The perfect Thanksgiving cocktail. This fall spiced whiskey sour features apple cider and whiskey and tastes like autumn in a glass!
The other night we went out to dinner at one of our favorite restaurants, True Food Kitchen. I love their menu and philosophy towards eating and food. And I always enjoy ordering one of their delicious cocktails.
One of my favorite things about their menu is they use seasonal ingredients and change it according to the seasons. So, for fall they had this fall spiced whiskey cocktail on the menu. It tasted so good! In fact, I decided then and there to recreate it!
Fall Spiced Whiskey Sour
It took a lot of *ahem* taste testing and tweaking, but I have finally perfected it. This is my version of the perfect Thanksgiving cocktail recipe. A fall spiced whiskey sour that is made of just 3 main ingredients and has no sugar added.
Because this tastes like fall in a glass, I knew it would make the best Thanksgiving cocktail to serve to guests. And it pairs perfectly with my Spicy Pear Punch for a non-alcoholic beverage option.
13 of The Best Thanksgiving Recipes
Before I get to all the details and tips for making this whiskey sour, I have 13 of the best Thanksgiving recipes to share with you!
Click the link below the images to get the recipes for the absolutely delicious recipes. From appetizers to desserts and everything in between, there are so many great ideas!
Pan Fried Brussels Sprouts with Bacon – The Happy Housie
Purple Sweet Potato Pie Recipe – My 100 Year Old Home
Gnocchi with Squash and Walnuts in a Sage Butter Sauce – Lemon Grove Lane
Fall Spiced Whiskey Sour – Modern Glam
Easy and Flavorful Stuffed Mushroom Recipe – Twelve On Main
Caramel Apple Pie Recipe – Jennifer Maune
Zucchini Casserole Recipe – Happy Happy Nester
Dairy-Free Green Bean Casserole – Zevy Joy
Easy Classic Thanksgiving Stuffing – Rooms For Rent
Southern Style Green Beans – A Blue Nest
Rustic Sheet Pan Vegetables – My Sweet Savannah
Homemade Orange Cranberry Sauce – Finding Lovely
Becker Family Macaroni & Cheese – Sincerely, Marie
What’s A Good Thanksgiving Cocktail
Ok, so now back to this yummy Thanksgiving cocktail. What I love most about this fall spiced whiskey sour is that it has all the flavors of fall infused into it without being too sweet or overpowering.
The apple cider adds enough sweetness that you don’t need any simple syrup or other added sugar.
And the lemon juice cuts that sweetness and enhances the flavor of the whiskey.
How To Make A Whiskey Sour
The key to making a good whiskey sour is to use a high quality bourbon whiskey. I used Basil Hayden but other good labels include Glenlivet, Johnnie Walker Black Label, Crown Royal, Maker’s Mark and Jameson.
And makes this thanksgiving cocktail extra festive is the pinch of pumpkin pie spice. It goes so well with the whiskey and truly makes this taste like autumn in a glass!
Now, if you want to make good impression, you may want to use a giant ice cube mold. This is what I always use for specialty cocktails like this one.
To make this fall spiced Thanksgiving cocktail, first fill the cocktail shaker 3/4 full of ice. Add the whiskey, apple cider, lemon juice and pinch of pumpkin pie spice (totally optional) and shake well until it is icy cold and well combined.
Strain and pour into a cocktail glass filled with fresh ice (either one large cube as I did here or a handful of regular ice) and serve. Garnish with a fresh apple slice, sprig of rosemary, fresh cranberries or anything fallish!
Recipe For Thanksgiving Cocktail
Fall Spiced Whiskey Sour
- 2 ounces whiskey
- 3 ounces apple cider
- 1 Juice of 1 lemon
- pinch pumpkin pie spice
- lots of ice
- Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker and add plenty of ice. Shake well until mixed and ice cold.
- Strain and pour into your cocktail glass filled with fresh ice. Garnish with an apple slicem, sprig of rosemary or anything festive and fallish. Cheers!