With holidays being just around the corner, now is the time to plan your menu and get all the Thanksgiving drinks ideas in order. While some items can’t be bought ahead of time, most alcohol beverages tend to have a long shelf life. Stocking up early is a great strategy to alleviate some of the stress!
It doesn’t matter if you are hosting a few people or a crowd, planning out the cocktails ahead of time can pay off big time. You plan out the food and the decorations, why NOT the Thanksgiving drinks? Trust us, guests feel welcome when their favorite beverages are available.
Getting the standards such as wine, beer, liquors, sodas and juices is a nice starting point. But how about trying out a few fall drinks that will compliment your dinner party and get your guests talking? Here are a few of our suggestions:
4 Easy Thanksgiving Drinks Ideas
The Autumn Fruit Old-Fashioned uses bourbon that is infused with grapefruit, lemon peels, pear and apple cores (this can be made a few days ahead of time). In a rocks glass, muddle ½ tsp of sugar with 5 dashes of orange bitters until a paste forms. Add ice, 2 ounces of the infused bourbon and ½ ounce of water. Stir and garnish with and orange twist and cherry. Delish!
The Apple Cider Mimosa makes for a great start to any event. Dip the top of each champagne glass into water and then dip in the sprinkles or brown sugar to coat. Pour each champagne glass 1/2-3/4 full with apple cider. Top with champagne. Enjoy!
Cranberry Cosmopolitan makes for a perfect match! Mix 1 ½ ounces of vodka, ½ ounce of Grand Marnier or Cointreau, ¾ ounce of fresh lime juice and 1 ounce of cranberry juice in an iced cocktail shaker, shake and pour into a cocktail glass. Garnish with cranberries.
The Montgomery Punch Bowl Recipe will please a crowd. Start by making a decorative Ice Ring using water and sliced fruit (such as lemons and oranges). Place Ice Ring in a Punch Bowl. Stir together 2 cups of fresh lemon juice and 1 ½ cups of sugar until sugar fully dissolves. Stir in 1 cup of brandy. Pour over ice ring. Stir in 2 (750 ml) bottles of chilled sparkling wine, one (375 ml) bottle of chilled dessert wine (such as Sauternes).
Take inventory of what you already have and make a full list of beverage items you’ll need. Make sure to take note of how long you’ll need to prep the beverages. Let us know if you tried any of these recipes on our Facebook page!
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