6 Thanksgiving Cocktail and Dish Pairings

A delicious cocktail and a Thanksgiving dish go together like pumpkin pie and whipped cream. We’ve paired up some of our favorite Thanksgiving dishes with hand-crafted cocktails, courtesy of our Liquid Chef Billie Keithley, you can easily make at home this holiday season. So, impress your guests with perfectly paired flavors. Recipes below.

Note, the Breckenridge Distillery Restaurant and retail shop at the Distillery and Main Street will be closed Thanksgiving day.

Thanksgiving, cocktails, hand-crafted cocktails, Breck distillery, Breckenridge

We are elevating tradition. We’ve taken the bold flavors in our spirits and paired them with some of Thanksgiving’s most traditional dishes like juicy turkey,  Brussel sprouts with cranberry and a fluffy pumpkins dessert to name a few, some prepared by our Breckenridge Distillery Restaurant Executive Chef, Richard Calton. Sit back, relax, eat, drink and be merry this Thanksgiving.

We like to start the day with a warm sipper as you prepare your delicious Thanksgiving feast.

Maple Cider
1-1/2oz Breckenridge Spiced Rum
1oz blackberry juice
1/2oz maple syrup
Top with hot cider
Garnish with blackberries dusted with maple sugar


We’ve taken our Breckenridge Bourbon, combined with locally sourced Honeybee Keep Honey, to create this honey glazed Colorado Turkey dish. The bold flavors of the turkey glaze paired with the spices of the Happy Dramsgiving will have your mouth watering for leftovers.

Happy Dramsgiving
2oz Breckenridge Bourbon
1/2oz Allspice Dram*
1 dash orange bitters
Orange zest
Stir ingredients. Serve over ice.
**Allspice Dram Recipe:
2 cups Breckenridge Spiced Rum
2oz brown sugar
3 cups water
4oz allspice berries
2 cinnamon sticks
1 clove

Muddle all spices, berries, breaking them up into pieces, not overdoing it. Add the Breckenridge Spiced Rum and berries together in a seal tight jar. Shake. Let steep for 5 days, shaking daily. Add cinnamon sticks broken into 2. After 2 more days add clove. After 10 days of steeping and shaking daily, strain out solids. Over medium heat, add brown sugar and stir until dissolved. Turn off heat. Add the Dram mix. Let cool. Put everything into the seal tight jar. Refrigerate for a couple more days before using. This is served superbly with Breckenridge Bourbon. Served hot is excellent. Cold is beautiful too.


A beloved turkey day staple that should find its way to every table. The earthy sweetness of the yams is juxtaposed perfectly with this snappishly balanced cocktail.

The Season to be Berry
1-1/2oz Breckenridge Pear Vodka
1tbs Lingonberry jam
1/2oz lemon juice
4oz cranberry juice
Shake all ingredients with ice
Garnish with mint and cranberry


Delicious barrel charred, maple roasted Brussels sprouts and cranberry jam add the perfect pop of color at your Thanksgiving dinner table. Our maple syrup is aged in Breck Bourbon barrels, giving you a distinct flavor of charred oak bourbon. This cocktail and dish pairing offer the perfect balance of tartness and sweetness between the cranberries, pears, apples, and figs in the cocktail and the Brussels sprouts, bacon, jam, and almonds.

Thanksgiving, cocktails, hand-crafted cocktails, Breck distillery, Breckenridge

Crisp Harvest
1-1/2oz Breckenridge Pear Vodka
1oz fig, pear, apple shrub*
4oz pear/apple juice
1oz cranberry juice
Garnish with cranberries and apples
Shake ingredients. Serve over ice.

*Homemade Shrub- Over medium heat, add 3oz fig jam, 4oz unfiltered apple cider, 3oz pear juice. 2oz of cider vinegar, 6oz brown sugar. Stir until dissolved. Let cool.


This pairing balances the bitter, spice and fat with the richness of the season. Slightly bitter squash and rich bacon meld harmoniously with the spiced piquant flavors of this seasonal sipper; bring an old tradition to the dinner table. You may have to ask Grandma for her recipe.

Winter’s Chai
1-1/2oz Breckenridge Spiced Whiskey
1-1/2oz chai tea
3oz almond milk
3/4oz honey simple
Shake all ingredients with ice
Garnish with freshly grated nutmeg


You will definitely want to save room for this pairing. Spiced pumpkin cheesecake with graham cracker crust, sea salt carmel drizzle, top with fresh homemade whipped cream and an almond tuile treat. That is a mouth full. The Spiced Whiskey and honey cardamom pairs perfectly with the spices of the pumpkin cheesecake.

Thanksgiving, cocktails, hand-crafted cocktails, Breck distillery, Breckenridge

Ten Mile Toddy
1-1/2oz Breckenridge Spiced Whiskey
3/4oz toasted cardamom honey simple*
1/2oz lemon juice
Top with hot water

*Homemade Simple- Over medium heat in a skillet, toast 25 cardamom pods. Add cardamom, 12oz water, 6oz honey, 6oz brown sugar. Stir until dissolved. Turn off heat and cover. Let rest for 6 hours. Strain and bottle.

Looking for other delicious cocktails you can easily make at home? Read more about our winter cocktails, Christmas cocktails and Bloody Mary’s. Cheers and happy Thanksgiving from all of us at the Breckenridge Distillery.


Start typing and press Enter to search

Mixology terms, mixology, Breckenridge distillery, breck distillery