8 Thanksgiving Cocktails You’ll be Thankful For

By  November 21, 2012

Tomorrow is officially Turkey Day, and whether you’re heading out to visit the family or hosting the big meal yourself, that much togetherness may be in need of a little refreshment. Toast to the start of the holiday season with a few cocktails, both warm and chilly, to imbibe some holiday spirit.

The Candied Yam


1 ½ oz. Bulldog Gin
1 oz. roasted sweet potato puree
½ oz. hazelnut liqueur
½ oz. simple syrup
½ oz. fresh lemon juice
Dash of vanilla extract
Lemon twist for garnish

Shake all ingredients vigorously until well chilled and strain into a rocks glass over fresh ice. Garnish with a lemon twist.

Festival Fizz

1 oz. Pama pomegranate liqueur
Gekkeikan Zipang Sparkling Sake
Lemon twist for garnish

Add the pomegranate liqueur to a tall glass and top with the sparkling sake. Stir gently and garnish with a lemon twist.

Café Irish Pavo
(“Pavo” is Spanish for “turkey”)

1 ½ oz. Michael Collins Blended Irish Whiskey
½ oz. Partida Reposado Tequila
1 oz. col brew coffee
½ oz. brown sugar syrup*
Whipped cream

Combine all liquids in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake until well chilled and strain into a tall glass with ice and top with whipped cream

For the brown sugar syrup:

In a non-reactive container, mix equal  parts warm water and brown sugar until completely dissolved.

Cali Mayflower

2 oz. Caliche Rum
¾ oz. limejuie
1 tbsp. of cranberry jam (or 1 oz. of cranberry sauce)
2 dashes Angostura bitters
Cranberries to Garnish

Combine the rum, lime juice, and cranberry jam or sauce in a cocktail shaker over ice and shake until well chilled. Strain into a rocks glass filled with ice and top with the bitters. Add cranberries to garnish.

Cruzan Pumpkin Toddy

1 ½ oz. Cruzan 9 Spiced Rum
½ oz. Cruzan Vanilla Rum
3 tbsp. pumpkin pie fillinf
4 oz. hot water
Whipped cream

Combine all ingredients in a pony glass and stir until fully combined. Top with whipped cream to garnish and drizzle additional vanilla rum on top.

French Apple

1 ½ oz. Hennessy VS
½ oz. Zubrowka Bison Grass Vodka
1 oz. Apple Cider Gastrique*
2 dashes Angostura bitters

Add all liquids to a glass with ice. Stir until well chilled and top with a cinnamon stick and an apple fan. Garnish with grated cinnamon.

For the Apple Cider Gastrique
1 1/3 cups water
1 1/3 cups brown sugar
2 cups diced royal gala apples
1 cup organic apple cider vinegar

Bring brown sugar and water to a boil and add the diced apples. Simmer for 30 minutes and then add the vinegar. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes. Remove from the heat, allow it to cool, and then strain the mixture through cheesecloth to remove apple chunks

EFFEN Spiced Chai-tini


1 ½ oz. Chai-infused EFFEN Vodka
¾ oz. Kamora Coffee Liqueur
1 oz. half and half
3 dashes cinnamon
Grated nutmeg

In a cocktail shaker, combine all ingredients over ice. Lightly shake and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with grated nutmeg.

For the Chai infusion:

Place 3 bags of Twinnings Indian Spiced Chai Tea into a bottle of EFFEN Vodka and remove after 2 hours agitate bottle every hour.

Haru Sushi’s Friendsgiving Scorpion Punch
(Serves 4)

2 oz. Amore Amaretto
2 oz. Jim Beam Red Stag
2 oz. vodka
2 oz. ShoChikuBai Sake
1 oz. grenadine
1 oz. lime juice
Pineapple juice
Orange Juice
Lemon
Lime
Cherries

Fill a punch bowl with ice. Fill cocktail shaker with equal parts pineapple and orange juice and pour into the bowl. Combine the liquors, grenadine, and lime juice in cocktail shaker, shake vigorously, and pour into the bowl. Garnish with 2 sliced lemons, 2 sliced limes, two cherries, and four straws.