Now that summer drinking is over, it's time to get into autumnal cocktails. Seasonal ingredients like cranberries and apples pair beautifully with ginger beer, white wine and hard cider to create delicious drinks. Whether you're looking for a comforting hot toddy or a tart pear sour, we've got your fall cocktail needs covered

Christina Holmes

Here are 11 super-easy Thanksgiving cocktails that you can make in no time.

F&W Editors
November 18, 2016

Between roasting a turkey, mashing potatoes, making gravy and generally turning your home kitchen into an industrial-grade feast-making factory, bartending is probably the last thing on your mind for Thursday. But the guests and, more importantly, you, will need drinks.

Here are 11 super-easy Thanksgiving cocktails that you can make in no time.

1. Bacchanalian 

Essentially a chilled mulled wine, this cocktail is a great way to use up any half-empty bottles of red wine.

2. Maple-Bourbon Smash 

Maple syrup transforms a classic old-fashioned into a perfect seasonal cocktail.

3. Citrus, Brandy and Pineapple Punch 

This easy brandy cocktail from drinks artisan Chris Harrison is mildly sweet and nicely boozy, with a bit of spice from nutmeg.

4. Cranberry Caipirinha 

Use a handful of spare cranberries to make this tart, refreshing cocktail.

RELATED: Daniel Boulud's Caipirinha

5. Pomme Petillant

Deceptively simple, this two-ingredient cocktail highlights the pungent flavor and aroma of Calvados, an oak-aged apple brandy from Normandy, France.

6. Lumberjack Julep 

This play on the classic bourbon–based mint julep adds rye whiskey to the mix and swaps out simple syrup for maple syrup.

7. Cava and Pomegranate Cocktails 

This easy trick makes quick work of removing the seeds from a pomegranate. Give the task to an impatient guest and from there, this fruity, sparkling cocktail practically mixes itself.

8. Manzarita 

Apple juice and cinnamon give this tequila smash an autumnal feel.

9. Apple–Brandy Hot Toddies 

A hot toddy is basically a shot or two of any potent spirit added to a cup of hot water. At Paley's Place in Portland, Oregon, bartender Suzanne Bozarth puts a French spin on this warming drink with a slug of apple brandy, such as Calvados. It's warming and tastes just like fall.

Rob Howard

A hot toddy is basically a shot or two of any spirit added to a cup of hot water. This variation gets its fall flavors from Calvados and cinnamon sticks.

10. Hard Cider Sangria 

Now that summer drinking is over, it's time to get into autumnal cocktails. Seasonal ingredients like cranberries and apples pair beautifully with ginger beer, white wine and hard cider to create delicious drinks. Whether you're looking for a comforting hot toddy or a tart pear sour, we've got your fall cocktail needs covered

Christina Holmes

Instead of wine, this juicy sangria is made with hard cider spiked with lemon juice and apple brandy.

11. Big Apple Martini 

Applejack brandy, sweet vermouth, apple cider and a dash of Angostura bitters make for an easy, warming martini.

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