Four Local Holiday-Inspired Cocktails for Thanksgiving
This Thanksgiving, take the opportunity to grace the table with more than just your favorite foods. In other words, don't forget to bring a few liquid treats with you too.
Because when Dad delivers his annual table-side speech and after the entire family has asked you about your job (and love life), you'll need a few ingredients on hand to whip up -- and quickly down -- any of these holiday-inspired cocktails.
Nothing says fall like pumpkin pie. We've all had the latte, bread, and whatever else you can make pumpkin -- but what about a margarita? El Camino in Delray Beach has whipped up a delicious version of the Mexican specialty with a few added flavors. The creamy concoction is perfect for Thanksgiving and good enough to make all year long.
1 oz. Cinnamon tequila
1 oz. RumChata liqueur
1/4 oz. Allspice
1 Bar spoon of pumpkin purée
2 Dashes of walnut bitters
Combine all ingredient and ice in a cocktail shaker and shake for 10 seconds, making sure pumpkin purée has mixed well. Serve straight up, or on the rocks. Garnish with a cinnamon stick and toasted pumpkin seeds.
Spice up any party or evening with your own version Del Frisco's white-chocolate candy-cane martini. The crushed candy-cane garnish gives it a unique look and makes it the perfect after-dinner dessert drink.
1.5 oz. Stoli Vanilla vodka
.75 oz. Godiva White Chocolate liqueur
.5 oz. Peppermint Schnapps
2 oz. Half and Half
Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker, fill with ice, and shake 10-15 times. Strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with crushed candy cane.
There's no better holiday treat than a gathering with friends -- and with a delicious cocktail in hand. Available beginning November 18, the mixologist team at Bonefish Grill is bringing back a wintertime favorite with the Winter White Cosmo. Mixed with St. Germain Elderflower liqueur, white cranberry juice, and fresh lime, this cocktail is one for the entire holiday season. Feeling extra festive? If so, you can use your favorite brand of cranberry-flavored vodka or make your own cranberry vodka infusion by placing cranberries in your favorite vodka and allowing the fruit to infuse for 48 to 72 hours.
2 oz. Cranberry vodka
.75 oz Cointreau
.5 oz St. Germaine
1 oz Fresh Lime Juice/Simple Syrup Mixture
2 oz White Cranberry juice
3-4 Cranberries (for garnish)
Combine ingredients over ice in shaker tin. Shake and strain into chilled martini glass. Garnish with 3 or 4 frozen cranberries.
Apples and cinnamon, the classic fall pairing. Put them in a pie and you get dessert. Put them together with a little tequila and you get another perfect dessert drink.
2 oz. Cinnamon Tequila
1 oz. Simply Apple Juice (apple cider works too)
1 oz. Fresh Squeezed Lime
1 oz. Agave Nectar
Sugar and Cinnamon (to taste)
Combine tequila, apple juice, lime juice, and agave in a cocktail shaker and shake vigorously 20 times. Pour in a martini glass with a cinnamon and sugar-coated rim.
Nicole Danna is a food blogger covering Broward and Palm Beach counties. To get the latest in food and drink news in South Florida, follow her @SoFloNicole or find her latest food pics on Clean Plate's Instagram.
Get the Food & Drink Newsletter
Our weekly guide to South Florida dining includes food news and reviews, as well as dining events and interviews with chefs and restaurant owners.