6 Thanksgiving Cocktail Recipes to Make Your Meal Merrier

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pumpkin martiniFrom the food and fun to the crazy family and inevitable fights, Thanksgiving above all makes us thankful for alcohol. I'm just kidding (mostly), but it is a nice day to have some libations on hand to put a little pep in your party and help you cope with crazy cousin Joe.

Sure, wine is fine, but Thanksgiving is also a great time to come up with a themed drink or two to offer guests. Here are six great ones that will complement any Thanksgiving meal, starting with this amazing, rich, and delicious pumpkin martini from Food.com.

Pumpkin Martini

1 fluid ounce heavy whipping cream (or for a little lighter you can use half and half)
1 fluid ounce spiced rum (Captain Morgans is great)
1/2 fluid ounce pumpkin spice syrup
Nutmeg
Cinnamon
Whipped whipping cream

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Fill your martini shaker with crushed ice and use a chilled martini glass.

Put all ingredients in shaker and shake for a minute or so.
 
Pour into glass. Top with whipped cream. Grind a little nutmeg on top.
 
You can also rim the glass with cinnamon sugar and put in a cinnamon stick.

A few other creative cocktails to consider:
 
 

Made with rum, orange liqueur, and lime juice, this drink is delicious hot or cold.

Royal Turkey Cocktail

Toast the bird with this delicious concoction of whisky, apricot brandy, and apple juice.

Mayflower Martini

Light and crisp with sweet vermouth, gin, and white cranberry juice. Whole cranberries make a pretty garnish.

Thanksgiving Cider

With just Pumpkin Pie vodka, apple cider, and club soda, you can make a pitcher of this delicious cider that will have everyone giving thanks.

Cranberry Champagne Cocktail

Pretty and perfectly light with the big meal, this sparkling cocktail is a sure hit.

What are your favorite Thanksgiving cocktails?

 

Image via Ally Mauro/Flickr

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