Thanksgiving Inspired Cocktails

If wine isn’t your thing, there are still plenty of drink options for you to enjoy this Thanksgiving!



Maple Manhattan


2 ounces rye whiskey

1/2 ounce dry vermouth

1 tablespoon pure maple syrup

2 dashes bitters




Add the rye, vermouth, maple syrup, and bitters into a cocktail shaker. Shake it up, pour over good ice in a large rocks glass. Add skewered cherries and drink.



Cranberry Cocktail


For the drink:

1 cup frozen cranberries

1 lime, juiced

2 cups vodka or gin

2 cups cranberry juice

1 cup ginger syrup, or to taste

Splash club soda

Shaved ginger


For the ginger syrup:

4 -inch piece ginger, peeled and roughly chopped

1/2 cup sugar

1 1/2 cups water



For the ginger syrup: Place all syrup ingredients in a saucepan and simmer until sugar dissolves and the ginger is infused in the syrup, about 20 minutes. Strain and allow to cool fully before use.


For the drink: Crush the frozen cranberries in a large glass pitcher. Add the lime juice and their juiced wedges to the pitcher. Pour in the vodka, cranberry juice, and ginger syrup. Put ice in low-ball glasses and fill glasses about 2/3 full. Top off with club soda and garnish with a shaving of fresh ginger.



Pumpkin Pie


2 parts RumChata Cream Liqueur

1 part vanilla vodka

1 part pumpkin liqueur (or 3 tablespoons pumpkin pie filling)

Garnish: grated cinnamon


Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Sprinkle cinnamon on top for a garnish.



Ginger Cocktail


1 ounce amaretto

2 ounces ginger beer, chilled

1/4 teaspoon Angostura bitters


Add the amaretto, ginger beer, and bitters to an old-fashioned glass filled with ice, and stir until combined.



Cider and Bourbon


3/4 cup apple cider

2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

1/3 cup bourbon

2 (2 1/2-inch-long) thin slices fresh ginger

2 thin slices from a small apple, such as lady, for garnish


Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add cider, bourbon, lemon juice, and ginger; shake until well chilled. Strain and divide cocktail between two glasses. Garnish with apple slices.