3 Easy-to-Make Cranberry Drinks to Enjoy With Thanksgiving Dinner

Got extra cranberries? Make a drink!

While every Thanksgiving menu has a main dish (usually turkey or some meat-free alternative) along with several sides as well as pies and other sweet treats for dessert, the Thanksgiving drink is often overlooked in favor of typical beverages like wine.

However, if you'd like to craft a designated libation for your holiday feast this year (or want to upgrade your usual choice), there are several easy-to-make cranberry drinks that will take your Turkey Day celebration to the next level. Not only do these drinks look festive and taste delicious, but they're also a clever way to use up any extra cranberries you may have lying around after you've made your cranberry sauce. Even if you're not hosting Thanksgiving this year, these beverages (including some alcohol-free options) make a great potluck contribution.

What's more? These drinks, which call for either fresh or frozen cranberries or cranberry juice cocktail (sometimes both), require very little effort to prepare. In fact, some can be made ahead of time, and many of them are crafted with ingredients you likely already have at home. Additionally, because of the obvious cranberry inclusion, these drinks will pair well with any Thanksgiving meal.

Cranberry Drink Recipes

Need some cranberry drink inspiration? Check out the cranberry-filled cocktail recipes below.

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Campari and Cranberry Jello Shots

Campari and Cranberry Jello Shots

This recipe lets you pair cranberry juice, powdered gelatin, and Campari for an extra fun take on holiday drinking.

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Four pink cosmopolitans in tall cocktail glasses, each with an orange twist

The Spruce Eats / Cara Cormach

You can never go wrong with a beloved-by-all Cosmo. This is a great batch cocktail option if you're planning a large Thanksgiving celebration.

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Cranberry-Lemon Spritz

Greg DuPree

In case you haven't noticed, cranberries and citrus fruits are quite the dynamic duo. This recipe features frozen cranberries as well as cranberry juice cocktail, fresh lemon juice, a touch of sugar, vodka, and club soda. The result is a drink that's both refreshing and bright.

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