12 fall cocktails to give thanks for this season


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Thanksgiving is just a few days away. Toast your family and friends with one of the following 12 cocktails. Although each is made with autumn’s signature fruits and flavors, we’re willing to bet you’ll want to serve some of these again when Christmas and New Year’s roll around.



1. Apple Brandy Allspice Fizz Cocktail

Sugar & Cloth 

From: Sugar & Cloth

This tart cocktail is full of spices that pair nicely with turkey and stuffing. Make it part of the Thanksgiving feast this year!


2. Bourbon Maple Cider

Smarty Had a Party 

From: Smarty Had a Party

Inspired by a recipe on Serious Eats, Smarty Had a Party concocted this delicious taste of fall in a glass. By the way, if you love the glasses, stick around on their site and give yourself an early Christmas present.


3. Homemade Spiced Pear Vodka

Boulder Locavore 

From: Boulder Locavore

Cinnamon, ginger and clove accent the pear-infused vodka. And with that deep honey amber color, this cocktail not only tastes like autumn, but looks like it, too. Whip some up for Thanksgiving and again for Christmas! In fact, this makes the perfect holiday gift!


4. Rum Cocktail with Fig and Thyme

Holly & Flora 

From: Holly & Flora

Holly & Flora explain that allspice dram is a liqueur made from allspice berries with a little cinnamon. And it pairs perfectly with pears, not to mention figs. It’s like summer and autumn in a single glass. What’s not to love?


5. The Harvest Sparkle

Fed + Fit 

From: Fed + Fit

Made with cider spice-infused honey, a dash of whiskey and champagne or Prosecco, this fall-flavored drink will be a hit at Thanksgiving.


6. Apple Cider Bourbon Punch

Heather Christo 

From: Heather Christo

Don’t be afraid of the bourbon in this festive fall concoction. It’s not at all overwhelming and it’s complemented nicely by the cinnamon and lemon. Serve with cinnamon sticks.


7. Five-Ingredient Spiced Pear Bellini

Turnip the Oven 

From: Turnip the Oven

Turnip the Oven had us at spiced pear Bellini. Serve in a champagne flute to keep it extra festive.


8. Pom Pomme

Photo by Autumn Giles for Serious Eats 

From: Serious Eats

Five minutes is all it takes to make this sparking fall drink. It includes Crispin Original hard cider and Laird's Apple Brandy because you can't have too much apple in this cocktail.


9. Pumpkin Spice Dark and Stormy

Kitchen Confidante 

From: Kitchen Confidante

It's autumn, so of course we are including something made with pumpkin. The traditional Dark and Stormy pairs rum with ginger beer, but Kitchen Confidante used Kahlúa Pumpkin Spice instead and with fantastic results.


10. Pomegranate Gin & Tonic

Simply Scratch 

From: Simply Scratch

The classic g+t gets a splash of pomegranate and a swizzle stick that dresses it up for the holiday season. It's a refreshing cocktail that's perfect not just for Thanksgiving but also for Christmas.


11. Plum and Thyme Prosecco Smash

My Diary of Us 

From: My Diary of Us

We totally agree with My Diary of Us that the noble plum is too often overlooked. Combine ripe plums with thyme and prosecco for absolutely smashing results.


12. The Black Lily Cocktail

The Kitchn 

From: The Kitchn

The Kitchn featured this delicious cocktail created by Remy Cointreau's mixologist Kyle Ford. Made with two unlikely ingredients — Cointreau and Fernet Branca — this drink combines the former's spiciness with the latter's minty goodness and balances it all out with a splash of fresh lime juice.


As always, please drink responsibly! Have a Happy Thanksgiving, and don't forget these 12 drinks that we featured last year!