Pumpkin Cocktails for Thanksgiving

Pumpkin and Apple Cider Cocktail from Serious Eats

My one-woman mission to turn Thanksgiving into a drinking holiday continues! If cranberry cocktails don’t float your figurative boat, how about a collection of pumpkin drinks to be thankful for?

Ignis Fatuus ~ White wine, Cognac, apple cider and pumpkin puree … this (very very tasty) Halloween-inspired cocktail by Jamie Boudreau is just right for Thanksgiving.

Pumpkin Buttered Rum ~ Hot buttered rum gets the pumpkin treatment from the folks at the Kitchn. I think I need one now.

Pumpkin Butter Ginger Cocktail ~I (obviously) can’t resist a good Cognac cocktail. Dean & Deluca devised another ingenious use for pumpkin butter that sounds irresistible.

Pumpkin and Apple Cider Cocktail ~ Vanilla vodka, apple cider, pumpkin and spicy ginger ale, an intriguing combination from Serious Eats.

Cranberry Cocktails for Thanksgiving

Cranberry Cobbler from Bon Appetit

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. Normally, I don’t have cocktails at all on Thanksgiving. (Shocking, right?) But there’s no reason it can’t be a cocktail holiday! In fact, depending on what your family is like, things may go a little better if everyone has a drink or three.
I’m currently experimenting with cranberry cocktails, but before I share my own, here are some I found that sound just perfect:

Cranberry Cobbler ~ Bon Appetit takes fresh cranberries and gin, then fancies it up with a little sherry … very sophisticated.

Cranberry Margarita ~ It’s always the right time for margaritas, and Muy Bueno shows that Thanksgiving is no exception with this recipe using cranberry puree.

Ginger Cosmopolitan ~ The Food Channel shares an easy twist on a classic. You can use bottled cranberry juice or make your own.

Cranberry, Tangerine and Pomegranate Champagne Punch ~ You know you can trust Martha Stewart when it comes to entertaining.

Hey, Fig Spender

If you like figs and Manhattans (which you have to! because they are both delicious!), here’s a sweet, autumn variation on a Manhattan. It’s the perfect drink to sip by the fireplace.

Go DIY and make fig bourbon to use in this recipe. If you’re really feeling adventurous, make the bitters yourself, too. Dubonnet is an aperitif much like sweet vermouth, and it can be found in most liquor stores. However, this would taste great with vermouth as a substitute.

Pardon the punny name … I couldn’t resist.

Hey, Fig Spender

2 ounces fig-infused bourbon*
1 ounce Dubonnet
2 dashes cherry bitters

Stir all ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

*Fig-infused bourbon

1 part bourbon
1 part fresh figs, stemmed and quartered

Put the figs in a sealable glass jar and pour in the bourbon. Seal the jar and shake. Let the infusion steep for 3-5 days, tasting after each day until the desired flavor is achieved. For a stronger flavor, steep for even longer. Strain out the solids through cheese cloth. Store infused bourbon as you would any other spirit.

This recipe was invented using a ratio from the book! For tips and recipes for more simple yet amazing homemade drinks, check out DIY Cocktails

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