Thanksgiving is an awesome holiday. You get to celebrate the Pilgrims, the Native Americans and their first festive meal by eating and drinking with friends and family. As Garfield said, “It’s the holiday when we celebrate turkey and cranberries by trying to eat all of them.” However, you don’t just have the food to think about, but also the drinks to consider. Here’s a list of some of our favorite cocktails that we’ve seen this year to help get Thanksgiving celebrations going.
Whiskey Sours are one of my favorite drinks — and this one uses a great combination of that classic Whiskey Sour-ness with festive cranberry flavors. I cannot confirm nor deny whether I had a few of these while researching drinks for Thanksgiving, but let’s just say I’m setting aside some extra cranberry sauce for this very drink. Seriously, what says Thanksgiving more than cranberry sauce?
Ok, maybe turkey says Thanksgiving a little more than cranberry sauce (but you really can’t have one without the other). With this one, you’re getting the cranberry, but instead of whiskey, you’re getting gin. Now that’s going to be a winning combination. I think of this one as a Cranberry Martini for Thanksgiving, which is awesome.
You know what you’re getting with this drink by its name: a warm Pimms cocktail with apple! The name is simple and effective. The meal is winding down (or winding up) and it’s cold out and you need something a little warm to help keep you warm. That’s where this lovely little drink comes to your rescue. Seasonal and delicious!
Two sours? Yeah, well, don’t judge. We’ve had whiskey, gin and Pimms — what we needed was a little hazelnut kick and citrus to liven things up a bit. What you’ll get here is that citrus boost that people who don’t want to accept (and they shouldn’t) the cooler temperatures. You’re going to get to both remember the promise of warmer temps and enjoy a lovely citrus aperitif.
Maybe apple isn’t your thing, but you still need a warm drink and you happen to have a few marshmallows leftover from your sweet potatoes (I’ve heard of this preparation, but can’t necessarily condone it). You’re in luck! Give this Mezcal Hot Chocolate a try, you won’t be sorry. Seriously, you get both tequila (score!) and mezcal (double score!) in hot chocolate form. Heck, even if it’s just tepid outside, I still think you should give it a go. Bonus points for the sweetened condensed milk.
Oh, I guess we need some dessert too. Well then, dessert:
Hey, it’s not a Thanksgiving meal without pumpkin pie is it? Granted, I know some people hate pumpkin pie (it takes all kinds, for you out there, have an Extreme Chocolate Martini or Black Forest Martini), but let’s all at least accept that it’s the traditional dessert.
Now go out there, have a fantastic Thanksgiving, make some new traditions and let me know what you think of all of these amazing cocktails!