Given the nature of Thanksgiving dinner—what with its family feuds and uncomfortable political discussions—, it's best to have a large amount of alcohol on hand to keep things cheery. The easiest way to do this? Whip up a large batch of fall punch using household ingredients like cinnamon, apple cider, lemon, tea, and sugar. Spike the mix with some of your favorite whiskey, rum, or brandy—with a splash of aromatic bitters if you've got them—and you're all set. Though you can follow a recipe, it's best to use a simple bartender's trick of proportions: six cups of alcohol to two cups of a sour ingredient to two cups of a sweet ingredient. To avoid dilution, use the biggest ice cubes you can find, or wait until guests are ready to drink before adding in smaller cubes of ice. For garnish, you can never go wrong with simple citrus wheels.