Thanksgiving Cocktails

By my estimation, you have just about enough time to run out and get the ingredients to put together one of these delicious drinks. The colors are perfect for Thanksgiving, and the spicy flavors echo that of pumpkin pies, and yam casseroles.

  • If you like Spiced Rum (which I do) try this hot cider punch which makes enough for the whole (adult) family. Flavors of apple, orange, lemon, and traditional mulling spices all blended together.

Spiced Rum Cider Punch via MyRecipes

10 whole cloves

4 (3-inch) cinnamon sticks

4 pieces crystallized ginger, chopped

1 gallon apple cider

4 cups pineapple juice

2 cups orange juice

1/4 cup fresh lemon juice

1/3 cup sugar

1/4 teaspoon salt

Spiced rum (optional)

Place first 3 ingredients on a double layer of cheesecloth. Gather edges of cheesecloth together; tie securely.

Combine cheesecloth bag, cider, and next 5 ingredients (cider through salt) in a large stockpot; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 20 minutes. Discard cheesecloth bag. Serve with rum, if desired.


  • This time Spiced Rum is mixed with chilled pineapple & lime juices for a lighter-tasting cocktail.

Pineapple Rum Cocktail via Martha Stewart 

1 can (46 ounces) pineapple juice

2 cups spiced rum

1/2 cup fresh lime juice (from 6 to 8 limes)

Lime slices, for garnish

1. In a large pitcher, stir together pineapple juice, spiced rum, and lime juice. Refrigerate until chilled. Serve over ice, garnished with lime slices.


  • If you want something warm and traditional, try Hot Mulled Wine. This can be made by adding the spices individually, or buying pre-packaged mulling spices to add to red wine.

Hot Mulled Wine

1 1/2 cups boiling water

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1/2 lemon, sliced

2 sticks cinnamon

2 whole cloves

1 bottle (750 ml) of dry red wine (Pinot Noir or Shiraz)


Combine boiling water, sugar, lemon, cinnamon and cloves; stir until sugar dissolves. Add wine; simmer 20 minutes. Do not boil. Strain. Serve hot with a sprinkling of nutmeg.

  • For the tee-totalers or the kids at the gathering, heat up some classic Hot Spiced Cider with apple juice, orange juice, and spices.

Hot Spice Cider via Taste of Home

2-1/2 cups apple cider or unsweetened apple juice

2/3 cup orange juice

1/3 cup sugar

2 tablespoons lemon juice

1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1 cinnamon stick (3 inches)

12 whole cloves

In a 1-1/2-qt. slow cooker, combine the first five ingredients. Place cinnamon stick and cloves on a double thickness of cheesecloth; bring up corners of cloth and tie with string to form a bag. Place bag in slow cooker.

Cover and cook on low for 1 hour. Discard spice bag; continue to cook 1-2 hours or until heated through. Makes 3 servings


I would enjoy any of these drinks. I hope you will give them a try!

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