10 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 Spiked Cinnamon Chai Latte


I cup Water

1 cup Whole Milk

2 Black Tea Bags

1 tsp. Finely Chopped Ginger

5 Cloves

5 Cardamom Pods (slightly crushed)

2 Tblsp. Sugar

2 Tblsp. Vodka

1 Tblsp. Bailey's Irish Cream

2 tsp. Cinnamon Schnapps


In a saucepan combine water, milk, tea bags, ginger, cloves, and cardamom pods. Bring to a boil and stir continuously. Turn stove to low and add sugar. Keep stirring for 3-4 minutes until it's a light brown color. Remove from heat and strain. Stir in vodka, Bailey's, and cinnamon schnapps. Garnish with whipped cream, cinnamon, and a cinnamon stick.

Courtesy of entertaining expert Andrea Correale

2 Winoma Cider


4 dashes El Guapo Chicory and Pecan Bitters

4 dashes Dram Apothecary Black Bitters

½ oz. Lemon Juice

½ oz. Apple Shrub

¾ oz. Amaro Montenegro

1 ½ oz. Lairds Bonded Apple Brandy


Mix all ingredients into a glass and garnish with a dried apple slice.

Courtesy of Randolph Broome

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3 Mulled Red Wine

Ingredients (Serves 4 to 6):

1 bottle (750 mL) of red wine (Suggestions: Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Merlot)

1 Orange, peeled and sliced

1/4 cup Brandy

8-10 Cloves

1/3 cup Honey or Sugar*

3 Cinnamon Sticks

1 tsp. Fresh or 2 tsp. Ground Ginger

Sundried Cherries, for garnish


To make the perfect cup of mulled wine, combine all ingredients in either a large pot or a slow cooker. Gently warm the ingredients on low to medium heat (avoid boiling), for 20-25 minutes. Stir occasionally to make sure that the honey or sugar has completely dissolved. When the wine is steaming and the ingredients have been well blended it's ready to serve. Ladle the mulled wine into a tumbler. Garnish with sun-dried cherries on a skewer and enjoy!

*The honey or sugar does make a sweeter-styled mulled wine, but feel free to cut honey/sugar down to taste.

Courtesy of entertaining expert Andrea Correale

4 Fig Sidecar Cocktail


2 oz. Fig-Infused Remy

1 oz. Cointreau

1 oz. Lemon Juice

Homemade Spiced Brown Sugar Simple Syrup

Fig-Half for Garnish


Add ice to a mixing glass and add all ingredients. Shake and pour into a chilled martini glass with a sugared rim. Garnish with a spiral lemon twist.

For a fig-infused Remy 1738 Cognac: Fill a 2 liter mason jar with the figs, pour in 90 percent of the Remy 1738 Cognac, and mix the remaining 10 percent with Homemade Spiced Brown Sugar Simple Syrup. Cover lid and refrigerate for one week to allow flavors to infuse. Strain through a cheesecloth or filter to remove figs, seeds, or sediment. Pour contents into a clean bottle and label.

Courtesy of entertaining expert Andrea Correale

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5 Pumpkin Sour


3 dashes Bitter Frost

1 Egg White

¾ oz. Lemon

¾ oz. Simple Syrup

2 oz. Pumpkin Spice Sailor Jerry


Shake and strain into a coupe glass. Top with pumpkin seeds and pumpkin spice dust.

Courtesy of Randolph Broome

6 Apple Ginger Sparklers


1/4 cup Ginger Syrup

4 1/2 cups Sparkling Apple Cider

2 cups Prosecco

6 Cinnamon Sticks

6 pieces Crystallized Ginger

Fresh Raspberries, for garnish


Place 2 tablespoons ginger syrup in each of six glasses. Fill glasses with ice cubes, pour in cider and prosecco, and stir to combine. Garnish with fresh raspberries.

Courtesy of entertaining expert Andrea Correale

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7 Granny Apple Bottom


3 dashes Hellfire Shrub Bitters

1oz. Granny Smith

½ Lime

½ Agave

¾ Combier

2 oz. Holland Pepper Tequila

Tajin, for rim

Granny Apple Juice, for ice cubes


Shake and strain all ingredients into a glass rimmed with Tajin. For a professional touch, freeze granny apple juice in ice trays to serve in the drink.

Courtesy of Randolph Broome

8 Chocolate Caliente


2 parts Sauza® 901® Tequila

1 cup Whole Milk

2 oz. Dark Chocolate Bar

Pinch Cayenne Pepper

Pinch of Cinnamon

Splash Agave Syrup

Whipped Cream, for garnish


Heat milk and chocolate on hot stove and stir. When chocolate is fully melted, remove from heat and introduce other ingredients. Pour into mug and top with whipped cream.

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9 White Wedding


2 oz. Vodka

1 oz. Orange Liqueur

1 oz. Coffee Liqueur

1 oz. Heavy Cream

Cherries, for garnish


Mix all ingredients in a glass, top with cream, and add a cherry for garnish.

Courtesy of The Bar Room, NYC.

10 Spiced Star Anise Wine


1 (750 ml) bottle of dry red wine

1 Orange, sliced into rounds

1/4 cup Brandy (optional)

1/4 cup Honey or Sugar

8 Whole Cloves

2 cinnamon Sticks

2 Star Anise

Optional Garnishes: Citrus Slices (orange, lemon and/or lime), Extra Cinnamon Sticks, Extra Star Anise


Combine all ingredients in a non-aluminum saucepan, and bring to a simmer (not a boil) over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low, and let the wine simmer for at least 15 minutes or up to 3 hours. Strain, and serve warm with your desired garnishes.

From Gimme Some Oven.

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