5 Unique Thanksgiving Cocktails To Drink With Your Fam (Recipes)

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By Cooking Panda

Thanksgiving can be stressful, y’all!

Whether you’re hosting on Turkey Day or just have to be around a home full of your relatives for hours on end, there’s a chance that you might get a bit overwhelmed and feel the need to relax.

Plus, a nice drink or two is the perfect accompaniment to an evening full of good food and good company, so you might want to mix up a couple of these on the big day to please the crowd:

1. SALT Restaurant and Bar’s The Fall Guy

Need an escape from the family? If you’re in the Los Angeles area, you can head over to SALT Restaurant & Bar at the Marina Del Rey Hotel, since they will be open on Thanksgiving day from 11 a.m. to 12 a.m. With offerings like lobster pasta, braised meatballs and avocado hummus, you’ll find a nice alternative to turkey at the restaurant, just in case somebody burns down the kitchen!

Staying in? Here’s how to make the bar’s The Fall Guy, a truly complex, deeply spiced and perfectly balanced low-ball, great as a digestif when you can’t manage another bite of turkey:

1 1/2 ounces Remy 1738
1/2 ounce Leo Apple Whiskey
1/2 ounce cinnamon syrup
1/4 ounce apple shrub
1/2 ounce lemon juice
3 dashes of Peychaud’s Bitters
2 star anise pods (for garnish)

Build all ingredients in shaker over ice, shake, strain and garnish with anise.

2. Hot Caramel-Popcorn Bourbon Apple Cider

This one is truly the best of both worlds, since the spiked apple cider gets a pat of butter floated on top, reminiscent of rich, creamy hot buttered rum. Plus, you get sweet caramel popcorn-infused whiskey, which totally brings the whole thing to a new level of delightful.

For the Caramel Popcorn-Infused Bourbon:
1 cup caramel popcorn
1 cup bourbon
For Each Drink:
2 1/2 ounces hot apple cider
2 ounces Caramel Popcorn-Infused Bourbon
1 small pat butter

Warm cider on stove or in microwave, stir in infused bourbon and top with butter. Full recipe here.

3. Cranberry Champagne Cocktail

Fizzy, light, refreshing and a touch sweet — perfect to keep you going between two rounds of the food marathon, since it won’t make you feel too full.

1 ounce cranberry juice (sweetened)
1 wedge lime
Champagne or sparkling wine
Cranberries (frozen)

Pour cranberry juice and a squeeze of lime into a champagne flute, then top with champagne and garnish with cranberries. Full recipe here.

4. Turkey and Sage Cocktail

The festively named drink features strong, high-proof bourbon, complete with hints of vanilla and caramel, because you need a bit of bite to stand out against something as strongly fragrant as fresh sage.

10 fresh sage leaves
2 ounces Wild Turkey 101 Bourbon
1 tablespoon pumpkin butter (see note above)
1/4 ounce lemon juice, from one lemon
2 dashes Angostura bitters

In a shaker, muddle sage, reserving one leaf for garnish. Add ice and remainder of ingredients, shake, pour, garnish and serve. Full recipe here.

5. Spiced-Rum Coffee With Butterscotch Whipped Cream

Irish coffee is fabulous, especially to help you fight off that turkey and wine-induced food coma that seems to come around at the end of every Thanksgiving meal. When you swap out the whiskey for spiced rum, you get a mellow booziness with a pop of those lovely spiced flavors that go fabulously with coffee!

3/4 cup heavy cream
1 1/2 tablespoons malted milk powder, such as Carnation
1 1/2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
Tiny pinch kosher salt
6 ounces hot black coffee
2 ounces spiced rum
1 tablespoon simple syrup (2:1)
Freshly grated nutmeg, for garnish (optional)

This one has a fair few steps, though it won’t take you too long to make. Best check the full recipe here.

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Tags: fall drink recipe, holiday drink, Thanksgiving cocktails, Thanksgiving drinks, Thirsty Thursday
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7 Stupendously Sippable Cocktails Perfect For November (Recipes)

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By Cooking Panda

Looking for some delightfully seasonal cocktails to make this month? You’ve come to the right place!

Whether you want to indulge a little on a night in or keep yourself and your Thanksgiving guests calm and relaxed while you rush to finish making dinner, you’ll surely be able to find the perfect fall-flavored drink here.

Enjoy!

1. Knockout Bourbon Punch

Be warned: This punch packs some serious power, just as the name indicates, but it’s so smooth that you might not realize it! Plus, with cinnamon, ginger, cranberry and nutmeg, you’re getting the perfect balance between refreshing fruit and seasonal spices.

