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The Pilgrim Cocktail

The Pilgrim Cocktail

A perfect sip for the fall season

Just as the summer comes to an end and the crisp chill of autumn sets in, we begin to switch over our cocktail preferences in order to align with the season. No more frozen drinks and light flavors, chilly weather cocktails call for ingredients with a little more oomph. The Pilgrim Cocktail is a perfect way to ease into autumn cocktail season.

The main spirits in the Pilgrim Cocktail are dark rum, light rum, pimento liqueur, and bitters. Dark rum is a sensational spirit for cold weather, as it has an incredible spice to it that warms the body with each sip. Pimento liqueur is an herbal liqueur that is typically enjoyed as an after-dinner drink, made by redistilling spirits with ingredients such as flowers, herbs, and chocolate. This sweet treat is also a body-warming liqueur that is perfect for fall cocktails.

The use of bitters in this cocktail adds another hint of spice to make for a very comforting drink. The intense, concentrated flavor in bitters is spicy and complex, complementing the rest of the cocktail incredibly well.

What really makes the Pilgrim a perfect autumn cocktail is that it can be served hot or cold. When there is a bustling chill outside, a hot drink inside is absolute perfection.

Click here for the recipe for the Pilgrim Cocktail.

— Sara Kay, The

7 of the Best Cocktails Recipes for Thanksgiving

While this Thanksgiving will surely be shaped by the Covid-19 pandemic, a holiday’s a holiday. Everyone’s nerves are shot from 2020, but fall weather brings the opportunity to cuddle up and enjoy some warming flavors. So whether you’re eager to sip on bourbon, rye, or Cognac — or are into the smoky aromas of mezcal — there’s a cocktail recipe for everyone.

Thanksgiving can mean a lengthy to-do list, so below you’ll find simple cocktails built for ease and elegance. Mix one up and throw a log on the fire, or slice some extra garnishes to snack on during a Zoom celebration.

The Banker’s Choice

Thanksgiving often requires a long day of cooking — and consuming. Pave the way with this riff on the Espresso Martini that combines coffee-infused bourbon, amaro liqueur, crème de peche, and a dash of maple syrup. Stir it up with ice, strain, and serve neat for a chic start to your holiday.

The Cinnamon Sin

Nothing conjures fall like the comforting smell of cinnamon. Combine that aroma in the perfect “Scotchtail,” and you’ll never miss summer again. Developed by NYCbartender Pete Canny, this recipe relies on cinnamon-infused agave and Macallan 12 Year Old Sherry Cask Scotch. Stir it up with ice and Angostura bitters, then serve with an orange peel for a sinful match made in heaven.

The Maple Bacon Manhattan

Whether you’re nostalgic for the city or just craving brunch, this Manhattan is the perfect treat. Mix it up while you’re waiting for the main course, and sneak some extra bacon before the turkey hits the table. For the best result, try to find Anderson’s Maple Syrup, which will bring notes of caramel corn and burnt sugar to this rye-based cocktail. Next, add ice, vermouth, and bitters. Stir, strain, and serve in a rocks glass with an orange peel and, yep, bacon.

The Fair Trade

Who says you can’t drink mezcal on Thanksgiving? This rich blend of coffee-infused mezcal, crème de cacao, amaro, and port is sure to amaze even the pickiest sophisticate. Created by Heartwood Provisions beverage director Amanda Reed, the recipe was inspired by a trip to Oaxaca where Reed saw coffee and agave planted side by side. Reed recommends combining all the ingredients in a glass with ice, mixing, straining, and garnishing with exactly three coffee beans.

The Toasted Marshmallow Old Fashioned

While camping on Thanksgiving may be a romantic, socially distanced option for some, for others, even glamping seems like a stretch. Instead, get cozy with this homage to the classic Old Fashioned that combines the best parts of Scotch with the best part of camping: fire-roasted marshmallows. Homemade toasted marshmallow syrup elevates this classic cocktail beyond all-too-simple syrup, and is balanced by a few dashes of bitters. Stir it up with ice, strain, and serve in a rocks glass with a big ice cube and even bigger roasted marshmallow.

