Thanksgiving Inspired Cocktails

For those living in the subtropics, the change in seasons is not so much delegated by weather, but rather a shift in flavors. With the onset of Thanksgiving, the full bounty of fall flavors is on display: from pumpkin spice to apple and cranberry, the change of seasons is upon us in South Florida. To celebrate, these recipes from Ketel One Vodka will help get the party started. Enjoy!


Cranberry Celebration

Cranberries take center stage in the recipe for Cranberry Celebration, a soon-to-be fall classic.

Ketel One Oranje - Thanksgiving-themed cocktail recipes - Cranberry Celebration

  • 1½ oz. Ketel One Citroen
  • 1 tablespoon of cranberry reduction (recipe below)
  • ½ oz. fresh lemon juice
  • ½ oz. simple syrup
  • Club soda


Combine first four ingredients in a mixing glass. Vigorously shake with ice and pour contents into a rocks glass (fine strain over new ice if you prefer no chunks). Top with a splash of club soda. Garnish with a cranberry and mint sprig.

Cranberry Reduction

To make a cranberry reduction, take a 12 oz. bag of cranberries, rinse and add 4 oz. of orange juice and 4 oz. of simple syrup. Bring it to a boil, and let simmer for 5-7 minutes. Stir occasionally while it is simmering. Place the reduction into the freezer for 30 minutes to thicken.


Spiked Apple

You don’t need to buy apples by the bushel to get that fix. Fill that cocktail shaker with this sip and welcome in fall.

Ketel One Vodka - Spiked Apple - Thanksgiving inspired cocktails


Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake over ice. Pour contents into a rocks glass. Garnish with an orange slice.


Pumpkin King

Linus and the Peanuts gang have nothing on this pumpkin-inspired libation. Skip the pumpkin-spice latte and shake up a few of these this Thanksgiving.

Ketel One Oranje - Pumpkin King - Cocktail Recipes - Pumpkin flavored cocktail recipe


Combine first three ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake over ice. Strain into a martini glass; top with whipped cream and garnish with a dust of cinnamon powder.


Fall Back Buck

No matter your personal views on daylight saving time, this Dark and Stormy-inspired Ketel One sip will help manage those dark-too-early days this winter.

Ketel One Citroen - Fall Back Buck - cocktail recipes - Dark and Stormy

  • 1½ oz. Ketel One Citroen
  • ½ oz. fresh lime juice
  • ¼ oz. simple syrup
  • 1 oz. pineapple juice
  • 2 oz. ginger beer
  • ¼ oz. aromatic bitters


Combine first four ingredients in a mixing glass. Shake with ice and strain into a collins glass filled with ice. Top with ginger beer and a heavy float of bitters.

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