Thanksgiving Cocktail Hour: 9 Turkey Day Cocktails to Impress Your Guests

From table to party, cocktails made with Thanksgiving ingredients
There's no better time to drink a Hot Toddy than Thanksgiving: nine Thanksgiving cocktail recipes.

There's a reason why serving cocktails at Thanksgiving dinner is as easy as pie: think of all the ingredients already in the kitchen. You've just made your shopping trip to buy pumpkin, cranberries, nutmeg, cinnamon, sage, and the works — and once you've basted the turkey and put the pies in the oven, you have all the fixings for a perfectly fall cocktail. (But really, a word of advice: don't try sneaking the pumpkin until after the pie has been made. No need to make Mom and Grandma freak out that there's not enough for their dishes — they've worked hard enough.)

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This batch of cocktails celebrates the end of the fall ingredients as we look ahead to the holidays. And boy, do we have a lot to be thankful for: a Cranberry Caipirinha that's as sweet as can be, a Hot Toddy to warm us up on a cold night, and even a drink to keep Grandma (and the rest of the adult family) calm. [slideshow: While some may have had their fill of pumpkin cocktails from Halloween, we still can't get enough of the orange stuff. With the right amount of nutmeg, cinnamon, and cream, a pumpkin cocktail is somewhat of a final salute to fall.

Save the wine bottles and beer for later, and start your festivities right with a liquored-up libation. With the right people, the right ingredients, and the right mood — after all, it is a day of thanks — a Thanksgiving cocktail can be the highlight of the day. (Except for that stuffing, maybe.)

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