These Thanksgiving cocktails aren’t only a fun and delicious way to treat your friends, they also capture the essence of the season perfectly.
There’s a huge difference between spending Thanksgiving with your family and spending it with your friends. While family gatherings tend to be pretty calm and relaxed, hanging out with your friends during the holidays is guaranteed fun and unforgettable memories.
If this is your first time hosting the now-famous ‘Friendsgiving,’ or you just want to bring something to set the mood during the celebration, these really creative and fun cocktails are definitely going to be a hit. Not only are they super tasty, but they really capture the essence and flavors of the festivity.
So, get your cranberries, your pumpkins, apple cider, and favorite booze and get ready to have the most unforgettable Friendsgiving ever!
Pumpkin Spice Latte Shots
Now you can recreate this classic fall drink that’s all over social media, with a fun twist. You just need to mix some caramel coffee with gelatin in a pan. Heat and stir until the gelatin is fully dissolved. Add a bit of sweetened condensed milk and pumpkin pie spice and lower the heat until it boils. Remove from the stove. Add whipped cream flavored vodka, mix, and pour in small glasses. Refrigerate for at least four hours or until the mix is firm and decorate it with whipped cream and pumpkin spice.
Recipe via Cooking with Janica
Pumpkin Spice White Russian
Here’s another pumpkin-flavored idea you’ll really love. Mix half a cup of vodka with half a cup of coffee liqueur, and one and a half cups of milk. Spice it up with a tablespoon of pumpkin pie spice, and stir until it’s perfectly mixed. Serve and decorate with a little more pumpkin spice. Easy and delicious.
Recipe via The Blond Cook
Hot Buttered Rum
This is probably what adult wizards drink while minors are enjoying their butterbeers. In a pot, mix six tablespoons of unsalted butter and wait until it’s fully melted. Add brown sugar and honey to create a caramel of sorts. With the heat on low, add cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and nutmeg and stir for about 4 minutes. Add a bit of water and bring it to a simmer on medium heat. Once the mixture is hot, take it out of the stove and add rum and vanilla extract. Serve and decorate with cinnamon sticks.
Recipe via Pure Wow
Salted Caramel Apple Martini
Let’s get a bit more sophisticated, shall we? For this martini, you’ll need a special caramel-infused vodka you can buy at a liqueur store or, if you're feeling crafty, infuse it yourself (though it’s a lot of work, to be honest). For starters, garnish your martini glasses with caramel and salt on the rim and inside the cup and fill them with ice. In a cocktail shaker with ice, mix apple cider and vodka and shake it well. Pour it and enjoy the mixture of salty and sweet flavors.
Recipe via Home and Plate
Pumpkin Pie Punch
In a big bowl, mix fresh apple cider and canned pumpkin juice. With a whisk, stir the mix until it’s completely combined. Add some cream soda, a bit of pumpkin pie spice, and just a bit of Everclear (easy with this one!). Serve cold and add some frozen apple slices, and whipped cream.
Recipe via The Cookie Rookie
There’s no party without a good glass of sangria, and this Thanksgiving-inspired preparation is everything. Mix your favorite red wine with brandy and stir until it’s all combined. Add some freshly sliced citrus, pomegranate seeds, cranberries, and some cinnamon sticks. Let it sit for some hours so all the ingredients soak. You can heat if you want to intensify the alcohol flavors or serve it cold. It’s up to you.
Recipe via Freut Cake
Apple Cider Margaritas
Who said margaritas didn’t go with the fall season? In a blender, add apple cider (or apple juice if you don’t have apple cider), a bit of pure maple syrup, orange extract, tequila (of course), triple sec, and lime juice. Add a bunch of ice, and blend it all together. Garnish your glasses with lime and salt, and serve your delicious season margaritas.
Recipe via iHeart Recipes
Cranberry Mint Punch
Let’s be honest, punch is a great drink for parties, especially if you don’t want to spend all night serving drinks. So, in a blender mix fresh cranberries and mint leaves (save some of both to garnish the bowl). Add some sugar, zest of orange, orange juice, cold vodka, triple sec, cranberry juice, and a bit of sparkling wine. Blend it perfectly and serve it with ice in a big bowl. Add more cranberries and mint leaves, and voilà!
Recipe via Pure Wow
Here’s another idea for punch that I don’t think will last very long. In a punch bowl, mix pomegranate, orange, and lemon juice. Add apple cider and stir. Refrigerate until serving. Once out, add some champagne (or sparkling wine) and orange bitters. Mix gently and add some pomegranate arils. You can leave it in the bowl or pour it in champagne glasses.
Recipe via Half Baked Harvest
Cranberry Sauce Mojito
Last but not least, a delicious twist on this tropical classic. Add cranberry sauce, mint leaves, and a lime slice into the bottom of the glass. With a mortar, squeeze and mix the ingredients; it doesn’t have to be fully blended, that’s the beauty of the mojito. Add rum and mix it with a spoon. Add ice and more lime slices and mint leaves and a bit of sparkling water.
Recipe via Drink Wire
We guarantee your friends will love these drinks. However, you might want to get ready to be the official bartender at future events.
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