Best Thanksgiving Cocktail Recipe: Bon Appetit’s Flaming Brandy Punch

Best Thanksgiving Cocktail Recipe: Bon Appetit’s Flaming Brandy Punch

Bon Appetit’s Flaming Brandy Punch: Our Favorite Thanksgiving Cocktail

Mulled wine is all the rage this Thanksgiving season, so the staff at Peter Salerno Inc.’s official blog went hunting for our very favorite Thanksgiving cocktail recipe incorporating the unique flavors of mulled wine. And we found it!


For years, Bon Appetit (and its sister publication/site, Epicurious) has provided readers with trendy, stylish cuisine through practical application – “life through the lens of food”, as their slogan says. So it’s no wonder that Bon Appetit provided us all with perhaps the most delicious, satisfying mulled wine drink of the season!

Bon Appetit’s Flaming Brandy Punch is one part savory, one part festive, one part spice and all parts fun! Combining the taste of the season with a spark (literally!) of entertainment, it’s the perfect Thanksgiving party cocktail for your punch bowl.

For the full recipe and details, please visit the recipe page on Bon Appetit.

Thanksgiving Cocktail Recipe: Bon Appetit’s Flaming Brandy Punch

Ingredients (Serves 18 to 20)

  • 1 1/4 cups water
  • 1 1/4 cups (packed) dark brown sugar
  • 2 cinnamon sticks, broken in half
  • 4 whole cloves
  • 1 4-inch-long strip orange peel
  • 2 750-ml bottles dry red wine
  • 1 cup fresh orange juice
  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 4 cups brandy
  • 1 whole nutmeg


Bring first 5 ingredients to boil in large pot, stirring until sugar dissolves. Add wine; stir to heat through. Pour mixture into large heatproof glass, ceramic, or metal punch bowl. Mix in orange juice and lemon juice. Holding ladle over punch bowl, fill ladle with brandy; carefully ignite. Pour into punch bowl and allow flame to burn out. Mix in remaining brandy. Grate some nutmeg over punch.

Recipe created by Melissa Clark of Bon Appetit.

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