The holidays bring the chance to incorporate some of our favorite seasonal flavors. If you also adore traditional Thanksgiving ingredients like pumpkin, sweet potato, cranberry, and apples, here are eleven Turkey Day inspired cocktails to enjoy over the start of the season of giving.
1. Reserva Sparkler:
Directions: Add tequila and simple syrup in champagne flute. Top with Champagne and garnish with chocolate shavings.
2. Bacardi Apple Bite: (Created by Chef Ari Taymor)
Directions: Stir all ingredients with ice until very cold, strain into a rocks glass with a large ice cube. Garnish with an apple chip.
Directions: Mix all ingredients to dissolve the sugar, allow it to simmer over medium heat. Let it cool off and refrigerate after use.
3. Thanksgiving Cider:
Directions: Build in order over ice in a tall highball glass. Garnish with a lemon wedge.
4. Skinnygirl Sweet Potato Pie Cocktail:
Directions: Mix ingredients in a shaker and pour into a chilled glass over ice. Garnish with an orange slice.
5. Cutty Sark Hot Toddy: (Created by Kenneth McCoy, Ward III)
Directions: Combine everything into a mixing vessel stir with a bar spoon. Heat your glass with hot water to be sure the glass isn’t cold, when ready to pour contents into glass pour out the hot water now strain in your cocktail add hot water on top about 4 oz. of hot water. Garnish with a cinnamon stick and a flamed orange peel.
6. Jaguar: (Created by Jane Danger, Mother of Pearl)
Directions: Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice, shake vigorously and strain over fresh ice.
7. Hornitos Harvest:
Directions: Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice, shake vigorously and strain over fresh ice. Garnish with a lime wedge.
8. Basil Hayden’s Spiced Cocoa:
Directions: Pre-heat mug by filling it with hot water – discard water after 30 seconds. Add Basil Hayden’s Bourbon and Nocello Walnut Liqueur to the heated mug. Add the spicy hot cocoa and gently mix together. Garnish with chili peppers.
Spicy Hot Cocoa*
Directions: Mix dry ingredients together, add hot water and stir until dissolved.
9. Cranberry Toddy:
Directions: (Note: Purchase your favorite mulling spices and mix with unsweetened cranberry juice) Add all ingredients in an 8 1⁄2 oz. Hot Toddy mug. Top with Hot Mulled Cranberry juice. Garnish with a long clove-spiked orange peel and cinnamon stick.
10. The Perfect Añejo Manhattan:
Directions: Fill a martini glass with ice so that it chills as you prepare your Manhattan. Combine Patrón Añejo, vermouth and bitters in a mixing glass or shaker and stir or shake gently. Discard ice from martini glass and strain the Manhattan into the chilled glass. Garnish with orange peel or cherry.
11. Chocolate Pumpkin Pie Martini: (Created by Rob Bennett at Blu Wolf Bistro, Rochester NY)
Directions: Shake with ice. Strain into a martini glass.