Quick & Easy Thanksgiving Cocktails Your Guests Will Love

Want to ‘wow’ your guests and keep them busy until dinner time this thanksgiving? These Thanksgiving cocktail recipes will blow them away.

No matter how hard you try, arranging a Thanksgiving dinner party never stops getting stressful. The highlight of the evening is the dinner. It will keep you busy cooking the meal even when guests have arrived, and the more time it takes to make the meal, the more restless and annoying the guests become.

So, to keep your guests(and yourself!) sane this Thanksgiving, you better serve cocktails that will take their attention away from the dinner and keep them occupied until the food can be served.

Most people show up at parties just for the free drinks anyway, so why not give them a treat and save yourself the trouble of having to attend them!

These drinks are easy, delicious, and totally in spirit with the season. Try out the following cocktails this Thanksgiving, and keep your guests and yourself happy.

Fall Margarita

Margarita is such a trademark summer drink that we often don’t consider it for our fall parties. But, just as any other cocktail, Margarita can also be modified to cater to autumn flavors. You might just forget to associate margaritas only as a summer drink after trying this delicious treat.

We hear margarita, and we remember the taste of freshly squeezed lime juice. However, this thanksgiving margarita uses pear juice and apple cider, to create a divine, autumnal taste that is simply a drink anybody could resist.

With a cinnamon stick added as a fall kick, this cocktail will scream Thanksgiving. If you can’t find pear juice in your local supermarket, order online a few weeks ahead of the party. Your guests will love this inspired drink, with its unique taste of the pear-apple cider combo.

Greek Cherry Sangria

You might think, what is so special about Sangria? Well, Thanksgiving is a harvest festival, and what better way to celebrate it than a wine-based cocktail. Cater to Dionysus, the ancient Greek god of wine and harvest, and celebrate this Thanksgiving in the Hellenic style.

Using black cherry juice will give you dark colors that match fall and also compliments the shade of red wine. Adding orange juice and orange liqueur to the cocktail enhances the flavor.

This Sangria only requires four main ingredients, so it is fast and easy to prepare. A pitcher of this will be a quick crowd-pleaser at your Thanksgiving party.

Pumpkin Spiced Gin

Nothing says Thanksgiving more than roasted turkey paired with pumpkin spiced gin. This cocktail will keep you happy until Christmas, so don’t be afraid to drink it throughout fall.

Unlike other fall cocktails, this is extremely easy to put together, with only a handful of ingredients needed. All you need for this fall-inspired concoction are gin, pumpkin puree spice-infused syrup, some orange liqueur, and a splash of lemon bitters.

Salted Caramel Espresso Martini

Salted caramel espresso martinis are perfect to revive your guests when you feel that your party is losing its liveliness. All you need is some freshly brewed espresso, vodka, coffee liqueur, and the salted caramel sauce of your choice. This drink will keep everyone drunk yet alert, so no guest will feel the blues.

However, this drink does come with a warning label of Alcohol and caffeine, so what can possibly go wrong? A lot, if you don’t drink it responsibly. Since people feel alert, they may not realize how much they are drinking. So, warn the guests about the alcohol content in it, especially if they plan on driving themselves back home.

Hot Spiced Buttered Rum

The end of November is always fairly chilly, so no thanksgiving dinner can be complete without an array of hot, boozy beverages. And, if you are planning on serving pumpkin cookies as appetizers, make sure to pair them with steaming cups of spiced buttered rum!

Simply throw in rum, butter, water, and the juice of an entire blood orange into a saucepan, right before guests arrive. Add cloves, bay leaf, a dash of ground cinnamon, and star anise, keep it boiling, and the aroma will be intoxicating enough to draw everyone into the kitchen.

Add maple syrup to taste, according to your preferred sweetness, but don’t make it too sweet if you are planning on pairing it with sweet desserts. This steamy beverage can be your friend starting from fall and throughout winter, to warm up your cold nights.

Hot Spiced Apple Cider

Thanksgiving without apple cider can not be imagined. Consider putting any hot drinks you make in a slow cooker and placing them on the appetizer table. Pour your apple cider into the slow cooker and set it on low heat where it will keep simmering.

Add your spices to the slow cooker, and your sweetening syrup of choice. Maple syrup goes well with apple ciders, you can also choose honey or any other low-calorie syrup like agave. Make sure to taste and sweeten and keep the heat on the low. Add cinnamon sticks, some cloves, allspice berries, and a pinch of nutmeg. Also, add some grated orange and lemon zest to enhance the aroma.

This hot cider will be very popular with people who just came in from the outdoor cold. Encourage guests to drink the hot beverage as soon as they come in and keep your slow cooker heat low, as it can reduce into a thicker concoction.

Spiked Hot Chocolate

Hot chocolate is a big yes for cold, thanksgiving evening dinner parties. Need to keep your guests warm and happy until dinner is ready? Hot chocolate is the way to go, as this steaming refresher will give your guests a boost of endorphins, serotonin, and dopamine. It will warm your guests and put them in a good mood.

To spike your hot chocolate, add Irish cream liqueur. Nothing pairs better with chocolate than this. You can make your hot chocolate vegan or otherwise, but it is wise to make it dairy-free, in case any of your guests are dairy intolerant.  You can use almond milk or any other substitute to make the hot chocolate.

Final Thoughts

Now that you know some awesome cocktails to serve during your thanksgiving, you don’t have to worry about guests  getting bored any longer. Take your pick, get all the ingredients and make your drink. Always remember to sugar or salt your booze glass rims, to enhance the aesthetics, and enjoy a delicious and boozy thanksgiving eve.


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