Our Favorite Thanksgiving Cocktail Recipes
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.
Thanksgiving Rum Punch
Recipe: Thanksgiving Rum Punch
This spiced holiday punch will ensure every guest has a good time.
Bourbon Apple Cider Thyme Punch
Recipe: Bourbon Apple Cider Thyme Punch
This herb-infused cocktail has cozy fall flavors but is still refreshingly cold.
The Southern Living Bloody Mary
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.
Sparkling Pomegranate Punch
Recipe: Sparkling Pomegranate Punch
The pomegranate ice ring makes for the most impressive presentation.
Recipe: Bacon-Infused Bourbon
We really don’t have to say much else to convince you to make this cocktail than “bacon” and “bourbon.”
Recipe: Cranberry Mojito
This refreshing cocktail recipe proves mojitos aren’t reserved for the summer.
Mississippi Bourbon Punch
Recipe: Mississippi Bourbon Punch
Muscadine wine stars in this big-batch punch recipe.
The Corduroy Jacket
Recipe: The Corduroy Jacket
Sparkling apple cider brings this pretty drink into Thanksgiving mode.
Aperol and Blood Orange-Mint Spritz
This sparkling cocktail will be the star at your gathering.
Bourbon and Hard Pear Cider Cocktail
This sweet, smooth cocktail features two types of homemade simple syrup.
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.
Sparkling Autumn Chianti
Recipe: Sparkling Autumn Chianti
This fruity fall drink has pears, apples, and plums in it.
Aperol Bourbon Fizz
Recipe: Aperol-Bourbon Fizz
If your family loves bourbon cocktails, warm up to this sipper this Thanksgiving.
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 of the hot toddy cocktail makes a comforting after-dinner drink.
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
Orange Spiced Cider
Recipe: Orange Spiced Cider
You can make batches of this warm apple cider for the adults and the kids, just don’t forget to label properly which is which.
Recipe: Sorghum-Cider Punch
This punch recipe tastes like fall in every sip, so it’s perfect for Thanksgiving.
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.
Cranberry Sangría Punch
Recipe: Cranberry Sangría Punch
Fresh cranberries and Granny Smith apples take this cocktail into holiday mode.
Fizzy Cider Punch
Recipe: Fizzy Cider Punch
Replace mimosas with this holiday-ready cocktail at Thanksgiving brunch.
Big Batch Bourbon Ginger Ale Punch
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.
Gingered Seelbach Cocktail
Recipe: Gingered Seelbach Cocktail
This pretty champagne cocktail is for your dressy Thanksgiving dinner.
Recipe: Cranberry Margaritas
Margaritas? In the winter? With this cheerful recipe, absolutely.
Apple Pie-Bourbon Sweet Tea
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: Apple-Ale Wassail
This warm cocktail recipe is so cozy to curl up with after a big Thanksgiving dinner.
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.
Hot Buttered Rye
Recipe: Hot Buttered Rye
Warm up by the fire with the coziest holiday drink ever.
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.
Sparkling Rum Punch
Recipe: Sparkling Rum Punch
This sparkling punch has a short ingredient list and high yield—perfect for parties.
Recipe: Montgomery Punch
This festive punch recipe from Montgomery, Alabama, is poured over a fruity ice ring for beautiful presentation.
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.
Recipe: Ambrosia Cocktail
Many Southerners serve traditional ambrosia at holiday gatherings, and this fruity cocktail is our new favorite way to do so.
Orange-Cranberry Gin and Tonic
Recipe: Orange-Cranberry Gin and Tonic
You’ll love this festive version of gin and tonic.
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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.