4 Fun Thanksgiving Cocktail Ideas

The holidays are right around the corner and let’s be real….the holidays are better with some fun drinks at your table! Bryan and I pulled together 4 of our favorite fun, easy and delicious recipes into one blog post for you all so that you have a resource when Thanksgiving rolls around.  Also, if you are like me, pregnant or not a drinker, we added in a way to make it a mocktail at the bottom of each recipe.

(Note, these are not our recipes but just some that we love and find fun – all resources linked!).


1). Cranberry Champagne Cocktail 

A perfect drink for before Thanksgiving dinner/during appetizers, or a boozy brunch! Super easy, festive looking, and delicious!
  • 1 ounce of Cranberry juice
  • 1 lime wedge
  • Champagne or Sparkling Wine
  • Frozen Cranberries
In a chilled champagne flute add cranberry juice and a squeeze of lime.  Top off the glass with champagne and garnish with 3 or 4 cranberries.
*Substitute champagne with sparkling cider or a flavored sparkling water for a non-alcoholic option.


 2). Gin, Apple Cider, and Ginger Beer

This drink is so good, especially if you’re a gin drinker! Perfect for happy hour or during a football game!
  • 1.5 ounces of gin
  • .75 ounces of fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • .75 ounces of apple juice or cider
  • Ginger Beer (chilled)
Combine gin, lemon juice and apple cider in a cocktail shaker with ice.  Shake well and pour into an ice filled, chilled glass.  Top with ginger beer and garnish with an apple slice and fresh grated nutmeg.

*Substitute gin with sparkling water for a non-alcoholic option.

image via Creative Culinary


3). Ginger Apple Moscow Mule

A fall twist on a classic vodka cocktail.  Could be a fun happy hour drink anytime!
  • 2 ounces of vodka
  • juice of 1/2 a lime
  • 1/3 cup of apple cider
  • 1 tablespoon apple butter
  • 1-2 teaspoons fresh grated ginger
  • Ginger Beer
  • Pomegranate arils and cinnamon sticks
Fill cocktail glass with ice.  Combine vodka, lime juice, apple cider, apple butter, and ginger in a cocktail shaker.  Shake with ice.  Strain into glass.  Top with ginger beer and garnish with apple slices, pomegranate arils and cinnamon sticks.

*Substitute sparkling water for vodka for non-alcoholic option.



4). Hot Spiced Apple Cider

Perfect for after dinner or on a cold day!
  • 4 cups apple cider
  • 4 whole black peppercorns
  • 6 or 7 cinnamon sticks
  • 3 whole dried cloves
  • 1 star anise
  • 1 navel orange
  • Bourbon
  • 1 red apple
In a medium saucepan, add the cider, peppercorns, 1 cinnamon stick, cloves, and star anise.  Cut a large peel from the orange (1 inch by 4 inches) and add it to the pan. Bring to boil, then lower heat and simmer for 5 minutes.  Strain into a large glass and discard the solids.  Pour hot cider into 4 mugs.  Add 2 Tbsp of bourbon to each mug. To each mug, add a slice of orange, a slice of apple, and a cinnamon stick to stir.

*Skip the bourbon for a delicious non-alcoholic option.

image via Barefoot Contessa

Do you have a go-to cocktail that you love to drink on the holidays? Share it with us in the comments! We LOVE new ideas and then I’ll have a great list to try next year when I’m a new mom of 2!

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