Have you heard the latest “buzz”? According to a Today report published on Nov. 14, one of the most highly-anticipated holidays in the entire year is almost here! While many folks are busy pouring over (or trying to avoid) the latest barrage of Black Friday steals-and-deals, Thanksgiving is right around the corner. Whether you plan to enjoy the big day with friends, family, co-workers or alone, it’s time to start planning the Thanksgiving feast.
Get ready to tickle your taste buds, folks. It’s time to eat, drink and be merry! But fair warning – the following mouth-watering cocktails are sure to get even the grouchiest Scrooge and grumpiest Grinch, into the holiday ‘spirit.”
17 Festive Cocktail Recipes Even Scrooge Would Love!
Pumpkin Pie Martini – You can’t have Thanksgiving without pumpkin pie, right? This cocktail, from All Day I Dream About Food, looks a-mazing! You’ll need vanilla vodka, dark rum, pumpkin puree, heavy cream, Swerve Sweetener, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and pecans.
Pumpkin Pie Martini – Here’s another pumpkin pie-inspired martini. For this version, from the Food Network, you’ll need Stoli Vanilla, Pumpkin Spice liqueur, Kahlua, Butterscotch Schnapps, half-and-half, crushed graham crackers and a cinnamon stick for garnish. Combine all liquids in an ice-filled shaker. Shake and strain into a martini glass rimmed with crushed graham crackers and add a cinnamon stick for garnish.
Pumpkin Pie Shooters – Speaking of pumpkin pie, these shooters are sure to be a great big hit at your holiday table! You’ll need pumpkin puree, International Delight Pumpkin Pie Spice Creamer, vanilla, whipped cream vodka, marshmallow fluff and graham cracker crumbs. Oh my!
Cranberry Champagne Cocktails – This simple-to-make drink, from Tyler Florence, only calls for a few ingredients. You’ll need sweetened cranberry juice, champagne or sparkling wine, frozen cranberries and lime. Pour cranberry juice into a chilled Champagne flute and add a splash of lime. Top off the glass with Champagne and garnish with a few frozen cranberries.
Easy Cranberry Margaritas – This pretty-in-pink drink is perfect for the holidays! You’ll need tequila, cranberry juice cocktail, lime juice and orange-flavored liqueur. Serve over ice and garnish with fresh cranberries or lime wedges.
Pomegranate Margaritas – Here’s another pretty-in-pink drink but this one features pomegranate juice. The recipe also calls for silver tequila, triple sec, lime juice, kosher salt, lime wheels and ice.
Blood Orange Margarita – You’ll need fresh blood orange juice, tequila, triple sec and a splash of agave nectar for this cocktail recipe from White on Rice Couple.
Cranberry and Vanilla Bean Mimosas – Talk about easy peasy. This cocktail calls for chilled cranberry juice, vanilla beans and sparkling wine. Divine!
Apple Cider Margaritas – If you are an apple cider fan, check this recipe out from Fabtastic Eats. You’ll need apple cider, silver tequila, triple sec, lime, brown sugar and apple slices for garnishes.
Hard Cider Sangria – If you love apples, this recipe, from Food and Wine, will knock your socks off. You’ll need hard apple cider, green, yellow and red apples, apple juice, apple brandy, an orange and ice.
Hot Apple Cider – Speaking of apple cider, this cocktail from the fabulous Pioneer Woman, is guaranteed to make you feel warm-and-fuzzy all over plus will make your house smell wonderful! You’ll need apple juice, dark rum (which is optional), maple syrup, orange and lemon peels, allspice berries, cloves and cinnamon sticks.
Apple Toddy – This 5-star recipe not only tastes great, but may be just what the doctor ordered if you aren’t feeling so hot. You’ll need apple cider, brandy, cloves, heavy cream and cinnamon sticks.
Smoky Mountain Apple – Moonshine ain’t what it used to be! If you love apple pie, this creative cocktail is right up your alley! You’ll need one ounce of Ole Smoky Original Moonshine, 3 ounces of Ole Smoky Apple Pie Moonshine (which includes pure apple juice, cinnamon and spices), a splash of cranberry juice and slice of apple garnish for this pretty-in-pink, apple inspired cocktail.
Chocolate Blitzen – You can’t enjoy the holidays without a decadent chocolate drink, right? You’ll need semisweet chocolate, chocolate sprinkles, chocolate ice cream, Irish Cream liqueur, dark crème de cacao, vodka and a little grated chocolate for garnish.
Perfect Turkey – It’s time to talk turkey. This Manhattan-inspired cocktail calls for Wild Turkey bourbon, sweet vermouth, dry vermouth, sugar and allspice or nutmeg. Cheers!
Candy Cane Cocktail – Here’s another pretty in pink drink perfect for the season. You’ll need vodka, white crème de menthe, brandy, half-and-half, soft peppermint candy, peppermint stick and mint sprigs for garnish.
Strawberry Pina Colada – This drink just may be too darn pretty to drink! You’ll need fresh strawberries, agave nectar or sugar, coconut milk, coconut rum and ice.