Ready or not, the holiday season is upon us. Thanksgiving and Christmas are here to close out the year. In 2020, these holidays may look different than years past. Large family gatherings and celebrations may have to be put on hold this year. However, that does not mean that you still can not be festive yourself. Holiday cocktails are the perfect addition to a holiday celebration. Whether you are perfecting your craft for a smaller crowd this year, or preparing for a a bigger gathering in the future, ‘wow‘ your guests and learn how to make the perfect cocktails for Thanksgiving.

How-to Make the Perfect Cocktails for Thanksgiving: Celebrate in Style

Pecan Pie Martini

You can’t think about Thanksgiving desserts without thinking pecan pie. When you think of cocktails for Thanksgiving, think of the pecan pie martini. It not only tastes delicious but it also looks incredibly impressive too. Be careful though – this martini may look innocent, but it can pack a powerful punch. In just a few easy steps, you will be able to have the perfect cocktail to celebrate the holiday.

Heat 3 tbsp. of caramel in the microwave until it is pourable. Place the caramel and 1/4 cup of toasted chopped pecans on separate small shallow plates. Dip the rim of each glass first into caramel and then into chopped pecans to coat. Combine 6 ounces of rumchata, 6 ounces of creme de cocoa, and 3 ounces of bourbon into a large cocktail shaker. Fill the shaker with ice and shake 30 seconds until cold. Pour the mixture into martini glasses and top with a dollop of whipped cream, a whole pecan, and a sprinkle of cinnamon. This recipe makes 3 servings of the martini.

Apple Cider Mimosas

Mimosas are fun. Apple cider mimosas are even more fun. This fun twist on a mimosa is one of the best cocktails for Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving celebrations do not all have to take place in the evening. You can have a Thanksgiving brunch, lunch, or even dinner. It is perfect drink to celebrate fall and the holiday season!

On a small plate, combine 2 tbsp. of sugar and 1 tbsp. of ground cinnamon. Dip the champagne flutes in water to wet the rims, then dip in cinnamon sugar mixture. First, fill the champagne flutes 1/4 full with apple cider. Then top it off with champagne.

Harvest Punch

Your guests will really enjoy a delicious harvest punch. This recipe serves 12 people. However, you can change the yield by adjusting ratio of the ingredients. You will definitely keep this in mind when you are thinking of the most perfect cocktails for Thanksgiving.

Add 6 cups of ice to a large punch bowl. Pour in 1/2 cup of apple cider, one 750 ounce bottle of chilled Prosecco, 1 cup of vodka, and two 12 ounce cans of ginger beer into the bowl. Add 3 sliced apples, 2 sliced oranges, and cinnamon sticks. Using an orange slice, wet rim of glasses, then dip into cinnamon sugar. Turn the glass to coat. Serve punch in the rimmed glasses.