Top Three Essential Thanksgiving Cocktails

Alan Myszkowski | November 15, 2022

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

Alan Myszkowski

As the founder of LOCAL 219 in late 2017, Alan has written multiple articles, hosted podcasts, and been on air talent and behind the scenes for LOCAL 219. Alan also graduated from PNW with a B.A. in English. In his personal life, Alan is married to his wife Amber and has two young children, Brooklyn and Jude, and loves spending his free time chasing his kids around, watching sports, reading, and listening to music.