6 Thanksgiving Cocktail Recipes

This time of year reminds us of everything we are grateful for - like family, friends, and delicious food and drinks, of course! With so much to celebrate, it's only fitting to do so with some yummy Thanksgiving drinks. We're here to make your holiday prep a little easier this year with six scrumptious Thanksgiving cocktail recipes to fill those stemless wine glasses.

Thanksgiving Bar Essentials

Between your Thanksgiving table decor, the turkey, and having a house filled with family and friends, your Thanksgiving bar can often be the last thought. However, with some preparation, you can have a well-stocked bar that will keep you and your guests feeling jolly. This will also make it easier to prepare those Thanksgiving drinks!

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Here are some bar essentials you need, no matter the season, and that make some of the Thanksgiving cocktail recipes we're about to share with you scrumptious:

  • Spirits including gin, vodka, whisky, brandy, and rum. This will pretty much cover all the bases when it comes to making Thanksgiving cocktail recipes
  • Plenty of ice cubes for your Thanksgiving drinks
  • A cocktail shaker
  • Some mixers for your spirits
  • Your choice of festive garnish and citrus fruits
  • Celebrimo stemless wine glasses and highball glasses for serving

With your bar fully stocked, you'll be ready to entertain your guests and host an unforgettable Thanksgiving celebration. Armed with your recipes and the right drinkware, let's get started on those cocktail recipes!

Our 6 Best Thanksgiving Cocktails

There is so much to love about Thanksgiving, but these cocktails might be our favorite part of this celebration. Try them for yourself and see!

Mulled Wine

Let's kick things off with something to warm you up! This recipe is perfect for those chilly winter days and nights. Serve it in your favorite coffee mugs with sayings for an extra cozy effect.

 Thanksgiving cocktails dark rum

What You'll Need:

  • 1 (750-ml.) bottle of red wine
  • 1/2 cup brandy
  • 1 orange, sliced into rounds, plus more to garnish
  • 6 whole cloves
  • 3 cinnamon sticks, plus more for garnish
  • 2 star anise
  • 1/4 cup honey

How to Make it:

  1. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine all your ingredients. Bring to a simmer, not a boil, and then reduce the heat to medium-low. Simmer gently over low heat for 10 minutes.
  2. Serve your mulled wine warm in your coffee mugs with saying, and garnish with more cinnamon sticks and citrus slices.

Pumpkin Pie Martini

Did someone say ultimate thanksgiving cocktail with vodka? This sure is it! What says Thanksgiving more than pumpkin pie? This cocktail recipe is equal parts drink and fall dessert.

Festive Thanksgiving cocktails

What You'll Need:

  • 2 1/2 oz. vanilla vodka
  • 1/4 c. pumpkin puree
  • 1 1/2 oz. aged rum 
  • 3 tbsp. maple syrup 
  • 1/4 c. half and half
  • 1/4 tsp. pumpkin pie spice, plus additional to garnish
  • Whipped cream (or whipped topping)
  • A handful of ice cubes

How to Make it:

  1. In a cocktail shaker, combine the vodka, rum, pumpkin puree, maple syrup, half and half, pumpkin pie spice, salt, and ice cubes. Cover and shake well for about 30 seconds—strain into 2 martini glasses.
  2. Top each glass with whipped cream. Sprinkle additional pumpkin pie spice and serve immediately. This Thanksgiving cocktail with vodka is sure to be a crowd pleaser!

Thanksgiving Punch

Get the party started with your very own Thanksgiving punch. We love this delicious punch because it can add to your seasonal decor. It doesn't get more festive than this! Serve in your favorite stemless wine glasses with sayings.

Thanksgiving cocktails cranberry juice

What You'll Need:

  • 2 bottles of red wine
  • 4 cups of ginger ale
  • 3 cups of cranberry juice
  • 2/3 cup of Fireball
  • 2/3 cup of whiskey
  • 2 cups of frozen cranberries
  • 1 orange, sliced
  • 1 apple, thinly sliced

How to Make it:

  1. Combine all your ingredients in a punch bowl, stir together and serve in Celebrimo's stemless wine glasses with sayings.

Mulled Cider with Bourbon

Here's another thanksgiving cocktail recipe to warm your spirits! If you love apple cider, chances are you'll enjoy this.

Thanksgiving cocktails apple brandy

What You'll Need:

  • 1/2 gal. apple cider
  • 1 apple, diced (we recommend using Granny Smith apples)
  • Peel of 1 orange, torn into pieces
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 1/4 cup of sugar
  • 1/2 cup of Bourbon

How to Make it:

  1. Pour your cider into a large pot and set over medium-high heat. Add your apple, orange peel, and cinnamon sticks. Stir until dissolved and simmer for 45 minutes to 1 hour.
  2. Add the Bourbon and simmer for another 10 to 15 minutes. Ladle into mugs and serve warm.

Cranberry Thyme Gin and Tonic

Look no further if it's Thanksgiving cocktails with gin you're after! This fabulously festive drink will go down a treat with gin lovers.

Cranberry Thanksgiving Drink

What You'll Need:

  • 1 1/2 cups fresh cranberries
  • 1/2 cup white granulated sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • Splash of orange juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Fresh English Thyme leaves
  • Gin of your choice
  • Tonic of your choice

How to Make it:

  1. Mix the cranberries, sugar, water, a splash of orange juice, and vanilla extract in a small saucepan. Cook for 10 to 15 minutes, pressing the cranberries with the back of your spoon until they pop (be careful of splattering).
  2. Add the fresh thyme and smash with the back of your spoon, releasing its aromatics. Pour the mixture through a strainer, discarding the solids and reserving the cranberry syrup.
  3. To make an individual cocktail, add about 1 ounce of syrup to each glass. Top with several cubes of ice, 2 ounces of gin, and then top with tonic. Mix and garnish with fresh sprigs of thyme. This drink tops all Thanksgiving cocktail recipes with gin!

Apple Pie Cocktail

Apples are one of the fruits of fall, and they make for some yummy cocktails! We love this boozy recipe, and we think you will too! Beware - it packs a punch.

Thanksgiving cocktails apple pie

What You'll Need:

  • 8 oz apple cider
  • 2 oz cinnamon whiskey
  • 2 oz vanilla vodka
  • 1 oz half & half
  • caramel sauce
  • cinnamon sugar

How to Make it:

  1. Add vodka, whiskey, apple cider, and heavy cream to your cocktail shaker. Cover and shake for 30 seconds. 
  2. Rim your glasses with cinnamon sugar by dipping the top into water and then into a mixture of cinnamon sugar. 
  3. Add ice and pour your cocktail shaker contents equally divided between 2 glasses. Drizzle top of the drink with a little caramel sauce and serve immediately.

Thanksgiving Gifts for Cocktail Lovers

Now that we've shared some of our favorite cocktail recipes for Thanksgiving, we think it is only fitting to leave you some Thanksgiving gift ideas for your friends and family. From coffee mug gifts and wine glass gifts to custom wine glasses, these are a few prezzies to inspire you:

  • Cute fall-themed ice molds
  • An ice shot glass mold
  • Coffee mug gifts, such as a cute Celebrimo mug filled with treats (these are great for warm cocktails)
  • A cocktail muddler and mixing spoon
  • Wine glass gifts, such as our awesome wine glasses with sayings
  • A cocktail shaker

With your bar stocked and your cocktail recipes for Thanksgiving sorted, you’re ready for sip-erb celebrations. We’ve also shared a few fabulous ideas for coffee mug gifts and wine glass gifts to inspire you. So, we do believe you've now got all you need to start the festive season off on the right foot (or should we say cocktail)!