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