Cocktails: Add One to To Your Thanksgiving Day Traditions

November 21, 2013

What does your Thanksgiving look like? We've taken some favorite Thanksgiving moments and added the Bluegrass special - a cocktail.


For early morning coffee with Mom...

Lisa Marie’s Special Coffee

Treat yourself to this sinfully addictive morning coffee recipe to “take the edge off” before a stressful day. What a better way to begin your day before preparing the Thanksgiving feast! 

PREPARE coffee in your usual fashion. ADD 1-2 ounces of Baileys Caramel Irish Cream to 8 ounces of coffee or proportionate amounts, depending on the size of your mug. TOP with a dollop of canned whipped topping (optional)

As you celebrate what you are thankful for...

Cranberry Champagne Cocktail

1 ounce cranberry juice (sweetened)
1 wedge of lime
Champagne or Sparkling Wine
Cranberries (frozen)

In a chilled Champagne flute, ADD cranberry juice and a squeeze of lime. TOP off the glass with Champagne or Sparkling wine. GARNISH with 3-4 frozen cranberries.

As a little half-time treat...

Pumpkin Pie Shot

½ ounce Irish Cream
½ ounce Amaretto
¼ ounce Cinnamon Schnapps

LAYER the ingredients in the order listed, in a shot glass

For a late-night snack with cherished friends...

Brandy Alexander

1 1/2 ounces Brandy
1 ounce dark Creme De Cacao
1 ounce Half-and-Half
1/4 teaspoon grated Nutmeg

FILL a shaker halfway with ice cubes.
POUR in the brandy, creme de cacao, and the half-and-half. SHAKE well and strain into a cocktail glass. SPRINKLE the grated nutmeg over the top.

Tip: grind a fresh, whole nutmeg over the top of the drink and it’ll have more flavor than ground nutmeg from a jar.

There are a few ways to jazz it up:
LEAVE out the cream and ice, and instead blend the alcohol with vanilla ice cream. SERVE it over crushed ice to make it a frappe.

Brandy Alexander is wonderful served alone, to be sipped and savored. There is, however, one snack food with which it’s divine. SERVE with strawberries or any other kind of berry. Or oranges. Or peaches. Any fruit you enjoy dipped in chocolate will be delicious paired with a Brandy Alexander. TAKE a bit of the fruit, then a sip of the drink, and let the flavors combine in your mouth – HEAVENLY!


Happy Thanksgiving. We hope these cocktails add a little fun to your special traditions. And don't miss our wine recommendations! 

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