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From hot toddies to big-batch punch, these festive drinks will get you in the holiday spirit.

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Earl Grey–Bourbon Punch

A big-batch bourbon punch—made with tea, honey, orange bitters, and sprigs of thyme—that all of your Thanksgiving guests will love. Even Grandma.

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Spiced Pear and Bourbon Sparkler

The spiced pear simple syrup is the star of the show in this bubbly cocktail, made by simmering good quality pear juice with cinnamon sticks, fresh ginger, and a hint of clove

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Mulled Wine

A heady mulled wine is perfect for the holiday season—or any time you’re looking for something fragrant and cozy. Don’t overlook the cinnamon stick and apple garnish.

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Instead of the usual grapefruit soda, this version of the iconic Mexican cocktail uses fresh grapefruit and lime juices plus club soda. Opt for reposado tequila or a smoky mezcal to give it a warmer profile for the holidays and serve a handful of crispy tostones on the side.

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The Negroni is known as the easiest cocktail due to its 1:1:1 ratio of ingredients. We’ve complicated things (sorry!), but we promise the drink is better when you tweak those ratios a tiny bit.

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Applejack Sour

This is exactly what we want to drink when fall rolls around—an apple brandy cocktail with orange and lemon juices,  maple syrup, and baking spice notes thanks to the grated nutmeg and applejack.

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Cranberry Rum Punch

This fizzy rum punch gets holiday glitz with apple cider, ginger ale, and a splash of cranberry juice. Make extra of the cranberry-studded ice cubes to add a festive touch to other drinks, like a Whiskey Smash or Cynar Berry Spritz.

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Moscow Mule

The easily assembled Moscow Mule should be in every host’s arsenal. No need to break out special copper mugs–serving this in a Collins or highball glass shows off the effervescent beverage.


Honey-Bourbon Toddy

Looking for something to sip on as you curl up on the couch with a slice of pumpkin pie? This is just the ticket.

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Adonis Spritz

A low-ABV sipper is your friend during a long day of polite frivolities. The Adonis sounds hella sexy, and we love the earthy nuttiness from sherry and sweet vermouth, made spritzy by (hydrating!) club soda.

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Chipotle Maple Syrup Old Fashioned

Having a homemade syrup on hand offers an easy way to dress up any classic cocktail—in this case, the Old Fashioned. This chile-maple syrup’s sweet heat complements rye’s spicy fruitiness with smoky chipotles and woodsy maple.

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Fall Spritz

No more punch bowls, cocktail shakers, or complicated mixology with this two-ingredient Thanksgiving cocktail. You’ve got better things to do between hosting duties and getting all those Thanksgiving desserts on the table, so let your guests serve themselves.

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An autumnal blend of chai and apple cider packs warming, spiced flavors into this nonalcoholic refreshment—it’d also be delicious with a splash of bourbon.

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Ginger Fizz

Spike Prosecco with ginger for a fall-flavored upgrade to the mimosa at the morning’s brunch.  You can make the ginger simple syrup ahead of time for breezy day-of assembly.


The New York Sour

Put a twist on the classic whiskey sour with a splash of red wine. Sure, it’s delicious, but what we really love is the ombré of fall colors.


Hot Buttered Apple Cider

Inspired by hot buttered rum, this fall punch blends apple brandy, cider, brown sugar, and baking spices for a liquid take on caramel apples.

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Ginger Spritz

Ginger beer and bubbly cava were meant to be together in this fizzy, festive, refreshing fall cocktail that makes a stellar Thanksgiving drink.


Cranberry Cobbler

This simple, festive cocktail uses frozen cranberries, gin, sherry, and mint for a crisp, bright sipper to offer guests (and hosts) prior to Thanksgiving dinner.

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Apple Cider and Rum Punch

Think of this as a house punch that’s a snap to make and relatively low in alcohol. Hard ciders can range from bone-dry to rather sweet, so take a sip and adjust the simple syrup if needed.

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Mezcal Sour

Smoky mezcal feels reminiscent of a fall bonfire. We make this sour with an egg white and dry shake to create a lofty, frothy foam topping.

