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3 Fall-tastic Punches for Thanksgiving Drinking

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Let’s face it, if you’re hosting Thanksgiving, you have more important things on your to-do list than bartending. Whether you’re expecting three people or 20 people for dinner this year, make your hosting duties a lot easier by prepping a punch.

We created three easy Thanksgiving punches to help make your holiday go even smoother. There’s one for the whiskey lover, one for the autumnal enthusiast, and there’s even one for the beer drinkers to glug down while watching football. Each punch can be made ahead of time and assembled the day of, so now the only thing you have to stress out about is everything else.  

Here are our three delicious Thanksgiving punches to make at home.
 

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This punch is as easy to make as it is delightful to drink. The combination of Calvados (French apple brandy) with sparkling apple cider and flamed cinnamon sticks makes each sip taste like a bite of apple streusel—only better, because booze. Light and effervescent, it’s the perfect accompaniment to a heavy, belt-loosening Thanksgiving feast.

The Essentials

Calvados
Honey Syrup
Sparkling Apple Cider
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A basic beer may be an appropriate choice for everyday football viewing—but this is Thanksgiving. Elevate your brewski with this beer-based punch. Made with Yuengling Lager, an easy orange-cinnamon syrup, white wine and cognac, it’s frothy, fizzy and incredibly food-friendly.

The Essentials

Lager
Cinnamon-Orange Syrup
Cognac or Brandy
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Inspired by traditional Revolutionary War-era whiskey punches, this punch balances rye’s inherent spiciness with bitter black tea and bright lemon juice. It’s a much tastier history lesson than your great uncle’s annual lecture.

The Essentials

Rye Whiskey
Montenegro Amaro
Black Tea, Iced

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