What cocktails are good at Thanksgiving?

Answered by Louis Krause

As a sommelier and brewer, I believe that Thanksgiving is the perfect time to get creative with cocktails and incorporate the flavors of the season. From pumpkin and apple to cranberry and spices, there are endless possibilities to elevate your Thanksgiving celebration with delicious and festive drinks. Let's dive into some cocktail ideas that will surely impress your guests.

1. Pumpkin Spice Martini:
This cocktail brings the flavors of a classic pumpkin pie to your glass. Combine 2 ounces of vanilla , 1 ounce of pumpkin , 1/2 ounce of simple syrup, and a dash of pumpkin pie spice in a shaker with ice. Shake well and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a sprinkle of cinnamon on top. Sip and savor the taste of Thanksgiving dessert in a glass.

2. Apple Mojito:
For a refreshing twist on a classic mojito, replace the traditional lime with apple cider. In a glass, muddle a few fresh mint leaves with 1 ounce of simple syrup. Add 2 ounces of white and fill the glass with ice. Top it off with apple cider and stir gently. Garnish with a cinnamon stick and apple slice for a festive touch.

3. Cranberry Thyme and Tonic:
This cocktail adds a tangy and herbal twist to the beloved gin and tonic. In a glass filled with ice, combine 2 ounces of gin, 1 ounce of cranberry juice, and a squeeze of fresh lime juice. Stir gently and top it off with tonic . Garnish with a sprig of fresh thyme and a few cranberries. The combination of cranberry and thyme adds a unique flavor profile that complements the Thanksgiving feast.

4. Spiced Mulled Wine:
Mulled wine is a classic holiday drink that warms the soul and fills the air with festive aromas. In a large pot, combine a bottle of , 1/4 cup of honey or sugar, 1 sliced orange, 8 whole cloves, 2 cinnamon sticks, and a pinch of nutmeg. Heat the mixture over low heat, stirring occasionally, until it is hot but not boiling. Ladle the spiced mulled wine into mugs and serve with a cinnamon stick as a stirrer. This cozy drink is perfect for chilly autumn evenings.

5. Apple Cider Sangria:
Sangria is a versatile drink that can be customized to suit any occasion. For Thanksgiving, create a delicious apple cider sangria. In a pitcher, combine 1 bottle of red wine, 2 cups of apple cider, 1/4 cup of brandy, 1/4 cup of orange liqueur, and a sliced apple, orange, and cinnamon stick. Let the flavors meld together in the refrigerator for at least an hour before serving. Pour into filled with ice and garnish with a cinnamon stick and apple slice. Cheers to a fruitful Thanksgiving!

Not only do these cocktails incorporate the flavors of the season, but they also provide an opportunity to experiment with different , fruits, and spices. Feel free to adjust the recipes to suit your taste preferences and get creative with the presentation. Remember to enjoy responsibly and raise a glass to the joyous celebration of Thanksgiving!