The Clove Screwdriver

Whether you’re busy roasting turkey or tofurky, this recipe guarantees Thanksgiving peace of mind. Developed for even the most inexperienced — or extremely stressed — mixologist, this cocktail is an easy mix of orange juice, vodka, and clove simple syrup. Make the syrup ahead of time, so all that’s left is stirring the ingredients with ice, garnishing with an orange, and knocking one back.

The Hennessy Hot Toddy

If you’re dedicated to Thanksgiving flavors but still want to drive the boat, look no further than the Hennessy Hot Toddy. All you’ll need is a little hot water to steep your tea in, some maple syrup, a squeeze of lemon, and some Cognac (Hennessy or otherwise). Stir to combine in a warm mug, and garnish with a cinnamon stick for the perfect end to a Thanksgiving holiday like no other.

25 Best Thanksgiving Cocktails to Toast With This Turkey Day

Just because you're hosting Thanksgiving dinner doesn't mean the day (nay, the entire week!) has to be stressful. That's basically Ree Drummond's motto when it comes to Turkey Day: "I never want to feel overwhelmed on Thanksgiving. To me, that defeats the purpose of the holiday." To help you plan your Thanksgiving menu so you're well prepared for the big day, take a look at these amazing Thanksgiving cocktails. These drinks will infuse extra flavor in the day&mdashand help you unwind once the bird is on the table! You can make big batch cocktails and let guests serve themselves, or craft signature drinks to add a special touch to the day. One thing's for sure: There are plenty of fall cocktail recipes to chose from.

If you're looking for an easy option, take Ree's advice and make a pitcher drink. "Pick one cocktail, like a festive sangria, mix up a big batch and let guests help themselves," she says. There are tons of sangrias to choose from that are made with fall ingredients like figs and apple cider. You can also try your hand at a specialty cocktail recipe that will deliver some extra flair. (The cranberry thyme gin and tonic sounds like a winner, for instance.) Whether you're after bubbly drinks, mulled wines, or just a simple punch, these Thanksgiving drinks are sure to hit the spot.

The Red Eye Cocktail

While it may be the rue of many a great bartender, the film Cocktail introduced the world to many alcoholic concoctions that to this day, thankfully have never been ordered. How often have you strutted proudly to the bar and order a Ding-A-Ling or a Death Spasm? (It’s worth noting that having researched the Death Spasm – a shot of gin, whiskey and absinth – that I’ll be ordering one next night out) I don’t know about you but I can’t see myself asking the lads ‘my round boys, who wants a Velvet Hammer?’

Of all the questionable recipes, undoubtedly the strangest was introduced during the scene where Brian Flannigan asks for a job at Doug Coghlan’s upper East Side bar. As the chat we see Doug half fill a pint glass with tomato juice before upturning a bottle of miller beer into the drink, the froth over spilling across the bar. ‘Do you know how to make a red eye?’ he questions the inexperienced Flannigan, before cracking a whole egg into the potion to the bewilderment of the rookie. Next he adds a couple of Tylenol aspirin before taking a healthy chug. Now there are a few ways to make this drink, (I like Duncan’s addition of vodka in his recipe on page 35 and exchanging the tomato juice for bloody Mary à la Bourne & Hollingsworth is a great tweak on the original) but we decided that we would stick to Coghlan’s law and follow the great mans lead. Team Root+Bone drink these regularly they are a magnificent hangover cure and we suffer many, many hangovers.

Half fill a pint glass, with tomato juice and tip a lager beer bottle upside down into the pint. Wipe up the spillage or, if you are the more refined type, simply put your lips to the bench top and suck up excess beer like a human vacuum. Gently crack a whole egg into the elixir and sprinkle with your preferred dose of aspirin, paracetamol or Valium. Chug the lot in one go and remember the money's gone, the brain is shot. But the liquor, we still got. Doug Coghlan, logical negativist.

