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8 Thirst-Inducing Thanksgivukkah Cocktails

You've lit your menurkey, decorated your tablescape with pieces of chocolate gelt and mini pumpkins, and the Pumpkin Pie Rugelach is warming up in the oven.

But there's one key element missing that's essential for any holiday celebration: The booze. By merging the two major holidays into a once-in-a-lifetime experience, finding the perfect seasonal cocktails to go along with the cranberry potato latkes and turkey-shaped challah

Luckily, we've found eight Thanksgivukkah cocktails that creatively incorporate the holiday elements of both celebrations. These cocktails are perfect to serve during the holiday that won't come around again for generations again. Plus, we have a feeling you'll need a stiff drink after all that perfect holiday planning. 

1. Pilgrim Cocktail

Thanksgiving celebrates the pilgrims who came to America, and (allegedly) enjoyed a feast with the Native Americans who lived there. Even through they were puritan and most likely didn't enjoy adult beverages as much as we do, you can pay homage to the historical group with this Pilgrim Cocktail from The Spirit. It mixes light and dark rum, bitters and some juice. The perfect fall drink!

2. Drunken Dradle Martini

Yes, this cocktail is as amazing as it sounds. It includes Goldschläger and potato vodka like the Hanukkah Gelt Martini, except with the addition of chocolate liqueur and half-and-half. This rich cocktail for a delicious dessert drink. Get the recipe on Delray Beach's The Pineapple.

3. Perfect Slice of Pumpkin Pie Martini

The pumpkin pie is the crowning moment of Thanksgiving dinner, which is why you can't celebrate Thanksgivukkah without a cocktail that tastes just like pumpkin pie in a glass. Our boozy Perfect Slice of Pumpkin Pie dessert is great on its own, or enjoyed with a slice of pie of course.

4. Hanukkah Gelt Martini 

You may have seen potato vodka at the liquor store and wondered a) why anyone would buy it and b) if and how it could taste good in a cocktail. Personally, I like to eat rather than drink my potatoes, but for Thanksgivukkah, it's a great liquor to accompany the potato latkes. This Hanukkah Gelt Martini on Drink of the Week also calls for Goldschläger to pay homage to the chocolate gelt coins. Not sure how the cinnamon and potato flavors taste together, but it's a pretty clear cocktail with gold flakes, so it at least looks seasonal.


5. Manischewitz Sangria

Manischewitz is a signature Kosher wine, which is typically enjoyed during Jewish holidays. Hanukkah, and now Thanksgivukkah, isn't complete without it. But to give your Manischewittz a festive kick, add some fruit and make this Sangria, featured on Smithsonian.com.

6. The Jewish Manhattan

The festive twist on the classic cocktail comes courtesy of 12 Bottle Bar. Except this cocktail uses Manischewitz Concord Grape Red Wine, rye and bitters for a simple, yet tasty Thanksgivukkah drink.

7. Homemade Spiked Apple Cider

Apple cider is always a classic fall beverage, so make a homemade spiked version in a big batch for all of your guests to enjoy. The Kissters show you how to make this simple, yet delicious Spiked Cider recipe.

8. Maple Bourbon Cider

A variation of the spiked apple cider, this Maple Bourbon Cider combines the smokey fall flavor of bourbon with rich maple syrup and lemon juice. Add some cayenne pepper for a fun kick. 


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Jennifer Geddes
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Jennifer Kelly Geddes has hosted Christmas cookie swaps, New Year's open houses, Thanksgiving for 22, and all manner of dinner parties in her Manhattan and Ghent, NY homes.

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