POPSUGAR Celebrity

10 Fall Cocktails to Toast to This Thanksgiving

Nov 23 2014 - 10:00am

There are countless things to be grateful for, but let's face it: the best way to be thankful on Turkey Day is to kick back, bond, and have a drink (or three) with loved ones. To take Thanksgiving entertaining to the next level, match your courses with deserving wines [1], and start off with cocktail hour. Don't forget to stock your freezer with ice, because we've got 10 tipples that are guaranteed to be magnificent with your meal.

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Pumpkin Mojito

You love pumpkin and mojitos, so why not put two and two together? Muddle spiced rum with pumpkin, brown sugar, and mint for a twist on the Cuban cocktail [2].

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Ginger Sidecar

Ginger, brandy, and maple syrup [3] imbue the flavors of cold weather on a classic war-era libation.

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Cranberry Margarita

Thanksgiving ought to be a celebration, not a somber, solemn meal — so why not get the party started with a margarita to match your cranberry jelly [4]? This one is designed to be shaken in large batches.

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Sage Sangria

Keep the festivities fun — but not out of hand — by serving a wine-infused cocktail instead, like this rosé sangria that's garnished with a sprig of sage [5].

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Apple Cidercar

Hosting Thanksgiving at your new place this year? Perhaps you'll want to pull out a showstopper, like an elegant apple cider and brandy provision [6], served up in a sugar-rimmed martini glass.

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Cue the holiday by taking house-made limoncello [7] and mixing it with tart cranberry juice and a splash of seltzer for some extra special cheer [8].

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There is a light drink at the end of that rich, gluttonous holiday meal tunnel. It's called Euphoria [9], and it's an elixir with gin, citrus, and earthy leaves of sage.

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Gingersnap Cocktail

It doesn't get much simpler to make than this three-ingredient gingersnap cocktail [10], a boon for stressed-out hostesses.

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Cognac Sparkler

For a softer sparkler, ditch the champagne in favor of fizzy cider and spike your drink with brandy instead [11].

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Pumpkin Spice Margarita

While it takes a bit of extra work to make the pumpkin spice syrup for these festive margaritas [12], the effort pays off in spades; it serves double-duty as coffee sweetener.

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