The Best After-Dinner Drinks for Thanksgiving

Already stuffed to the brim, it seems impossible to consume anything else. Yet, when someone suggests an after-dinner drink, you may want to consider. Known as a digestif, these drinks are enjoyed after dinner, consequently to aid in digestion. And, the more indulgent your meal, the more likely you’ll benefit from a digestif after it. Some of these may surprise you, while others might be a household tradition. Here are our recommendations for the best after-dinner drinks for Thanksgiving.

Traditional After-Dinner Drinks

Depending on your taste, traditional after-dinner drinks have a huge range from strong to sweet. Many can be mixed into cocktails that create classic drinks for the holidays. So, unbuckle that belt, sit back and sip on these digestifs.

after-dinner drinks

  • Scotch
  • Whiskey
  • Bourbon
  • Amaretto
  • Coffee liqueur
  • Brandy
  • Grand Marnier
  • Cognac
  • Irish cream
  • Dessert wine


This isn’t just a shot best taken with Red Bull. Made of 56 different herbs and similar ingredients, Jägermeister, most noteworthy, originated as a digestif. Forget the image of college kids downing shots at the bar. It is liqueur that has a slightly fruity taste without being too overly sweet. Serve room temperature and neat, or on the rocks.

Classic Cocktail Recipes

Irish Coffee

  • 3 ounces Hot Coffee
  • 1.5 ounces Irish Whiskey
  • 1 ounce Fresh Cream
  • 1 teaspoon of brown sugar

Brandy Alexander
1-ounce of each

  • Cognac
  • Crème de Cacao
  • Fresh Cream

White Russian

  • 1.75 ounces Vodka
  • .75 ounces Kahlua
  • 1 ounce Fresh Cream


  • 2 dashes angostura bitters
  • 1 ounce sweet vermouth
  • 2 1/2 bourbon
  • 1 maraschino cherry

Extra-Stormy Dark & Stormy

  • 2 ounces Lemon-Ginger Brew
  • 2 ounces dark rum
  • Club soda

Cider Spritz

  • 6 ounces chilled hard apple cider, preferably semi-dry
  • 2 ounces cognac
  • 1 (3 x 1/2-inch) strip orange zest

In conclusion, still have questions about what to serve guests, or what to give the host? Festival Wine and Spirits has the answers about the best after dinner drinks for Thanksgiving. Therefore stop in for everything you need this holiday season!