We hope you have your flannels out and fireplaces on, Fall is here! While whiskey may be flowing in the family’s glasses this Thanksgiving, it doesn’t have to stop there. Check out this whiskey turkey brine recipe that is sure to make your mouth water and going back for seconds.  

Don’t get stuck with Uncle Paul’s dry turkey again this year, take it under your belt. The best part of this recipe? You have the whiskey bottle close so you can take sips whenever you please. No one’s judging… it’s the Holidays!

This turkey brine recipe will be the perfect new taste to bring to this years Thanksgiving dinner. It doesn’t get butter than this. Here are a few bottles that work well with this recipe:


  • 3 cups whiskey
  • Two 12.5-ounce bottle pure maple syrup
  • 1 cup kosher salt
  • 3 tablespoons tricolor peppercorns
  • 5 bay leaves
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 sprigs fresh rosemary, leaves stripped off 
  • Peel of 3 large oranges, cut into large strips 
  • Peel of 2 red apples
  • Peel of 2 green apples


Combine the whiskey, maple syrup, salt, peppercorns, bay leaves, garlic, rosemary, orange peel, apple peel and 8 cups (2 quarts) water in a large pot. Bring to a boil uncovered, stirring to dissolve the salt, then turn off the heat and cover. Allow to cool completely, then place in the fridge to chill.

Want to see the full Maple-Whiskey Turkey Recipe? Check out at the full recipe here

Need a cocktail to pair with your turkey? Here is a list of our favorites!

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