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The Best Cocktails for Thanksgiving Dinner

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The turkey might be the star of the show and that pumpkin pie always goes fast, but no Thanksgiving is complete without a few good drinks. Not only will a fall tipple or three help with digestion, but a little booze will go a long way to smooth over those bumpier moments in the night, when politics or your cousin Karen’s new ankle tattoo come up in conversation.

Here, the best cocktails to drink before, during and after your Thanksgiving feast.

If you’re cooking all day (or lounging in front of the game), don’t expend yourself too quickly with high-ABV cocktails. Start your Thanksgiving day with something a bit lighter like an Americano, which is like an easier, bubblier Negroni.

The Essentials

Campari
Sweet Vermouth
Club Soda
Thanksgiving is a holiday built for indulgence, so if you’re considering a sparkling wine cocktail, opt for Champagne. Plus, popping a cork is a great way to remind everyone that the day is a celebration, rather than an opportunity for bickering.

The Essentials

Sugar Cube
Bitters
Champagne
If you’re going to have one drink with Thanksgiving dinner, make it an Old Fashioned. It’s traditional, simple and perfect for fall with its whiskey base. Bond with grandma over an Old Fashioned, while she tells you about the Great Thanksgiving Turkey Disappearance of 1924 or some other cute old person story.

The Essentials

Whiskey
bitters
sugar cube
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Second, third and even fourth helpings of turkey are totally acceptable on Thanksgiving. This turkey broth-based variant of a Bullshot proves there’s really no holding back on the day devoted to the bird. Substitute this rich meaty drink for yet another plate of dark meat, or go ham (or turkey) on the theme and indulge in both at once.

The Essentials

gravy fat-washed vodka
homemade turkey stock
lemon juice
The turkey might be the centerpiece of Thanksgiving, but it’s not the only bird to enjoy with dinner. Insert some tiki into your autumnal feast with this Polynesian tipple. Along with pineapple, the drink features bittersweet Campari (good for the digestion) and funky, maple syrup-esque blackstrap rum, making it totally fall appropriate.

The Essentials

Blackstrap Rum
Pineapple Juice
Campari
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After hustling around the kitchen for five hours straight, there’s nothing better than sitting down to the table to enjoy the fruits of your labor—until you have to get up every five seconds to refresh your guests’ drinks. As with many problems in life, the solution is punch, particularly this approachable punch made with apple brandy, honey and sparkling apple cider. It will please everyone at the table—especially you, because they can all serve themselves.

The Essentials

Calvados
Honey Syrup
Sparkling Apple Cider

Everyone has their own favorite Thanksgiving dish. For some attendees, the highlight of the meal isn’t the savory turkey or creamy mashed potatoes, but the sweet, tangy cranberry sauce. For those, we recommend a Sea Breeze, which blends cranberry juice with vodka and grapefruit juice.

The Essentials

Vodka
Grapefruit Juice
Cranberry Juice
If you’re making drinks for a crowd but not feeling apples, do yourself a favor and whip up a big batch of Fish House Punch. A favorite of George Washington, the deceptively strong drink will put everyone in a good mood, fast.

The Essentials

dark rum
Cognac
peach brandy
Thanksgiving can be a test of stamina and willpower. In those moments, turn to a Painkiller’s delicious mixture of coconut and pineapple to see you through. Just imagine you’re on a tropical beach far, far away, with no relatives or gummy mashed potatoes in sight.

The Essentials

Dark Rum
Pineapple Juice
Cream of Coconut
After testing the limits of stomach expansion, a digestif is in order. The Campari in a Negroni will help settle you into a nice, comfortable evening—until you decide to raid the fridge for leftovers.

The Essentials

Gin
Campari
Sweet Vermouth
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Pumpkin shines in this autumnal variation on the classic Marg, but it’s also a perfect Thanksgiving dessert beside pumpkin pie. Easy drinking—even for mezcal newbies—it blends the smoky spirit with cinnamon syrup and pumpkin butter.

The Essentials

Mezcal
Pumpkin Butter
Cinnamon Syrup

This colonial classic is the perfect, creamy after-dinner drink. Served either cold or hot, it’s easy to whip up a big, crowd-friendly pitcher or pot full of rum, egg and demerara syrup.

The Essentials

dark rum
demerara syrup
whole egg
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Thanksgiving-Spiced Vodka

Between the pumpkin, pecan and chess pies, there is plenty of dessert on the table already. Opt for a potent, spiced digestif to cut through the sugar daze. This vodka is infused with baking spices, candied fruit, nuts and bitters, so it’s sweet but not too sweet and way stronger than your typical after-dinner liqueur. There’ll be no tryptophan-induced nap for you.

If your Thanksgiving dinner wasn’t Instagrammable enough already, end it with the hottest of autumn drinks, the Pumpkin Spice Latté. No one wants to leave the cozy fireside after dinner to go to Starbucks, so whip up this boozified Supercall version at home and consider the meal an official success.

The Essentials

bourbon
coffee
Pumpkin Spice Syrup
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If all that Thanksgiving gluttony has you feeling bloated and ashamed, you should probably leave those problems for Friday. But if you can’t get those guilty thoughts out of your head, get a head start on your post-Thanksgiving diet with a healthier after-dinner cocktail. This tall glass of fall flavor is punched up with ginger and vinegar, to get your digestion moving and rebalance your system.

The Essentials

Bourbon
Maple Syrup
Ginger Beer

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