Thanksgiving is about being thankful for the things we have in life, and we all look forward to the time where we get to gather around different Thanksgiving drinks and delicious food! But if you have kids or people who don’t drink alcoholic beverages attending, you’ll want to make sure you have Thanksgiving drinks that they can enjoy as well!
When you’re thinking of Thanksgiving drinks, it may seem like alcohol and Thanksgiving go hand in hand, but for a lot of people that just isn’t the case. Some adults don’t drink for health or for personal reasons and showing up to Thanksgiving dinner to find the only drink available to them is water sounds unappealing. Another reason to add some non-alcoholic Thanksgiving drinks to your table is for the kids! Kids want to be involved with all of the traditions, and when it comes to the toasts they’ll feel left out if they don’t have anything to drink.
There are so many different Thanksgiving drinks to serve that don’t need alcohol! Whether you’re looking to serve the most delicious drink, include the kids in the festivities, or have your drinks match an aesthetic, we’ve got you covered with this list of Thanksgiving drinks!
Classic Thanksgiving Punch
Part of the joy of showing up for dinner is seeing a huge glass bowl full of one of the most beloved Thanksgiving drinks, punch! Kids and adults simply love scooping out their own drinks and enjoying the holiday spirit it creates.
Thyme and Joy bring us a delicious recipe for a classic Thanksgiving Punch that will have your guests going back for more and more. Plus this recipe is so simple and includes the best holiday ingredients – apples, oranges, and cranberries! If you wanted to make an alcoholic version of this, you can simply add in a few shots of Jack Daniels and have your own separate “adult” drink.
“Champagne” Sparkling Cider
It’s time to go around the table and say what we’re thankful for! Most of the time, this means the adults are popping open the bottle of champagne to toast at the end of each speech. As the adults laugh and cheers, oftentimes the kids are sitting there with no way to participate.
Instead of leaving the kids out, have them join in on the fun with the Thanksgiving drinks! Buying a simple bottle of sparkling cider and placing it in a fancy glass can make a huge difference in the kid’s fun. You can even give them the chance to pop their own bottle and make speeches as well. You’ll have a smile on your face seeing how thankful the kids are and you may even hear things in their speech that will surprise you.
Read more: 10 Fun Thanksgiving Snacks for Kids
Apple Cider Punch
Why not have your pie and drink it too! Nothing screams Thanksgiving drinks and the holidays quite like an apple-flavored beverage. Adding in simple cut apples on top will give this drink a sense of elegance on the dinner table.
The Cookie Rookie brings us a delicious Apple Cider Punch that pairs perfectly with an apple or pear pie! With four simple ingredients, this drink will have your guests prepped and ready to fill their bellies with a delicious dessert.
Candy Corn Punch
This pretty drink will have kids swooning over the color! Not to mention, once they find out that there is ice cream inside of this Thanksgiving drink, all bets are off! This will hands-down be the top favorite Thanksgiving drink that the kids will look forward to each year.
The recipe is super simple, and only requires three to five ingredients! Here’s what you’ll need:
- 2 L Orange Soda
- 2 L Mango juice
- 4-5 cups vanilla ice cream
- Whipped Cream (optional)
- Candy corn (optional)
How to Assemble:
- Choose a large pitcher, preferably one with a larger opening at the top to hold the ice cream.
- Pour in Orange Soda and Mango Juice and stir until well combined.
- Scoop out ice cream and gently press it into the pitcher.
- Top with whipped cream and candy corn for an extra pizzaz! The whipped cream will hold the candy corn a little easier, but it’s not necessary.
The best part of Thanksgiving drinks is creating a beautiful and aesthetically pleasing layout, so don’t feel limited on the amount of candy corn you put in!
Cranberry Thyme Shrub
Everyone looks forward to a good cranberry sauce at Thanksgiving dinner. But serving Thanksgiving drinks that include cranberries will quench their thirst and alleviate their mouth-watering for too long as they wait for the big meal. When you’re heading out to the store, make sure to pick up an extra bag of cranberries for decorating and topping drinks.
The Proportional Plate brings us a recipe for a Cranberry Thyme Shrub that you can make ahead of time! Not only can you use this shrub to create a delicious and pretty mocktail, but you can also toss it in your dressings or use it as a glaze.
