Published on November 9th, 2020 | by Darren Paltrowitz


20 Cocktail Recipes For Thanksgiving 2020 & Beyond, From Top Mixologists & Brands

Fall 2020 is now well underway, and Thanksgiving 2020 is just weeks away. On behalf of The Hype Magazine, I rounded up 20 cocktail recipes from top brands and acclaimed mixologists for both your home-mixing and home-drinking pleasure featuring a variety of spirits.

Pumpkin Spice Sour

Thanks to the fine folks at Credit Karma — who recently hosted anvirtual Sleigh Your Holiday seminar in which viewers were showed how to have a glorious holiday season on a budget — I had the pleasure of recently learning more about Florabrook, caterer and party-maker Annie Campbell, and the Cocktail Academy’s founder Matt Lander. Below is a recipe from Lander and the Cocktail Academy.

Finlandia Vodka cocktails

And thanks to the fine folks at Brown-Forman, I have the pleasure of attending an online session with Finlandia Master Mixologist Pekka Pellinen later this month. Below are 2 recipes that have been provided from Pellinen, whose motto is reportedly: “A good mixologist can always choose and mix the right drink, at the right time and place, for the right people!”

Spiced Pomegranate Manarita

– 1.5 oz. Teremana Blanco Tequila
– 1 oz. Pomegranate Juice
– 0.75 oz. Cinnamon Syrup
– 0.5 oz. Lime Juice
– 2 Dashes Orange Bitters (optional)
– Glass: Double Old Fashioned

– Shake and strain into a double old fashioned glass.
– Garnish with pomegranate seeds and orange wheels.

Teremana Tequila Gravy

Teremana Tequila (variety of your choosing)
– Gravy (as you make it)

– Add 1 oz. of Teremana Tequila for every 16 oz. of gravy.
– Whisk over heat until combined.

Somrus Coffee Cream Liqueur cocktails

Chairman’s Reserve Rum cocktails

Candy Crisp Sour

Originated by a spirited family with over 25 years in the tequila industry, El Sativo is an innovative tequila that lifts the spirits and stands apart from the crowd. This one is ideal for impressing guests with a cocktail bar-level beverage from the safety of your own home; expanding your winter spirits list to include tequila; a Southwestern style Christmas Eve. El Sativo Tequila is Certified USDA Organic, Non-GMO, OK Kosher and each bottle sold gives back to ocean conservancy.

El Sativo Blanco
– St Germaine
– Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice
– Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice
– Light Agave
– Egg White
– Sugar Bubble Tuile Garnish

Dam Winter Punch

Made with Damrak Gin, this one is more than fine for Après snowman building, socially-distant skiing and/or a chilly night by the fireplace.

Damrak Gin
– Dry Red Wine
– Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice
– Cinnamon Syrup
– Orange Slices
– Cinnamon
– Cloves
– Anise

Blanco Sour Cocktail
As perfected by Nikolas Hernandez, master mixologist at Matter Of Craft in Huntington Beach, California. Available for $12 at Matter Of Craft.

– 2 oz. Kostiv Blanco Tequila
– Egg White
– Fresh Citrus
– Organic Agave
– Peychaud’s Bitters
– Orange Bitters

Harvest Martini
Courtesy of the Pelican Grand Beach Resort in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

– 2 oz. Sobieski Vanilla Vodka
– 2 oz. Bailey’s Irish Cream
– 2 oz. of Monin Pumpkin Spice Syrup
– Dash of Cinnamon

– Combine vodka, Irish cream and pumpkin spice syrup in a cocktail shaker.
– Shake and strain into a martini glass.
– Top with a dash of cinnamon for garnish.

Edge Bourbon S’more
Courtesy of the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino’s Edge Steakhouse in Las Vegas, Nevada

– 1 1/2 oz. Bookers High Proof Bourbon
– 3/4. oz Baileys
– 1/2 oz. Butterscotch Liqueur
– 1/4 oz. Salted Caramel
– Garnish: Vanilla Bourbon Popcorn, Marshmallow, Chocolate Syrup

– In a cocktail shaker, combine bourbon, Bailey’s, butterscotch liqueur and salted caramel.
– Shake then pour over ice.
– Garnish with a skewer of vanilla bourbon popcorn and a marshmallow, then drizzle with chocolate syrup.

