Thanksgiving Cocktail Recipes

In the Spirit

Holiday time is the best time.
Between the decorations and gatherings with friends and family, it’s hard not to feel joyous during those special times of year … and then there’s the food and drinks – festive and tasty tokens that take the celebration to a whole new level. Here, area establishments share several show-stopping cocktails so that you too can impress guests with your cheerful creations.

Photography by Rich Smith


Harvest Moon Cocktail

Harvest Moon Cocktail

Shelby Walker
Course Drinks


  • 1 lemon slice
  • 1 oz. Ole Smoky apple pie Moonshine
  • 0.5 oz. Rebel Yell 100 proof bourbon whiskey
  • 1 oz. homemade cinnamon and clove spiced simple syrup apple cider


  • In a cocktail shaker, muddle a lemon slice before adding moonshine, whiskey, and simple syrup.
  • Add ice and shake for 30 seconds to combine.
  • Strain into a wine glass with fresh ice and top with apple cider until the liquid is about an inch from the top.
  • Garnish with a frozen apple slice and a sprinkle of cinnamon.
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Shelby Walker at Urban Stack

Shelby Walker at Urban Stack

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Sullivan & Co. cocktail

Sullivan & Co. Cocktail

Drew Houts
Course Drinks


For the cocktail:

  • 2 oz. Four Roses bourbon
  • 1 oz. spiced apple cider
  • 0.5 oz. apple gastrique
  • 1 oz. lemon juice
  • 1 dropper Ms. Betters botanical foamer

For the apple gastrique:

  • 1/2 cup rice wine vinegar
  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup spiced apple cider


To create the apple gastrique

  • Add all ingredients to a small pot and heat just below boiling, stirring to combine.
  • Once the sugar and salt have been incorporated, simmer on low for 45 minutes.
  • Allow to cool and strain into a container using a fine mesh strainer.

To build the drink

  • Combine all ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
  • Shake until properly incorporated. Remove ice and dry shake before straining into a coupe glass and garnishing with 2 whole star anise pods.
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Drew Houts at STIR

Drew Houts at STIR

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