Mix Up These Fun Cocktails This Thanksgiving

pink drink in highball glass
Cider Sling courtesy photo

If you want to give beer and wine the day off, or just give your guests a few more options, here are some fun cocktails to impress your guests this Thanksgiving.

“The Slow Dive is tart and refreshing, so it pairs well with a savory, heavy dish like stuffing, leaving you refreshed rather than tired.” Marissa Mazzotta, Bar Manager at The Shanty

Slow Dive Created by: Marissa Mazzotta, Bar Manager at The Shanty 

pink drink in cocktail glass
Slow Dive Credit



½oz Luxardo

½oz Cherry Simple Syrup

¾oz Lemon Juice

2oz Dorothy Parker Gin


Method: Shake, serve up with a cherry

Glassware: Coupe

Garnish: N/A


“This Thanksgiving, my recommendation is to incorporate the flavors in your food with the flavors in your cocktail. For those who are serving pumpkin pie for dessert, I would recommend pairing it with Upstate Vodka’s Pumpkin Spice Sour cocktail. This pumpkin spice sour is a delightful blend of sweet and tart. For an egg white alternative, you can get a lovely foamy top using chickpea juice which is vegan and pairs perfectly with a nice slice of pumpkin pie.”  Will Hadjigeorgalis, Brand Enthusiast for Upstate Vodka

cocktail in martini glass
Photo courtesy of Upstate Vodka

Pumpkin Spice Sour Created by: Upstate Vodka



1.5 oz Upstate Vodka

0.75 oz Maple Syrup

0.75 oz Lemon Juice

1 Egg White


Glassware: Coupe

Garnish: Rim Coupe Glass in Pumpkin Spice/Sugar Blend.

Method: Rim coupe glass around outside edges with pumpkin spice mixture (equal parts pumpkin spice and sugar) and set aside. In Boston shaker, pour lemon juice, maple syrup and Upstate Vodka. Add ice to small tin. Shake for about 30 seconds or until well chilled. Strain mixture back into small tin and discard ice. In large tin add one egg white. Combine shakers without ice and shake again for thirty seconds. Pour contents into rimmed coupe glass without using a strainer.


“Everyone judges duplicate pies whether they admit it or not, but we know the best Apple Pie is the one you wash down with a Cider Sling. Hang on to this one from the dinner table to the tryptophan induced couch session.” Marissa Mazzotta, Bar Manager at The Shanty

pink drink in highball glass
Cider Sling courtesy photo

Cider Sling Created by: Marissa Mazzotta, Bar Manager at The Shanty 



¼oz Allspice Dram

¼oz Cinnamon

¾oz Lemon

1.5oz Applejack Barrel Finished Ragtime Rye

2oz Apple Cider Juice


Glassware: Tall glass

Method: Roll ingredients

Garnish: Seltzer and Angostura bitters to top

Finnish Long Drink Cranberry

cans of Finnish Long Drink
Finnish Long Drink available in cranberry, traditional citrus, strong and zero.

And if you want to stick with canned cocktails, add the Finnish Long Drink Cranberry to your fridge, it is the perfect complement to your turkey. It’s a little tart and super refreshing and 5.5% abv. Plus for the calorie conscious, it  is gluten-free and keto-friendly made with gin.



Previous articleTxDMV Announces Upcoming Deployment of Redesigned Temporary Tags
Next articleWhat You Need To Know Before You Go: 2022 Prairie Lights
Kristin Barclay
Kristin Barclay graduated from the University of South Carolina with a major in Journalism and Advertising. Throughout her career, Kristin has demonstrated a passion for storytelling and a commitment to providing accurate, timely, and informative news coverage. She has a deep understanding of the issues and concerns facing local communities and has earned a reputation as a trusted source for reliable news and information. In addition to her work as an editor and journalist, Kristin is also a skilled writer and has written articles on a wide range of topics, including politics, business, education, and culture. She has a keen eye for detail and a talent for crafting compelling stories that engage and inform readers. Kristin is also an active member of the community and has volunteered her time and resources to numerous organizations and causes. She believes in the importance of giving back and making a positive impact on the world around us. In addition to her professional accomplishments, Kristin Barclay is also a passionate advocate for local journalism and the role it plays in keeping communities informed and engaged. She believes strongly in the importance of supporting local news outlets and is dedicated to ensuring that quality journalism remains a vital part of our society. Outside of work, Kristin enjoys traveling both for business and pleasure. She loves exploring new places, meeting new people, and experiencing different cultures. Whether she's on a business trip or a vacation, Kristin is always eager to discover what makes each place unique and special. Kristin's passions include boots, bourbon, dogs and college football. She is a self-proclaimed boot aficionado and has an impressive collection of cowboy boots that she wears with pride. She also enjoys sipping on a good bourbon and spending time with her husband and beloved border collies. Last but certainly not least, Kristin is the proud mother of two children who bring joy and meaning to her life. She is deeply committed to being a loving and supportive parent, and her children are her greatest source of inspiration and motivation