Drink Recipes You’ll Be Thankful For

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by Andrea Punch

As Thanksgiving approaches, many of us will be heading home to our families, friends and that highly anticipated Turkey Day feast. You may be craving a festive beverage to wash down your mashed potatoes and gravy. These holiday drinks, infused with all the delicious flavors of fall, are sure to complement your Thanksgiving spread.

Pumpkin Margarita

Add an autumn twist to a classic fiesta favorite!

2 oz. Tequila
1 can pumpkin puree
½ cup brown sugar
¼ cup Sugar
1 tbsp. cinnamon
1 pinch nutmeg
2 cups water
½ oz. orange liqueur
Juice of ½ lime

Combine pumpkin puree, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and water in a saucepan over low heat, and stir for 20 minutes or until the mixture becomes a syrupy consistency. Remove from heat, cool and strain. In a glass, combine tequila, the juice of half a lime and 2 oz. of the syrup mixture. Stir well. Serve on the rocks and garnish with a lime wedge.

Spiked Apple Cider

The adult version of this classic fall beverage will have you reminiscing on memories of crisp autumn days.

¼ gallon apple cider
½ cup dark rum
½ cup cinnamon Schnapps
1 apple, cut into wedges

Mix cider, rum and schnapps in a large pitcher. Pour over a glass of ice and garnish with an apple wedge.

Cranberry Cobbler Martini

The traditional Thanksgiving side takes the form of a delicious fruity cocktail.

1 1/2 oz cranberry flavored vodka
1 tsp lemon juice
4 oz apple cider
1 oz cranberry juice
1 apple, sliced
Crushed graham crackers

Mix vodka, lemon juice, apple cider and cranberry juice in a cocktail shaker with ice. Pour into a chilled martini glass rimmed with crushed graham cracker. Garnish each glass with an apple slice.

Butterscotch Coffee

Ready for dessert? It’s time to relax with this toasty warm after-dinner beverage.

1 oz butterscotch Schnapps
1 oz Irish cream
Hot Coffee
Whipped Cream

Combine the Schnapps and the Irish cream into a coffee cup. Fill the cup the rest of the way with hot coffee. Top with whipped cream and sprinkle with nutmeg.

MODA Magazine does not endorse underage or irresponsible drinking. This article is intended for informative dining purposes, and these drinks should be consumed in moderation.

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