8 Easy Thanksgiving Drink Ideas

8 Easy Thanksgiving Drink Ideas

Don't forget about the Thanksgiving party drinks this year! We've gathered together a list of easy Thanksgiving drink recipes and ideas to help. Everything on our list is quick and easy (and yummy!) so you can de-stress and feel extra thankful, grateful, and blessed. 

thanksgiving drink ideas

Keep scrolling for the best Friendsgiving cocktail recipes, nonalcoholic kids Thanksgiving drinks, and some tasty drink ideas for the feast-makers to enjoy while they prepare the turkey and dressing. We also added our favorite Thanksgiving decoration ideas for your wine bottles and kids soda bottles! 

Cocktails & Punches:

1 | Apple Cider Mimosa

Apple Cider Mimosa

These are for the Early Morning Feast Making Committee! Since the complicated Thanksgiving recipes will be well underway, this 2-ingredient brunch cocktail will be a real treat. 

  • 2 ounces apple cider 
  • 2 ounces champagne 
  • Optional: cinnamon sugar to rim 

  • Optional: dip the rim of a glass in water, then dip in cinnamon sugar 
  • Pour in apple cider 
  • Pour in champagne 

Recipe from What the Fork

2 | Cran-Orange Margaritas

Cran-Orange Margaritas

Now that's how you do tequila in the Fall! This tasty Thanksgiving margarita is sweet and tangy. It'll taste amazing with your baked turkey.  

  • ½ ounces tequila 
  • 1 ounce triple sec 
  • 1 ounce orange juice
  • 2 ounces cranberry juice 

  • Pour all ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice
  • Shake lightly (until condensation forms on the shaker)
  • Pour into lowball glass* and serve
*a lowball glass is one that holds 6 to 10 fluid ounces, sometimes called a rocks glass

Recipe from Growing Up Gabel

3 | Pumpkin Cider Cocktail

pumpkin cider drink

It's just not Thanksgiving without some pumpkin. To make this a pumpkin spice cocktail, just use spiced apple cider! 

  • ½ ounces pumpkin vodka (Pinnacle Pumpkin Pie)
  • 6 ounces apple cider
  • Splash club soda
  • Ice

  • Fill a highball glass* with ice
  • Pour in pumpkin vodka
  • Pour in apple cider
  • Add splash of club soda
*a highball glass is one that holds 8 to 12 fluid ounces

Recipe from The Spruce Eats

4 | Friendsgiving Fireball Cider

Friendsgiving Fireball Cider

This is the classy way to drink Fireball during the holidays. Your friends will be super impressed with your drink making skills when you serve this cocktail up at Friendsgiving! Add an orange slice or cinnamon sticks to garnish the glasses if you want to get real fancy.

  • ¾ ounce (one shot) Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey
  • 1 cup apple cider
  • 3 ounces Sprite or 7 Up
  • Ice

  • Fill a highball glass* halfway with ice
  • Pour in Fireball
  • Pour in apple cider (leaving room at the top)
  • Add splash of Sprite or 7 Up
*a highball glass is one that holds 8 to 12 fluid ounces

Recipe from Delicious Table

5 | Apple Cider Sangria Punch

Apple Cider Sangria PunchGathering together a big family this Thanksgiving? You'll love how easy it is to whip up this Thanksgiving punch for the adults! 

  • 1 bottle (750ml) pinot grigio white wine
  • ½ cups apple cider
  • 1 cup club soda
  • ½ cup ginger brandy
  • 3 honey crisp apples, chopped
  • 3 pears, chopped

  • Combine all ingredients in a punch bowl 
  • Stir, stir, stir! 
  • Refrigerate for an hour or longer before serving 

Recipe from How Sweet Eats

6 | Sparkling Cranberry Punch for the Kids

Sparkling Cranberry Punch for the Kids

Make sure the kids feel fancy at this holiday party, too! They won't be able to get enough of this family-friendly Thanksgiving punch. You won't believe how fast it is to make!

  • 2 quarts cranberry juice cocktail
  • 1 quart sparkling water
  • 6 ounce can frozen pink lemonade (thawed)

  • Combine all ingredients in a punch bowl
  • Stir and serve! 

Recipe from Taste and Tell

Drink Decoration Ideas:

7 | Wine Bottle Labels

Thanksgiving Wine Bottle Labels

Feeling Thankful & Grapeful? Everyone loves wine at Thanksgiving! Add these unique Thanksgiving wine bottle labels to match the rest of your Fall holiday decor. Pro Tip: dry white wine pairs best with turkey, especially a dry Riesling!

What You Need:

  • Peel and stick labels onto dry, room-temperature wine bottles
  • Optional: write names on the neck tags to give decorated wine bottles as a Thanksgiving party favor for adults

8 | Turkey Root Beer for Kids

turkey root beer

Image from Kid Friendly Things To Do

Gather the children around the craft table! Whether you choose to have them participate or just want to serve them already decorated drinks, these turkey-fied soda bottles will be a huge hit with the kids at Thanksgiving.
What You Need:
  • Any dark soda bottles (root beer, coca-cola, etc)
  • Googly eyes
  • Orange cardstock
  • Red pipe cleaners
  • Hot glue

  • Cut triangle shaped beaks from orange paper
  • Cut pipe cleaner into 2 inch pieces
  • Use hot glue to apply googly eyes, orange beak, and pipe cleaner to the neck of each bottle 
  • Let it dry before the kids enjoy! 

Craft Idea from Kid Friendly Things To Do


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