The 9 Best Cocktails to Toast to Thanksgiving
Turkey day may be all about the, um, turkey, but that doesn't mean your Thanksgiving guests won't appreciate a refreshing sipper or two to celebrate the holiday. This holiday season, instead of serving everyday beer and wine, try infusing some of the flavors of fall, like cranberries and apple cider, into easy-to-make cocktails. Check out Food Network's best Thanksgiving cocktails below to see how it's done.
Instead of playing bartender all night and shaking your guests' individual drinks, mix up Food Network Magazine's big-batch apple cider-cinnamon punch spiked with apple brandy; let guests help themselves.
Just a splash of bubbly turns cranberry juice into a fruity, fizzy sipper.
Spiked with equal parts dark rum and cinnamon schnapps, this fuss-free cocktail is best served with a fresh apple garnish.
Not just for summer afternoons outdoors, sangria is perfect for autumn when warmed in Bobby Flay's quick-fix recipe. He simmers red wine with fresh orange juice and a splash of brandy, giving the flavors a chance to marry.
Whiskey, limoncello and orange juice are combined to create a harvest-colored sipper laced with maraschino cherry juice and made bubbly with sparkling water.
While a traditional hot toddy features little more than warmed whiskey and water, Sunny Anderson's fall-inspired drink features apple cider as the base, and it is spiked with brandy to taste. Serve the drink with whipped cream for added deliciousness.
Laced with grated nutmeg, Giada De Laurentiis' easy martinis are made with a few glugs of maple syrup and garnished with dried red chiles to balance that sweetness.
Vodka and ginger liqueur make up the base of Rachael Ray's five-minute cocktail, which she shakes up with lemon juice and fragrant spices — ginger, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg — for refreshing results for the season.
Consider this creamy mixture part dessert and part cocktail. It's shaken with pumpkin spice liqueur and splashes of Kahlua and butterscotch schnapps, and it's served in a graham cracker-rimmed glass.