Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Thanksgiving Drinks

Before Thanksgiving arrives, the grocery store’s aisles will be filled with last-minute shoppers searching for ingredients to make a green bean casserole, scanning the frozen aisle for the perfect ten-pound turkey and grabbing all the fresh vegetables they can find to make the perfect winter stuffing. When you have shopped for all of your food ingredients, don’t forget to swing by a liquor store for ingredients to make the perfect Thanksgiving cocktails for your guests. Here are some Thanksgiving-inspired drink recipes to help make your Thanksgiving a holiday to remember.

cranberry bog martini 393x500 Thanksgiving Recipes: Cranberry Bog Lemon Martini from Legal Seafoods and a Cranberry Sparkling Cider

Cranberry Bog Lemon Martini 

  • 2 -1/2 ounces Absolut Citron Vodka
  • 3 ounces (about 1/3 cup) cranberry puree – see note
  • 1/2 ounce sour mix
  • Dash of Angostura bitters
  • 3 fresh cranberries for garnish
Combine vodka, cranberry puree, sour mix, and bitters in an ice-filled shaker. Shake vigorously six to eight times and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with three cranberries.   Makes 1 martini.

hot buttered rum Hot Spiced Buttered Rum

You can add butter to any spirit, or even beer or cider, to get a rich, throat-coating elixir. Mix in spices -- brown sugar, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg -- heat it up and you get a complex balance of sweet and spicy. Finely minced lemon rind adds citrus notes. 

Mocha Nog Punch
Mocha Nog Punch
10 parts Kahlúa Mocha

5 parts Absolut Vanilla
20 parts Eggnog
Combine ingredients and serve in a punch bowl with a floating ice block.
Hint: Freeze ice with coffee beans for decoration.
Depaz Hottie

Depaz Hottie
1 lb Brown Sugar
2 oz Depaz Cane Syrup
1/4 lb Butter
Pinch of salt
4 oz Fresh Apple Cider
1/2 tsp Nutmeg
1/2 tsp Cinnamon
Blend the ingredients together and bring to a boil before removing from the heat.
For Individual preparation:  Using the above cocktail base, select an appropriate mug. Then add: 
2 heaping tbs prepared cocktail base
2 oz Depaz Blue Cane Amber Rhum
Approximately 6 oz hot water.  Garnish with ground nutmeg and a cinnamon stick.
Homemade Coquito
Homemade Coquito
Coquito is an eggnog-like alcoholic beverage, and a traditional Puerto Rican holiday drink.
28 oz Coconut Milk
2 cups Rum
14 oz Condensed Milk
4 egg Yolks
Place ingredients in blender; blend until well mixed. Pour into a bottle and refrigerate until cold. Serve in small glasses and sprinkle top lightly with nutmeg.
G'vine Frost Bite
G’vine Frost Bite
1.5 oz G’vine Gin
1 coffee spoon of Lemon Pepper Zest
1.5 oz Averna Limoncello
Mix ingredients together with ice.
Merry Christi

Merry Christi
2.5 oz Christiana Vodka
2 tbs Hot Chocolate Mix
2.5 oz Milk
Mix ingredients together and garnish with dark chocolate shavings.
Rum Butter CiderRum Butter Cider
1 oz Grand Marnier
1 oz Bols Butterscotch Liqueur
1 1/2 oz Zacapa 23 Year Rum
4 oz Hot Apple Cider
Garnish with a cinnamon stick and a star anise. Put the first four ingredients in a mug and add the hot cider.

Hot Pumpkin Recipe

Hot Pumpkin
1 part Hiram Walker
Pumpkin Spice Liqueur
1/2 part Kahlúa
4 parts Hot Coffee
Whipped Cream Garnish
Place ingredients into a mug in the order above. Garnish with whipped cream and a sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice.
Pumpkin Spiced Cider Jameson Irish Whisky Recipe

Pumpkin Spiced Cider
4 oz Apple Cider
1 oz Simple Syrup
1 oz Pumpkin Puree
1 Cinnamon Stick
1 Clove
2 oz Jameson Irish Whisky
Dash Fresh Ground Nutmeg
Garnish: Cinnamon Stick
Place cider and all ingredients except Jameson Irish Whisky in a pan. Bring to a simmer. Steep for 30 minutes. Add Jameson Irish Whisky. Serve warm or over ice. Garnish with a cinnamon stick.
Cinnamon Caramel Apple Cocktail
Cinnamon Caramel Apple Cocktail
1 shot Goldschlager
1 shot Caramel Liqueur
1/2 glass (chilled) Apple Cider
Pour the shot of Goldschlager in a cocktail glass, fill with 1/2 glass of the chilled apple cider, and add 1 shot of caramel liqueur. Stir to mix.
Serve in a Cocktail Glass
Coffee Nudge RecipeCoffee Nudge
1/3 oz Crème de Cacao
3/4 oz Kahlúa
3/4 oz Brandy
Freshly Brewed Coffee
Whipped Cream
Mix the liqueurs together in a large mug. Fill the rest of the mug with hot coffee, and float a dollop of whipped cream on top. If you like, grate some nutmeg on top of the whipped cream.


  1. Anonymous9:24 AM

    nice stuff!
    supportin & following!

  2. Oh man.. these look great

  3. i like your posts very much..

  4. totaly love the Cranberry Bog Lemon Martini =)
    gotta try the other recieps too!

  5. Anonymous12:38 PM

    That cranberry martini looks killer! I will definitely be trying that tomorrow!

  6. I saw "Thanksgiving Drinks" and immediately thought there had to be something with cranberries! It looks pretty good.

  7. normally im a "grain alcohol" kind of guy on the holidays, but these look AWESOME. hot pumpkin what.. :9

  8. Anonymous1:55 PM

    All of these drinks look very tasty!

    The Mocha Nog Punch looks fantastic.

    It would also be good if you had more non-alcoholic beverage recipes, for the kids to drink, you know.

  9. NICE!! Always nice with some new cool drinks to try.

  10. I remember when I was a bachelor, my Thanksgivings consisted of Wild Turkey 101 and Vodka Cranberries.

  11. they look so nice :D

  12. The Frostbite sounds delicious. Is that brand of gin flavored, or will any gin work?

  13. oh man, look good :)

  14. those drinks look delicious..

    it's not even thanksgiving for me since i live in canada, but i work for an american company so i get the day off anyway lol

  15. i love these recipes, mister

  16. i could use one right about now

  17. All these look really good.

  18. yummy yummy ! the first one seems to be great :p!
    happy thanksgiving by the way :)