When it comes to tasty beverages, nothing beats a hot coffee or fizzy whiskey ginger. But, when the end of November rolls around, it doesn’t hurt to take it up a notch with some easy Thanksgiving-thrmed drink recipes. From apple cider margaritas to spiced chai, you can savor a medley of rich festive flavors without much hassle. The best part is that this holiday embodies the best notes of autumn and winter.
Thankfully, making homemade Thanksgiving drinks does not mean that you need to be a barista or bartender. It doesn’t even mean that you need to be good at cooking or have fancy kitchen skills. The awesome thing about most drink recipes is that you can make them with simple, basic ingredients. Often, all you need to do is mix them together, add a garnish, and drink up.
It all comes down to the clever combinations of holiday ingredients. This gives you the opportunity to treat your taste buds to a stellar Thanksgiving food and drink pairing. Furthermore, you can enjoy these concoctions in the comfort of your own home with the people you love. Ready to spice up your holiday menu? Here are 21 easy Thanksgiving drinks to spruce up your celebration.
1. Pomegranate Martini
As one of the most underrated fruits, pomegranate makes an excellent holiday flavor. Visit Foodie Crush to learn how to make this martini topped off with fragrant rosemary sprigs.
2. Smoky Harvest Apple Cider Margaritas
Between the fresh apple cider and cinnamon sugar rim, this concoction by Half Baked Harvest brings a fall twist to the standard margarita. It even features a burning cinnamon for added impact.
3. Gingery-Appley Hot Toddy
There's something so comforting about hot toddies. This version by A Cozy Kitchen brings in fresh ginger, adding a spicy kick full of good-for-you nutrients.
4. Hot Buttered Hazelnut Whiskey
Whiskey and milk might sound strange, but Adventures in Cooking has figured out a way to make it work.
5. Honey Bee Latte
Did you know that you can sweeten lattes with honey? Head to Five and Spice to learn how to make this drink just in time for Thanksgiving morning.
6. Pear And Ginger-Sage Cocktail
Fruit and herbs come together in this flavorful cocktail by A Cozy Kitchen. Without the booze, this recipe would still be exceptionally tasty.
7. Tahini Hot Chocolate
If you love nutty flavors, try adding tahini to hot chocolate for a pleasantly sweet upgrade. My Name Is Yeh shows you how.
8. Iced Pumpkin Spice Latte
A Cozy Kitchen's iced pumpkin spice latte is perfect if you live in a warm climate or aren't bothered by the cold. The reign of PSL isn't over just yet after all.
9. Homemade Irish Cream
Impress your guests (and yourself) by whipping up this easy homemade Irish cream recipe by Foodie Crush. Add it to your coffee or hot chocolate for an instant luxurious twist.
10. Banana, Peanut Butter, And Oat Smoothie
Thanksgiving doesn't have to be all about the cocktails. This protein-filled smoothie by Sugar et al will provide you with enough fuel for the day's activities. Top it off with cinnamon or nutmeg for a seasonal touch.
11. Blood Orange & Pomegranate Thyme Spritz
Embrace wintry fruit combinations a bit early with this blood orange and pomegranate concoction by A Cozy Kitchen.
12. Cinnamon Pear Fall Cider
While this recipe calls for a homemade cinnamon pear simple syrup, don't be intimidated — it's actually extremely easy. Table for Two explains complete cocktail recipe in just two steps.
13. Nutella Egg Cream
Made with just three ingredients, My Name Is Yeh's egg cream recipe brings together milk, Nutella, and seltzer. It's like an ice cream soda's cooler cousin, ready for your holiday sweet tooth.
14. Honeycrisp Cocktail
Hard cider and rye whiskey create the perfect marriage in this citrus-infused beverage by Five and Spice.
15. Spiced Chai
As a classic drink that emulates the best vibes of autumn, this fresh spiced chai recipe by A Beautiful Mess is better than anything you'll ever buy at a cafe.
16. Cranberry Thyme Gin and Tonic
Cranberries don't get much love before Thanksgiving; it's enough of a reason to make a cocktail with this festive berry. Turn to A Cozy Kitchen for an idea that uses interesting flavors like orange juice and thyme.
17. Snickerdoodle Latte
If you're about to face the Black Friday crowds, a festive cup of joe will do the trick. All you need is five minutes to make yourself a ridiculously easy snickerdoodle latte by House of Yumm.
18. Sparkling Rosé & Ginger & Elderflower Punch
Give your party punch a fancy upgrade with fresh ginger and elderflower liquour. A Cozy Kitchen recommends using persimmons and cranberries for a cheery garnish.
19. Gingerbread Hot Chocolate
Nothing beats a cup of hot cocoa during this time of the year. Instead of settling for an instant powdered mix, make a gingerbread-flavored version with A Beautiful Mess.
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