Aperitif Cocktails for Thanksgiving

Hosting a houseful this Thanksgiving? Ease into the festivities with a round of aperitif cocktails. Lower in alcohol than more spirit-forward sippers, and with approachable, appetite-sparking flavors, these six favorite turkey-time tipples are a cinch to put together (you don’t want to spend too much time away from the stove) and just the drinks to prime palates for the food-fueled festivities ahead.

Arancia Spritz
Orange curaçao adds a dash of bittersweet depth to this lush Spritz.

Dry sherry, sweet vermouth and orange bitters cause quite a stir in this 19th-century aperitif.

Old Cuban
This hybrid between a Mojito and French 75 is an enduring classic from Pegu Club owner Audrey Saunders.

Reverse Martini
Dry vermouth takes the driver’s seat.

Sherry Tonic
With sherry instead of gin, this tall drink is gentle enough to sip all afternoon.

Washington’s Mule
This year, we’re giving thanks for this spirited apple and ginger-spiced sipper from Seattle’s Jamie Boudreau.