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Cocktail recipes any at-home-mixologist can shake up at Thanksgiving dinner to impress their guests. These delicious, appropriately seasonal mixed drinks are curated by some of Philadelphia’s premier bartenders and craftsmen.

Ocean Prime: Crimson Rye 



1.5 oz. Dickel Rye

.5 oz. Langley’s Gin

.5 oz. Lillet Rose

.5 oz. Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice

.5 oz. House Made Grenadine

6 drops Bittercube Blackstrap Bitters

Garnish: Star Anise Pod

“The warming spices from rye whiskey, Scottish botanicals from the Botanist Gin, black strap molasses, bitters, and licorice notes from the star anise make the Crimson Rye perfect for Autumn in Philadelphia.” – Jon Witmer, OP Bar Manager

ABOUT Ocean Prime

Ocean Prime is an award-winning modern American restaurant and lounge from renowned restaurateur Cameron Mitchell. With stunning settings, vibrant energy, an impressive menu of seafood and steaks and truly exceptional service, Ocean Prime is an ideal place to socialize, talk business, celebrate and indulge. Using the finest ingredients, Ocean Prime crafts dishes that are carefully prepared and executed with the utmost precision. An award-winning beverage program offers one of the city’s most accomplished wine lists, a compelling cocktail program and diverse beer list.  124 S. 15th St., in the heart of Center City Philadelphia. 215-563-0163;

Bluebird Distilling: Pumpkin Smash



1 oz. Vanilla-Infused White Rye Whiskey

.5 oz. Allspice-Infused White Rye Whiskey

.75 oz. Demerara Syrup

.25 oz. Lemon Juice

2 tsp. Libby’s Pumpkin Pie Mix

1 Egg White

Instructions for Whiskey Infusion:

Vanilla White Rye Infusion: Insert 1/3 of a fresh vanilla bean into 750 mL of White Rye and let sit overnight. The White Rye will take on some color, as well as the taste and aroma of the vanilla. Bean can be left to sit in the bottle indefinitely, without consequence.

Allspice White Rye Infusion: Insert 1 tbsp. of Allspice berries into 750 mL of White Rye, and let sit. After 24 hours, remove the berries from the whiskey, to prevent over-infusion and bittering of the spirit.

“The Pumpkin Smash is, quite simply, boozy pumpkin pie in a glass. The sweet and nutty nature of the White Rye Whiskey makes it a natural combination for more earthy cocktail elements, like pumpkin. The egg white binds the elements together, and brings that creamy texture and mouth-feel of a real piece of homemade pumpkin pie. Top it off with some fresh-grated cinnamon, or pumpkin pie spice if you prefer.” – Matt Giarratano, Bluebird Distilling Bar Manager

ABOUT Bluebird Distilling

Bluebird Distilling is a craft distillery producing small batch whiskeys (that includes a limited release Wheat Whiskey, Four Grain Bourbon, Rye Whiskey, and White Rye Whiskey) and other amazing craft spirits such as Juniperus Gin, Vodka, Sugarcane Rum, and Dark Rum. The distillery and tasting room are located at 100 Bridge Street, Phoenixville, PA 19460. For more information, please call 215-735-9570 or visit

The Twisted Tail: Thyme after Thyme



1.5 oz. Cranberry Infused Gin

.75 oz. Lemon Juice

.5 oz. Lemon Puree

.5 oz. Ginger Liquer

3 sprigs of thyme

Garnish: Fresh Cranberries

Instructions for Gin Infusion:

Cranberry Infused Gin: Insert fresh cranberries into the Gin and let sit for four to five days. 

“This cocktail is nice and seasonal but also very relevant and appropriate to Thanksgiving with the addition of cranberries. Every ingredient in Thyme after Thyme blends well together and pairs perfectly with the flavors of the season.” – George Reilly, Master Craftsmen and Owner of The Twisted Tail

ABOUT The Twisted Tail

The Twisted Tail is a stylish Southern-inspired contemporary American restaurant, bar and live music venue in the heart of Philadelphia’s Headhouse Square district —between bustling South Street district and historic and elegant Society Hill neighborhoods. The Twisted Tail features an extensive array of bourbons and whiskeys as well as expertly sourced craft beer and delicious homespun craft cocktails by restaurateur George Reilly. Chef Leo Forneas executes a diverse menu of contemporary cuisine with a hint of Southern accent that is perfect for sharing and enjoying. 509 S. Second St., {across from Headhouse Shambles}; 215-558-2471;