7 cocktails for a rockin' Thanksgiving celebration

Nov. 23, 2011 at 4:33 PM ET

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The drink options on Thanksgiving, arguably the greatest of the food-centric holidays, usually center around well-priced wines that pair with a range of flavors, or perhaps a selection of Belgian-style beers. But what about some options for our friend the cocktail drinker?

When it comes to holiday-themed cocktails, Halloween and Christmas tend to steal the show — what with Halloween's dressed up potent potions and Christmas' cozy concoctions decked with peppermint and gingerbread. But believe it or not, there's just as much fun to be had with Thanksgiving-inspired cocktails

The Boston Bog

Regardless of which side of the canned vs. fresh cranberry sauce debate you fall on, no one can argue that the fruit is a staple at any traditional Thanksgiving table. Here, tart cranberries feature with Jamaican rum, ginger syrup, and apricot liqueur for a well-balanced kiss of sweetness. Rabbit's Dilemma

The recipe for this autumnal drink reads like an ode to two favorite Thanksgiving Day sides: carrots and butternut squash. The juice of the former is used as base for the sweet-savory creation, while the butternut squash is cleverly infused in a simple syrup.

Tater Gibson

This take on the classic Gibson cocktail substitutes the traditional gin for Boyd & Blair's potato vodka — giving the drink a decidedly more Thanksgiving-inspired feel. (And the pickled pearl onion garnish doesn't hurt the case either.)

Autumn Chai

The housemade chai whiskey featured in this cocktail uses many familiar Thanksgiving spices   — cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg. If that alone doesn't ring Turkey Day, the cocktail also mixes in cranberry juice. Rittenhouse Inn Wassail Punch

Ingredients like apple cider, cranberry juice, and a host of spices from cloves to white peppercorns make this warm, Midwestern punch an obvious choice for your Thanksgiving table.

The Standford White

Toast to a meal that celebrates the bounty of fall with this seasonal sip, which muddles rye with Black Mission figs.

Hot Piece of Apple

Apple cider, apple pie, apple diced up and mixed in your stuffing — the iconic fall fruit makes several feast day cameos. This warm cocktail hits the seasonal mark by using apples to infuse a spiced mulled wine.

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