With Thanksgiving right around the corner, ‘tis the season for festive holiday cocktails. Now is the perfect time to make fall- and holiday-themed cocktails using some ingredients you’re bound to already have around, like cranberries. These cocktails are sure to add a festive flair to your upcoming Friendsgiving, Thanksgiving and other holiday celebrations.
Here are some of our favorite fall-themed cocktails, guaranteed to impress your guests. If you didn’t think you were a mixologist before, you’ll be convinced now.
1. Thanksgiving Cocktail
Who knew that when you mix vodka with Grand Marnier, St. Germain and cranberry ginger beer, you’ll create a perfect combination? It makes for the perfect pre- or post-Thanksgiving cocktail. We love the addition of the sprig of rosemary, too.
2. Thanksgiving Bog Alley Punch
Here’s another seasonal cocktail that uses cranberry ginger beer. This time, however, you’re combining it with a bourbon base.
3. The Cranberry Boulevardier
This is a fall cocktail that’s so easy to make (not to mention so photogenic). Just mix bourbon, campari and sweet vermouth. Then, add cranberries, of course. Pretty.
4. Cranberry Moscow Mule
Speaking of ginger beer, when you make a Moscow Mule with cranberry ginger beer and vodka, only one word comes to mind: Yum.
5. Spiced Apple Moscow Mule
If you’re more an apple cider type of person, you must try this Spiced Apple Moscow Mule. It just has three key ingredients: apple cider, rum and the spiced apple ginger beer, of course.
6. Pomegranate Prosecco Punch
Pomegranate seeds are just as colorful and festive as cranberries, so you have to try making this Pomegranate Prosecco Punch by The Forest Feast blog. O magazine even features it in their December, 2016 issue.
7. Cinnamon Blueberry Old Fashioned
We guarantee you’ve never had an Old Fashioned like this before. We found it on For the Chef via the Blueberry Council.
8. Pumpkin Tequila Cocktail
This is not only a gorgeous cocktail, but way easier to make than it looks. And who can go wrong with ingredients like tequila blanco, pumpkin puree and coconut milk?
9. Apple Cider Margarita
While we’re talking about tequila, why not try this Apple Cider Margarita?
10. Vegan Whiskey Pumpkin Shake
Yep, this one is just like it sounds, a vegan whiskey pumpkin shake. (It’ll look tempting to the kids, so make sure you mix up some non-alcoholic versions, too!) Some of the ingredients include pumpkin puree and vanilla cashew ice cream. You can find them all here. (And you can use dairy-based ice cream and milk if you don’t want the shake to be vegan.)
11. Autumn Sangria
12. Caramel Apple Sangria
Okay, when you take two of our favorite things and mix them together—caramel apples and sangria—you get one of the best cocktails ever.
13. Christmas Sangria
Since Christmas is right around the corner (and many people put up their Christmas tree right after Thanksgiving), why not sip on some Christmas Sangria while decorating the tree? You’ll find the recipe in the Instagram post’s comments. Hint: Mix some Pinot Grigio, sparkling cider, cranberries, green apples, Rosemary and orange peel! So easy! (Not to mention delicious!)
Bonus: Festive Fall Ice Cubes
We know this isn’t a drink, but it’ll help make your drinks more fun and festive. If you want the perfect ice cubes for your fall cocktails, look no further than these. Just add cranberries, rosemary or mint—the possibilities are endless. You can mix and match or just stick to one flavor per cube.
Whatever cocktails you create this holiday season, one thing’s for sure: You really can’t go wrong.