3 Spirited Thanksgiving Cocktails

No celebration is complete without a some spirited signature cocktails.

Cocktails served during the holidays is just as important as the food.

So let’s help keep your Thanksgiving gathering going with these refreshing & cozy holiday drinks…


I always like to have something that is warm & inviting for when my guests first arrive and this Spiced apple Cider w/Bourbon hits the spot. The bonus with this cocktail is that its family friendly since the bourbon is not added until you are ready to serve. So kids will also feel included with this warm cider drink.


30-40 Whole Cloves

2 Clementines, 1 whole & 1 thinly sliced

1 Small apple thinly sliced

2 Lemons thinly sliced, plus 2 Tbsp. juice

2 Quarts Apple Cider

2 Cinnamon Sticks

8 Allspice berries

2 Star Anise

1-2 oz Hudson Baby Bourbon (or your favorite bourbon) – when ready to serve

First you are going to make your clementine pomander- use a knife to poke holes every 1/2 inch and add the clove into the hole of the clementine. Take your crockpot and place it on simmer, add in your apple cider, pomander, lemon slices, apple slices, clementine slices, cinnamon sticks, allspice, & star anise. Warm until the cider is steamy and allow to sit for at least 20 mins prior to your guests arriving. Ladle about 3/4 cup into mugs with 1-2 oz bourbon for the adults, garnish with apple & lemon slices.



Now after you guests have warmed up, enjoyed some appetizers and are waiting for the main event you need a cocktail that will not only be good for the in between but also one that will pair well with your Thanksgiving meal.

That’s why this Black Walnut Old-Fashioned is the perfect cocktail…


1 Demerara sugar cube or 1 tsp. Simple syrup

5 dashes Black Walnut Bitters

Orange peel

2oz Rye Whiskey, Michter’s or Pikesville Rye

one large ice cube

Rosemary to garnish

Place the sugar cube in an old-fashioned glass, dash the bitters on to the cube, add a few drops of hot water & muddle until the sugar is dissolved. Rim the glass with the peel of the orange, add in your rye whiskey, ice cube& orange peel. Stir & garnish with rosemary.



Finally, when its time to wind down its time for a smooth easy cocktail. The Godfather is traditionally made with Scotch, however we are all about the bourbon here, so I’ve changed this simple two ingredient cocktail, switched out the Scotch for bourbon. I personally like to pair this with a hot high proof bourbon, but you could totally use a rye or a lower proof bourbon, all depending on your own taste preference.


1 1/2 oz Bourbon

1 1/2 oz Disaronno Amaretto

1 large Ice cube

In an old-fashioned glass, add in your ice cube, bourbon & amaretto, stir and serve.

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