The Old Voice
Courtesy of The Ritz-Carlton in Dallas, Texas

– 1 1/2 oz. Heaven’s Door Custom Blended Whiskey
– 3/4 oz. Alessio Vermouth Chinato
– 1/4 oz. Maple Syrup
– 3 dashes of Angostura Bitters
– 2 dashes of Orange Bitters
– Ice
– Glass: Old Fashioned

– Stir all ingredients with ice.
– Strain with a Hawthorne strainer into an old fashioned glass with one large whiskey cube.

Starward & Tonic

– 1 part Starward Nova or Two-Fold
– 3 parts light tonic Fever-Tree recommended)
– Garnish: Melon
– Glass: Collins
– Ice

– Build in a Collins glass, add ice and stir
– Garnish with a wedge of melon.

Starward Two-Fold & Ginger

– 1 oz. Starward Two-Fold
– 3.4 oz. Ginger Ale
– Garnish: 1 Orange Wedge
– Glass: Highball
– Ice

– Add whisky to a highball glass, fill with ice and top with ginger ale.
– Garnish with a slice of orange.

Magic Bullet recipes

In its own words, Magic Bullet provides “nutritional hangover prevention.” More information is online at

Gingered Jun Pearbucha

– 8 oz. Wild Tonic Chai Pear Jun Kombucha
– 1/4 cup of Pear Brandy
– 1 tsp. Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice
– 1 tsp. Honey
– 1 tsp. Fresh Ginger Root
– Hot Water
– Glass: Highball
– Garnish: Lemon Slice

– Strain Ginger root and honey mixture into highball glass with ice.
– Stir in remaining ingredients.
– Garnish with a slice of lemon.

Jameson Black Barrel Old Fashioned

– 1.5 parts Jameson Black Barrel
– 0.75 parts Benedictine Liqueur
– 2 dashes Angostura Bitters
– 2 dashes Orange Bitters
– Garnish: Orange slice
– Ice

– Combine ingredients.
– Stir with ice and serve over rocks.

Cold Brew-Tini

– 2 parts Jameson Cold Brew
– 1 part Cold Brew Coffee
– 1/2 part Simple Syrup
– Ice
– Glass: Martini

– Shake with ice.
– Strain and pour into a martini glass.

The Gobbler

– 1 part New Amsterdam Vodka
– 2 parts Cranberry Juice
– Juice of 1 Orange
– Hard Apple Cider
– Garnish: Apple Slice, Pear Slices, Rosemary, Whole Cranberries
– Ice

– Add ingredients into a block ice filled punch bowl.
– Stir together to combine/chill.
– Pour into glasses filled with ice and garnish as desired.

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About the Author

Darren Paltrowitz is a New York resident with over 20 years of entertainment industry experience. He began working around the music business as a teenager, interning for the manager of his then-favorite band Superdrag. Since then, he has worked with a wide array of artists including OK Go, They Might Be Giants, Mike Viola, Tracy Bonham, Loudness, Rachael Yamagata, and Amanda Palmer. Darren's writing has appeared in dozens of outlets including the New York Daily News, Inquisitr, The Daily Meal, The Hype Magazine, All Music Guide, Guitar World,, Businessweek, Chicago Tribune, L.A. Times, and the Jewish Journal. Beyond being "Editor At Large" for The Hype Magazine, Darren is also the host of weekly "Paltrocast With Darren Paltrowitz" series, which airs on dozens on television and digital networks. He has also co-authored 2 published books, 2018's "Pocket Change: Your Happy Money" (Book Web Publishing) and 2019's "Good Advice From Professional Wrestling" (6623 Press), and co-hosts the world's only known podcast about David Lee Roth, "The DLR Cast."

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