Best 5 Thanksgiving Cocktails


No matter if you’re hosting a crowd this Thanksgiving or preparing a simple meal for your family, you can make the feast feel extra special by shaking up a signature cocktail to pair with the spread.

Stick with the warm flavors of fall when planning your cocktail menu, and don’t shy away from pairing the liqueurs with seasonal ingredients like fragrant spices; the more these tastes complement those in your dishes, the better. Read on below for Food Network’s top-five Thanksgiving cocktails to find easy-to-make sippers worthy of the holiday, then browse all of our Best Thanksgiving Cocktails and Drinks.

Spiced Bourbon, Beer and Maple Martinis

Laced with a splash of pure maple syrup and garnished with dried chiles, Giada De Laurentiis’ sweet and spicy cocktail is best served cold.

Spiked Apple Cider Cocktails

For a pop of freshness, finish each of these rum-and-schnapps-based sippers with a skewer of chopped tart apples.

Cranberry-Champagne Cocktail

It takes only a handful of ingredients to make Tyler Florence’s five-minute recipe, a cocktail mixture of bubbly Champagne, sweetened cranberry juice and a squeeze of lime.

The Maple Perfect Manhattan

Follow Jeff Mauro’s lead and add a splash of maple syrup to classic Manhattan mix-ins to transform the tried-and-true drink into a next-level cocktail.

Hot Toddy

“Hot toddy is essentially a hot punch,” says Alton Brown, which is why he prepares this big-batch drink in a party-ready slow cooker to which guests can help themselves.