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5 Best Thanksgiving Day Cocktail (or Mocktail) Recipes

Tis’ the season to make cocktails… we mean to be grateful (duh!). Although we may not need to light up the firepits and snuggle up warm because of Los Angeles weather, it is still the holiday season which means time to make some festive cocktails (or mocktails). Be the best host or guest this year by providing your friends and family with the 5 best Thanksgiving cocktails for the upcoming festivities.

Apple Cinnamon Mule

Apples and cinnamon just scream all things Fall. What better way to celebrate this fall holiday than to sip on a drink that reminds us of the special season? Cheers!

Things you’ll need:

  • 1 1/2 ounces vodka (skip this step to make it a mocktail)
  • 1 1/2 ounces apple cider
  • 1/2 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 3 to 4 ounces ginger beer
  • Apple slice, for garnish
  • For the Garnish: Cinnamon stick

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Apple Cider Mimosas

When we think of Thanksgiving, being overly busy comes to mind. This Apple Cider Mimosa can be made and sipped on in under 5 minutes which makes for the perfect addition to a busy Thanksgiving!

Things you’ll need:

  • 3 ounces apple cider
  • 3 ounces champagne (skip this step to make it a mocktail)
  • Brown sugar & apple slices for garnish, optional
  • For the Rim: Carmel sauce

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Pomegranate Spritz

A refreshing spritz to quench your thirst after a long day of cooking… That sounds like something to be grateful for.

Things you’ll need:

  • 1 ounce 100% pomegranate juice (bottled or fresh squeezed)
  • 1 ounce Aperol
  • 4 ounces sparkling wine, like Prosecco or champagne
  • For the Garnish: orange slice, fresh rosemary sprig

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Pumpkin Spice White Russian Cocktail

You can’t go wrong with Pumpkin Spice (flavored everything) during the holidays. This creamy and delicious drink can be enjoyed as a dessert after your belly is full from a turkey dinner.

Things you’ll need:

  • 3 ounces good quality vodka
  • 3 ounces pumpkin spice creamer
  • 1.5 ounces Kahlua
  • Whipped cream & pumpkin pie spice for garnish
  • For the Rim: Try dipping it in crushed graham crackers & more pumpkin pie spice

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Cranberry Margarita

Who doesn’t love a refreshing margarita? Now take a regular margarita and turn it festive… Introducing the Cranberry Margarita that will add some holiday cheer to your Thanksgiving.

Things you’ll need:

  • 4.5 ounces cranberry juice
  • 1.5 ounces tequila of choice
  • 1 ounce triple sec
  • 1/2 lime
  • For the Garnish: Fresh cranberries & rosemary sprigs

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Looking for something festive to watch while you prepare for the busy day? Check out the Macys Thanksgiving Day parade to start your morning off with decorative balloon floats, performances by pop stars, and lots of gratitude.