Thanksgiving Cocktails

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Crafting Your Thanksgiving Cocktail Menu

Incorporating Thanksgiving cocktails into your holiday celebration not only adds an element of festivity but also offers guests a memorable experience.

Whether you’re drawn to the warmth of pumpkin cocktails, the tart sweetness of cranberry cocktails, or the comforting depth of spiced cocktails for fall, there’s a drink to match every mood and taste.

Easy cocktails like the apple cider mimosa or cranberry bellini offer simplicity and elegance, making them perfect for those seeking Thanksgiving cocktail ideas that don’t require a mixologist’s expertise.

For those hosting a Friendsgiving or looking for Thanksgiving dinner drinks, consider serving a signature cocktail such as the Coco Chanel martini or the French martini to add a touch of sophistication to your gathering.

A collection of Thanksgiving cocktails featuring seasonal flavors like pumpkin, cranberry, and apple cider on a rustic autumn table setting.

Classic & Contemporary Cocktails

1. Cranberry Bellini

Festive holiday setting featuring two Cranberry Bellini cocktails, beautifully garnished with fresh cranberries.

Elevate your Thanksgiving dinner with this festive twist on a classic bellini. Blending the tartness of cranberry with the bubbly charm of sparkling wine, this drink sets a celebratory tone, perfect for a toast to gratitude.

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2. French Martini

Two French Martinis side by side, their rich, frothy tops illuminated under soft lighting, showcasing the timeless elegance of this classic cocktail.

A sophisticated choice, the French martini, with its velvety blend of vodka, raspberry liqueur, and a hint of pineapple, offers a smooth introduction to your holiday feast or a delightful post-dinner indulgence.

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3. Apple Cider Margarita

An Apple Cider Margarita beautifully presented in a glass with a salted rim, garnished with a slice of apple and a cinnamon stick, ready for an autumn toast.

Marrying the essence of fall with a beloved cocktail, the apple cider margarita infuses traditional margarita ingredients with the seasonal sweetness of apple cider, making it a refreshing yet cozy choice.

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4. Coco Chanel Martini

Designer cocktail recipe: Coco Chanel Martini, perfect for summer cocktail recipes and chic holiday gatherings.

For a touch of luxury, the Coco Chanel martini—crafted with vodka and St Germain— A decadent option that’s as elegant as its namesake.

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5. Eggnog Martini

Festive Creamy Eggnog Martini, beautifully presented with a golden hue, a cinnamon stick garnish, and a dusting of nutmeg, ready for a holiday toast.

Embrace the holiday spirit with an eggnog martini, a creamy concoction that blends the traditional flavors of eggnog with a spirited kick, perfect for Christmas and New Year’s Eve celebrations.

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6. Apple Cider Mimosa

A simple yet delightful twist on the classic mimosa, this version combines apple cider with sparkling wine, offering a bubbly, fruity option ideal for Thanksgiving morning or a brunch gathering.

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7. Vanilla-Pear Punch

Close-up of a refreshing Vanilla-Pear Holiday Punch, with hints of cinnamon and vanilla, elegantly decorated with lemon slices, cranberries, and rosemary, embodying a warm holiday spirit.

A Vanilla-Pear Cocktail blends smooth vanilla essence with the sweet, subtle taste of pear for an elegantly flavored drink, perfect for fall celebrations.

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8. Cranberry Margarita

A vibrant red Cranberry Margarita garnished with a lime wheel and fresh cranberries, served in a salt-rimmed glass.

Another festive favorite, the cranberry margarita brings a tangy twist to the traditional margarita, with cranberry juice adding a seasonal flair that complements Thanksgiving and holiday party cocktails alike.

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9. Peppermint Mimosa

A pair of Peppermint Mimosas showcasing a harmonious blend of minty and sweet flavors, a festive recipe for holiday parties.

Infusing a hint of minty freshness into the holiday menu, the peppermint mimosa is a festive, refreshing choice, perfect for adding a lively spark to your holiday celebrations.

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10. Cranberry Martini

Two elegant Cranberry Martinis adorned with fresh cranberry garnishes, showcasing their vibrant red hue, ready to be enjoyed at a festive holiday gathering.

A sophisticated and seasonal spin on the classic martini, this cocktail blends the tartness of cranberry with the smoothness of vodka, offering a stylish and festive drink ideal for any holiday occasion.

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Non-Alcoholic Thanksgiving Drinks

Celebrating Thanksgiving doesn’t mean alcohol is a must on your menu.

A selection of non-alcoholic Thanksgiving drinks that ensure everyone at your table feels welcomed and festive.

  • Sparkling Apple Cider: A bubbly and refreshing alternative that brings the orchard to your glass, perfect for toasting to gratitude and family.
  • Vanilla-Pear Punch: This non-alcoholic punch combines the gentle flavors of vanilla and pear, creating a smooth, sweet beverage that’s perfect for guests of all ages.
  • Cranberry Mimosa Mocktail: A non-alcoholic twist on the classic mimosa. Creating a sophisticated, fizzy beverage perfect for holiday celebrations.

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Two perfectly mixed French Martini with a rich, frothy top, set against a backdrop of soft lighting, embodying classic cocktail sophistication.
Yield: 1 cocktail

10 Best Thanksgiving Cocktails

Savor festive Thanksgiving cocktails! Enjoy autumn flavors with cranberry, apple cider, and pumpkin spice in cozy, spirited holiday drinks.


  • 2 oz vodka
  • 1 oz pineapple juice
  • 1/2 oz raspberry liqueur.


Making the Cocktail:

  1. Combine Ingredients: In a shaker, mix vodka, pineapple juice, and raspberry liqueur. This simple step is key in how to make a classic French cocktail.
  2. Shake: Vigorously shake the ingredients with ice, chilling the mixture to perfection.
  3. Strain and Serve: Pour into a martini glass, showcasing the elegance of a classy cocktail.


  1. A lemon twist or a few raspberries adds a decorative touch that's as delightful to the eyes as it is to the palate.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 180Total Fat 0gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 1mgCarbohydrates 9gFiber 0gSugar 8gProtein 0g

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