Thanksgiving Day is fast approaching, and if you’re hosting the big food fest this year, you’ll be in need of a few drink recipes to serve the crowd – before dinner, after the impromptu touch football game, or during the day’s television festivities. Here are a few recipes for both family-friendly beverages and alcohol-based beverages.
This recipe for basic Hot Apple Cider warms things up with maple syrup for flavor (allrecipes.com):
• 6 cups apple cider
• ¼ cup real maple syrup
• 2 cinnamon sticks
• 6 whole cloves
• 6 whole allspice berries
• 1 orange peel and 1 lemon peel, both cut into strips
Put cider and maple syrup in a large sauce pan or stockpot. Put spices and peels in cheesecloth and make a bundle, tying with kitchen string; drop bundle into cider mixture. Place over medium heat for 5 to 10 minutes, until cider is hot but not boiling. Remove from heat and discard spice bundle. Makes six servings.
Looking for something with a little “punch?” Try this recipe for a crowd.
• 2 quarts cranberry juice
• 1 can frozen lemonade concentrate
• 1 quart ginger ale
• 5 ounces spiced rum
In a large bowl, mix together cranberry juice and lemonade concentrate over ice. Before serving, add ginger ale and rum. Makes 12 servings.
For a fun single-serving cocktail, try the Apple Pie.
• 3 ounces apple schnapps
• splash of cinnamon schnapps
Pour apple schnapps over ice (an old-fashioned glass is best for this drink), then add cinnamon schnapps. Garnish with an apple slice and ground cinnamon if desired.
Source: Kathy Hamlin, “Bartender’s Pocket Guide” (2005)