Monday, November 16, 2009

{Holiday Entertaining} Thanksgiving Cocktails

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Whether this is your first Thanksgiving with your sweetie’s family or you’re coming back from college and want to find a new way to pitch in, a cocktail is always a safe way of contributing without that pesky risk of mucking up longstanding family traditions.

Don’t risk messing up grandma’s traditional mashed potatoes or being called out for passing off another Sarah Lee pie as your own. Instead, bring along supplies for one of these conversation starters. Even the non-drinkers will be impressed by your skill and originality.

Pumpkin Pie

  • 1 part kahlua
  • 1 part spiced pumpkin pie filling
  • 2 parts coconut rum
  • 4 parts cold milk
  • 6 ice cubes
  • Garnish with cinnamon

Put everything but the cinnamon in a blender. Mix on high. Serve in graham cracker crust highball glasses and sprinkle the top with cinnamon.

Smashing Pumpkin Spice

  • 1 part Goldschlager
  • 1 part Irish Crème
  • 1 part Kahlua
  • Cinnamon candies
  • Sprinkle pumpkin pie spice

Drop 3-4 cinnamon candies in the bottom of a martini glass. Mix the Goldschlager, Irish Crème, and Kahlua in a martini shaker with ice. Strain into a martini glass and sprinkle pumpkin pie spice on top.


  • ½ part ginger brandy
  • 1 part spiced rum
  • 4 parts eggnog
  • Crumbled gingersnaps

Put your gingersnaps in a blender and grind until you have cookie crumbs. Use the cookies to rim highball glasses. Mix the eggnog, rum, and brandy in your glasses. Serve with an intact gingersnap for dunking.

Royal Cider Grog

  • 6 parts apple cider
  • 1 part Crown Royal
  • Cinnamon sticks

Warm the apple cider in a mug. Top it with the Crown Royal and stir with a cinnamon stick.

Malibu Baked Apple

  • 2 parts coconut rum
  • 2 parts cranberry juice
  • 3 parts apple juice
  • Dried apple rings

Mix all 3 in a microwave safe glass and heat until toasty warm. Garnish with a dried apple ring.

Rock Gobbler

  • 1 part Wild Turkey
  • 2 parts Cranberry Juice
  • 2 parts Chambord
  • 2 parts Amaretto

Mix everything in a cocktail shaker full of ice then strain into a highball glass. Garnish with a wedge of lime.

Caramel Apple Martini

  • 1 part vodka
  • 2 parts sour apple liquor
  • 2 parts butterscotch liquor
  • Caramel candy

Drop a small caramel candy into a martini glass. Mix everything else in a cocktail shaker full of ice then strain into the martini glass.

Turkey Shooter

  • 3 parts Wild Turkey
  • 1 part crème de methe

Chill both ingredients. Pour the Wild Turkey into a brandy snifter then carefully float the crème de methe on top. The whiskey will warm you up while the mint flavor keeps you cool.

Turkey Trot

  • 1 part bourbon
  • 2 parts 7-Up
  • 2 parts cranberry juice

Mix everything in a highball glass and drink on the rocks.


  • 1 part amaretto
  • 1 part butterscotch schnapps
  • Whipped cream

Pour amaretto into a shot glass and layer the schnapps on top. Top with a dash of whipped cream. Throw it back as a single shot.

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{ L } said...

Oh what a fun find your blog is! I'm a new follower! I just read your profile and I want to do what you do, lol. :) My dream is to become an event planner. I recently did a boy's spy party and it's down a bit on my blog but I want to do it all professionally. So, I'm very excited to have your blog as a resource.

What fun drink ideas too by the way! The Pumpkin Pie one sounds like a treat.

Annie said...

these drinks look so good!

The Event Essentials said...

Planning parties professional is a blast!! Lots of work, but very rewarding work. Best of luck to you :) Follow your dreams and make it happen. It is a new year :)

And these drinks will definitely be on the top of my Thanksgiving list next year :)

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