Make amazing cocktails this Friendsgiving with these spirits

Photo courtesy of NEFT Vodka

Many of us celebrated Thanksgiving last year in a more virtual way, but this year we know that friends and family are ready to come together and celebrate the holidays together. While wine may be your go-to for turkey dinner, we’ve got other spirits ideas to bring along for Friendsgiving, Thanksgiving, or throughout the holidays.

Vodka NEFT

Box of NEFT vodka and martini glass
Photo courtesy of NEFT Vodka

Start the conversation with the cool packaging used by NEFT Vodka and continue with the cocktails. While cranberry vodka pairs well with turkey, we challenge you to mix things up and give your guests options like the NEFT Pumpkin Spiced White Russian.

NEFT Russian White Spicy Pumpkin

  • 1.75 oz NEFT ultra-premium vodka
  • .75 oz coffee liqueur
  • .75 oz pumpkin spice cream

Combine all the ingredients in a mason jar and stir lightly. Garnish with pumpkin
spicy biscotti and a hint of cinnamon.

Another fun cocktail to add to your Friendsgiving menu is the NEFT Honey Bear.

NEFT Honey Bear

  • 2 ounces of NEFT vodka
  • 1 ounce of lemon juice
  • 0.5 oz of honey syrup
  • 5 raspberries
  • 1 splash of prosecco

Crush the raspberries and add all the ingredients to the mold with ice. Shake
vigorously and pour into the glass. Garnish with prosecco. Garnish with a lemon wedge and
fresh mint.

NEFT is a premium vodka made in Austria. NEFT is made from water filtered for fifty years and four ancient rye grains. We love the unique packaging because it can fit in a suitcase without worrying about it breaking, either used by the pool or going to the beach. A welcome bonus is that you can chill the barrel and it stays cold for hours, making it the perfect party companion.

Spirits Ranch2O

pumpkin pie with drinks on table
Dixie Dixon photo credit

Canned cocktails are very popular right now, but not all are created equal. Spirits Ranch2O found a winning combination with their Cranberry Soda Vodka. Pour into a glass over ice and mash some fresh cranberries if you like or even add a squeeze of lime. With just 150 calories, there’s room for more turkey, dressing, and pie. (but it’s Thanksgiving, so who’s counting the calories?) They’re easy to drink and made in Texas with real vodka. With a mantra like “Kick Back. Stay Awhile ”, and great flavor, we’re really digging this ready-to-drink cocktail.

BACARDÍ cocktail courier kits

bottle of bacardi and tiki mug
Photo courtesy of Bacardi

Do you have a bartender in your group of friends? Maybe you like to mix your own drinks with friends, then take a look at these super cool BACARDÍ Cocktail Courier Kits.

old-fashioned cocktail
Photo courtesy of the Trademark

It would be fun to try something different like SANTA TERESA 1796 Old Fashioned Cafe, which is available via the Cocktail Courier kit The kit includes everything you need to make this tinted coffee take, including a glass and a roll and pour a jigger. This kit makes six drinks, making it the perfect amount for a small dinner party or as a gift to friends!

Fancy some adventure, how about BACARDÍ Matcha Mangrove. Made with BACARDÍ Añejo Cuatro, this cocktail proves that matcha is not just made for tea or lattes. This Mangrove Matcha Kit can be delivered directly to your door via Cocktail Courier. The kit makes eight drinks. In addition to the ingredients, the kit includes: 2 BACARDÍ ceramic tiki mugs and 2 palm tree stir sticks.

If you’re hosting a large group, you might want to try BACARDÍ and MARTINI & ROSSI’s ultimate Friendsgiving punch, the Orchard Tea Punch. Made with BACARDÍ Reserva Ocho and MARTINI & ROSSI Riserva Speciale Ambrato Vermouth, this punch serves up to 20 guests and is the perfect fall-inspired bevvy to accompany your Friendsgiving gathering. The ingredients to make this cocktail are available for purchase on Drizly, HERE.

Kentucky Mindless 74

And, we have not forgotten the designated driver in the group. Spiritless Kentucky 74 is an alcohol-free distilled spirit, the first of its kind, designed for bourbon cocktails. It is also the perfect solution for the friend who cannot drink alcohol for dietary or medical reasons. Another bonus, the all-natural product contains only 10% of the calories of bourbon … that means more dessert, right? Kentucky 74 is blended and bottled in Texas and is available in 750ml bottles to buy online and at Total Wine and other select retailers across the country.

The Spiritless Brown Derby should pair well with anything on your Friendsgiving menu!

cocktail in glass
Photo courtesy of Spiritless Kentucky 74

Brown derby without spirit


  • 2 oz. Kentucky Mindless 74
  • 1 grapefruit (juice)
  • ½ ounce Honey syrup (2: 1 water honey)

Shake the ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with grapefruit rind.

Whatever you drink during this Friendsgiving, remember to drink responsibly and never drive drunk.


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