10 Pitcher Cocktails to Serve on Thanksgiving

10 Pitcher Cocktails to Serve on Thanksgiving

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Sheela Prakash
Nov 18, 2016
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A festive celebration like Thanksgiving deserves a festive drink. If you're hosting a large number of guests, skip the individual cocktails and go with a pitcher drink instead. Not only does it serve a crowd, but the crowd can also help themselves at their own leisure while you're putting the final touches on dinner. Here are 10 simple and seasonal pitcher cocktails we love.

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1. Spiced Pear & Ginger Pitcher Cocktail

Made with fresh pear and lemon juice, pear vodka, and ginger liqueur, this is a sweet, spicy, and refreshing drink that you may find yourself sipping before the guests even arrive.

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2. The Rye & Honey

A simple honey syrup, spiced with star anise, ginger, and orange peels, is the secret to this fall-inspired whiskey cocktail.

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3. Sparkling Apple Cider Sangria

This fun, seasonal twist on sangria calls for just five ingredients: cognac, apple cider, sparkling wine, sliced apples, and pomegranate seeds.

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4. Red Wine, Spiced Apple & Bourbon Pitcher Cocktail

This may look like a pitcher cocktail with the usual fall players, but the surprise ingredient is a sage simple syrup, which adds complexity with its earthy notes.

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5. The Pomegranate Storm

Blood orange liqueur joins forces with tart pomegranate molasses, spicy ginger beer, and rum for a balanced cocktail that will have your guests guessing its ingredients. This recipe makes one, so multiply it by the number of guests to serve it by the batch.

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6. White Wine, Rum & Apple Cider Pitcher Cocktail

Aged rum gives what may look like a white wine spritzer depth and intrigue. This is one both wine drinkers and cocktails fans will love.

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7. Super-Budget Thanksgiving Sangria

This easy recipe is proof that you don't have to break the bank on Thanksgiving to serve your guests something fun and festive.

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8. Rosé, Gin & Pink Peppercorn Pitcher Cocktail

This of this drink as a crisp, tart, slightly spiced twist on a gin and tonic, all dressed up in holiday colors and topped off with a sugared cranberry garnish.

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9. Cranberry & St. Germain Pitcher Sparkler

This 4-ingredient cocktails starts off as a simple cranberry vodka but becomes a whole lot more interesting, thanks to St. Germain elderflower liqueur and club soda.

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10. Sparkling White Cranberry Sangria

Not-too-tart white cranberry juice often gets forgotten about, but here it gets the attention it deserves in this festive sangria.

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