55 Thanksgiving Cocktail Recipes We Can All Be Grateful For
Thanksgiving is all about being grateful. Of course, we're especially thankful for the food on the table. After piling roasted turkey, countless Thanksgiving side dishes, and plentiful pies on our plates, we never leave a holiday gathering any less than uncomfortably full. But there's one thing you should never forget to serve on Thanksgiving and that's an amazing cocktail. With these delicious and festive recipes, your drink menu won't be an afterthought. Don't settle for a cooler of beer this year. Step up your drink game with these incredible concoctions. From bourbon to rum and sparkling to spiced, these cocktails will get the party started. Serve up some fall flavor with our favorite spiked cider recipes, and ensure everyone gets a glass with big-batch recipes. Whether your family likes to celebrate Thanksgiving with brunch, football watching, or a formal dinner, there's a recipe here that will fit the bill. These are the best cocktails for celebrating with family and friends.
Southern Russian Punch
Recipe: Southern Russian Punch
Our pick for instilling that bold, chicory flavor? Cathead Hoodoo Chicory Liqueur from Jackson, Mississippi. If you can't find it, no worries. Any strong brewed coffee will work just fine in this spin on a White Russian.
Thanksgiving Rum Punch
Recipe: Thanksgiving Rum Punch
This spiced holiday punch will ensure every guest has a good time.
Spicy Bourbon-Citrus Punch
Recipe: Spicy Bourbon-Citrus Punch
This refreshing punch will be the talk of Turkey Day!
Cranberry Sangría Punch
Recipe: Cranberry Sangría Punch
Fresh cranberries and Granny Smith apples take this cocktail into holiday mode.
Recipe: Cranberry Margaritas
Margaritas? In the winter? With this cheerful recipe, absolutely.
Aperol Bourbon Fizz
Recipe: Aperol-Bourbon Fizz
If your family loves bourbon cocktails, warm up to this sipper this Thanksgiving.
Clementine Whiskey Sour
Recipe: Clementine Whiskey Sour
Your guests will fall in love with this fresh twist on a classic whiskey sour.
Bourbon Apple Cider Thyme Punch
Recipe: Bourbon Apple Cider Thyme Punch
This herb-infused cocktail has cozy fall flavors but is still refreshingly cold.
Spiced Hard Cider Fizz
Recipe: Spiced Hard Cider Fizz
This fizzy cocktail is perfect for Thanksgiving because of fall flavor from spiced simple syrup and apple cider.
Fizzy Cider Punch
Recipe: Fizzy Cider Punch
Replace mimosas with this holiday-ready cocktail at Thanksgiving brunch.
Gingered Seelbach Cocktail
Recipe: Gingered Seelbach Cocktail
This pretty champagne cocktail is for your dressy Thanksgiving dinner.
Recipe: Hot Toddy
If Thanksgiving is going to be a cold one, warm your guests up with the comfort of an old-school Hot Toddy.
Cherry Bourbon Cheerwine
Recipe: Cherry Bourbon Cheerwine
Southern-favorite Cheerwine gets party-ready with this fun cocktail recipe.
Spiced Orange-Bourbon Punch
Recipe: Spiced Orange-Bourbon Punch
This holiday punch recipe has a high yield, so be sure you invite plenty of guests to help empty the punch bowl.
Whiskey-Apple Cider Punch
Recipe: Whiskey-Apple Cider Punch
This drink recipe was made to serve a crowd, so it's perfect for a big holiday gathering.
Aperol and Blood Orange-Mint Spritz
This sparkling cocktail will be the star at your gathering.
Big-Batch Cajun Lemonade
Recipe: Big-Batch Cajun Lemonade
Citron, or lemon-flavored vodka, adds extra lemon tang to this cocktail that's sure to transport you to Cajun country in just one sip.
Zesty Bloody Mary
Recipe: Zesty Bloody Mary
Leave the mix behind and impress everyone at your Thanksgiving lunch with this fun homemade Bloody Mary recipe.
Sparkling Caramel-Apple Sangria
Recipe: French 75
This classic cocktail will be gorgeous alongside a dressy Thanksgiving dinner.
Recipe: Rum Swizzles
Whether you make Rum Swizzles for two or a big batch cocktail for a crowd, this drink is sure to shake up happy hour.
Recipe: Bacon-Infused Bourbon
We really don't have to say much else to convince you to make this cocktail than "bacon" and "bourbon."
