Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Thanksgiving: Festive Drinks

Good afternoon foodies and friends! We are continuing with our Thanksgiving feast today. We've made A LOT of food this week in preparation for the holiday. We've made everything from turkeys to pie, and pretty much everything in between. The one thing we haven't elaborated on are festive drinks to accompany our delicious meal. Before we begin with our fabulous drink recipes, let's review our previous blogs (because today is the FINAL Thanksgiving blog for this week).

Prepping For Thanksgiving - The Basics for every Thanksgiving feast, including a turkey!

Classic Thanksgiving Sides - We can't have turkey without delicious side, can we?

Thanksgiving Appetizers - We must stave off the hunger before the meal.

Thanksgiving: Pie Edition! - Let's finish the meal off with delicious pie! Why? Because we can.

Now that we've reviewed, I'm going to meet y'all in the kitchen so we can make some delicious festive drinks! I'll see y'all there!


Apple Cider Floats (Kid Friendly!)

You will need:

  • Apple cider
  • Ice cream
  • Caramel ice cream topping
  • Cinnamon

  1. In a glass add two scoops of ice cream. 
  2. Drizzle a spoonful of caramel ice cream topping on top of the ice cream. 
  3. Add a pinch of cinnamon on top.
  4. Pour in the apple cider until the ice cream is covered. 
  5. Add another scoop of ice cream on top. 
  6. Drizzle another spoonful of caramel on top and add another pinch of cinnamon on top of that.
  7. Serve cold with a spoon or straw.


Mulled Cranberry Apple Cider

You will need:

For the Cider:
  • 1/2 gallon apple cider
  • 1.5 cups fresh cranberries
  • 2-inch piece ginger, sliced into thin coins
  • 2 (3-inch) cinnamon sticks, broken apart
  • 5 whole allspice
  • 5 whole cloves
  • Peel from 1 orange
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup bourbon 

For Garnishing:
  • Fresh cranberries
  • Orange slices
  • Cinnamon sticks

  1. Combine all the cider ingredients in a large saucepan. 
  2. Bring to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer uncovered for 30 minutes.
  3. Ladle and serve the cider straight out of the pot, along with some of the stewed cranberries (You can also strain before serving if preferred).
  4. Garnish with fresh cranberries, an orange slice or a cinnamon stick.


Kahlua Pumpkin Spice Caramel Mudslide

You will need:

  • 2 scoops coffee ice cream
  • 2 ounces Kahlua Pumpkin Spice
  • 1 ounce Vanilla Vodka
  • 1 ounce Butterscotch Schnapps
  • 3/4 cup Half and Half
  • Caramel Ice Cream Sauce
  • Whipped Topping
  • Pumpkin Pie Spice

  1. Mix all in a blender until smooth.  
  2. Take the caramel ice cream sauce and streak it down the inside walls of a hurricane glass or similar. 
  3. Pour the mudslide into the glass, and garnish with whipped topping, a drizzle of caramel sauce, and a sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice.
  4. Enjoy.


I hope each and every one of you has a wonderful Thanksgiving! I'll be back on Friday with a new recipe. Happy Thanksgiving, and I'll catch you all on the flip side!