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Thanksgiving cocktails

Diana De Cicco is a food editor and writer based in New York City. She has a master's degree from New York University in Food Studies. Her passions are eating, traveling, and eating while traveling.

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You may not necessarily think of cocktails when you think of Thanksgiving, but Turkey Day can be an opportune time to get creative with your beverage choices - you have a house full of hungry guests in the mood to celebrate, drink and feast. Here are a few signature holiday cocktail recipes to add to the merriment of your Thanksgiving Day festivities.

Festive drink recipes

Thanksgiving cocktail recipes

Pumpkin pietini cocktail recipe

Makes 1 serving

1 ounce Malibu rum
1 ounce Kahlua
6 ounces milk
1/3 teaspoon ground cinnamon, plus more for garnish
1/2 to 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie filling
Finely crushed graham crackers

Combine all ingredients in a blender with a few ice cubes. Blend until fully combined. Pour into a chilled martini glass with a graham cracker crust rim. Top with more cinnamon.

Gingersnap on the rocks cocktail recipe

Makes 1 serving

1 maraschino cherry
1 orange slice
1 teaspoon orange marmalade
2 dashes of ginger syrup (recipe below)
1-1/2 ounces Crown Royal
Powdered sugar
Ground cinnamon

Muddle the cherry, orange slice, marmalade and ginger syrup together in a cocktail shaker. Add ice and Crown Royal into shaker and shake well. Strain mixture into a glass rimmed with a mixture of powdered sugar and cinnamon.

Ginger syrup recipe

Makes 1 cup

Add a tablespoon or so of this fiery syrup to club soda for a nonalcoholic drink with zip.

1 cup sugar
1 three-inch piece of peeled, minced fresh ginger
2 cups water

Combine all ingredients in a pot and bring to a boil. Lower heat and simmer for about 1 hour. Let cool and strain before using.

Hot apple pie cocktail recipe

Makes 1 serving

2 ounces brandy
Hot apple cider
Whipped cream
Cinnamon stick

Add brandy to a tall glass and fill with apple cider. Top with whipped cream and garnish with a cinnamon stick.

Festive drink recipes

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