Big Batch Bourbon Ginger Ale Punch
Hot and Cold Bourbon Ginger Slush
If your family likes everything with a hint of heat, this fun cocktail recipe has red pepper jelly and a touch of cayenne.
Recipe: Cranberry Mojito
This refreshing cocktail recipe proves mojitos aren't reserved for the summer.
Maple Bourbon Smash
Recipe: Maple Bourbon Smash
We love using maple syrup in our fall baking recipes, so of course it's amazing in a fall cocktail recipe.
Bourbon and Hard Pear Cider Cocktail
This sweet, smooth cocktail features two types of homemade simple syrup.
Big Batch Bloody Marys
Recipe: Big-Batch Bloody Marys
If you have a big family, this is the best way to serve Bloody Marys to a crowd.
Recipe: Sorghum-Cider Punch
This punch recipe tastes like fall in every sip, so it's perfect for Thanksgiving.
Sparkling Pomegranate Punch
Recipe: Sparkling Pomegranate Punch
The pomegranate ice ring makes for the most impressive presentation.
The Southern Living Bloody Mary
The Corduroy Jacket
Recipe: The Corduroy Jacket
Sparkling apple cider brings this pretty drink into Thanksgiving mode.
Mississippi Bourbon Punch
Recipe: Mississippi Bourbon Punch
Muscadine wine stars in this big-batch punch recipe.
Sparkling Autumn Chianti
Recipe: Sparkling Autumn Chianti
This fruity fall drink has pears, apples, and plums in it.
Basil Bourbon Orange Smash
Recipe: Basil Bourbon Orange Smash
Bright citrus and bourbon are a match made in cocktail heaven with this sipper.
Pomegranate Champagne Cocktail
Recipe: Pomegranate Champagne Cocktail
Ruby red pomegranate juice adds a festive touch to your champagne toast.
Sparkling Rum Punch
Recipe: Sparkling Rum Punch
This sparkling punch has a short ingredient list and high yield—perfect for parties.
Recipe: Spiced Wine
We'll cozy up with this soothing cocktail full of warm spices.
Hot Bourbon-Orange Tea Toddy
Recipe: Hot Bourbon-Orange Tea Toddy
Our riff on the hot toddy cocktail makes a comforting after-dinner drink.
Apple Pie-Bourbon Sweet Tea
Apple, Lemon, and Gin Shandy
Recipe: Apple, Lemon, and Gin Shandy
This refreshing sipper is perfect for Thanksgiving gatherings that are also football watch parties.
Apple Butter Sparklers
Recipe: Ambrosia Cocktail
Many Southerners serve traditional ambrosia at holiday gatherings, and this fruity cocktail is our new favorite way to do so.
Recipe: Montgomery Punch
This festive punch recipe from Montgomery, Alabama, is poured over a fruity ice ring for beautiful presentation.
Recipe: Apple-Ale Wassail
This warm cocktail recipe is so cozy to curl up with after a big Thanksgiving dinner.
Recipe: Holiday Cosmopolitan
The cosmopolitan is always a classic go-to for cocktail parties, and this recipe has homemade cranberry reduction instead of cranberry juice for richer flavor.
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Hot Buttered Rye
Recipe: Hot Buttered Rye
Warm up by the fire with the coziest holiday drink ever.
Add These Delicious Cocktails to Your Thanksgiving Drink Menu
Retro Rum Punch
Recipe: Retro Rum Punch
Frozen cranberries and sliced pineapple are festive garnishes for this fun cocktail.
Recipe: Rosemary Collins
Fresh rosemary sprigs make the prettiest holiday garnishes.
Southern Lemon Americano
Recipe: Southern Lemon Americano
Our version of the classic Americano cocktail has Meyer lemon juice.
Orange-Cranberry Gin and Tonic
Recipe: Orange-Cranberry Gin and Tonic
You'll love this festive version of gin and tonic.
Peanut Whiskey and Cola
Recipe: Peanut Whiskey and Cola
Peanuts and Coca-Cola are a match made in snack heaven for Southerners, so of course they make a delicious cocktail.
Recipe: Ultimate Alexander
This blended, chilled sipper will somehow manage to warm you up thanks to the ½ cup brandy. We used Häagen-Dazs Coffee ice cream and Hershey's Milk Chocolate Sticks for testing, but feel free to use your preferred coffee ice cream and chocolate stick varieties.