Seasonal Spotlight - Great Thanksgiving Holiday Cocktails

Here are some seasonal Thanksgiving cocktails you can sip before, during, or after Thanksgiving dinner. You can even enjoy these elixirs on Black Friday or paired with that left-over turkey sandwich over the holiday weekend.


Forbidden Fruit

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  • ½ oz lemon juice
  • 1 tsp simple syrup
  • 1 oz Pimm’s No. 1
  • 1.5 oz Laird's Straight Bottled in Bond Apple Brandy
  • 2 dashes Angostura Bitters
  • 2 dashes Peychaud's Bitters
  • Ginger beer
  • Garnish: 1 Lemon half-wheel
  • Glass:  Highball


Prep - Add all the ingredients except the ginger beer to a shaker and fill with ice. Shake, and strain into a highball glass filled with fresh ice. Top with ginger beer and garnish with a lemon half-wheel.


Holiday Honey Orange

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  • ½ oz Honey
  • ¾ oz Hot water
  • 1 oz Grey Goose L'Orange Vodka
  • ½ oz Grand Marnier
  • ½ oz lemon juice
  • ½ oz orange juice
  • 1 pinch star anise powder
  • Glass: Cocktail


Prep - Add the honey and hot water to a shaker and stir to dissolve. Add the remaining ingredients, shake vigorously and strain into a cocktail glass.


Thanksgiving Cranberry Cocktail

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  • 2 oz Cruzan Single Barrel Rum
  • 1.5 oz fresh grapefruit juice
  • 3/4 oz Cranberry Syrup*
  • 2 dashes Angostura Bitters
  • Garnish:  grapefruit twist
  • Glass: Cocktail


Prep - Add all the ingredients to a shaker and fill with ice. Shake, and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a grapefruit twist.

*Cranberry Syrup - 1.5 cups fresh cranberries, 1 cup water, ¾ cup sugar

Prep - Combine all the ingredients in a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and simmer until the cranberries start to fall apart, about 10 minutes. Fine-strain into a bowl (discarding the solids), and let cool. Cover, and store in the refrigerator.




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