Non Alcoholic Sangria
You may not have time to create beautiful and delicious Thanksgiving drinks that kids will love while the turkey is cooking. Instead, consider drinks that you can make a few days in advance! Sangria is one of those Thanksgiving drinks that taste better a few hours or overnight after putting it together. The delicious fruits inside this drink need time to soak up all the flavor.
Recipes From a Pantry gives us a nonalcoholic sangria that kids and adults will be reaching for all day. With the ability to truly customize what flavor juice (pomegranate, cranberry, and even orange), you won’t have to worry about picky eaters not enjoying the drink. Plus, the kids will love being able to fish the fruit out of the drink and enjoy it all together.
Read more: Scrumptious Thanksgiving Starters
Pumpkin Pie Punch
No more having your guests stare at the dessert table and wait for dinner to be done to dive into the pies. Thanksgiving drinks that replicate the most sought out deserts will have your kids feeling satisfied all the way until dessert is served. Plus, creating this Pumpkin Pie punch is easy given that you’ll already have the ingredients from your pie.
- 1 L Ginger Ale
- 1/4 cup of Pumpkin Puree
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice
- Whipped Cream and Cinnamon (for topping)
How to Assemble:
- Combine all ingredients and mix well.
- Pour over ice.
- Top with the desired amount of whipped cream and sprinkle with cinnamon
It’s really that easy! You can even create this drink while assembling your pumpkin pie. Simply toss in a little bit of filling material (before you add in the egg) and you’ll be good to go!
Caramel Apple Mocktail
Time to break out the caramel and let the kids enjoy a caramel apple Thanksgiving drink! With the perfect recipe from Savor the Flavour, the kids will be reaching for more, and the adults will comment on how beautiful and delicious this is.
If you’re wanting to add a little more pizzaz for the kids, you can create your own caramel apples and stick them on the side of the glasses. The kids will feel like they are being completely spoiled and it’ll bring even more life to the dinner table.
Sometimes it is just so hard to get the kids involved when it comes to prepping things for Thanksgiving. But luckily for you, you can give them a science experiment that can become one of the Thanksgiving drinks you serve. Introducing ginger beer.
While you may be able to buy ginger beer at the store, kids will be thrilled that they can make their own and provide value to the holiday. They’ll be looking at it on the counter every day wanting to taste it to see if it’s ready or not. Have them start by making it in an old coke bottle and work their way up to a fancy glass to serve on Thanksgiving Day. Watch the kids walk around during dinner and brag about how they made some of the Thanksgiving drinks that everyone is enjoying – it’ll bring a smile to everyone’s face!
Tori Avey tells us how to make the perfect ginger beer that you’ll want to make all year round!
Blueberry Mojito Mocktail
Not all kids love apple or spicy Thanksgiving drinks, so don’t feel limited to create something that they won’t like just because it fits the theme. Some kids simply don’t like the thought of drinking apples, but you’ll want to make sure that they have a drink that will make them feel included as well! Plus throwing in Thanksgiving drinks that complement the meal but don’t necessarily match it will be something every kid and guest will be thankful for.
Get ready to fall in love with this Blueberry Mojito Mocktail that The Merry Thought has brought us!
One of the best parts of creating a Thanksgiving dinner is having a few Thanksgiving drinks as you cook. The classic mimosa as you start your afternoon cooking is something that every parent looks forward to. But if your kids are helping you cook, they may want to take part in the tradition of running around the kitchen and toasting throughout the process.
Instead of pushing the kids out of the kitchen, make a few “Mom”mosas that everyone can enjoy! Simply pour some sparkling cider in a champagne flute and top it with some orange juice. A little gesture like this (along with blasting some tunes) can help keep kids motivated to help you around the cooking process.
As the holiday is coming to an end, you’ll want to top off the evening with a warm desert to help soothe the belly and get people ready for the rest of the holiday season. Hot chocolate is one of those thanksgiving drinks that is truly the cherry on top of the holiday. At the end of the day, snuggle up to a fire with some fancy hot chocolate and bask in the things that you’re most thankful for.
Whether you’re preparing Thanksgiving drinks for kids to enjoy, or for your friends who don’t drink alcohol, all of these recipes will be something that everyone will look forward to. And no one says you have to wait until Thanksgiving to try them. Have fun and make them throughout the entire holiday season, and when Thanksgiving comes you’ll have the recipes perfected.
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