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25 Tasty Cocktails to Serve on Thanksgiving

A festive celebration like Thanksgiving deserves a festive drink. While beer and wine is all well and good, there’s just something about a cocktail that feels extra special.

Pick one of these 25 recipes and make it the signature Thanksgiving cocktail for your holiday dinner. It’s just the thing to get the evening underway before you head to the table to feast or to bring along to the table with you to sip as you dig in. Whether it’s a bubbly Champagne cocktail or warming mug of mulled cider, you’re sure to find a favorite among this collection of drinks.

Classic Cocktails, New and Old

Whether it’s a timeless drink like an old-fashioned or martini or something entirely unique and new, these cocktails are sure to please.

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The Best Moscow Mules

This classic cocktail full of spicy ginger sweetness is always a crowd-pleaser.

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The Gold Rush

Honey, bourbon, and lemon juice join forces in this simple and refreshing drink.

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White Noise

This low alcohol sipper is a great choice if you’re looking for something not too strong but still special.

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Arnaud’s French 75

A splash of cognac add richness and depth to this sparkling cocktail.

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Pomegranate Storm

Blood orange liqueur joins forces with tart pomegranate molasses, spicy ginger beer, and rum for a balanced cocktail that will have your guests guessing its ingredients.

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Pitcher Cocktails

What’s great about pitcher cocktails is it’s easy for your guests to help themselves at their own leisure while you’re putting the final touches on dinner.

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Sparkling Rosemary Cider

This easy, 3-ingredient recipe calls for just vodka, sparkling apple cider, and fresh rosemary.

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The Rye & Honey

A simple honey syrup, spiced with star anise, ginger, and orange peels, is the secret to this fall-inspired whiskey cocktail.

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Sparkling Apple Cider Sangria

This fun, seasonal twist on sangria calls for just five ingredients: cognac, apple cider, sparkling wine, sliced apples, and pomegranate seeds.

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Cranberry Pitcher Margaritas

This quick 4-ingredient recipe for pitcher margaritas is flavored with cranberry juice, making it perfect for the Thanksgiving season.

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3-2-1 Pitcher Margaritas

These easy pitcher margaritas that serve a crowd and are made with just tequila, orange liqueur, and lime juice.

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Sparkling White Cranberry Sangria

Not-too-tart white cranberry juice often gets forgotten about, but here it gets the attention it deserves in this festive sangria.

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Budget Pitcher Sangria

This easy recipe is proof that you don’t have to break the bank on Thanksgiving to serve something fun and festive.

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Warm Cocktails

With the cooler weather comes the need for drinks that warm you from the inside out. These festive drinks definitely fit the bill.

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Slow Cooker Mulled Wine

Learn the basics of mulling wine and how to make and serve it from a slow cooker.

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Slow Cooker Wassail Punch

Slow-cook apple cider, orange juice, mulling spices, and spicy ginger together into a warming wassail punch.

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Hot Brown-Buttered Rum Cocktail

A traditional Hot Buttered Rum calls for a pat of butter to be added to each mug, but this version uses nutty browned butter.

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Slow-Cooker Spiked Mulled Cider

If you’re serving mulled cider to some who don’t want alcohol, a spike-it-yourself mulled cider station is your best bet to make the drink friendly to all.

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The Bourbon Hot Toddy

When the temperature dips, there’s nothing like a hot toddy to lift your spirits and warm your insides.

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