2. Persimmon and Pomegranate Thanksgiving Sangria

Not only is this fabulously festive, uniquely flavored sangria totally tasty, it’s perfect for when you’re hosting a large group — like for Thanksgiving — because you can make it a few hours in advance and not have to worry about it when you’re busy prepping all the food. Or just, you know, prep it in advance if you’re planning a lazy night in.

3. Pumpkin Hot Buttered Rum

Hot buttered rum is just delightfully cozy and warming after dinner on a cool fall evening. So why not add a bit of rich pumpkin puree and pumpkin spice to really amp up the desserty seasonal feel to this twist on a classic?

4. Cranberry Gin Fizz Cocktail

This beautiful cocktail is wildly refreshing without being terribly sweet. With cranberry, citrus, ginger ale and gin, you get a bright, subtle fruity and complex bubbly delight that is just so dang good!

5. Rosemary Maple Bourbon Sour

If you love whiskey sours, you’re going to adore this spin on them — it’s pretty much the same formula, but with a couple tweaks to bring some added brightness and depth. If you don’t have maple syrup, you can sub honey or dark brown sugar, though they might be a bit sweeter, so if you’re going to do this, start conservatively and sweeten to taste. Yum!

6. Apple Old Fashioned

The original recipe calls for Honeycrisp apples, but you can use any sweet apple like Fujis, Pink Ladies or really whatever you want — you can even try it with sour Granny Smiths or even something totally different, like pears.

7. Pumpkin and Apple Cider Fizz

A light, bright pumpkin cocktail? Who would have thought? Bonus: You can throw a Harry Potter party, call it pumpkin juice and serve it out of goblets and tankards, which is pretty much the only way to improve what is already such a lovely sipper.

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Tags: cocktail recipes, fall drinks, November cocktails, Thanksgiving cocktails, Thirsty Thursday
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Are These 7 Fall Dessert Cocktails Better Than Pie?

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By Cooking Panda

Is all this crisp, chilly weather making you crave something sweet, seasonal and a little rich for Thirsty Thursday? Or maybe you are trying to decide on a cocktail menu for Thanksgiving. Perhaps you just want to think outside the box and satisfy your sweet tooth and your thirst at the same time. *Ahem.* Allow us to introduce you to the wonderful world of dessert cocktails. Here are some of our favorites that are just perfect for the Thanksgiving season:

1. Brandy Baklava Cocktail

What better way to celebrate Nov. 17 — aka National Baklava Day — than to make this creamy, honey-laced dessert drink that tastes exactly like its deliciously flaky pastry namesake. Have them both together and you’re in for a real treat.

2. Pumpkin Pie Martini

Can’t get enough of pumpkin desserts? Enjoy this cocktail on Thanksgiving in place of or in addition to the pie, or if you are one of those people, why not just make it all year round?

3. Sweet Potato Pie Cocktail

If a pumpkin pie-inspired cocktail sounds pretty good but not quite up your alley, why don’t you try this thick sweet potato pie version instead that uses a ton of actual sweet potato?

4. Salty Maple Buttered Cider Recipe

If you love hot buttered rum (or even if you don’t, honestly), prepare to be amazed at how perfectly it mixes with warm apple cider. Crack some nice, flaky sea salt and drizzle a little lemon juice in there for a perfectly sublime, well-rounded flavor combo. You’re welcome.

5. Chocolate Pecan Pie Martini

What’s better than pecan pie? Chocolate pecan pie. What’s better than chocolate pecan pie? A chocolate pecan pie cocktail, of course! If you can’t get a hold of pecan pie vodka, feel free to use your favorite dessert-flavored vodka instead, like chocolate, vanilla or cake.

6. Orchard Boulevardier

Need a lighter digestif that still feels desserty and seasonal? Try this fall twist on the boulevardier, which uses warm apple cider and a few other delicious seasonal twists. This would be a great cocktail to serve after Thanksgiving dinner and pie.

7. Bailey’s Irish Coffee with Pumpkin Spice Whipped Cream

You can also just add a bit of sugar and whiskey to the coffee and top with a very generous portion of whipped cream if you don’t feel like pouring in the Irish cream. Short on time? Use store-bought whipped cream and sprinkle pumpkin spice on top. 

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Tags: dessert cocktails, National Baklava Day, pie cocktail, Thanksgiving cocktails, Thirsty Thursday
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