Delicious Drink Recipes For Thanksgiving Dinner

Food immediately comes to mind when someone mentions Thanksgiving, but you've got to serve something to wash all those delicious dishes down with too! In case you have a lot of people sitting around your Thanksgiving table, or if you just happen to be spending the holiday with people that can drink a lot, Savage Scorpions found a few cocktail recipes that can be made in bulk. Get out those punch bowls, line up the Savage Scorpions to pop into each glass before serving, and get ready to mix! 

Sparkling Apple Cider Sangria
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  • 2 apples, peeled, cored, and thinly sliced
  • 1/2-cup cognac
  • 2 cups apple cider
  • 750 ml bottle cava (or other dry sparkling wine) chilled
  • 1/4-cup pomegranate seeds
1) Add the apples to a large pitcher reserving about 1/2-cup for garnishing. Add the cognac, apple cider, and chilled cava. Stir.

2) Fill the pitcher with ice. Pour the sangria into glasses filled with ice and top with sliced apple and pomegranate seeds. 

*Recipe Notes: You can easily make this a non-alcoholic sangria by removing the cognac and replacing the cava with seltzer water or club soda. 

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Mulled Wine Sangria

  • 4 cups Merlot wine
  • 1/4-cup dark brown sugar
  • 3 whole star anise
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 teaspoon whole cloves
  • 1/2-cup orange juice
  • 1/2-cup brandy
  • 1 orange, sliced
  • 12ouncess ginger ale
1) In a small skillet add 1 cup red wine, dark brown sugar, star anise, cinnamon sticks, and cloves. 

2) Bring to a simmer, stir, and remove from heat. Let cool to room temperature and strain out whole spices. 

3) In a large pitcher, add cooled spiced wine, the other remaining 3 cups of red wine, orange juice, brandy, orange slices, and ginger ale. 

4) Taste to see if it needs more sweetness. If so, add a few tablespoons of quick dissolving sugar. Keep cool and serve over ice. 

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Red Nose Punch
  • 28 oz. cranberry juice
  • 2 cups fresh cranberries
  • 8 oz. bourbon
  • 4 oz. fresh lime juice
  • 3 oz. cinnamon infused simple syrup (recipe here
  • 4 (12-oz.) bottles lager beer
  • 3 limes, sliced
1) Place cranberries in a bundt pan and pour over 4 cups hot water: freeze until set (the hot water will freeze clear,) about 2 hours. 

2) Combine juices, bourbon, and syrup in a large punch bowl; stir to combine. Unmold frozen ice ring and float in punch; top with beer and sliced limes. 

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Bourbon Pecan Pie Cocktail
This recipe is made by the glass rather than by the punch bowl, but it's incredibly easy to mix up quickly. 
  • 1 ounce Maker's Mark bourbon
  • 1-1/2 ounce Evangeline Pecan Praline liqueur
  • 1/2-ounce vodka of your choice
1) Pour all ingredients over ice and stir. 

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There's bound to be something in today's blog that your guests are going to love. The seasonal flavors in each drink pair beautifully with all of your Thanksgiving favorites. All you need to add is our creative cocktail garnish and then you'll know which people celebrating the holiday with you are savage enough to handle a Savage Scorpion! (They're the ones that get the best holiday gifts at your next gathering!) 

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