thanksgiving meal cocktails

Thanksgiving is around the corner! Write down these cocktail recipes for your Thanksgiving meal. Check them out below.

The first cocktail mixes a delicious vanilla-infused rye whiskey -for which you have plenty of time ahead to prepare-, and Nocino, an Italian liqueur from the Emilia Romagna region made with unripe walnuts. Spicy, sweet and slightly bitter it will bring together with the vanilla whiskey a warm and festive flavor to your Thanksgiving cocktail.

Then, a classic, a mulled wine with all kinds of spices combining the sweetness of the Bosc pear and the fresh tarty taste of citruses.


Two Cocktails for your Thanksgiving meal

Brass Elephant

Ingredients (a recipe by Braden Alsnauer, Frasca Food and Wine Boulder, Colorado)

1 0z vanilla-infused rye whiskey*

1 oz apple brandy

3/4 oz Nocino

1/4 oz Jamaican rum

2 dashes Angostura Bitters

Type of glass: coupe

Garnish: orange twist

Preparation: stir all of the ingredients with a barspoon with ice until chilled. Strain the preparation into the coupe glass, chilled, and garnish with an orange twist.

*How to make vanilla-infused rye whiskey

Split two vanilla beans and place into a 750 ml bottle of rye whiskey. Let infuse for 1 to 2 weeks. This infused whiskey will last up to two months.


Mulled Wine


1 tbsp green cardamom pods, crushed

1 tbsp black peppercorns

2 tsp whole cloves

3 cinnamon sticks

1 bottle dry red wine

1 cup of brandy

Rind and 2 tbsp juice from 1 lemon. You can replace lemon with any other citrus fruit such as orange, clementine, kumquat…

1/3 cup of honey

1 Bosc pear, peeled, cored and cut into 1/4-inch dice


Place cardamom, peppercorns, cloves, and cinnamon in a medium saucepan. Stir over medium heat until fragrant, for about 2 minutes.

Then, add the wine, the brandy, the lemon rind and juice, and honey. Bring these to simmer over medium heat. Stir occasionally.

Reduce heat to the lowest setting and simmer for 10 minutes.

Strain the mixture through a fine-mesh sieve into a bowl and discard solids. Return mixture to sauce pan and add pears.

Simmer over medium-low heat until pears are fork-tender but still retain their shape, about 10 minutes.

You’re ready!


Check out more cocktails for Thanksgiving here.

Don’t drink and drive. Enjoy responsibly.


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