To create a cocktail inspired by Thanksgiving dinner you don’t actually have to create a stuffing-infused simple syrup or garnish a drink with a turkey leg. It’s as easy as choosing one element of Thanksgiving dinner, take cranberry sauce for example, and using that element to craft a cocktail like the “EFFEN Toasted White Cranberry.” Or you can even try your luck at a cocktail made using a boozy infusion of various spices and cranberries. Take the Wild Turkey-created “Kentucky Thanksgiving,” it calls for the addition of Wild Turkey infused with cardamom seeds, dried cranberries, and cinnamon.
In case either of those two cocktails sounds like an enticing addition to your Thanksgiving dinner, you can find their recipes blow. Oh, and I’ve also included a bonus, non-Lushworthy recipe as well courtesy of Crown Royal Maple.
For additional Thanksgiving-inspired drink recipes, check out my dessert cocktails and champagne cocktails blog posts.
1.5 oz. Wild Turkey Thanksgiving Infusion* 1 oz. lemon juice .25 oz. Maraschino Liqueur .25 oz. Campari
.5 oz. Demerara syrup
Mix all ingredients in a mug and add 3oz hot water. Stir and garnish with a wide lemon disc twist.
The holidays are all about giving thanks and celebrating with good friends and family, so why not treat your guests to a celebratory champagne cocktail this Thanksgiving? The bubbly stuff has always been known as a celebratory beverage, but sipping on merely champagne all night can occasionally leave a little to be desired. Well, desire no more because I’ve compiled a list of champagne-based cocktails that are sure to be a perfect, boozy addition to your Thanksgiving. You can find recipes for four of these cocktails below. And be sure to check out my list of dessert cocktails that are also perfect for Thanksgiving. Cheers!
Chambord & Champagne (Pictured Above)
¼ oz Chambord Liqueur
Korbel California Champagne
Add Chambord to bottom of a flute and top with Champagne. Garnish with a raspberry.
Imagine the look of anger on your mother’s face if you attempted to even think about sneaking a piece of sweet potato pie or pumpkin cheesecake before Thanksgiving dinner. It’s a scary thought, right? For those of us who aren’t brave enough to indulge in the plethora of post-Thanksgiving dinner desserts before dinner there’s always dessert cocktails. Not only do these particular cocktails give you something boozy and decadent to sip on before devouring your plate of turkey, mac and cheese (mac-and-mother-effing-cheese-yo!), and stuffing, it’ll likely curve any urge you have to perform a full out tactical assault on the dessert table.
Check out a handful of Thanksgiving-inspired dessert cocktails below, and please be sure to save room for the real dessert.
Smirnoff Honey Nut Cake (Pictured Above)
1 oz. SMIRNOFF Wild Honey Flavored Vodka 0.5 oz. Hazelnut Liqueur 0.5 oz. Creme de cacao
1 oz. Cream
Add ingredients to an ice-filled shaker. Shake and strain into a martini glass. Top with grated nutmeg.