not dress them up for the holidays? Make it by the pitcher for fast cocktails without a hassle. Start with a pitcher. Add 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice, 1 cup of rum, 2.5 cups of apple cider. Add sprigs of fresh mint. Mix all ingredients well. You can leave this mixture in the refrigerator until you’re ready to serve. Add club soda as desired to dilute the drinks. Pour over ice, add additional garnishes. You may double this recipe to make eight cocktails.
4. Apple Cider Moscow Mule
A Moscow Mule is a hardy harvest time drink that will thrill your guests with its old-world styling and the kick that it offers. Combine four ounces each ginger beer, hard apple cider in a cocktail shaker. Add 1.5 ounces citron vodka. Juice 1/2 lime and add the juice with a few sprinkles of ground cinnamon. Add ice and shake vigorously. Pour the mixture into copper cups with crushed ice. You may choose from a variety of garnishes to complete the aesthetics.
3. Applejack Sour
Applejack sour is an attractive and festive cocktail that is perfect for Thanksgiving entertaining. You’ll need 2 ounces of Applejack, 1/2 ounces fresh lemon juice, 1/2 ounce fresh orange juice, 1-ounce maple syrup, Angostura bitters, and freshly grated nutmeg. Mix the applejack, orange juice, lemon juice, bitters (2 dashes), and maple syrup in a cocktail shaker. Add ice then shake for about 30 seconds. Strain the mixture into prepared glasses with ice and sprinkle fresh nutmeg in each glass. You may serve with the garnish of your choice.
2. Cinnamon Maple Whiskey Sour
This is a simple and hardy drink with complex layers of flavor. It calls for 4 ounces bourbon whiskey, four teaspoons maple syrup, 1 ounce of lemon juice, 2 teaspoons simple syrup, 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon, and 4 maraschino cherries for each drink. Add all of the ingredients except for the cherries into a cocktail mixer. Add ice and shake for 30 seconds. Pour into prepared cocktail glasses, and garnish with maraschino cherries on cocktail skewers.
1. Rum Toddy
A hot rum toddy is a perfect finisher for a lovely meal. It is settling and satisfying. It’s a fast and simple holiday drink that is perfect for any holiday, but it’s especially good at Thanksgiving and Christmas. To make a toddy you’ll need hot after, fresh lemons, honey, spiced rum and cinnamon, and sugar to taste. Combine 4 ounces hot water with 1 ounce of spiced rum in a mug. Squeeze the juice of 1/4 lemon into the beverage, with 1 tablespoon honey, and add a dash of cinnamon and sugar to suit your preferences. This drink is served warm.