12 Cocktails with Thanksgiving Flavors Slideshow


Lola in Love

Regardless of what side of the canned vs. fresh cranberry sauce debate you fall on, no one can argue that the fruit is a staple at any traditional Thanksgiving table. Served at Ofrenda in New York City, the Lola in Love cocktail features both cranberry purée and and fresh cranberries for garnish.


Maryse Chevriere

Yes, onions are a base ingredient in an overwhelming number of dishes, but on Thanksgiving they play an important recurring role. Find them finely chopped as a base for stuffing and gravy, or quartered and roasted inside the cavity of the turkey. Ben & Jack's Steakhouse in New York City offers a Gibson with pickled onions for garnish.

Gin & Sun

Like onion, celery is an important flavoring agent in many of your favorite Turkey Day dishes. The Gin & Sun cocktail, at Portland's Gilt Club, features house-made celery bitters.

Beet-infused Vodka

Beets are a popular side dish at many a Thanksgiving feast, and at Russian restaurant Mari Vanna in New York City, the root vegetable gets infused in vodka. If you're into cocktails that literally taste ground-to-glass this powerful, earthy spirit is definitely for you.

Hot Buttered Rum

Butter is a major Thanksgiving Day player—in the mashed potatoes, tossed with the sautéed vegetables, smeared on the cresent rolls. Hot Buttered Rum, like this one, from Cafe Nell in Portland is a natural cocktail equivalent.

Kabocha Squash Soju Cocktail

Maryse Chevriere

Think Thanksgiving cornucopia and squash automatically comes to mind. This unique cocktail, from 8st Kitchen in New York, mixes Kabocha squash purée with soju to surprisingly delicious effect.

Hudson Buck

Maryse Chevriere

Apple cider, apple pie, apple diced up and mixed in your stuffing—the iconic fall fruit makes several feast day cameos. Vanderbilt's Hudson Buck hits the seasonal cocktail mark by using apple cider molasses.

Peruvian Pear Cobbler

Arthur Bovino

Two of this cocktail's main ingredients—pear and nutmeg—have a big presence among traditional Thanksgiving desserts. Find it at PDT in New York City.

Autumn Chai Cocktail

The housemade Chai Wiskey featured in the Autumn Chai Cocktail uses a host of familiar Thanksgiving spices—cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg. If that alone doesn't ring Turkey Day, the cocktail also mixes in cranberry juice.

Great Pumpkin

Arthur Bovino

Last, but certainly not least: pumpkin. Love it or hate it, pumpkin pie is all but guaranteed to have a place among the holiday's dessert spread. Enjoy it PDT's Great Pumpkin cocktail, which uses pumpkin ale.

Pumpkin Punch

If you're going to go for that second helping of pie, might as well go for another pumpkin cocktail too. Try this Pumpkin Punch, served at Kastel in New York's Trump Soho Hotel.

Pecan-Infused Bourbon

Maybe you're more of a pecan pie kind of person. Pair a slice with a cocktail that features this homemade pecan-infused bourbon.