In the rush of the holidays and planning the perfect Thanksgiving feast, one of the most important elements of a great meal can easily be forgotten. Instead of stressing over how to bake a perfect apple pie, focus on what your guests really want, a cocktail! Pass on the average bland bottle of red wine, and choose one of these boozy fall cocktails we’ve selected below to take your Thanksgiving dinner to the next level.
Apple Cider Mimosa
A fall twist on a classic drink! Instead of orange juice, mix your favorite champagne with cold apple cider. For even more festive vibes, rim the glass with cinnamon sugar, and squirt a ribbon of caramel along the inner walls of the glass. Delicious!
You can never go wrong with sangria! This recipe can easily be changed to suit your exact taste buds. Just start with the basics, a bottle of white or red wine, apple slices, salted caramel vodka, a few orange wedges, and a little bit of apple cider. Combine all of these ingredients in a pitcher and let sit for 2-3 hours! Add a few cinnamon sticks as garnish when you serve your fall sangria.
A festive take on a Summer drink! Mix together cranberry juice, triple sec, tequila, and lime juice. Add a few cranberries and you’ve got yourself a tasty and tart treat!
Cinnamon Maple Whiskey Sour
Looking for something a little stronger? Try a seasonal whiskey drink! Sure to be popular among your male guests. Mix bourbon, lemon juice, 2-4 tbsp of maple syrup, and a pinch of cinnamon to top it off!
Bourbon + Spiced Pear Cocktail
Haven’t you heard? Pear is the new pumpkin spice! Combine bourbon, apple brandy, spiced pear simple syrup (pear juice, sugar, water, and cinnamon heated to dissolve), and a smidge of freshly squeezed OJ.
Don’t forget about the kiddos! Try a mocktail version of these recipes by subbing juice or soda for the alcoholic ingredients.