Make impeccable homemade cocktails this holiday season

By Erik Mathes

With Thanksgiving coming up, we’re pretty sure you’re focusing most of your energy on the food you’re going to cook. But what about the drinks? While turkey, stuffing, and cranberry sauce are at the forefront of your mind, you might be forgetting about the equally important boozy beverages that you’ll be mixing for your guests.

Thanksgiving isn’t just any holiday—it’s the holiday when eating and drinking is just as important as coming together with your loved ones. So the last thing you want to be doing is spending your valuable time concocting cocktails. That’s where Cocktail Crate comes into the equation.

The Queens, NY–based company is all about making your life as an at-home mixologist easy as sweet potato pie (well, actually, even easier). Founder Alex Abbott Boyd became obsessed with craft cocktails in college and this obsession carried over into a stint as a management consultant for beverage companies. His expertise led him to build a network of the best ingredient suppliers around the world for him to source from when creating his unique, gourmet cocktail mixers.

Today, you can find Abbott Boyd’s passion bottled in Cocktail Crate’s diverse selection of mixers, such as the Spicy Michelada (with notes of orange, lime, and sriracha), Ginger Bee (with fresh ginger, honey, and cloves), and Maple Whiskey Sour (with deep maple flavor and lemon). The best part—besides the yum factor—is how easy Abbott Boyd’s mixers are to use: Just mix the right amount of booze and mixer (suggested ratios are on the back of each bottle), shake with ice, and serve.

Instead of getting stuck working up cocktails from scratch nonstop this Thanksgiving, do yourself a solid with these luxurious liquids, and make impressive cocktails with ease. And if you can’t decide on a flavor, you can score a four-flavor Party Pack and offer your guests some variety. Whichever way you go, you’ll be feeling thankful for the extra holiday time—and awesome cocktails—you’ll get to savor this year.

Word on the Street

  • Cocktail Crate was highlighted by Eater as part of the revolution of making craft cocktails at home.
  • Featured on Crafted Workshop for its “diverse” and “delicious” flavors.
  • Gentleman’s Gazette named Cocktail Crate as a great gift for the men in your life.
  • The NY Daily News gave a shout-out to the Sriracha Margarita mixer.
  • The Kitchn raved about the Spicy Michelada mixer.

Two ways to toast the season

Cocktail Crate founder Alex Abbott Boyd started his company at the ripe old age of 24, after a successful Kickstarter campaign helped him meet his fundraising goal of $5,000. In those early days, Abbott Boyd would bottle everything himself by hand and make deliveries using the NYC subway.

For Thanksgiving, he recommends mixing up a spiced old-fashioned by following this simple recipe:

Spiced old-fashioned
4 parts Bourbon or rye
1 part Cocktail Crate Spiced Old-Fashioned Mixer

Combine, stir with ice, and enjoy.

Abbott Boyd also recommends the Maple Apple Bourbon, a simple cocktail that’s perfect for autumn:

Maple-apple Bourbon
2 oz Cocktail Crate Maple Whiskey Sour
2 oz premium Bourbon whiskey
1/2 apple muddled (or blended)
1 egg white

Combine, shake with ice, and enjoy.