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The season of Thanksgiving often calls for wine at the table. But if you want to spice things up a bit, there’s nothing wrong with going for some cocktails. Here are 7 easy ideas that can help get the holiday party started.

  1. Champagne Orange

Easy and refreshing, this cocktail gives  a twist to your toast! All you need is:

  • 1 sugar cube
  • 3 dashes of orange bitters
  • 3 oz. Champagne
  • an orange or lemon twist for garnishing

Combine the ingredients except the sugar cube into a cocktail shaker that is filled with ice. Shake and pour it into chilled Champagne flutes with a sugar cube inside, then garnish! Another variation is the Valencia, where you can add half an ounce of Apricot Liqueur into the mix. It’s easy, breezy, and it gives all the right feelings!

  1. Cranberry Julep

Balance out all those meat and cholesterol you’ll be chowing down on Thanksgiving with a sweet and refreshing cocktail.

  • 1 cup water
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 2 strips fresh orange peel
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries
  • 1 cup bourbon
  • 8 sprigs of fresh mint

Heat the water, sugar and orange peel until it boils. Then, add the cranberries and let it cook for about 2-3 minutes, or up until it pops and split but still holding shape. Remove the mixture from the heat and allow it cool to room temperature. Refrigerate it afterwards, and this baby can last you for a week!

Strain the solids out and place 1 quart for every glass you serve then stir in the bourbon and some crushed ice. You can add cranberries and mint as garnish.

  1. Easy-Peasy Eggnog

Who says you can’t make eggnog a holiday before Christmas? Here’s an easy recipe that could cut corners but still delivers a rich and tasty drink that oozes with holiday goodness!

  • 1 container vanilla ice cream
  • 1/3 cup rum or bourbon
  • .13 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg

In a microwave safe bowl, melt ice cream by giving it 2-3 minutes in the microwave and stir any clumps. Add the rum and nutmeg and whisk it until it is combined. Cover this with plastic wrap and refrigerate for an hour or a day. Whisk well before serving it in a punch bowl or individual glasses and sprinkle some nutmeg.

  1. Warm and Toasty

This cocktail is a good indication of exactly what you are getting. It’s a perfect drink for when you want to cozy up at home with family but with a dose of fun. You just need the following:

  • 2 parts whiskey
  • 1/2 parts grenadine
  • 1/2 parts lemon juice
  • 4 parts hot water

An Irish glass would be preferable for this recipe, however, any would do. You simply pour all the ingredients into the glass and then stir together. Garnish with a cinnamon stick and you’re done!

  1. Apple Cider Mimosas

For that special Thanksgiving brunch, you can amp up your mimosas for the occasion. After all, there is nothing a little bubbly can’t fix. This easy recipe starts with the following ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 c. apple cider
  • 1 bottle of champagne

Combine sugar and cinnamon in a small plate. Take your champagne flutes and dip the rim in water just to get it wet, then a dip into the cinnamon-sugar mixture follows. Fill the champagne flutes 1/4 full with apple cider and then finish the remaining space with champagne. You can add some apple slices for garnish. Enjoy!

  1. Pinot Punch

    • 2 ounce Pinot Grigio/Pinot Noir
    • 1/2 ounce lemon juice or ginger ale
    • 3/4 ounce brown sugar syrup
    • 3 cranberies
    • 3 sage leaves

Muddle the sage leaves and cranberries in a cocktail shaker, then add the brown sugar, syrup, lemon juice, wine and pomegranate juice. Fill the shaker with ice then shake all the ingredient vigorously. Strain into a glass and garnish with some sage and cranberries. Cheers!

  1. Cranberry Cinnammon Cocktail Ingredients

Blogger Mallery of The Horrible Housewives, shared this recipe. It can easily please any guest you’re expecting this Thanksgiving. It includes the following ingredients:

  • 64 ounce cranberry juice
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 oranges, juiced – yielding 1 cup
  • 8 teaspoon sugar
  • 8 ounce rum
  • orange slices and cinnamon sticks for garnish

You start by juicing the oranges until it yields one cup. Then pour all the ingredients into a slow cooker to get the magic started. It should take an hour before it is ready to be served. If all that scent while it is brewing doesn’t get you into the mood for the season, I don’t know what will.

Just as it is so aromatic, it also doesn’t fall short on taste. You can skip on the rum, however, rum just make things more interesting adding another depth of flavour.

As we edge on closer to the holidays, it helps to have some good cocktail knowledge working to prepare you for some entertaining. Great food and good conversations is what drives us to look forward to these occasions, but it’s definitely the drinks that makes things interesting.

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