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If you’re looking for a Thanksgiving cocktail, you are going to love this hard apple cider. Treat your friends and family to spiked apple cider this year.

I love a good cocktail after dinner. And, if you’re wondering what you’ll serve, you might want to consider this easy melon cocktail as well.

Three ingredient Thanksgiving cocktail recipe using apple cider and spiced rum.

Thanksgiving Cocktail

This easy Thanksgiving cocktail is about the easiest holiday beverage you can make.

It has only a few simple ingredients and it’s the perfect go-to drink with all of your favorite Thanksgiving dishes.

Thanksgiving cocktail recipe, few ingredients apple drink with ice in a clear glass

You can enjoy this hard apple cider the night before Thanksgiving. Or, you can serve it to your guests with dinner.

It’s both sweet and tangy and the delicious apple flavor is the perfect side to turkey and all the fixings.

What do I need to make this recipe?

  • Apple cider
  • Rum
  • Ice

Best glasses for this cocktail

You can serve this drink in whatever type of glass you have. But, I prefer a single rock glass.

These glasses hold between 8 and 10 ounces with ice which makes them the perfect size. 

It’s a nice heavy-bottomed glass so it feels balanced when you hold it.

But, as I mentioned, you can drink it in any type of glass you have on hand.

Thanksgiving apple cider cocktail with rum

Do I need to add ice?

No, ice is completely optional. Some people prefer to drink this straight. This Thanksgiving cocktail recipe makes enough for two drinks with ice. So, if you’re not going to add ice, look for a smaller glass.

If you want to add ice but worry about it watering down your cocktail, you can freeze cubes of apple cider instead.

That way, when the cube melts, you will just have extra cider in your glass. While this will lessen the alcohol content, you will still have the same apple cider flavor.

Apple cider rum cocktail with ice in a glass

Thanksgiving cocktail for a crowd

This recipe makes enough for two drinks. If you want to make cocktails for a crowd, you can easily double or triple the recipe. 

Then, simply mix the ingredients in a carafe. And, serve it in a small ice bucket so everything stays cold. Add ice right before serving it so it doesn’t get diluted.

Thanksgiving apple cider drink recipe

Best garnishes

I love adding a slice of fresh apple and a cinnamon stick. But, you can also wet the rim with cider and then dip it in cinnamon and sugar if you prefer.

It makes your cocktail look a little bit fancier when you serve it.

Hard apple cider variations

If you want to change up the flavor a little bit, here are a few suggestions:

  • Add a splash of vodka for an apple cider mule.
  • Combine apple and cranberry juice for a delicious fall drink.
  • Instead of serving over ice, warm the drink slightly and serve it in a mug.
  • Add a sprig of rosemary with the apple instead of cinnamon.

Apple cider, rum, and ginger beer Thanksgiving drink recipe

Can I make this ahead of time?

Because this Thanksgiving cocktail includes ginger beer, you don’t want to make this up too far ahead of time. The fizz will go out of the beer. 

If you want to save a few minutes, you can mix the other ingredients together. Then, at the last minute, you can add the ginger beer so it keeps its fizz.

It will still taste delicious without the fizz, but it’s best if you add the ginger beer right before you serve it.

Thanksgiving cocktail recipe with apple, gin, and ginger beer.

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Apple cider, rum, and ginger beer Thanksgiving drink recipe

Thanksgiving Cocktail

Scrappy Geek
Thanksgiving apple cider and rum cocktail with ginger beer. A delicious drink to serve for Thanksgiving dinner.
Prep Time 2 mins
Total Time 2 mins
Course Cocktail, Drink, Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 2 servings


  • Cocktail glasses


  • 4 oz Spiced Rum
  • 3 oz Apple cider
  • 4 oz Ginger beer


  • Add ice and 2oz rum to each glass
  • Pour 2oz of apple cider to each glass
  • Finish by adding 2oz of ginger beer to each glass
  • Stir and garnish with apple slices or cinnamon sticks; serve   

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