24 Fun & Festive Thanksgiving Cocktails

November 2, 2021

Whether your fall festivities this year involve gathering with a big group of family, an intimate selection of a few close friends, or something in between, you have to start thinking about the drink menu! What kind of Thanksgiving cocktails are you looking to serve? This collection will help get you started.

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Thanksgiving is the perfect holiday, full of delicious food and drinks, and it usually comes with a nice long weekend. But it gets lost between the higher-energy holidays of Halloween and Christmas. This year, make sure your Thanksgiving is one to remember by serving up some delicious and festive cocktails.

Simple & Classy

Get out your most gorgeous stemware, because these selections will have you feeling extra fancy. If you are the type to serve up an elegant Thanksgiving dinner with gold flatware and linen napkins, these cocktails are perfect for your dignified evening.

Apple Brandy Alexander

From Slumber & Scones

Sparkling Apple Pie Thanksgiving Cocktail

From She Keeps a Lovely Home

Ginger Pear Bourbon Martini

From Savored Sips

On the Rocks

These drinks are a bit more casual, served in sturdier glasses filled with ice. But don’t count them out. Each of these classic choices comes with a fall twist to fill your family holiday with plenty to be thankful for.

Rum Raisin Spiced Old Fashioned

From Garlic & Zest

Meyer Lemon Rosemary Tom Collins

From My Kitchen Love

Cranberry Apple Mojito

From Teak & Thyme

Pumpkin Mule

From Sip and Feast

Zero Proof

Just because you or your guests aren’t consuming alcohol doesn’t mean you can’t have some fun with your drink selections. These drinks are designed to be completely alcohol free, but are easy to spike so everyone is happy.

Homemade Apple Cider

From Waiting for Blancmange

Smashed Cranberry Mocktail

From Nourish Nutrition

Orange Cinnamon Mocktail

From Food Banjo

Cinnamon Apple Shrub

From Slumber & Scones

We all know you’re eating turkey, stuffing, and mashed potatoes, but what are you drinking this Thanksgiving? These 24 fun and festive cocktails will take dinner to the next level.

For the Crowd

Listen, I get it. Cooking Thanksgiving dinner is a lot, and you don’t want to have to add individual cocktails to the menu. Never fear, because these big-batch selections pack a punch in a pitcher without you playing bartender all afternoon.

Spiced Gin Punch

From Gastronom

Pomegranate Orange Holiday Punch

From Cooking With Curls

Hard Apple Cider Sangria

From Slumber & Scones

Holiday Cranberry Sangria

From Ann’s Entitled Life

Stay Warm

Here in Upstate NY, Thanksgiving weather can range from a full-on blizzard to a perfectly pleasant sunny day. But either way, the temperature is starting to drop. These mug drinks will warm up you and your guests from the inside out, and keep you feeling cozy.

Slow Cooker Wassail

From Sense & Edibility

Spiced Irish Coffee

From The Spice Train

Chai Whiskey Hot Toddy

From Ginger With Spice

Pecan Pie Hot Buttered Rum

From Slumber & Scones

Dessert in a Glass

No need to skip the pie for one of these sweet selections. Just complement it with a cocktail that will wrap up your Turkey Day festivities in a pretty and delicious bow. Your guests will remember their last course, so go all-out on dessert drinks.

Chocolate old fashioned cocktail with spoon
Chocolate Old Fashioned

From Slumber & Scones

Pumpkin Martini

From Chisel & Fork

Spiked Apple Cider Slushies

From Fresh Flavorful

Gin Espresso Martini

From Ugly Duckling Bakery

Thanksgiving Planning

Have you started working on your menu and game plan? I have a fantastic series of posts that will take you step-by-step from brainstorming, through shopping, and all the way to your day-of schedule to prep for Thanksgiving or any big holiday meal. Get started with some menu ideas for all types of dishes.


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