23 Cocktails to Perk Up Your Thanksgiving

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It’s that time of year again. The snow is falling, Christmas decorations are already up, the year is passing faster than any before it. However you spend the day, if you’re anything like me, you’ll appreciate a little drink at the end…Or at the beginning. We have you covered.

This comprehensive list of cocktails has something for everyone, make them for your friends and family to impress them all. Or just find your favorite, use it to help pass the time and make the day a little more relaxing.

Impress the ladies with the Cranberry Margarita:

CRANBERRY MARGARITA

1 1/2 cups cranberry juice cocktail (*see note below for optional homemade cranberry juice)
3/4 cup fresh lime juice
3/4 cup tequila
1/2 cup orange-flavored liqueur, such as Cointreau or Triple Sec
ice cubes

DIRECTIONS:

Stir all ingredients together until blended.  Serve over ice in sugar- or salt-rimmed glasses, garnished with fresh cranberries and lime wedges if desired.

Or, if you’re after something with a little more “kick,” try the Knockout Bourbon Punch:

KNOCKOUT BOURBON PUNCH

8 cinnamon sticks, toasted
1 750ml bottle of bourbon
8 oz. granulated sugar
4 oz. ginger juice
4 oz. lemon juice
4 oz. unsweetened cranberry juice
6 oz. Malmsey Madeira
24 oz. sparkling or soda water
Fresh nutmeg

DIRECTIONS:

Let cinnamon sticks sit overnight in bourbon. Strain. Stir sugar into the juices until completely dissolved. Pour juice/sugar blend, Madeira, and cinnamon-infused bourbon into a punch bowl and stir. Top with sparkling water and stir again. Grate a healthy amount of nutmeg—about a quarter of the whole—on top.

To serve, pour 3 oz. over ice in a punch cup. Garnish with a cranberry and a sprig of mint.

Go read the rest of the list and find the perfect cocktail for perking up your Thanksgiving.

 


About Sam Brinson

Sam is a writer living in Uruguay. Sam follows the latest in aging break throughs.

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