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20 Thanksgiving Cocktail Recipes to Make Your Family Gathering More Tolerable

This is the season to be thankful for booze.

Food, Dish, Drink, Cuisine, Ingredient, Dessert, Non-alcoholic beverage, Irish cream, Pumpkin pie, Semifreddo,
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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

11 White Russian Cocoa Puff


1 ½ parts Reyka Infused Cocoa Puffs

½ part Galliano Ristretto

1 part Half & Half

½ part Simple Syrup

1 barspoon Pierre Ferand Dry Curacao

1 Egg White


Combine all ingredients, dry shake. Add ice, wet shake, and fine strain into a coupe. Garnish is microp-laned cocoa puffs on top and a fanned orange peel. Serve in rocks glass.

Created by Reyka Vodka Brand Ambassador Trevor Schneider

12 Tiramisu Delight


1 oz. Frangelico

1 oz. Averna

½ oz. Varnelli Cafe

1 oz. Heavy Cream, floated on top

Cocoa Dust and One Coffee Bean, for garnish


Mix ingredients in a coupe glass and garnish with cocoa dust and one crushed coffee bean.

Courtesy of Sabbia

13 Orange Cinnamon Blossom Wine


1 bottle of Santa Margherita Prosecco Superiore

1/2 Lemon

1/2 Orange

1 Tblsp. Honey

1/4 cup Sugar

3 Whole Cloves

3 Whole Allspice

2 Cinnamon Sticks


Mix all ingredients into a large pitcher or bowl and then serve into individual glasses. Garnish with cinnamon sticks and orange slices.

Courtesy of Santa Margherita Prosecco Superiore

14 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

15 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

16 Apple Ginger Sparklers
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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 two tablespoons of 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

17 Mulled Red Wine
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Ingredients (Serves 4 to 6):

1 bottle (750 mL) of Red Qine (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

18 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

19 Chocolate Caliente


2 parts 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.

Courtesy of 901 Tequila

20 Orange Cafe Flip


1 oz. Hangar 1 Mandarin Blossom Vodka

1 oz. Heavy Cream

1 oz. Espresso

1 Whole Egg

Fresh Nutmeg


Add all ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Shake without any ice to emulsify the egg. Shake again with ice and strain into a chilled coupe glass. Garnish with freshly grated nutmeg.

Courtesy of Hangar Vodka

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