cocktails for thanksgiving

Three Classic Cocktails for Thanksgiving with a twist

Classic and contemporary cocktails for Thanksgiving as Sazerac and even Moscow Mule and Margarita, find a new way for the festivities.

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Give a twist to your classic cocktails for Thanksgiving with these recipes.

The three recipes below have been created especially for Thanksgiving. Discover the classic cocktails for Thanksgiving below.

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Pumpkin Sazerac – by bartender Naren Young


2 ounces cognac (or rye whiskey)

1/2 ounce pumpkin syrup*

3 dashes Peychaud’s bitters

1/4 ounce absinthe

Garnish: lemon twist

Type of glass: rocks glass


Chill a rocks glass in the freezer for 15 minutes.

Add the cognac (or rye whiskey), pumpkin syrup and bitters into a mixing glass with ice and stir for 30 seconds.

Remove the rocks glass from the freezer and add the absinthe, swirling it around the inside, then discard the excess.

Strain the stirred mixture into the prepared glass.

Twist a swath of lemon peel over the glass to express the oils onto the drink, then discard.

*Pumpkin syrup: Add 16 ounces hot water, 3 1/2 cups granulated white sugar, 1/2 cup packed brown sugar, 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg, 1/2 teaspoon allspice and 20 sugar-cube-size lumps of freshly cooked pumpkin into a blender.

Blend until the texture is smooth. Strain through a sieve and discard solids. Keep refrigerated.


Apple Cranberry Moscow Mule


2 ounces vodka

1 ounce cran-apple juice

1/4 ounce lime juice, freshly squeezed

Ginger beer, chilled, to top

Garnish: apple slice and cranberries


Pour the vodka, cran-apple juice and lime juice into a mule mug, highball glass or rocks glass filled with ice, and stir briefly to combine.

Top with ginger beer.

Garnish with an apple slice and fresh cranberries.


Thanksgiving Margarita 

The last of the classic Thanksgiving cocktails is courtesy of bartender Naren Young.

1 tablespoon ground ginger

1 tablespoon sea salt

1 lime wedge

1 1/2 ounces reposado tequila

1/4 ounce allspice dram

1/4 ounce amaretto

1 ounce pumpkin puree

3/4 ounce lime juice, freshly squeezed

1/2 ounce agave nectar

Garnish: roasted pumpkin slice


  1. On a small plate, combine the ground ginger and sea salt. Rub the lime wedge along half of the rim of a rocks glass and dip the glass in the mixture. (For a finer texture, pound the ginger and sea salt with a mortar and pestle.)
  2. Add the tequila, allspice dram, amaretto, pumpkin puree, lime juice and agave nectar into a shaker with ice and shake until well-chilled.
  3. Strain into the prepared glass over fresh ice.
  4. Garnish with a roasted pumpkin slice.


Enjoy your classic cocktails for Thanksgiving and have a happy day!


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