Happy almost Thanksgiving, readers! We know you’re probably in the final stretch, getting everything together. There’s turkeys to roast, desserts to prepare, tables to set, and football games to record! But wait a second. What are you drinking this Thanksgiving? The Thanksgiving Holiday is a time where we appreciate what we’re thankful for and usher in the start of winter. So what wold be better than drinks that keep you warm and toasty all through the day and night with friends and family? We’ve got some great warm, sweet fall themed drinks for you to be thankful for! Enjoy! 

 Apple Ginger Toddy

Apple Ginger Toddy (1)

The Toddy is the wintery-est of all winter drinks, but this twist with apple and ginger brings an autumn twist to things. It’s a great introduction to cozy cocktails, but careful! This one’s a bit strong. 

  • 1 oz. Zodiac Vodka
  • .5 oz. Ginger Liqueur
  1. Build in a Footed Mug & fill with Hot Apple Cider
  2. Garnish with Whipping Cream and Cinnamon Stick


Mulled Wine


Most holidays mean one thing – wine. But white wine is usually chilled and red will at best be room temperature. Why not warm up a traditional drink? Mulled wine adds a little spice to one of your favorite drinks, and will keep you toasty around the table. 

  • 1 Bottle of red wine (750 ml)
  • 1 orange, sliced
  • 1/4 cup of brandy
  • 1/4 cup of sugar
  • 8 whole cloves
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 star anise
  1. Combine all ingredients in a saucepan, and bring to summer over medium-high heat.
  2. Reduce heat to medium-low and let simmer for 15-20 minutes.
  3. Strain, and serve warm.

Hot Gin Punch

You might think of gin as a summer liquor, but with this version, that warm citrus reminds us of a warm cup of tea with just a splash of lemon. It really livens up the palate and is a good way to keep warm the guests that just got in and lighten up the party. 

  • 2 cups Gin
  • 2 cups sweet Madeira wine
  • 1 tablespoon dark brown sugar
  • Peel and juice of 1 lemon
  • Peel and juice of 1 orange
  • 1 pineapple, cored, peeled and sliced
  • 3 whole cloves
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • Pinch of ground nutmeg
  1. Combine all ingredients into pot over medium heat.
  2. Bring mixture to a simmer and cook for 30 minutes.
  3. Season to taste.
  4. Pour mixture into jug or teapot and serve warm.


Autumn Wassail

The Wassail is a very old-fashioned drink, but there’s a reason that it’s stuck around for so long. Warm and sweet, it’ll not only taste delicious for when your guests arrive, but will make your house smell amazing as it cooks! 

  • 1.5 oz Cognac
  • .5 oz Rum
  • 4 oz Wassail Batch, hot

Wassail Batch Ingredients

  • 1 qt apple cider
  • 2 cups pomegranate juice
  • 1/4 cup of sugar
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 3/4 cup lemon juice
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 tsp whole cloves
  • 1 tsp whole allspice
  1. Prepare Wassial Batch by combining all ingredients in a saucepan and bringing mixture to a simmer over medium-low heat. Cook for at least 1 hour, stirring occasionally.
  2. Add cognac and rum to a toddy glass and top with Wassail Batch.
  3. Garnish with apple slice.

Winter Cooler

Winter Cooler (1)

Is it getting toasty in here? We’ve warmed you up with a few cozy drinks, so you might want to cool down a bit. But keeping with the flavors of winter, this black cherry, pomegranate, and mint cooler with get you ready for that brisk Thanksgiving air outside. Bundle up! 

  • 1.5 oz. Zodiac Black Cherry Vodka
  • .5 oz. Orange Liqueur
  • 2 oz. Pomegranate Juice
  • 6 Mint Leaves
  • 1 Lemon Wedge-Squeeze and Discard
  1. Shake and strain into glass over ice
  2. Top with 2 oz. Lemon Lime Soda
  3. Garnish with Sugared Mint Sprig


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