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Thanksgiving Martinis | Apple Cranberry Pumpkin Holiday Cocktails

Pumpkin martini with cinnamon stick in glass surrounded by pumpkins.


These Thanksgiving martini recipes create cocktails infused with the flavors of this fall holiday and the autumn harvest.  All of the drinks ingredients listed should be shaken or stirred ( depending on your James Bond affiliation ) thoroughly along with ice and then strained into glasses to serve. Since no ice is normally included when served, using both chilled liquor / mixers and bar glassware is recommended for best results.


Apple Martini

  • 2 oz vodka or gin
  • 1 oz apple cider or juice
  • 1/4 oz vermouth
  • Garnish: apple slice

This version holds pretty true to a classic martini when prepared with gin by simply adding apple to mix. Many prefer to use apple schnapps instead of cider or juice and the appletini with sour apple schnapps and lemon juice has become popular.


Cranberry Martini

  • 2 oz vodka
  • 1 oz cranberry juice
  • 1/2 oz orange liqueur
  • 1/4 oz vermouth
  • Garnish: cranberries

Take away the vermouth and add a little lime juice and you’ve made a cosmopolitan.


Onion Martini ( a.k.a The Gibson )

  • 2 oz gin
  • 1/4 oz vermouth
  • Garnish: cocktail onion

A real martini which substitutes onions for olives as garnishes. Thrown in for reference more than anything. However, onions are a fall harvest crop and a prominent cooking ingredient for Thanksgiving. For Halloween, try a ghoulish gothic gibson with cocktail onion eyeballs.


Pumpkin Martini

  • 2 oz vanilla flavored vodka
  • 1/2 oz cream liqueur
  • 1/2 oz pumpkin liqueur or spice syrup
  • Garnish: whipped cream and cinnamon stick

With no gin or vermouth its hard to call this last cocktail ( as delicious as it is ) a ‘martini’ by any stretch of the imagination. None the less, it has become a signature Thanksgiving drink and the name has stuck.


More Thanksgiving Martinis:


Open up your home’s bar over the fall and winter holidays from Columbus Day & Halloween on thru Christmas & New Years Day and try one of these “thanks giving” martinis.


Be sure to follow the new rules of holiday drinking :D


(pumpkin ‘tini’ recipe via tobifairley)


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