Thanksgiving Cocktails You'll Definitely Need

posted by Lance Houston -

We know you’re focused on planning your Thanksgiving menu, but while you’re deciding on the food, don’t forget about your thirsty guests, who will need a holiday drink to properly enjoy the day. You can’t go wrong with wine, but here are some other seasonal cocktails that your guests will be thankful for.


Mulled Cider - A fall favorite that pairs perfectly with pie after a Thanksgiving feast. Mulled cider made with Cointreau, lime juice, apple cider, and cinnamon is a crowd pleaser.


- 12 oz. Cointreau

- 6 oz. Fresh lime juice

- 32 oz. Cider

- 3 Cinnamon sticks

- 2 Whole star anises

- 2 Whole cloves

- 2 Oranges (thinly sliced)

- 1 Apple (thinly sliced)

Method: Boil fresh ingredients with cider. Cover and remove from heat. Pour 12 oz. Cointreau and steep for 20 minutes. Garnish with cinnamon stick and slice of apple.

Mulled Wine - This traditional German treat is also known as Gluhwein. If you're a wine-lover, this one's for you! It's also great for big parties. Just make a huge batch and leave it in a crockpot all day.


- 1 bottle of dry red wine

- 1/2 cup of apple brandy

- Mulling spices (like this)

- 2 tbsp sugar

- 1 cup water

Method: fill half a mulling spice ball with mulling spices. Mix all other ingredients in a crockpot, then add in the ball. Turn on low, stir occasionally until sugar is incorporated. Serve steaming, but not boiling. Garnish mugs with slices of orange, cinnamon sticks, etc.

Apple Rickey - This cocktail is made with Cointreau, fresh lime juice, fresh rosemary leaves, and seltzer, so it’s perfect to enjoy anytime on turkey day.


- 2 oz. Cointreau

- 50 oz. Fresh lime juice

- 3 slices of a tart Apple

- 7 Leaves of fresh rosemary

- 4 oz. Club soda or seltzer

Method: Muddle the apple and rosemary in a Highball glass. Add Cointreau and lime juice with ice and top with club soda. Stir briefly and garnish with a sprig of rosemary and a slice of apple.

Hot Toddy - When it’s cold outside, nothing warms you up from the inside out like this bourbon-infused cocktail. Sip on this one sitting by the fire.


- 2 oz. Evan Williams Bourbon

- .5 oz. Demerara syrup

- 2 Cloves

- 1 Cinnamon stick

- Lemon twist

- Orange twist

- 4 oz. Hot water

Method: Start with a heated mug. Add two cloves, the lemon twist, the orange twist and the Demerara syrup. Lightly muddle all ingredients; just enough to get the essence of the fruit. Then, add the Evan Williams Bourbon and stir with a spoon. Next, add 4 ounces of water. To top it all off, throw in a cinnamon stick and a fresh orange twist. Double strain. Flame the garnish over the drink if you'd like, and enjoy! 

S'mores Cocktail - This drink is more like a dessert, with it’s Godiva Chocolate liqueur, vanilla syrup, and toasted marshmallow garnish.


- 1.5 oz. Stoli Vodka

- .75 oz. Godiva Chocolate

- .5 oz. Vanilla syrup

- .75 oz. Egg white froth

Method: Once all ingredients are combined, shake, then double strain. Serve in a vintage Irish coffee glass and garnish with a toasted marshmallow, shaved Hershey's dark chocolate and a sprinkle of cinnamon.

Winter White Lady - Kick off the holidays with this cocktail that looks like snow. It’s made with Cointreau, Gin, and fresh lemon juice, so it’s light and bright.


- 1.5 oz. Cointreau

- 1.5 oz. Botanist Gin

- 1 oz. Fresh lemon juice

- 9 Drops of Aromatic Bitters

- 1 Egg white

Method: Combine Cointreau, the Botanist Gin, fresh lemon juice, and Aromatic Bitters into tin can. Shake and strain into a glass. Garnish with lemon twist.


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