20 Thanksgiving Cocktail Recipes to Make Your Family Gathering More Tolerable

This is the season to be thankful for booze.

Fact: Family get-togethers are instantly better when cocktails are involved. Case in point: What's that you're saying, Aunt Sally? You're asking me why I'm still single? I'm blissfully smiling and nodding because I have a pumpkin sour in hand. Or, Oh look, dad's playing the family another home video we've seen a hundred times? Mmmm, tablespoons of whipped cream on this Chocolate Caliente, though. Thankful for this food, but mostly thankful for these drinks.

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1 Pumpkin Spice and Shake


2 oz. Baileys Pumpkin Spice

1 cup Chocolate Ice Cream

1 oz. Whole Milk

2 Tbsp. Brown Sugar

2 Tbsp. Pumpkin Puree

1/8 tsp. Pumpkin Spice Blend


Combine Baileys Pumpkin Spice with chocolate ice cream, whole milk, brown sugar, pumpkin puree, and pumpkin spice blend in a blender. Blend well. Garnish with cinnamon stick. 

Courtesy of Baileys Pumpkin Spice

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2 Apple Cider Mimosa


4 Tbsp. Sugar in the Raw

1 tsp. Ground Cinnamon

1 cup Apple Cider

1 bottle Champagne or Prosecco


In a shallow bowl, combine sugar and cinnamon. In a separate shallow bowl, place a bit of water. Dip champagne glass in the water bowl until the rim is wet, then dip into the cinnamon sugar mixture. Tilt the champagne glass and slowly fill 1/2 of the way with champagne, then top with apple cider.

Created by Thumbtack chef Niko Paranomos

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3 Green Tea Toddy


6 oz. Sparkling Ice Crisp Apple

1 ½ oz. Whiskey or Apple Brandy

1 tsp. Honey

Cinnamon Stick, Allspice Cloves, and Apple Slices, for garnish


Coat the bottom of a glass coffee cup with honey. Add whisky or brandy. Heat Sparkling Ice Crisp Apple in a small sauce pot. Pour hot Crisp Apple Sparkling Ice into glass. Stir to combine ingredients. Garnish with cinnamon stick, allspice cloves, and apple slices.

Courtesy of Sparkling Ice

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4 Pumpkin Pie Martini


6 oz. Vodka

4 oz. Rum

2 oz. Half and Half (or full fat coconut milk for a non-dairy option)

6 Tbsp. Pumpkin Puree (canned or homemade)

4 Tbsp. Maple Syrup

¼ tsp. Pure Vanilla Extract

1 tsp. Pumpkin Pie Spice

A few Ice Cubes

Maple Syrup and 1 Graham Cracker, for the rim


Crush graham cracker to a fine dust for the rim. Dip the chilled martini glass in a shallow bowl of maple syrup, then dip glass into a shallow bowl of the graham cracker. Set aside. In a cocktail shaker, shake the ice and remaining cocktail ingredients. Pour cocktail into the martini glass through a strainer and enjoy! 

Created by Thumbtack chef Niko Paranomos

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5 Sparkling Pumpkin Pie


2 oz. Honey Whiskey

½ oz. Lemon Juice

1 Tbsp. Pumpkin Puree

4 oz Sparkling Ice Crisp Apple

Whipped Cream

Pumpkin Pie Spice


Pour whiskey, lemon juice, and pumpkin puree into a cocktail shaker with the ice and shake.  Strain into a rocks glass and float with Sparkling Ice Crisp Apple. Top with whipped cream and a sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice.

Courtesy of Sparkling Ice

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6 Spiked Pear Cider


4 cups Pear juice or Nectar

4 cups Apple Cider

1 cup Brandy (or more, depending on your preference)

4 tbsp. Orange Liqueur (such as Grand Marnier)

2 Cinnamon Sticks

1 Vanilla Bean

4 Whole Cloves

4 Black Peppercorns

4 Allspice Berries 

1 Peeled & Sliced Pear, core removed (any pear will work here but consider bosc, barnet or a green Anjou)


Place all the ingredients except brandy and orange liqueur in a saucepan and simmer over medium heat for 15 minutes. Let steep, off the heat, for at least 30 minutes. Strain, reheat, add brandy and liqueur then enjoy. 

You can also replicate this process using a crockpot over night or for at least 8 hours on medium/low heat. When you're ready to serve, take a slotted spoon to remove whole ingredients, add brandy and liqueur then enjoy. 

Created by Thumbtack chef Niko Paranomos

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7 The Autumn Seelbach


1 part Baker's® Bourbon

1/2 part JDK & Sons™ O3

1/2 part Fresh Pressed Apple Cider

5 dashes Baked Apple Bitters

5 dashes Tiki Bitters

Hard Cider


Combine Baker's® Bourbon, JDK & Sons™ O3, fresh pressed apple cider, and bitters in a mixing glass over ice and stir. Strain into a coupe glass and top with hard cider. Garnish with a long apple twist.

Created by Dominic Venegas, NYC

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8 The Hot Mo


¾ oz. Averna

¾ oz. Aged Rum

¾ Cognac

¾ Simple Syrup

Hot Water

Dash of Mole bitters

1 ½ oz. Cinnamon Syrup Whipped Cream



Combine Averna, aged rum,cognac, and simple syrup in a hot toddy glass. Top with hot water. Add a dash of mole bitters. Top will cinnamon syrup whipped cream. Garnish with grated nutmeg.

Created by Sofia Present, August Laura, Brooklyn

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9 Golden Espresso Bellini


1 bottle Santa Margherita Prosecco Superiore

75 oz. Frangelico

3 drops Chocolate Mole Bitter

1 tsp. Coffee Syrup


Combine ingredients and top it off in a fluted champagne glass with Santa Margherita Prosecco Superiore. Garnish with a lemon twist.

Created by Enzo Cangemi of Casa Apicii

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10 The Tamarind Fizz


2 oz. NOLET's Silver Gin

1 1/2 oz.Tamarind Reduction*

1/2 oz. Benedictine

1/4 oz. Yellow Chartreuse

1 dash Angostura Bitters

1 Egg White


Dry shake (shake without ice) ingredients in a tin. Then add ice and shake again. Pour into a collins glass filled with approximately 1 1/2 oz. of club soda. Let it rest for 60 seconds in the fridge. Then top with more club soda until the foam rises a little above the glass. Grate cinnamon for garnish.

* Tamarind Reduction:

1 lb. Tamarind Paste

1 quart Water

6 Cinnamon Sticks

4 Cloves

Reduce over medium high heat for about an hour with occasional stirring.

Created by Darnell Holguin, Fifty, New York

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