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5 Thanksgiving Punch Recipes to Spike up Your Holiday

A classic Thanksgiving feast always includes turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce and dinner rolls. However, once you graduate from the kids' table, you might wonder where you could get a real adult drink.

Even if you cringe at the thought of turning on the oven, you can be the favorite guest of honor this November. Stir up these spiked, holiday-inspired punches and you'll be welcome at any Thanksgiving feast in town.

5. Spiked and Spiced Apple Cider

Flickr/Patrick Truby
Flickr/Patrick Truby

Apple cider and the holidays go together like peanut butter and jelly. Bring your homemade cider game to the next level by adding a little something extra.


  • Bourbon or rye
  • Chilled apple cider 
  • Sparkling apple cider
  • 1 lemon
  • Sliced red apples for decoration

Mix together one part bourbon or rye of your choice with one part apple cider. We're talking that good, cloudy, fresh stuff straight from the orchard.

Add one part sparkling apple cider to give it that bubbly, refreshing taste. Squeeze in the juice from a whole lemon.

Slice up an apple into thin slices and distribute over the top of the punch. Five minutes and you're ready for a party!

4. Pomegranate Cosmo

Flickr/Trevor Pittman
Flickr/Trevor Pittman

This reimagining of the cosmopolitan ticks all the right boxes for those ladies and gentlemen who like a simple classic to start off the festivities.


  • Citron or pomegranate vodka
  • Cointreau or triple sec
  • 2 fresh limes
  • Pomegranate juice

Mix together three parts vodka with one part triple sec or Cointreau. Add the juice from two limes. If you like your drink a little on the tart side, you can squeeze a third lime into the mix.

Top off the mixture with two parts pomegranate juice and serve in martini glasses.

3. Classic Brandy Punch


Something tells me people have been enjoying this version of holiday cheer for many centuries. This strong, yet sweet drink makes for a warm evening inside.


  • 2 bottles of chilled sparkling wine
  • 1/4 cup ruby port
  • 1 1/2 cups brandy
  • 3-4 fresh lemons
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 liter of club soda
  • Orange and lemon slices for garnish

Mix together all of the ingredients in a large punch bowl. Add some ice cubes to the mix and garnish punch glasses with orange or lemon slices.

Even though this is a big batch recipe, it will go fast, trust me.

2. Sparkling Raspberry Elixir

Flickr/Andy Perkins
Flickr/Andy Perkins

You'll wonder why you never put gin and raspberries together after making this enticing holiday special. This sangria-inspired masterpiece includes fresh fruit and a little sparkle.


  • Gin
  • Framboise liqueur
  • Sparkling wine
  • Simple syrup
  • Lemon juice
  • Fresh raspberries
  • Oranges and lemons thinly sliced for garnish

Mix three parts gin with one part framboise liqueur, three parts sparkling wine, one part simple syrup and one part lemon juice.

Stir in about a cup each of fresh raspberries, oranges and lemons if you are making a large batch. Add some ice and it's ready to serve.

1. Citrus Rum

Flickr/Jeremy Noble
Flickr/Jeremy Noble

Rum has a way of warming up everyone, even when you have to celebrate Thanksgiving in the bitter cold.


  • Cognac
  • Rum
  • 3 limes
  • 3 lemons
  • Ginger syrup
  • Sparkling apple cider
  • Club soda
  • Freshly grated nutmeg

Combine two parts cognac with one part rum. Squeeze the juice of the limes and lemons into the mixture.

Add in one part ginger syrup, or spicy ginger beer if you don't have syrup.

Add one part sparkling apple cider, one part club soda and finish off the drink with a sprinkling of freshly grated nutmeg.

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