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10 Thanksgiving cocktails to wow a crowd

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This Thanksgiving, indulge in something a little more fanciful than the same old beer and wine! These 10 Thanksgiving cocktail recipes will wow a crowd — whether while cooking up a storm, watching football, or toasting before your feast.

From champagne to Bailey’s, schnapps to bourbon, ginger beer to sorbet, these recipes offer variety for all imbibers.

Cranberry Champagne Floats

Not only are these Cranberry Sorbet Champagne Floats pretty to look at, but they’re sweet, fruity and delicious! This recipe calls for a homemade cranberry sorbet, but we’re pretty sure it would work just as well to use a store-bought sorbet, too (and save yourself the time and trouble!).

Mulled Wine Sangria

Sure, you can pour wine on Thanksgiving — but you can also get a little more creative and seasonal with this recipe for Mulled Wine Sangria featuring merlot, brandy, orange juice, ginger ale and spices! Your guests will love the warm fall flavors.

Apple Cider Moscow Mule

With a splash of vodka, spicy ginger beer and sweet apple cider, this Apple Cider Moscow Mule is best when served in traditional copper mugs. And no Thanksgiving feast is complete without apples in some capacity — whether that be in pie, stuffing or this delicious cocktail.

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Bourbon Pecan Pie Cocktail

I like to eat bourbon pecan pie, but I like to drink bourbon even more. Here, the two combine in a recipe for Bourbon Pecan Pie Cocktails — a delicious and classy way to serve the gentlemen (and ladies) their whiskey this holiday season.

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Peppermint Hot Chocolate

Warm up on a crisp Thanksgiving day with boozy Peppermint Hot Chocolate. With a splash of Bailey’s Irish Cream and peppermint schnapps, this homemade hot cocoa recipe will give your guests the warm fuzzies.

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Vanilla Pear Rum Cocktail

Nothing screams fall like the flavors of fragrant vanilla, pear and clementine… and of course, a little rum. Our recipe for a Vanilla Pear Rum Cocktail makes a beautiful addition to any Thanksgiving table.

Pumpkin Pie Martini

Who doesn’t love a dessert cocktail? Especially one featuring pumpkin pie egg nog, whipped cream vodka and pumpkin pie spice. This Pumpkin Pie Martini is so easy to make, but looks like you spent a lot of time on it.

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Cranberry Orange Mimosas

I’d be lying if I said I didn’t like to sip a little something special while cooking Thanksgiving dinner. These Cranberry Orange Mimosas boast the colors and flavors of fall, and with orange juice and cranberry simple syrup, they can carry you from breakfast to dinner!

Cranberry Orange Mimosas
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Cranberry, Lime and Rosemary White Wine Spritzer

We like this effervescent drink for those who want to celebrate with something a little lighter. With seltzer and sweet white wine, this Cranberry, Lime and Rosemary White Wine Spritzer offers nice bubbles, light flavor, low alcohol, pretty berries and rosemary.

Cherry Almond Cream Cocktail

There is something so amazing about the scent of cherry almond. And this Cherry Almond Cream Cocktail takes that wonderful combination to the next level. Cherry brandy, Amaretto and half & half marry to make a sweet and creamy Thanksgiving drink the star of the show.

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