Holiday Spirits: Thanksgiving Cocktails

November 22, 2017

You would never, ever forget mashed potatoes on Thanksgiving. Same goes for the stuffing, cranberry sauce, and, for reasons we will never quite understand, pearl onions.

But what’s your go-to Thanksgiving cocktail? That’s what we thought.

For a celebration so focused on food, the drink menu is too often overlooked. Which is a shame, because ask yourself this: after an afternoon of traveling, what are you more excited for—a proper cocktail, or sweet potatoes?

Not to worry. On the eve of the holiday, we took the liberty of mixing up two Thanksgiving libations: one for your wine drinkers, and one for those who prefer to warm up with whiskey.

Cheers, from our bar cart to yours.


They say don’t mess with perfection—and the old-fashioned is pretty close to perfection. With this in mind, we kept things classic and added a subtle citrusy smoke.

What You’ll Need
makes 4 servings
2 oranges
4 sugar cubes
Angostura bitters
8 ounces whiskey

How To Make It
Halve one orange and place both halves cut-side down in a small nonstick pan over medium heat. Cook five minutes, or until charred (careful, you don’t want to burn it!).

In four rocks glasses, combine one sugar cube, one squeeze of the charred orange, and two or three dashes of bitters. Muddle together, then add two ounces of whiskey to each glass. Stir until well combined, then add an ice cube or two.

To serve, rub the glass rims with the charred orange, then garnish with a twist from your remaining orange.


There’s nothing wrong with simply opening a lovely bottle of red. But in the spirit of the holidays, we’re serving up this mulled version infused with warm spices, tangy orange, and a spot of honey.

What You’ll Need
makes 5 servings
1 bottle of dry red wine
1/4 cup brandy
2 blood oranges, sliced
1/4 cup honey
6 cloves
4 cinnamon sticks
2 star anise
Fresh rosemary sprigs, for garnish

How To Make It
Place all ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium heat, being careful not to boil. Reduce to low, then let the mixture simmer for an additional 15 minutes. Strain, serve warm, and enjoy!

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