Simple, Festive Thanksgiving Cocktails

These cranberry margaritas simply scream Happy Thanksgiving! and Relax!

These cranberry margaritas simply scream Happy Thanksgiving! and Relax!


I think I need a special cocktail to celebrate getting to another turkey day, what do you think?

I’ve seen some lovely, simple but festive Thanksgiving cocktails come through my email the past couple weeks. These drinks look so tempting and simple, I think I’ll have to add one to the lineup. Of course, two of the drinks, both sangrias, call for white wine.

Here’s what I’m considering:

Bakeaholic Mama’s Pomegranate and Rosemary White Sangria

The Kitchn’s Sparkling Apple Cider Sangria

Or, going with my first love, tequila, with Sweet Eat’s Fresh Cranberry Ginger Vanilla Margaritas with Sugared Cranberries

I think Cranberry Ginger Vanilla Margaritas are going to be it because I already have all the ingredients on hand except vanilla beans, which I can pick up at the natural food store tomorrow. Plus, it give me an excuse to skewer cranberries on a toothpick, which is so gosh darn cute and fancy-looking even though it’s the easiest thing in the world to do.

How about you? What do you drink on Thanksgiving? Do you make any simple, festive, seasonally appropriate cocktails? How do you garnish? Share your recipes and suggestions by leaving a comment below or shooting me an email at

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  1. I don’t drink much, but once in a while I really like a glass of sangria, so that sounds like a good option.

    If I’m doing the major cooking for Thanksgiving, I like a nice vanilla porter (beer).

    Truth be told, I spend every year trying to convince everyone to go to a restaurant for Thanksgiving, but I haven’t won yet… :)
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    • I love sangria. And I like beer too, although I can’t keep them all straight. The craft beer movement is addling what’s left of my brain :)

  2. New fan here, via The Perfect Brownie! I love a cocktail on fancy or festive occasions. I’m intrigued by the cranberry margaritas. I feel like there are so many BAD margaritas out there (mixes, syrupy, etc) so the thought of one as refreshing as this has me very interested.
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    • Hey Jessie,

      Thanks so much for stopping by. I’ve been to Cake Spy before and just love your site although I didn’t realize you’d been to the Pillsbury Bake-Off so many times! That’s so cool!

      I must confess that while I love any sort of tequila cocktail with fresh ingredients, I love all margaritas, even the ones made from a frozen mix :)

      Do you find time to do much cooking with all the baking?

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