Yummy Thanksgiving Cocktails 🍸🍷and Mocktails 🍹 to Make Your Family Day Bearable πŸ™ƒ ...

This Thanksgiving is sure to be tough, with Uncle Charlie having at old Aunt Margaret for her political views, and your cousin Cindy casting side-eyes at your still-single status. How's a girl to get through an entire day of thorny "are you seeing anyone special?" questions without losing her cool? Alcohol, of course, or at least a tasty mocktail to take the edge off, just a little, until the last slice of pumpkin pie is gone and the coat closet is finally empty. Here are a few adult (or adult-looking) bevs to get you through Turkey Day unscathed.

1. Cranberry Moscow Mule

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8 oz of ginger beer
The juice of 1 lime
1 shot of vodka
1 tbsp cranberry juice cocktail
Combine all ingredients and stir well. Pour over ice and serve in a copper mug. Garnish with raw cranberries and lime slices.

2. Apple Sangria

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1 750 mL bottle white wine
1 750 mL bottle sparkling white wine
1 cup apple cider
1 honeycrisp apple, sliced
1 Granny Smith apple, sliced
1 pear, sliced
1 cup fresh cranberries
In a large pitcher, stir together the white wine, apple cider, apples, pear and cranberries. Let chill for at least an hour. Serve over ice with sparkling white wine, and garnish with a festive sprig of rosemary.

3. Sparkling Pear Punch

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2 cups pear juice
Juice of 1 lemon
Β½ cup sugar
2 liters ginger ale
Sliced fresh pear
Pour the pear juice into large punch bowl, then add the lemon juice. Stir in the sugar, then mix in the ginger ale and add the pear slices.

4. Sugared Cranberry Ginger Mimosas

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2-3 oz ginger beer
2-3 oz cranberry juice
2-3 oz champagne
Simple! Combine all of the ingredients in a champagne flute, top with sugar cranberries as garnish, and enjoy!

5. Plum & Thyme Prosecco Smash

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2 Plums
6 Thyme Sprigs
Juice from one Lemon
4 Tbsp. Thyme Simple Syrup (1/2 Cup of Sugar, 1/2 Cup of Water, bring to a boil, remove from heat, add thyme sprigs, stir, and let cool.)
1 Bottle of Prosecco
Peel and chop 2 plums. Mash the plums with the thyme simple syrup and lemon juice until all of the plum juices have been released. Shake with ice in a cocktail shaker, then pour over crushed ice into two glasses. Top off with prosecco and garnish with extra plum slices and thyme sprigs.

6. Sparkling Bourbon Pumpkin Apple Punch

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32 oz Sprouts Organic Pumpkin Spiced Apple Cider
24 oz ginger ale
6 oz bourbon
Maple Simple Syrup (1/4 cup water, 1/4 cup pure maple syrup, stirred over heat til bubbling, then cooled to room temperature)
In a glass pitcher, combine the apple cider, ginger ale, bourbon and maple simple syrup, and stir until well-mixed. Serve chilled, over ice if you'd like.

7. Long Island Apple Iced Tea

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1 oz triple sec
1 oz white rum
1 oz gin
1 oz apple vodka
4 oz apple cider
2 oz lemon-lime soda
Add everything except the soda to a shaker, and shake well for about 30 seconds. Pour into two glasses filled with ice, then add the soda. Garnish with apple slices.

8. Maple Bourbon Cocktail

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2 oz bourbon
1 oz fresh squeezed orange juice
Β½ oz pure maple syrup
1-2 dashes of angostura bitters
Add everything to an ice-filled shaker, and shake well for about 30 seconds. Pour into two glasses filled with ice, then garnish with an orange peel twist and/or a maraschino cherry.

9. Cranberry, Lime & Rosemary White Wine Spritzer

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ΒΌ cup frozen cranberries
4 thin sliced lime slices
1 cup sweet white wine
Β½ cup seltzer water
Add ice, frozen cranberries, and lime slices to two large wine glasses. In each glass, add equal parts wine and seltzer water. Stir, then garnish with each with a sprig of rosemary.