Cocktails for Thanksgiving

A collection of Thanksgiving cocktails in every fall flavor from apple to maple to cranberry.

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Apple Toddy

The Maple Perfect Manhattan

Cranberry Champagne Cocktail

Hot Mulled Cider

Spiced Cabernet

Sidecar Martini

Concord Grape Royal

Ginger Cranberry Cocktail

Spiked Apple Cider Cocktails

Spiced Bourbon, Beer and Maple Martinis

Alton's 5-Star Hot Toddy

Thanksgiving's a Breeze Seabreezes

Gingersnap Cocktail

Alton's Mulled Wine

Pumpkin Pie Martini

Sunny's Fruity Limoncello Spritzer

Classic Pisco Sour

Bourbon Negroni

Frosty the Caramel Apple Pie

Hoppin' Hot Scotch

Chai Yai Yai

Mulled Red Wine Sangria

Sparkling Cranberry Quencher

Toasted Cider

Honey Punch

American Pie Cocktail

Concord and Cranberry Kir Royale

A simple, homemade cranberry syrup (infused with a touch of orange) gives these sparkling wine-based cocktails they&rsquore pretty color and fall flavor.

Dinner Table Drinks

The Thanksgiving meal can be a challenge when it comes to drinks because the table is filled with such a wide variety of foods. While there are many great beverages that specifically pair well with turkey, there are a few more ideas for you to consider.

Empress Negroni

Add 1½ oz. Empress 1908, ¾ oz. Luxardo Bitter Bianco, and ¾ oz. dry vermouth to a cocktail shaker and stir on ice. Strain into a glass with a large ice cube. Garnish with a wide grapefruit twist.

34 Easy Cocktail Recipes to Kick Off the Memorial Day Weekend

Drinking fancy cocktails always puts us in the mood to have a good time, like crafting edible garnishes and floral beverages. But sometimes we don't feel like having to mix up an elaborate drink (even if it's supposedly healthier than our usual tipple) just to quench our cocktail craving. Luckily, mixology doesn't have to be complicated. These 34 deliciously simple cocktail recipes take the hard work out of bartending, so you can spend more time enjoying the fruits of your labor.

Sparkling Campari Orange Cocktail

Slightly bitter, slightly sweet, and full of fizzies, this drink is refreshingly simple to make. (via Imagelicious)

Classic White Russian

Do The Dude proud and learn how to make a classic, three-ingredient White Russian. (via A Dash of Ginger)

Whiskey Sour Punch

Mix up this sweet and sour whiskey punch for your social distancing party crew. (via Tastefully Eclectic)

ZYR Summer Punch - Single + Large Batch

We'd drink this punch all day, every day if we could.


  • 1.5oz Zyr Vodka
  • .25oz Grapefruit Liqueur
  • .25oz Elderflower Liqueur
  • .75oz Lemon Juice
  • .5oz Strawberry Syrup


Top mix with Prosecco Rose

Garnish with mint and strawberry


  • 15 oz Zyr Vodka
  • 2.5 oz Elderflower Liqueur
  • 2.5 oz Grapefruit liqueur
  • 7.5 oz Lemon Juice
  • 5 oz Strawberry Syrup


Top mix with Rose Prosecco

Garnish with mint and strawberry

Easy Pomegranate Margaritas

With five ingredients and 10 minutes, you can churn out this baby for Friday's virtual HH. (via Baker by Nature)

Jameson Old Fashioned

Swap bourbon for Irish whiskey in this remake of the classic old fashioned. (via Lisa’s Dinnertime Dish)

Pumpkin Apple Shandy

You’ll want to drink this cocktail made from apple cider and pumpkin beer all year long. (via Jennifer Meyering)

Sloe Gin Fizz

Finally find out what exactly sloe gin tastes like by making this four-ingredient cocktail. (via The Kitchen Magpie)

Frosting Shots

These two-ingredient shots taste just like a celebration. (via Crazy for Crust)

​Canción Habañero Mango Margarita

Nothing says summer quite like mango.


