Whether you’re entertaining friends or family this Thanksgiving, here are a few cocktails that are easy to and perfectly pair with the flavors of the season. Having a signature cocktail for the evening is a great way to take out some of the holiday’s stress and showcase your culinary savvy. Below we have a list of single serve and punch style cocktails that all represent fall flavors. They aren't your everyday type of cocktail and each one represents some flavor significant to the Thanksgiving table.
This cocktail is perfect for the season with amazing bitter notes from the amaro that are wonderfully balanced with hard cider. There is sophistication at the end of every glass and your guests will be impressed with the complicated flavors and how well they pair with the evening’s feast.
1.5 oz. Amaro - choose your favorite Amaro
6 oz. Hard Apple Cider
orange twist garnish
Pour Amaro and cider into a glass filled with ice, stir to combine and garnish with orange twist.
This is a great greeter cocktail that is simple to make and goes long on flavor and sets the mood for a perfect night. The ginger adds a great spice to the subtle sweetness of the cava and Lillet.
Fill a rocks glass with ice and combine Lillet and cava. Top with a good spicy ginger beer and stir. Garnish with a thin slice of ginger.
The Sazerac has a storied history. It’s quite a delicious cocktail that should be savored and is perfect for Thanksgiving. With its anise flavors, rich rye spice and subtle cognac sweetness this cocktail will appeal to a broad audience and compliment the many flavors surrounding the dinner table.
1 cube sugar
2 dashes Angostura bitters
1 oz. rye whiskey – (choose your favorite rye whiskey)
1 oz. Brandy VSOP – we suggest Dom Pierre Brandy VSOP
1 teaspoon absinthe – we suggest Lucid
1 star anise pods
In a mixing glass, place sugar cube, bitters, rye whiskey and cognac. Muddle together until sugar dissolves. Fill mixing glass with ice and stir for about 30 seconds.
Strain cocktail into glass that has been thoroughly rinsed with absinthe and garnish with anise pod.
Pour Pimm’s and Prosecco into a rocks glass filled with ice. Top off with soda, stir gently combine, and garnish with celery leaves.
We all know that today is going to be hectic and you’ll be too busy with last minutes touches to the turkey and getting everything ready for all the guests. So why not get your guests set upwith drinks ahead of time.
EARL GREY BOURBON PUNCH
This is a great recipe for the holidays. The flavors go so well together and compliment a wide range of dishes that you’ll find on the table already. This is a wonderful premade punch that will keep your guests occupied curious of the all the flavors while you put the finishing touches on your prized turkey.
4 Bags Earl Grey tea
½ cup of honey
4 sprigs thyme
2 sprigs rosemary (more for garnish)
1 cup lemon juice
1 ½ cups bourbon
1 ½ cups Cognac - we suggest Dom Pierre Brandy VSOP
1 teaspoon Angostura bitters
Let tea steep for 5 minutes in 1 ¼ cups of boiling water and let cool. In a ½ cup of water bring to a simmer honey, thyme and 2 rosemary sprigs, stir to combine. Let cool and discard herbs.
Combine tea, honey syrup, lemon juice, Bourbon, Cognac, and bitters in a large pitcher or punch bowl. Add two cups of ice and let melt, stirring occasionally. Serve in rocks glass filled with ice, garnish with rosemary sprig and lemon wedge.
Punch can be made 1 day ahead; cover and chill.
BACKWOODS BOURBON PUNCH
So many flavors combine to make this punch recipe and all those flavors scream harvest. This punch recipe is a great way to entertain guests before the main course…just make sure you’ve made enough!
Combine Bourbon, grapefruit juice, vermouth, and grenadine in a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake (about 20 seconds). Strain into an ice-filled rocks glass. Garnish with a lemon twist and cherry.
FLAMING BRANDY PUNCH
This punch recipe packs all the delicious dark harvest flavors that the season is known for. And now you get to share them with your friends and family. A simple recipe and great to make ahead of time, this punch will be a great offering throughout the night.
1 ¼ cups water
1 ¼ cups (packed) dark brown sugar
2 cinnamon sticks, halved
4 whole cloves
1 4 inch long strips orange peel
2 bottles (750 ml) dry red wine – we suggest Monte Campo Montepulciano D’Abruzzo
1 cup fresh orange juice
½ cup fresh lemon juice
4 cups brandy – we suggest Dom Pierre Brandy VSOP
1 whole nutmeg
In a large pot bring to a boil the following ingredients: water, brown sugar, cinnamon sticks, cloves and orange peel. Add wine; stir to heat through. Pour mixture into a large heatproof glass or ceramic bowl. Mix in orange juice and lemon juice. Now the fun part – hold a ladle over your punch bowl and fill with brandy – carefully ignite. Once lit pour into punch bowl and allow the flame to burn out. Mix in remaining brandy. Grate nutmeg over the bowl.