Between Uncle Bob ranting about politics, cousin Annie fawning over the new guy she’s sort of dating (and decided to bring over at the last minute) and Grandma Marge complaining that your mashed potatoes are too lumpy, you’re going to want a stiff drink in your hand this holiday. Here, 39 Thanksgiving cocktail recipes that should do the trick. From spiced apple margaritas to pumpkin punch, these are some mighty festive tipples that we’re eternally thankful for.
39 Festive Thanksgiving Cocktail Recipes to Make This Year
2. Chai Hot Toddy
The weather outside doesn’t have to be frightful to get in a cozy mood. Just drink one of these.
3. Winter Spiced Old Fashioned
Cinnamon, cardamom and star anise are right at home with bourbon and an orange twist.
5. Grapefruit Cardamom Gin Fizz
If you’re more about sour and bright than sugar and spice, this bittersweet bev will be right up your alley. It’s sweetened with rosemary simple syrup, which works surprisingly well with the herbal liquor.
8. Spiced Apple Margaritas
Nothing gets a party started quite like a margarita.
10. Thanksgiving Sangria
White wine, cider, brandy, pumpkin butter, citrus, spices and a splash of ginger beer. Even Grandma will go back for a second glass.
13. Pumpkin Cocktail
This one starts with a pumpkin shrub—a sweet, vinegar-based concoction that, here, is flavored with ginger, cinnamon, cardamom and (of course) pumpkin.
14. Apple Cider Mezcal Margarita
One glance at that spiced sugar rim and we were smitten.
15. Cozy Bourbon Old Fashioned With Sweet Potato Simple Syrup
Um, sweet potato syrup?! Genius. Let’s all agree to make this in place of the usual marshmallow-laden casserole.
16. Classic Negroni
It’s equal parts gin, Campari and sweet vermouth—bitter, boozy and never a bad choice.
18. Sparkling Pomegranate Margaritas
See above. Bubbles + a crowd-pleasing cocktail = Thanksgiving no-brainer.
19. Cranberry-spiced Whiskey Sour
It’s frosty, tangy and totally gorgeous.
20. Classic Hot Toddy
Whether it’s a dry turkey or a nosy in-law, this warm and cozy number will cure whatever ails you.
22. Cranberry Mint Holiday Punch
This big-batch cocktail is pretty enough to double as a centerpiece.
23. Pomegranate And Orange Champagne Punch
The most festive ice cubes we ever did see, and the whole cocktail only calls for seven ingredients total.
26. Bourbon Ginger Cider Cocktail
Oh look, we found fall’s new signature drink.
27. Hard Apple Cider Mule
A seasonal (and simple) twist on a classic.
29. Sparkling Christmas Tree Cocktail
Because December is just around the corner.
31. Mulled White Wine
If you haven’t already stocked up on cinnamon sticks, now is the time.
32. Pomegranate Martini
We can’t wait to tell Uncle Todd that it’s rosemary, not tree branches.
33. Hot Buttered Rum
Aka how to feel like you’re in a cozy cabin in the woods.