10 Boozy Cocktails That Pair Perfectly with the Thanksgiving Feast

Introducing: Our favorite Thanksgiving cocktails! Flavored with seasonal ingredients, like pumpkin, pomegranate, and apple, these festive fall cocktails are perfect to serve before, during, and after your holiday dinner.

1. Bourbon-Persimmon Amaretto Sour

The poor persimmon: always getting overlooked this time of year due to all those other flashy fruits in fall cocktails. But this Thanksgiving mixed drink from Drinking with Chickens puts the persimmon and all its glorious orange sweetness front and center. Bourbon, amaretto, persimmon simple syrup, and muddled persimmon bring on the sweet, while bitters and citrus bring the sour. That fabulous autumn color is easy on the eyes, too.

Get the recipe: Bourbon-Persimmon Amaretto Sour

2. Hot Buttered Rum and Creamy Batter

Delicious hot buttered rum practically shouts cozy. This gorgeous Thanksgiving cocktail recipe from Craft + Cocktails explores the creamy batter version of the classic hot beverage. The "batter" is a mixture of butter, sugar, organic vanilla ice cream, and several fall spices. Combine this rich concoction with hot water and dark rum, then curl up by the fireside with your new No. 1 Thanksgiving drink.

Get the recipe: Hot Buttered Rum and Creamy Batter

3. Honeycrisp, Pimm's, and Old Tom Gin Cocktail

This seasonal sip from Holly and Flora is just as sweet and crisp as the apple that gives it its name. Muddled honeycrisp and honey-cinnamon simple syrup are a tasty and fragrant counterpart to Pimm's and Old Tom Gin (a slightly sweeter old-timey gin recipe that is currently experiencing a renaissance in the craft cocktail world). This is the perfect light and refreshing batch of cocktails for Thanksgiving to balance out that food coma.

Get the recipe: Honeycrisp, Pimm's, and Old Tom Gin Cocktail

4. Pumpkin Spice Piña Colada

Pumpkin cocktails, meet piña coladas. It sounds strange but makes all the sense in the world with this recipe from Arsenic Lace. Summer and fall flavors come together beautifully in this easy Thanksgiving cocktail recipe made with pumpkin and coconut puree, pineapple and orange juices, and, of course, rum. Even if you're not spending Thanksgiving at the beach, you can drink like you are.

Get the recipe: Pumpkin Spice Pina Colada

5. Pomegranate Spice Martini

Class up a feast with a festive Thanksgiving martini like this recipe from Basil and Bubbly. Shake up a little vodka, tart pomegranate juice, and aromatic chai tea, and top with good ol' ginger ale for a garnet-hue stunner.

Get the recipe: Pomegranate Spice Martini

6. Cinnamon Pumpkin Toddy

When the temperatures begin to drop, you're gonna need something to warm you up. Hot toddys are a good idea, and this cocktail recipe from the BH&G archives delivers seasonal warmth in the form of pumpkin puree, maple syrup, bourbon, and cinnamon schnapps. Top it with a dollop of cinnamon whipped cream for an after-dinner-before-dessert toasty beverage.

Get the recipe: Cinnamon Pumpkin Toddy

7. The Boozy Maple Orchard

This recipe from The Fitchen is the cocktail version of adult applesauce. Boozy, delicious applesauce. Fresh apple puree, Kentucky bourbon, lemon juice, maple syrup, and cinnamon whip together to be the absolute star of your Thanksgiving mixed drinks menu.

Get the recipe: The Boozy Maple Orchard

8. Pumpkin and Spice Old Fashioned

Thanksgiving is all about old-fashioned traditions, so it seems pretty fitting to pair the feast with an old fashioned cocktail. But let's modernize that good old, traditional recipe with some vibrant seasonal flavors: Behold the Pumpkin and Spice Old Fashioned from Craft + Cocktails. Pumpkin spice simple syrup and bourbon get topped with a dash of salted cacao bitters in a fall drink that is all at once strong, sweet, and aromatic.

Get the recipe: Pumpkin and Spice Old Fashioned

9. Eggnog Butterscotch Russian Cocktail

The holidays can't happen without eggnog. Right? Confectionalism is blowing our minds with this decadent Thanksgiving cocktail recipe. Is it eggnog? Is it a white Russian? Is it a dessert? Yes. It is all of the things, and we want it. Who needs pie if you end the big meal with all this butterscotchy, noggy goodness? OK, so maybe we still also want pie. Don't judge us.

Get the recipe: Eggnog Butterscotch Russian Cocktail

10. Pear and Ginger-Sage Cocktail

Lest we forget about all the perfect pears appearing this time of year, this Thanksgiving punch from A Cozy Kitchen reminds us why we love them so darned much. Paired with a ginger-sage simple syrup, pear nectar absolutely comes alive (vodka helps). It's a simple, lovely libation to sip along with all that turkey.

Get the recipe: Pear and Ginger-Sage Cocktail


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