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These drinks will give your friends and family plenty to be thankful about.


Fall is in full swing! Bright crunchy leaves are quickly being mashed to almost unrecognizable little leafy bits on the ground. It’s colder than it has any right to be, but everything is pumpkin pie flavored, so all is right in the world.

One of the best things about harvest time (aside from the comfy cozy sweaters and the aforementioned pumpkin everything) are the fall feasts! 

Maybe you’ve already got plans with friends and family for Thanksgiving. Know what will exponentially increase your enjoyment at those super-fun, food-laden shindigs? Tasty thematically appropriate cocktails! Here’s a list of awesome Thanksgiving libations that are sure to make the holiday all the more delectable.


1. Holiday Sangria

Holiday Sangria

Featuring fruit from the harvest, crisp apples, tangy cranberries and succulent pear mix in well with robust red wine and sweet boozy applejack liquor (or brandy!).


2. Hot Cranberry Apple Cider

Hot Cranberry Apple Cider

One time I tried to make cranberry sauce from raw cranberries without adding any sugar; the sour flavor almost turned my face inside out. You won’t have that problem with this wondrous brew. Spiced rum or cinnamon schnapps will add a warming element that will increase the coziness factor by one-billionty.


3. Pumpkin Martini

Pumpkin Martini

I have had this before and it is actually magical. Believe me when I say you deserve this delicious, creamy goodness – I have personal experience with said beverage.


4. Spiked Pumpkin Spice Latte

Spiked Pumpkin Spice Latte

I haven’t had this one, but with hot coffee, canned pumpkin, rum, and pumpkin pie spices, I’d imbibe it in a hot second if one suddenly appeared in front of me.


5. Chai-Tini


The rich, decadent flavors of chai, milk and vodka make a martini that is spiced just right for warming the cockles of any heart. Use ginger vodka to up the fiery flavor.


6. Apple Pie Martini

Apple Pie Martini

Truth be told, I have never tried Applejack liquor. This recipe seems like a great way to have an inaugural meeting, don’t you think? Cinnamon and apple flavors are certainly fall classics. You’ve convinced me – let’s make some!


7. Cranberry Old Fashioned

Cranberry Old Fashioned

Before all those Thanksgiving cranberries can be made into sauce, snatch some to put in this fun, festive twist on a classic cocktail.


8. Smoky Apple Cider Cocktail

Smoky Apple Cider Cocktail

I love smoky flavors; I have about fifty million lapsang tea mixes in my kitchen. So I’m super-intrigued by this beverage and I kinda want to try one right now. It’s got maple, hard apple cider, brandy and reposado mezcal to give it a smoky flavor.


9. Whiskey Apple Fizz

Whiskey Apple Fizz

Don’t waste your apples in a Thanksgiving pie! Use them to make this tasty spin on a NOLA classic cocktail.


10. Honey Bourbon Cocktail

Honey Bourbon Cocktail

After playing outside pre-Thanksgiving feast, you’re going to need something to shake the chill from your bones. Try this delicious combination of honey, bourbon and lemon; it’ll warm you right up!


11. Spiced Cranberry Hot Toddy

Spiced Cranberry Hot Toddy

Cloves, anise, fresh ginger root and dark rum – no, I’m not just saying yummy things at you. This hot rum drink is totally the potent potable you want at your Thanksgiving table.  


12. Spicy Spiked Cider

Spicy Spiked Cider

Anise, rum and cinnamon combine to elevate the crisp fall sweetness of cider onto a higher, boozier plane. Enjoy your transcendental journey and rest assured, you won’t be parched!

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