Turkey Day Cocktails

Turkey Day Cocktails

What kind of Thanksgiving are you expecting to have? Do your plans involve great food, catching up and bonding with distant family members, all followed by a football game. Or are you anticipating a lot of arguments over politics, that "weird" boyfriend or girlfriend who was unexpectedly invited this year, or another debate on whether or not Star Wars is better than Star Trek?

Maybe your Thanksgiving isn't even going to be of the traditional variety. Spending it on a boat in the middle of the ocean with a couple of close friends doesn't sound half bad. It doesn’t matter what you do. Either you need to be a good host, or you can help a good host out. And the best way to do this is with Thanksgiving cocktails.

Fuzzy Blue Gobbler

This isn’t a fluffy little drink that has a bit of the hard stuff added in to give it character. This is all liquor. The hint of orange and the suggested use of Wild Turkey are what gives it a Thanksgiving spin, although any fine bourbon (bird themed or not) can be used.

Since it is easy to make and can be spiced up at the maker's discretion, it can work for a busy family gettogether.

Ingredients

  • 1 part peach schnapps
  • 1 part Blue Curacao
  • 1 part Bourbon

Directions

Pour into a shot glass and kill it.

Port Elderflower

This is an unusual but easy to make cocktail in that it mixes in a little bit of port. It makes a great after dinner drink, and since it calls for wine, it can be a good excuse to cut off the rowdy hockey mom because you need what is still in the bottle for the drinks.

Ingredients

  • 1 & 1/2 ounces light rum
  • 1 ounce port
  • 3/4 ounce
  • Elderflower Liqueur

Directions

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice, then add all the ingredients. Shake well, until chilled, then strain it into an old-fashioned glass.

Ginger Apple Spice Cocktail

Relatively easy to make and loaded with flavors that fit the holiday, this cocktail should be on the menu at any Thanksgiving. You may look at it and wonder how coconut rum fits with turkey and dressing. Don’t worry about it. You can’t taste the coconut, but it does bring something to the mix that enhances the other flavors.

Ingredients

  • 1 ounce spiced rum
  • 1/2 ounce ginger liqueur
  • 1 ounce apple juice
  • 1/2 ounce coconut rum
  • A dash or two of chocolate bitters

Directions

Add all the ingredients into a tumbler, and shake well then strain into a chilled martini glass. Toss in a sprig of cinnamon as a garnish, if you are feeling festive.

Pumpkin Pie Martini

Next to turkey, pumpkin pie is probably the best known Thanksgiving tradition. Why not make it into a drink? You can also tell certain people that it is a pumpkin spice martini if you want them to hate you. This cocktail combines the flavors of vanilla, white chocolate, and nutmeg with a graham cracker rim to give it that final touch of the holiday. This is a sweet and rich drink that is almost a replacement for desert.

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces vanilla vodka
  • 2 ounces white crème de cacao
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 & 1/2 tablespoons of pumpkin puree (pie mix)
  • A dash of ground nutmeg
  • Powdered graham cracker

Directions

Rim two martini glasses with the crushed graham cracker. Next, put the pumpkin puree/pie mix into a cocktail shaker along with two ice cubes. Shake it for 15 seconds, or until it breaks up well. Add more ice. Followed by the vanilla vodka, crème de cacao, and shake thoroughly. Seriously. It will need a lot of shaking. Strain into the martini glass, and sprinkle some ground nutmeg on top as a garnish.