10. Apple Cider Bellini

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6 oz apple cider
2 Tbsp orange liqueur
2 Tbsp maple syrup
Bottle of Prosecco, chilled
Combine apple cider, orange liqueur and maple syrup in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake for about 20 seconds, then pour the mixture into champagne flutes and top with the chilled Prosecco. Add a sprig of rosemary to garnish.

11. Spiced Pear Gin Fizz

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2 oz dry gin
1ΒΌ oz fresh lemon juice
1 large egg white
ΒΎ oz Spiced Pear Simple Syrup
1-2 oz club soda
Add the gin, lemon juice, egg white, and spiced pear simple syrup to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake for 15 seconds, then pour into cocktail glass. Top with club soda, and garnish with star anise.

12. The Flannel

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1 oz Cognac
Β½ oz Apple cider syrup
ΒΌ oz Allspice dram
ΒΌ oz Orange juice
Add all ingredients to a shaker filled with ice. Shake well, and strain into an Old Fashioned glass over a large ice cube. Garnish with an orange peel.

13. Winter Cranberry Martini

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1Β½ oz of vodka
2 oz of cranberry-infused simple syrup (1 cup of fresh cranberries, 3/4 cup of water, and 1/3 cup of sugar stirred together in a small pot over low heat for about 10 minutes til the cranberries pop, then stirred for about five more minutes, strained, and cooled)
1 oz of orange liqueur
Add ice, vodka, and cranberry syrup, and orange liqueur to an ice-filled cocktail shaker and shake to chill. Pour into a chilled martini glass and garnish with fresh cranberries and a sprig of rosemary.

14. Sparkling Fig & Honey Cocktail

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ΒΌ cup honey
ΒΌ cup filtered water
6 figs cut into quarters
2 sprigs thyme
1 cup champagne
Β½ cup apple cider
1 oz orange liquor
Combine the honey, water and figs in a small saucepan. Bring to a simmer over low heat and whisk continuously until the honey is melted and the figs begin to soften. Add the thyme and let simmer for an additional 10 minutes, stirring often. Remove from heat and let the mixture sit for a few minutes. Remove the thyme sprigs from the honey mixture and use a food processor or immersion blender to blend the honey and figs into a smooth syrup. In a small pitcher, combine the champagne, apple cider and orange liquor. Add two tablespoons of the fig syrup and stir. Pour into two glasses and garnish with extra thyme and fig slices.

15. Apple Pie Punch

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4 cups apple cider
1 cup pear nectar or white grape juice
3 cups ginger ale
1 gala or empire apple, diced
Combine the liquids in a large punch bowl, toss in the apples, and serve.

16. Salted Caramel Eggnog

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3 cups whole milk
1 cup heavy whipping cream
4 cinnamon sticks
ΒΎ tbsp. pure vanilla extract
1 tsp. grated nutmeg
5 eggs
ΒΎ cup white sugar
Β½ cup caramel syrup
1 tbsp. sea salt
In a large saucepan, combine milk, cream, cinnamon, vanilla, and nutmeg. Carefully bring to the boil over a medium heat. As soon as you see it bubbling, remove from heat. Allow to sit for at least 5-10 minutes to steep. In a large stand mixer, beat eggs and sugar on medium high/high until fully combined. Pour egg mixture into the cooled milk and whisk quickly until fully combined.

Add caramel, sea salt, and rum (if using). Continue whisking to fully combine. When you're ready to serve, beat the egg whites on high until foamy peaks form. (this is optional).

Pour the eggnog into the glass leaving a bit of room at the top. Top with fluffy egg whites (optional). Garnish with nutmeg and caramel sauce.

17. Thanksgiving Punch

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2 gallons of apple cider, not spiced
12 Oz. Bottle Caramel Syrup
1 tbsp. pumpkin pie spice
Pour the cider into a punch bowl. Add the entire bottle of caramel syrup, then stir in the spice, using a whisk. Stir occasionally during dinner to keep the cider mixed and yummy.

Which of these drinks will become this year's get-you-through-Thanksgiving beverage? Or will you be sipping something else?

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