Slideshow: 20 Cocktails for Thanksgiving

Cardamaro Concord Cocktail
Cardamaro Concord Cocktail

Amaro works as a digestif when you've eaten too much sweet potato pie, but the bittersweet liqueur also works to whet your appetite a bit in this cocktail, made with bourbon and Concord grapes.

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[Photo: Autumn Giles]

Turkey and Sage
Turkey and Sage

Serve this 'Turkey and Sage' cocktail before the turkey if you're into puns...or if you're just into booze. It's made with Wild Turkey 101, muddled sage, pumpkin butter, fresh lemon, and Angostura bitters for spice.

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[Photo: Autumn Giles]

Cranberry, Aperol, and Soda
Cranberry, Aperol, and Soda

If you want to do a little better than cranberry-vodka this year, this cranberry drink is the way to go. Aperol extends the sweet-tart flavor of cranberries, and a few dashes of orange bitters make this practically cranberry relish in a glass.

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[Photo: Autumn Giles]

Apple Crisp Cocktail
Apple Crisp Cocktail

This drink really does bring something special to the table: infusing your bourbon with a little green cardamom takes almost no work and yields delicious results. Mixed with apple brandy, fresh lemon, and honey, the result brings out autumn spices without filling you up.

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[Photo: Wes Rowe]

Scotch, Sherry, and Concord Cocktail
Scotch, Sherry, and Concord Cocktail

This is one of our favorite new fall cocktails, made from an easy Concord grape syrup shaken with a dram of Scotch, a little nutty Oloroso sherry, and fresh lemon juice. The flavors marry amazingly well.

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[Photo: Autumn Giles]

Sazerac and Cider
Sazerac and Cider

This fall spin on a Sazerac get a bit of brightness and light from a few ounces of Crispin cider.

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[Photo: Autumn Giles]

Orchard Boulevardier
Orchard Boulevardier

The Boulevardier is one of our favorite drinks: it's basically a Negroni with whiskey instead of gin. Here, the classic is mixed into warm apple cider (straight from the orchard, if you can get it!)

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[Photo: María del Mar Sacasa]

Granny's Navy Grog
Granny's Navy Grog

If you're already tired of chilly weather, a little tiki escape makes sense. This rum drink is made with Granny Smith-based cider and lots of tart citrus to perk things up.

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[Photo: Autumn Giles]

Vasco de Gama
Vasco de Gama

Spice is nice; especially when it's a garam masala-spiced apple cider syrup, mixed here with warming Scotch and bourbon for a flavor unlike any you've tried before. Mix up the syrup in advance and this drink will be easy to serve.

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[Photo: Wes Rowe]

Search for Delicious
Search for Delicious

This bittersweet drink is full of flavor but not too full of alcohol, which makes a wise choice on an evening when more than a few bottles are going to be popped. Made with Cynar and Punt e Mes, it's the kind of drink that curls your tongue a bit...in a good way. A pinch of salt softens the bitter effect.

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[Photo: Maggie Hoffman]

Fall French 75
Fall French 75

You can't go wrong with a classic French 75 for a pre-Thanksgiving sip, but this one goes a bit further, featuring bright purple Concord grapes along with a touch of elderflower liqueur.

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Grapefruit and Ginger Sparkler
Grapefruit and Ginger Sparkler

Start off your Thanksgiving evening with this tart, fresh, and slightly spicy drink, made by mixing chilled Prosecco with freshly squeezed grapefruit and a dash of sweet Domaine de Canton ginger liqueur.

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[Photo: Kelly Carámbula]

Persimmon Sour
Persimmon Sour

Persimmons are ubiquitous this time of year, but you don't need to stick to the same old cinnamon-spiced persimmon cake or pudding. Here, an easy fuyu persimmon puree is mixed with gin and lime for a bright and tart spin on the classic sour.

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[Photograph: Kelly Carámbula]

The Paper Plane
The Paper Plane

If you're attending Thanksgiving as a guest, a bottle of Amaro Nonino makes the perfect gift for your host. This grappa-based amaro is wonderful as an after-dinner digestif, and it will also make it possible to whip up this delicious cocktail with a little bourbon, Aperol, and lemon.

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[Photo: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt]

Cranberry Cobbler
Cranberry Cobbler

This concoction from New York's PDT brings together gin and sherry with cranberries for a festive pre-turkey tipple. If you have an ice crusher, all the better, though you can also use a hammer to take out any family-related frustration on a bag of ice.

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[Photo: Linda Xiao]