Posted: Nov 15, 2013 10:00 AM
 
Your Thanksgiving dinner is planned from appetizers to dessert. But what about drinks? Instead of opening up a few bottles of wine, add these Thanksgiving cocktails to the menu. Your guests will be giving you thanks after each sip from their glass.

Have a little fun at your Thanksgiving celebration this year and serve your adult guests these Thanksgiving cocktails. From an apple sidecar to a maple old fashioned, there's something to please everyone!

allParenting Thanksgiving cocktails: Apple sidecar

Apple sidecar

Serves 1

The Sidecar, a classic brandy cocktail, can be enjoyed all year long. However, during Thanksgiving we like to switch it up a bit and use Calvados, an apple brandy from the French region of Lower Normandy. That, along with a cinnamon sugar rim, makes this the perfect drink to go along with the fine turkey meal you'll be enjoying with your friends and family.

Ingredients:

  • 1-1/2 ounces Calvados
  • 3/4 ounce Cointreau
  • 1/2 ounce fresh-squeezed lemon juice
  • Cinnamon sugar mixture for rimming the glass
  • Orange peel for garnish

Directions:

  1. Rim a chilled cocktail glass with lemon and dip in a mixture of cinnamon and sugar.
  2. In a cocktail shaker, add Calvados, Cointreau and lemon juice with ice.
  3. Shake and strain into the prepared cocktail glass.
  4. Garnish with an orange peel and enjoy!

allParenting Thanksgiving cocktails: Spiced cranberry cocktail

Spiced cranberry cocktail

Serves 1

Skip the canned cranberry this year and instead enjoy the flavors of that tart little fruit in cocktail form. Combined with spiced rum and ginger beer, this spiced cranberry cocktail is exactly what you'd expect from a Thanksgiving cocktail.

Ingredients:

  • 1-1/2 ounces Sailor Jerry spiced rum
  • 1 ounce cranberry juice
  • 1 ounce ginger beer
  • Simple syrup, to taste if desired
  • Orange peel for garnish

Directions:

  1. In a rocks glass, add spiced rum and cranberry juice.
  2. Add ice, top with ginger beer and give the drink a little stir.
  3. If the drink is a little too tart for you, add a splash of simple syrup and stir again.
  4. Garnish with an orange peel and enjoy!

allParenting Thanksgiving cocktails:Maple Old Fashioned

Maple old fashioned

Serves 1

Thanks to Don Draper in Mad Men, the old fashioned cocktail has come back to life in a big way. This Thanksgiving, this remake of the drink uses maple syrup instead of a sugar cube and Peychaud's bitters instead of Angostura. It's slightly sweeter than the original version but equally as enjoyable.

Ingredients:

  • 2 ounces bourbon
  • 1/2 ounce real maple syrup
  • 2 to 3 dashes Peychaud's bitters
  • Orange wedge and a brandied cherry for garnish

Directions:

  1. In a rocks glass, combine bitters, maple syrup and bourbon.
  2. Stir to combine and add ice.
  3. Squeeze the orange wedge before adding it to the glass, add the brandied cherry and enjoy!

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