Top Three Essential Thanksgiving Cocktails


Most families are going to gather this Thanksgiving and drink the classics: beer, whiskey/bourbon, or that stuff one of your cousins randomly bring that they call moonshine.

This list is meant to give you a “leg” up on making this Thanksgiving memorable, and help you dominate your family and friend parties.

Pumpkin Spice Mules

Are we out of pumpkin season yet? I don’t think so but it’s getting close. This spin on the traditional “Moscow Mule” is sure to capture all of those people who aren’t ready for pumpkin season to end.


  • Ice
  • 1/2 c.pumpkin pie vodka
  • 1/4 cider
  • 1(12-oz.) can ginger beer
  • Pumpkin spice, for garnish
  • Cinnamon sticks, for garnish

Apple Cider Mimosas

Time to punt the summer citrusy mimosas and upgrade to a more fall/winter blend that should make your 2pm Thanksgiving dinner a little more exciting.


  • 2 tbsp. granulated sugar
  • 1 tbsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 c. apple cider
  • (750-ml.) bottle prosecco or Champagne


Pumpkin Pie Pudding Shots


Put a modern twist on this traditional Thanksgiving desert by infusing it with some alcohol. I picture this as more of a nighttime cocktail, but then again, the idea of drinking more after a massive Thanksgiving dinner doesn’t sound inviting at all. So maybe before dinner? I’ll leave that up to you.


  • 2 (3.4-oz.) boxes instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 3/4 c. milk
  • 1/2 c. Fireball whisky
  • 1/4 c. vodka
  • 1/2 c. pumpkin puree
  • 1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • Whipped topping, for garnish
  • Cinnamon, for garnish
  • Cinnamon graham cracker squares, for garnish


  1. In a large bowl, whisk together vanilla pudding, milk, Fireball, vodka, pumpkin puree, and pumpkin pie spice.
  2. Step 2: Spoon into shot glasses and refrigerate until set, 1 hour.
  3. Step 3: Top each shot with whipped topping, a sprinkle of cinnamon, and a graham cracker.

*All recipes have been taken from