Are you looking for some great cocktails to serve at your next holiday party? These four drinks are a perfect addition to your Thanksgiving soiree. By using fruits and garnishes that blend with your fall feast theme, these drinks offer a twist to your usual fare.
Cranberries and Thanksgiving go hand in hand. A bog fruit, discovered by the early Massachusetts settlers, cranberries are not only delicious, but offer wonderful health benefits as well. The first two drinks feature cranberries prominently in their recipe and garnish.
1. Cranberry-Vanilla Mimosas
This drink is beautiful in presentation and a wonderful way to begin the day’s festivities.
• Cranberry Juice, chilled
• Sparkling wine
• Small ice cubes or crushed ice
• Pure vanilla extract or vanilla bean
Combine 2 to 3 cubes of chilled cranberry juice and ice in a cocktail shaker. Add 3 teaspoons pure vanilla extract. Shake well to mix. Pour into champagne glasses, filling halfway. Fill remainder of glass with sparkling wine. For an extra sweet touch, rim the glasses with sugar before filling. Garnish with halved vanilla beans. Serves 4.
2. Cranberry Mojitos
Although traditionally a summer drink, this minty rum concoction seems to welcome the Thanksgiving season with the addition of cranberries.
- fresh mint leaves
- 1/2 cup sugar (can substitute sugar cane juice)
- 1 3/4 cups light rum
- 1 1/4 cups lime juice
- 3/4 cup frozen cranberry juice cocktail concentrate, thawed
- 2 10-ounce bottles chilled sparkling water (can substitute champagne)
Place mint leaves in the bottom of a large pitcher. Add sugar, rum and lime juice. Stir to dissolve sugar in liquid. Muddle. Add thawed cranberry juice and sparkling water. Mix in five cups of ice. Garnish with lime wedges and mint sprigs. This recipe makes 6 servings.
3. Harvest Cocktail
Looking for a great after dinner cocktail? This beautiful drink not only glows with autumnal colors, the cognac and apple brandy make it a comforting taste sensation.
- 1/4 cup Cognac
- 1/4 cup apple brandy
- 2 tablespoons orange liqueur
- 2 tablespoons pear liqueur
- 4 1/2 teaspoons fresh lime juice
- Dash of orange or grapefruit bitters
- Ice cubes
- 2 lime slices
Mix first 6 ingredients in cocktail shaker. Add ice. Cover and shake. Strain between 2 coupe glasses. Garnish with orange peel spirals and float a lime slice in each glass. Serves 2.
4. Spirited Hot Apple Cider
After a long day of cooking, flag football, feasting and giving thanks, what better way to end the evening than with a warm mug of apple cider! Although cider takes a little longer to prepare, it not only tastes delicious, it fills your home with a wonderful, comforting aroma.
- 1 orange
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 3 cinnamon sticks
- 10 whole allspice
- 10 whole cloves
- 6 cups apple cider
- 1/4 cup dark rum
- 1/4 cup applejack (optional)
Remove orange peel in strips from orange. Over medium heat, melt butter in heavy large saucepan. Add peel, sugar, 3 cinnamon sticks, allspice and cloves; stir 1 minute. Add cider and bring to simmer. Reduce heat to low and simmer 20 minutes. Mix in rum and applejack. Strain and serve in mugs. Garnish with spiral orange peels and cinnamon sticks. Makes approximately 6 servings