The holidays are right around the corner and let’s be real….the holidays are better with some fun drinks at your table! Bryan and I pulled together 4 of our favorite fun, easy and delicious recipes into one blog post for you all so that you have a resource when Thanksgiving rolls around. Also, if you are like me, pregnant or not a drinker, we added in a way to make it a mocktail at the bottom of each recipe.
(Note, these are not our recipes but just some that we love and find fun – all resources linked!).
A perfect drink for before Thanksgiving dinner/during appetizers, or a boozy brunch! Super easy, festive looking, and delicious!
- 1 ounce of Cranberry juice
- 1 lime wedge
- Champagne or Sparkling Wine
- Frozen Cranberries
In a chilled champagne flute add cranberry juice and a squeeze of lime. Top off the glass with champagne and garnish with 3 or 4 cranberries.
*Substitute champagne with sparkling cider or a flavored sparkling water for a non-alcoholic option.
This drink is so good, especially if you’re a gin drinker! Perfect for happy hour or during a football game!
- 1.5 ounces of gin
- .75 ounces of fresh squeezed lemon juice
- .75 ounces of apple juice or cider
- Ginger Beer (chilled)
Combine gin, lemon juice and apple cider in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well and pour into an ice filled, chilled glass. Top with ginger beer and garnish with an apple slice and fresh grated nutmeg.
A fall twist on a classic vodka cocktail. Could be a fun happy hour drink anytime!
- 2 ounces of vodka
- juice of 1/2 a lime
- 1/3 cup of apple cider
- 1 tablespoon apple butter
- 1-2 teaspoons fresh grated ginger
- Ginger Beer
- Pomegranate arils and cinnamon sticks
Fill cocktail glass with ice. Combine vodka, lime juice, apple cider, apple butter, and ginger in a cocktail shaker. Shake with ice. Strain into glass. Top with ginger beer and garnish with apple slices, pomegranate arils and cinnamon sticks.
*Substitute sparkling water for vodka for non-alcoholic option.
Perfect for after dinner or on a cold day!
- 4 cups apple cider
- 4 whole black peppercorns
- 6 or 7 cinnamon sticks
- 3 whole dried cloves
- 1 star anise
- 1 navel orange
- 1 red apple
In a medium saucepan, add the cider, peppercorns, 1 cinnamon stick, cloves, and star anise. Cut a large peel from the orange (1 inch by 4 inches) and add it to the pan. Bring to boil, then lower heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Strain into a large glass and discard the solids. Pour hot cider into 4 mugs. Add 2 Tbsp of bourbon to each mug. To each mug, add a slice of orange, a slice of apple, and a cinnamon stick to stir.
Do you have a go-to cocktail that you love to drink on the holidays? Share it with us in the comments! We LOVE new ideas and then I’ll have a great list to try next year when I’m a new mom of 2!