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11 Festive Thanksgiving Cocktails

Why not sip something special with dinner this year?

Pomegranates are in the peak of their season in November, so make them the star of your Turkey Day cocktail. A sparkling punch made with pomegranate and cranberry juices, plus a splash of vodka and prosecco, will look and taste divine.Getty

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Want to enjoy the autumn staple that is apple cider one more time before it’s gone? An apple cider whiskey smash uses cider as its base, and only requires adding your favorite whiskey and a twist of lemon to finish.

Why stop at wine when a few simple ingredients can level up your beverage? Sangria is a major crowd-pleaser, fun to sip while cooking and eating, and easy to throw together in just a few minutes. Consider a cranberry apple sangria for the perfect Thanksgiving vibe.Getty

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If hard liquor isn’t your thing, remember that beer makes a good cocktail, too. Consider the pumpkin apple shandy, which calls for stirring together your favorite pumpkin beer with fresh fruit juices and seasonal garnishes.

Speaking of pumpkin, it’s just not Thanksgiving without it. And a White Russian cocktail makes the perfect canvas to add some pumpkin flair, using a dash of pumpkin creamer and pie spice. Top with whipped cream and crushed graham crackers for full effect.Getty

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Cold weather just screams hot toddy, so choosing to serve these after dinner is a classic hostess with the mostest move. You should have most of the ingredients (cinnamon sticks, honey, and lemon) for other dishes you’re making. Just add a quality whiskey.

The dessert spread is one of the best parts of Thanksgiving, so honor your sweet tooth in cocktail form with a chocolate pecan cream martini. They’re easy to make, delicious to drink, and look very impressive.Getty
The king of all Thanksgiving cocktails is, of course, mulled wine. And there’s a reason: it incorporates all the best of autumn’s flavors, like cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, and apple cider. If the temperature of this drink doesn’t warm you up, the wine and brandy will.Shutterstock
If you enjoy a good old fashioned, you know it’s the best cocktail no matter the occasion. But even old faithfuls can use a twist every now and then. A maple old fashioned just requires a hint of maple syrup to make it sweet, seasonal, and exciting.Getty

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You can easily give a whiskey sour the Thanksgiving treatment with a dash of cinnamon and maple. Garnish accordingly (think cinnamon sticks, apple slices, or red hot candies) and you’ll have a cocktail perfect for dark liquor enthusiasts.


Moscow mules are popular with most people, so making these your Thanksgiving dinner’s signature cocktail is a solid choice. Spice them up with a little bit of apple and cinnamon and your guests will definitely be asking you for the recipe before they leave.