  • 1.5 oz infused Canción Tequila
  • .5 oz triple sec
  • 2 oz lime juice
  • .25 oz Finest Call Mango Puree


Shake and serve over ice with Tajin rim and an Orange wheel garnish.

Oaxacan Rusty Nail

For a drink that lives up to its name, try this take on the rusty nail, made with mezcal, Drambuie, and bitters. (via Gimme Some Oven)

Kentucky Lemonade

Here’s a cocktail you’ll want to sip all summer: sparkling lemonade spiked with bourbon. (via The Chunky Chef)

Creamsicle Delight Cocktail

A mixture of whipped-cream vodka, orange juice, and ginger ale, this cocktail tastes just like a popsicle. (via The Blond Cook)

Pink Champagne Sangria

We love a pink drink, and this Champagne, grapefruit, and pomegranate sparkler is no exception. (via The Cookie Rookie)

Irish Cream Pie Cocktail

With its sugar-cookie rim, this Irish cream pie cocktail is perfect for dessert. (via Crazy for Crust)

Frozen Orange Prozecco

Trade in your frozé for this citrusy frozecco. (via Foodness Gracious)

Berry Lemonade Margaritas

Citrusy and sweet, these raspberry lemonade margaritas are just the thing to drink when it gets hot outside. (via Crazy for Crust)

Peach Vodka Martinis

Made with just three ingredients, these peachy martinis are too good to pass up. (via Growing Up Gabel)

​Canción Lyrical Mint Margarita

Raspberry lemonade, tequila and club soda?! We'll take two please!

This recipe is for a batch made with a full bottle of Canción Blanco tequila.


  • 1 bottle of Canción Blanco Tequila
  • 1 can of frozen lemonade
  • 32 oz water
  • 32 oz seltzer or club soda
  • 12 oz Raspberry Lemonade juice Fresh Mint

The Bee’s Knees

Honey lovers, take note — you'll want to memorize this simple cocktail. (via Hungry by Nature)

Mason Jar Margaritas

Mix up a batch of these mason jar margaritas, then let guests help themselves at your next get-together. (via Stetted)

Raspberry Rosé Sangria

With just a few fresh garnishes and a splash of soda, a bottle of rosé gets transformed into a summery sangria. (via Stress Baking)

New York Sour Cocktail

Bourbon, red wine, lemon juice, and simple syrup are all you need to make this bold cocktail. (via Dishes Delish)

Piña Colada Punch

This piña colada punch makes a long weekend at home feel like a mini vacation. (via Yes to Yolks)


Like a cross between beer and a Bloody Mary, micheladas are the brunch cocktail you’ve been missing out on. (via Imagelicious)

Blood Orange Margarita

Colorful blood orange juice makes these margaritas immediately seem more dramatic, though the recipe itself stays simple. (via Simmer and Sauce)

Spiked Ginger Lemonade

Robust ginger beer combines with fresh lemon juice and vodka for these bracingly bold drinks. (via Whitney Bond)

Mythology Garden Gnome

We can't wait to sip this Garden Gnome in the garden because, well, where else would we drink it?


  • 1.5 oz Mythology Needle Pig Gin
  • 0.25 oz dolin genepy
  • 0.5 simple syrup
  • 0.75 lime juice
  • 1 oz cucumber basil puree


Shake and strain into Collins glass over ice—top with soda, black pepper on top and cucumber wheel garnish.

Citrus White Wine Sangria

Made with white wine, this sangria is a little lighter than its crimson counterpart. (via Joyful Healthy Eats)

Watermelon Infused Vodka

On the rocks or sipped with soda, it’s hard to go wrong with the fresh taste of this homemade watermelon vodka. (via Dishes Delish)

Sweet and Spicy Pineapple Margaritas

These tropical margaritas are made just a little spicy thanks to a sugar, salt, and cayenne pepper rim. (via The Endless Meal)

Lavender Mojitos

Lavender sparkling soda is the secret to making these easy, floral mojitos. (via West of the Loops)

Skinny Salty Dog

Grapefruit vodka and seltzer water put a healthier twist on the salty dog, usually made with grapefruit juice and plain vodka. (via The Every Kitchen)

Mythology Gin Fizz

We love the foam on this drink — it's almost like the cappuccino of cocktails.


