Thanksgiving is one of those holidays, where you can really focus on spending time relaxing and spending time with the ones you love (or in some cases, maybe it's more like tolerate!). With parades, dog shows (my personal favorite TV viewing on Thanksgiving), and football, you're likely to be lounging around snacking and drinking all day long. I think it's nice to be able to offer a drink that's festive and complementary to the flavors of the holiday, but it also needs to be simple enough to please everyone, and light enough to ensure that no one's going to be passing out on the couch before dinner is served.
So we're taking a crowd favorite for Thanksgiving, cranberry, giving you one very simple recipe, and offering slight variations so you can customize it to best suit your tastes.
a. Basic recipe:
1 orange, cut into wedges
2 cups of cranberry juice
1 liter of seltzer
8 oz vodka
In a pitcher, place your orange wedges and muddle them until you get all of the juice out, and then add remaining ingredients and stir. Pour over ice into your favorite glass and you have a simple refreshing cocktail.
If you're thinking, "that's sounding just too simple, what else can we do to kick this cocktail into overdrive?" well then here are a couple of ways to switch it up.
b. All of that cranberry just a little too tart? Add a few teaspoons of sugar while you're muddling the oranges to bring out the natural sweetness, and if that's not enough, try swapping out the plain vodka for vanilla vodka. Who needs pie when this cocktail is being served?
c. Maybe it's not a celebration until there's bubbly? Hey, I can respect that! In this case, use only 1/2 the seltzer, and then as needed, pour enough for 1 or 2 drinks into a cocktail shaker with ice, shake until nice and icy. Pour into a martini glass leaving enough room for a splash of cava or prosecco.
Hopefully you'll try one of these at your turkey day feast!
We wish you all the happiest of Thanksgivings!