Six Cocktails for Thanksgiving

CocktailsWhile we typically recommend you drink Beer on Thanksgiving, this year we’re going in a different direction. Thanksgiving is a holiday that typically features a large family gathering. Such a loud stressful occasion calls for a stiffer drink than you can typically get from Beer or Wine, so why not mix up some cocktails? Below we’ve collected six winning cocktail recipes from some of our favorite spirits brands.

From before the first kickoff, till after the last piece of pie is long gone, you have enough variety here to keep a drink in your crazy uncle’s hand for the entire day. Once he’s consumed some liquid courage, your uncle is guaranteed to start ranting about Obama granting amnesty to the illegals causing your little brother’s undocumented girlfriend to cry. At our house, we call that a traditional Thanksgiving!

Scorchin Winter Warmer

Winter WarmerIngredients:

  • 1 oz. Crown Royal® Regal Apple Flavored Whisky
  • 0.5 oz. Stirrings® Ginger Flavored Liqueur
  • 3 dash(es) aromatic bitters
  • 4 oz. apple cider
  • slice(s) apple


  1. Combine ingredients in a toddy glass.
  2. Top with warm apple cider.
  3. Garnish with an apple slice.




Kentucky Autumn

Kentucky AutumnIngredients:

  • 1.25 oz. Bulleit Bourbon
  • 0.5 oz. ginger liqueur
  • 1.5 oz. pomegranate juice
  • 0.5 oz. lemon juice
  • 0.4 oz. maple syrup
  • 1 dash powdered cinnamon
  • 3 dashes baked apple bitters or orange bitters
  • Apple slices and cinnamon sticks for garnish


  1. Shake all ingredients vigorously for 10 seconds over ice.
  2. Strain over fresh ice into large rocks glass.
  3. Garnish with apple slices and cinnamon sticks.


Tennessee Cider

Tennessee CiderIngredients:

  • 1.3 oz. George Dickel No. 12
  • 2 oz. Apple Cider
  • 0.5 oz. Grade B Maple Syrup
  • 3 dashes Angostura Bitters


  1. Combine all ingredients.
  2. Garnish with an apple slice and cinnamon stick.





Apple Pie Sour

Apple Pie SourIngredients:

  • 1.5 oz. Piehole Apple Pie
  • 1.25 oz. sour mix
  • Splash of orange juice
  • Lemon wedges


  1. Add ingredients to an ice-filled mixing tin.
  2. Squeeze a lemon wedge into the tin.
  3. Shake and strain into an ice-filled Collins glass.
  4. Garnish with a lemon wedge.




Basil Hayden’s Pumpkin Sour

Pumpkin SourIngredients:

  • 2 parts Basil Hayden’s® Bourbon
  • 0.5 part Fresh Orange Juice
  • 0.5 part Lemon Juice
  • 0.5 part Maple Syrup
  • 2 heaping barspoon Canned Pumpkin Puree
  • 3 dashes Angostura® Bitters
  • 2 part Allspice Dram
  • 1 twisted orange peel


  1. Combine all ingredients into a mixing tin, add ice and shake vigorously
  2. Strain into a rocks glass over ice.
  3. Garnish with a twisted orange peel.


Cruzan Peach Cobbler

Peach CobblerIngredients:

  • 1.5 parts Cruzan Peach Rum
  • 0.25 part Turbinado Simple Syrup
  • 0.5 part Dark Sherry
  • 0.25 part Blackberry Liqueur
  • 0.5 part Fresh Lemon Juice
  • Nutmeg
  • Orange Peel


  1. Combine all ingredients over ice, shake and pour into an old fashioned glass.
  2. Garnish with fresh grated Nutmeg & flamed Orange Peel.



Philip Van der Vossen

Editor at Gunaxin
Philip Van der Vossen is the Editor of Gunaxin, a Men's Lifestyle Magazine that was established in 2008. Philip also created and hosts the Trail Trek Tour, a traveling series of off-road events for automotive media.

Additionally, Philip has served as Rally Director for the Washington Automotive Press Association, Speaker at IMPAcon and Blogs with Balls, Chairman of the Relay For Life of North Anne Arundel County, Examiner Team Leader for the Maryland Performance Excellence Awards, and Credentialed Founder of Capitals Outsider.

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