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Four delicious cocktails you can make at home for Thanksgiving

Celebrate "Drinksgiving" this year with these at-home cocktail recipes from the experts at Time Out Market.

Will Gleason
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Will Gleason

Thanksgiving is busy enough with all of the cooking, traveling and family time. Give yourself one less thing to worry about with these can't-miss cocktails from the food and drink experts at Time Out Market. From light and bubbly tipples to rich and decadent indulgences, read on to discover the perfect pairing for whatever you plan to serve up this Thanksgiving. And after that, be sure to swing by the Time Out Market closest to you for more meticulously crafted cocktails all year long. (Don't consider yourself a mixologist? Not to worry. All these cocktails are also available for purchase at the Time Out Market that supplied the recipe.)

Thanksgiving Cocktail Recipes

Hot N Butter'd
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Hot N Butter'd


This warm and festive offering comes courtesy of Matt Harding, the Beverage Director of Time Out Boston. The playful twist on a classic Hot Buttered Rum features spiced butter that pulls together delicious fall ingredients. The sweet and homely drink is perfect to give your guests upon arrival to cozy them up and welcome them into your home. The drink's also easy to make in large batches for small groups and can even serve as a replacement for dessert at the end of the evening.


1.5 oz Bacardi 8 Year
3 oz Hot Water

Spiced Butter:

2 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter
1.25 Tablespoons Honey
2.5 Tablespoons Brown Sugar
.15 Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
.1 Teaspoon Ground Nutmeg
.08 Teaspoons Ground Cloves
1 pinch of Salt
.1 Teaspoon Ginger Powder


Combine Bacardi and Spiced Butter in a warmed metal beaker.
Add 3 ounces of very hot water.
Blend the drink using a handheald frother and pour into a warmed irish coffee glass.
Garnish with star anis.

Time Travelin'
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Time Travelin'


Looking for something rich to pair with your Thanksgiving meal this year? Try this bright and decadent cocktail from Time Out Market Chicago that provides a great balance for a hearty, holiday meal. The tequila in the drink has a nice warming quality to it and the mellow toffee and tart orange flavoring is a perfect fall collab. Another major plus? The tipple's gorgeous color compliments pretty much every Thanskgving table spread.


1.25 oz Illegal Mezcal Reposado
.5 oz Maplewood Coffee Liqueur
.25 Maplewood Chocolate Liqueur
.25 Maplewood Orange Liqueur
.5 oz Demerara Syrup


Mix all liqueurs, mezcal and Demerara syrup together.
Stir and strain over ice in a rocks glass.
Garnish with expressed orange swath or dehydrated fruit.
Add one spray of orange liqueur to top off the drink.

White Sangria
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White Sangria


Looking for a Thanksgiving crowd pleaser? Look no further. This cocktail recipe from Time Out Market Miami features processco instead of white or red wine which elevates a classic sangria recipe into a light and bubbly winner. This drink just screams "holiday celebration," and the cocktail's seasonal fruits are a great way to reuse ingredients from your holiday cooking. Bright, refreshing and effervescent, it's perfect for either a holiday brunch or a holiday dinner.


.5 oz Simple Syrup
.5 oz St.Germain


Combine all of the ingredients in a large pitcher with fresh holiday fruit.
Serve in a wine glass and garnish with rosemary.

Hearth & Home
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Hearth & Home


Michael Manjon, the Beverage Director of Time Out Market New York provides this sweet, tart, and balanced cocktail recipe. Its name is inspired by the place everyone wants to be during the holidays: in front of a crackling fireplace. Similarly, the bourbon-based cocktail warms the body with its strong flavor. It's easy to make with ingredients you most likely already have in your fridge and can be adapted into a tasty mocktail by simply omitting the bourbon.


2oz Premium Bourbon
.75oz Cranberry Juice
.75oz Apple Cider
.5oz Cinnamon Syrup (recipe below)
Top w/Ginger Beer

Cinnamon Syrup:
1 cup water
1 cup sugar
4-5 cinnamon sticks
1/2 tsp vanilla extract


Combine all ingredients except Ginger Beer in a mixing tin with ice and shake.
Strain into a 12 oz collins glass filled with fresh ice and top with ginger beer.
Garnish with a dehydrated apple dusted with Pumpkin Pie spice and three fresh cranberries on a skewer.

Syrup Prep:
In a small saucepan bring the water to a boil and stir in the sugar until completely dissolved.
Reduce the heat and add the cinnamon sticks. Cover and simmer for about 5 minutes.
Remove the pan from the heat. Keep covered and allow the syrup to cool and steep for at least 1 hour. For more flavor, let it stand for up to 6 hours.
Remove the cinnamon sticks and stir in the vanilla extract.
Transfer the syrup to a bottle with a tight seal.
Store in the fridge. Will last up to two weeks.

Apple Prep:
Preheat oven to 200 degrees max
Slice apple wheel thin and place on baking pan lined with wax paper.
Place in oven for 3-6 hours. Turn frequently and check to see if ready.

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