Your Thanks giving table will likely be filled with a succulent turkey, a variety of sides, and desserts that are rich enough to make you feel a little guilty. To complete your meal for Thanks giving, cocktail choices that feature the flavors of the season are sure to impress. Here are a few Thanks giving libations that are easy to prepare, and even easier to enjoy.
This refreshing cocktail is the autumn alternative to the popular summer wine-based drink. To make this cocktail, you’ll need thinly sliced red, yellow and green apples, along with a quartered and sliced naval oranges. Hard apple cider, apple juice and freshly squeezed lemon juice are also needed to prepare this tasty after-dinner treat. Place all the ingredients except for the hard cider into a pitcher and stir. You can also add ice if you prefer the cocktail chilled. Along with a selection of wine this Thanksgiving, cocktail selections like these are sure to wow your friends and family.
Apple Almond Cocktail
This cocktail calls for almond syrup, apple juice, apple brandy, vermouth, dry gin and Angostura bitters. Place ice in a cocktail shaker and add all the ingredients. Strain the drink into a snifter and garnish with an orange twist. This drink is ideal for impressing your loved ones if you’re having a small gathering, since these drinks are best prepared individually.
If you love rich fall flavors, the Black Bart is the ideal drink for your Thanksgiving festivities. The drink calls for Root, a liqueur created recently by Art in the Age, a Philadelphia-based company. The liqueur contains cloves, black tea, birch bark and citrus peel. Root should be mixed with heavy cream, white rum and cinnamon syrup. Place these ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Pour the cocktail into a rocks glass that has been chilled, and top with ground cinnamon. You can also add a cinnamon stick for extra garnish, and to bring out the spicy flavors of the cocktail.
This delicious pear-flavored cocktail is just the beverage to delight your palette after eating foods that are rich in sage and oregano. To make this drink, you need rose vermouth, pear brandy, honey syrup flavored with cinnamon and cardamom, freshly squeezed lemon juice, bitters and a dry sparkling wine. In a cocktail shaker, combine all the ingredients except for the dry wine and shake well. Strain the beverage into a chilled coupe and pour the dry wine on top. Garnish the cocktail with a mint or spearmint leaf.
To get the best flavor for your Thanksgiving drinks, make your syrups the night before. To make the syrups that some of these drinks call for, combine equal parts honey and water, along with the spices of your choice. Stir the syrup for around 15 minutes, then remove it from the stove and allow it to cool. Refrigerate the syrup for at least 8 hours before mixing with the rest of your cocktail ingredients. You can even pour the syrup through a strainer into a jar and store it for as long as two weeks, in case you have the taste for a cocktail later. Happy Thanks giving!