Kick off your Thanksgiving feast with a festive toast to the friends and family who’ve gathered for the occasion. These well-balanced cocktails are inspired by the best of the season’s ingredients, infused with fresh herbs and fruit. What better way to celebrate the Thanksgiving bounty?
The first four on our list were created by Graham Case, the Beverage Manager at Blackberry Farm, our partners for this year’s Thanksgiving menu. The rest are favorites from our own collection, perfect for a special fall celebration. Cheers!
Calvados adds a hint of apple to this harvest-themed drink, making it perfect for toasting the holiday. A splash of sparkling wine adds festive bubbles.
|The Barn Nail
Graham loves to infuse simple syrups with herbs and spices to make his cocktails unique. This one uses a spiced honey syrup with cloves, star anise, cinnamon and allspice for delicious warmth.
|Thyme for a Drink
This drink quickly became a fan favorite in the Williams-Sonoma Test Kitchen! Graham pairs a thyme-infused simple syrup with gin, Riesling and a citrusy soda for a surprising and refreshing cocktail.
|The Sparkling Brew
A Belgian-style ale fermented with berries lends depth of flavor to this otherwise light drink. With only four ingredients, it’s a snap to prepare.
This drink makes a festive beginning to a holiday celebration, and it’s easy to make ahead — just prepare a big batch in the morning and refrigerate until ready to serve.
This twist on the traditional Manhattan has a different proportion of sweet vermouth to rye whiskey, plus an addition of orange-flavored liqueur. These subtle variations give this cocktail a sweetness that makes it more palatable and complex.
|Hot Spiced Rum Cider
Apple cider simmered with seasonal spices and spiked with rum is the perfect way to stay warm. This recipe combines fragrant mulling spices with our cider concentrate, a blend of freshly pressed juices of five Washington State apples.
Here, the traditional martini is given a vibrant crimson hue with a splash of cranberry juice. A garnish of whole cranberries lends a fresh feel.
|Pomegranate Champagne Cocktail
Enjoy a taste of fall with this festive bubbly drink, which is simple to make and impressive to serve.
|Spiced Hot Toddy
Who doesn’t love a hot toddy? This version gains a lovely flavor and aroma from toasted sesame oil, used in place of butter. We have also traded in the typical cinnamon, which can often be overpowering, for ginger and star anise.