Thanksgiving Cocktails To Get You Through The Holiday (PHOTOS)

11/12/2013 10:23 pm ET

There are so many important elements of the Thanksgiving meal -- but between the turkey, the mashed potatoes and the pie, cocktails can often be an afterthought. But we've all experienced the importance of pairing a large meal with a good cocktail … especially when overwhelming amounts of family are involved.

When it comes to choosing a Thanksgiving cocktail, we like to draw on some of our favorite fall ingredients, especially apples, cranberries and pomegranates. It's important to choose something complex enough to hold its own against the rest of the meal, but not heavy enough to weigh you down. We've selected 12 of our favorite picks for Thanksgiving -- trust us, you won't regret setting aside a bit of time to include these on your menu.

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