Ultimate Cocktail Pairing Guide for Thanksgiving Dinner

Every year Americans worry more about food on Thanksgiving Day than any other day of the year. As important as the meal is, people often overlook the drinks to complement those great food dishes.

If you’re visiting family or friends this year, they’ll be thankful if you come ready to play bartender- select a cocktail pairing or two for your Thanksgiving dinner and raise a glass to all the reasons you’re grateful for another holiday season.

Spiked Cider

Photo by Matt Robinson of Real Food by Dad


– .25 oz (7 ml) Master of Mixes Single Pressed Lemon Juice

– .5 oz (15 ml) Master of Mixes Triple Sec

– 1.5 oz (45 ml) apple vodka

– Hot apple cider

– Sliced Apples

– Cinnamon Sticks

– Fill with hot apple cider.

– Stir.


– Build all ingredients in specialty coffee mug.

– Fill with hot apple cider.

– Stir.

Best served with: Savory turkey and side dishes, regardless of what herbs or spices you may be using!

Apple Negroni:

Photo by Aaron Wester of The Modern Otter


– 1.5 oz (45 ml) Master of Mixes Sour Apple Martini Mixer or Master of Mixes Martini Gold Sour Apple

– 1.5 oz (45 ml) gin

– 1 oz (30 ml) campari


– Combine ingredients in a mixing glass filled with ice.

– Shake and strain into chilled glass.

– Garnish and Serve.

 Best served with: Warm and toasty apple pie, right out of the oven.

Old Fashioned:


– 1 oz (30 ml) Master of Mixes Old Fashioned Mixer

– 2 oz (60 ml) bourbon


– Fill a rocks glass with ice.

– Mix 2 oz bourbon with 1 oz Master of Mixes Old Fashioned Mixer.

– Stir well and garnish with an orange slice.

Best served with: Spiced nuts, Pumpkin seeds and Turkey!

Holiday Spiced Sangria:  

By Leah Bergman of Freutcake


1 bottle Master of Mixes Red Sangria Mixer

3 bottles Cabernet Sauvignon

1 cup Brandy

2 sliced Blood Oranges

2 sliced Limes

2 granny smith Apples, diced

1 heaping cup fresh Cranberries

1 cup Pomegranate Seeds

6 cinnamon sticks + more for garnish


Combine all ingredients in a large punch bowl and stir to combine. Chill until cold. To serve, ladle into cocktail glasses and garnish with a cinnamon stick.

Best served with: Baguettes + Cranberry Chutney