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Hard Cider Spritz

This punch recipe is an apple triple threat with two types of cider and fresh apple slice garnishes. Feel free to experiment with another winter citrus, like grapefruit or orange juice, in place of the lemon. 

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Martini Bar

Set up the booze, ice, martini glasses (or any glasses), and all the garnishes, and let your guests have at it while you focus on the Thanksgiving dinner preparations.

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Brandy Milk Punch

Like eggnog? This vanilla-and-nutmeg-spiked drink is for you. Though called a punch, this cocktail recipe yields only one serving, so scale up if you’re looking to feed a crowd. Dairy-free? Swap out the heavy cream for almond milk.

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Bourbon Fruit Tea Punch

This fruity big-batch punch will start any dinner party off on the right foot, but orange, tea, and bourbon make for an especially fall-forward combo—ideal for a Thanksgiving crowd.

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Cold Toddy

We took down the temperature of a classic hot toddy for a party-ready spin on the wintery cocktail, a refreshing pre- (or post-) dinner Thanksgiving cocktail recipe.


Spiced Apple Cider

Your slow cooker is Thanksgiving’s unsung hero. Use it as a holding tank for spiced apple cider and have steamy mugs on hand from the first guest’s arrival to after-dinner pie.

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Hot Penicillin

Move over Hot Toddy, there’s a new, even cozier cold weather cocktail in town. Ginger, lemon, and honey mingle with scotch for a sweet and spiced brew.

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It just may be the perfect classic cocktail. Even better, we created a recipe to serve four.  This crowd-pleasing drink will keep your guests occupied before the Thanksgiving table is set. 

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Extra Stormy Dark and Stormy

Lemon ginger brew and dark rum are a match made in heaven. We love this classic cocktail in cool weather when winter citrus and ginger make for a drink that’s tart, spiced, and just sweet enough.

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This variation on the martini adds a tipple of Lillet Blanc, a French aperitif with delicate herbal and citrus notes that prime the palate to the turkey, dressing, and cranberry sauce ahead.

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Blood Orange Sangria

This isn’t the dark, heady sangria you think you know. Riesling and sparkling wine anchor fragrant lemongrass and citrus in this effervescent cocktail.

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Aperol Spritz

The Aperol Spritz may seem like a late summer drink, but your guests will love this refreshing and well-balanced cocktail before (or after) a heavy Thanksgiving dinner. 

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This potent New Orleans nightcap is as much about the aromatic absinthe rinse as it is the Cognac and rye. Traditionally, a lemon twist garnishes the classic cocktail, but star anise pods complement the absinthe.


The New England Express

This cocktail gives a nod to early New England Thanksgivings by combining rum (big in the Colonial days) with cider (ditto). The lower ABV makes it less potent than other punches, so bottoms up!

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Rye and Pomegranate Punch

Sure to be the smash hit of your Thanksgiving gathering, this fall-flavored cocktail pairs rye whiskey with nutty Maraschino liqueur and seasonal pomegranate juice in a simple pour-and-stir recipe.

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Cynar Spritz

Sweet, citrusy grapefruit pairs well with herbaceous Cynar, and adding dry Prosecco provides balance. The flavors are a welcome contrast with salty marinated olives and feta.


The ’Rol and Rye

This three-ingredient cocktail pairs Aperol with rye whiskey, giving it a bright, pleasantly bitter note to whet guests’ appetites before Thanksgiving dinner.

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Charmed and Dangerous

Star anise and dried blood orange dial up the holiday flavors in this bold riff on the Sazerac that swaps rye for red wine.

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Apple Pie Moonshine

Vivian Howard’s go-to nightcap has an infusion of baking spices and apple cider to mellow the booze. It also makes a great gift.

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Horseman in the Sky Cocktail

This contrast of alight rosé with warming star anise makes for a refreshingly seasonal Thanksgiving cocktail. At King Restaurant in New York, they make this drink with Bandol, but feel free to swap in a less expensive Provencal rosé.