Thanksgiving Cocktails – The Gingersnap Plus a Few More

by Pamela

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Isn’t Thanksgiving great? You’ve got your parade, your football, your food, your sale ads for the next days shopping blitz, your family….Okay, so maybe all of those things aren’t your favorite part of turkey day, but at least one or two of those things should rank fairly high on your list. I’ve posted recipes to help get you through your day on a food level, now how about those ever important Thanksgiving cocktails?

One of my all time favorite cocktail recipes is The Gingersnap (the recipe will be at the bottom of this post.). I posted this up last year and it’s kind of taken on a life of its own. Apparently a few other people like it as well. I like that it’s creamy and has a nice warming feeling from the spiced rum and ginger liqueur. It’s definitely a sipping cocktail.

Thanksgiving Cocktail Recipes

This vanilla fig smoothie will satisfy your health nut guests and allow them to sneak a bit of the hooch in too if they like. Vanilla vodka or rum taste fantastic in this healthy drink turned cocktail. And because this uses dried figs, it won’t break the bank either.

Thanksgiving Cocktail Recipes

Feeling like a mixologist this year? This fresh cranberry bourbon cocktail recipe will jingle your guests bells. This is what Thanksgiving cocktails are all about. This cheery red libation is a little tart, from the cranberries, a little sweet, from a touch of honey, and a whole lotta kick from the bourbon. Oh, and did I mention there’s also a wee bit of heat from some black peppercorns? You’ll have to raid your holiday kitchen for most of the ingredients for this drink recipe. But hey, that means you’ll probably already have everything you need to make these.

Thanksgiving Cocktails - Aperitif

Looking for a little something to whet everyone’s appetite? Or just something to help take the edge off the noise that’s created by having 10 kids in your house along with those relatives you only see once a year? This simple orange and Campari cocktail will definitely do the trick. This one’s easy peasy to put together: oj, Campari and ice and you’re done. Oh, and it’s really pretty…so if you make one for yourself, be prepared to be making a bunch of them.

After Dinner Drinks - Calvados

How about a little after dinner drink. A digestif if you will. The lovely golden liquid in the glass above is a French apple liqueur called Calvados. If you like apples, you’re definitely going to like this. Here’s a recipe for a Calvados cocktail that mixes the apple with a bit of pomegranate, but I prefer the Calvados straight up as a delicious liquid to quietly (I know, not on Thanksgiving) sip.

Oh, and if you just can’t wrap your head around having Thanksgiving cocktails, because you’re more of a wine person, no problem. I wrote this little post last year about Thanksgiving wines. There’s links to 3 people that are VERY well versed in the art of wine that can help to guide you with any questions you may have about pairing the right bottle with your bird or how many bottles you need to serve 18 people plus 1 very loud and annoying Aunt Martha.

So here’s to Thanksgiving! CHEERS!

Thanksgiving Cocktails - The Gingersnap
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Thanksgiving cocktails are one way to survive the family gathering. Here are a few recipes to get you on your merry way.
Recipe type: Cocktail
Cuisine: American
Serves: 1
  • 1 Ounce Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum
  • 1 Ounce Canton Ginger Liqueur
  • ½ Ounce Half and Half
  • ⅓ Stick of Cinnamon
  1. Place cinnamon stick into a cocktail shaker and gently crush it.
  2. Add the rum, ginger liqueur and half and half to the cocktail shaker.
  3. Cover and shake until well blended.
  4. Strain into a glass and serve.
You could stir this cocktail instead of shaking it if you like.


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Krikit November 17, 2013 at 10:39 pm

Looking forward to sampling each of these ‘recipes.’ ~;0)

Pamela November 18, 2013 at 2:30 pm

Hi Krikit,

I might just invite myself over to your house for Thanksgiving. 🙂

john@kitchenriffs November 17, 2013 at 10:55 am

Good roundup of Thanksgiving-friendly cocktails! The gingersnap does look good. Never tried Sailor Jerry’s before, although I’ve heard it’s one of the better spiced rums. Anyway, good stuff – thanks.

Pamela November 18, 2013 at 2:32 pm

Thanks John,

Sailor Jerry’s is some pretty delicious spiced rum. It’s not overly spicy like some of them can be. Thanks for the kind words on the cocktails.

Maureen | Orgasmic Chef November 17, 2013 at 5:17 am

Definitely shaken not stirred. 🙂

We’re having company for Thanksgiving this year so this post was perfectly timed for me.

Pamela November 18, 2013 at 2:33 pm

Got room for 2 more Maureen? 😉

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