  • 2 oz Mythology Needle Pig Gin
  • 0.75 simple syrup
  • 8 drops lavender bitters
  • 1 egg white


Dry shake (no ice till foamy), add ice and shake again

Double strain (no ice) into Collins glass

Top with soda slowly until foam reaches top and sprinkle with lavender.

What are you mixing up heading into the long weekend (after a looong spring)? Tag us @BritandCo!

This post has been updated from a previous article published on June 2017.

Thanksgiving Cocktail Recipes with Wild Turkey Bourbon brings you Thanksgiving Day cocktail recipes from some of the top mixologists and sommeliers using Wild Turkey Bourbon!

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Kentucky Pilgrim

Created by Mixologist H. Joseph Ehrmann

1.5 oz. Wild Turkey Thanksgiving Infusion*
1 oz. lemon juice
.5 oz. Maraschino Liqueur
.5 oz. Demerara syrup

Mix all ingredients in a mug and add 3oz hot water. Stir and garnish with a wide lemon disc twist.

*In a wide-mouthed glass infusion jar place 1 liter of Wild Turkey 101 and 2 barspoons of cardamom seeds. Close and leave in a dark cool place for 1 day. Strain out cardamom and add 1.5 cups dried unsweetened cranberries and 3 sticks of cinnamon. Close and leave for another two days, agitating once per day. Strain solids and store in the original Wild Turkey bottle with proper labeling.

Pass the Turkey

Created by Master Sommelier Fred Dexheimer

1.5 oz Wild Turkey 101
2 oz apple cider
1 tbs cranberry jelly
1 sprig fresh sage
1 sprig fresh thyme

Muddle sage and thyme with apple cider. Add ice, top with Wild Turkey 101 Bourbon and cranberry jelly. Shake well,
strain over ice in a glass rimmed with turkey jus and breadcrumbs.

Smashed Pumpkin

1 oz Wild Turkey 101
1/4 oz almond liqueur
1/4 oz cinnamon schnapps
2 oz pumpkin pie filling
1/2 oz heavy cream

Puree or froth pumpkin pie filling with heavy cream. Mix with other ingredients in a shaker with ice
shake well and strain into a martini glass. Rim with crumbled graham crackers and a cinnamon stick top
with a dash of cinnamon or nutmeg.

Chasing Tail

2 parts Wild Turkey 101 Bourbon
1 part cherry flavored cola
1/2 part amaretto


The Vesper, also known as the Vesper Martini, was made famous by James Bond. The cocktail was invented by none other than Bond author Ian Fleming. The drink first appeared in his book “Casino Royale,” which was published in 1953, and the cocktail is named for the fictional double agent Vesper Lynd.

When Bond orders the Vesper, he provides strict instructions to the bartender. So, those instructions should be followed by any who make it. Bond says: “Three measures of Gordon’s, one of vodka, half a measure of Kina Lillet. Shake it very well until it’s ice-cold, then add a large thin slice of lemon peel. Got it?”

With all due respect to 007, there’s one change we’d recommend. Shaking a Vesper can result in an overly diluted and less smoothly textured drink—and a Martini isn’t meant to have ice shards floating on its top. The golden rule is to always stir a spirit-only cocktail, and there’s no reason to make an exception here.

This Vesper recipe makes a stiff drink with four ounces of full-proof spirits and a half ounce of lower-proof Lillet blanc. In the book, Bond claims that, when he’s concentrating, he never has more than one drink before dinner. But he likes that one drink to be very large. It’s easy to appreciate such a loophole. But if you want a less boozy drink, you can dial back the volume while keeping the proportions intact.

Watch the video: Pilgrims Cocktail Hour