Easy Thanksgiving Cocktails!

Whip up 3 festive Thanksgiving cocktails with one easy recipe! You'll be the hit of the holidays with these tasty (easy to make) drinks!

Since moving to Seattle two years ago, we’ve spent the last two Thanksgivings locally with new friends instead of flying across the country to be home with family. Not wanting to expose my lack of cooking skills to my new Seattle friends, we’ve typically contributed wine, a salad or store bought dessert to the big meal.

Before you get too excited, no I haven’t spent the last year learning how bake (baste?) a turkey, but I have learned some fun festival holiday cocktails that will be more impressive than bringing another bottle of wine.

Regardless of the type of beverages your guests prefer, this recipe can accommodate! Three different festive drinks can be made from this one simple syrup concoction. All you need is about 15 minutes and a couple standard ingredients.

SIMPLE SYRUP

  • 2 cups cranberries (fresh or frozen (8 ounces))
  • 1 cup regular sugar
  • 1 cup water

Bring cranberries, sugar and water to a simmer over medium heat in a saucepan. Then reduce heat to low and cook until cranberries are soft, about 10 minutes. You can’t really mess this up, but you don’t want the cranberries to burst. If that happens, just remove the saucepan from the heat. It’s done!

Whip up 3 festive Thanksgiving cocktails with one easy recipe! You'll be the hit of the holidays with these tasty (easy to make) drinks!

Let cool for 5 minutes and then pour through a strainer separating the cranberries from the liquid (which is your simple syrup). Keep both. Store in the fridge until ready for use.

COCKTAIL #1

  • 4 tablespoons Simple Syrup
  • 1 shot of vodka
  • 1/2 cup seltzer water

Stir together all ingredients and add ice & a couple of the extra cranberries for garnish.

COCKTAIL #2

  • 2 tablespoons Simple Syrup
  • 1 glass dry white wine

Mix simple syrup in to wine glass with wine. Add a couple of the extra cranberries for garnish.

COCKTAIL #3

  • 2 tablespoons Simple Syrup
  • 1 glass champagne
  • 1 lime wedge

Mix simple syrup in to wine glass with wine. Add a couple of the extra cranberries & lime wedge for garnish.

Whip up 3 festive Thanksgiving cocktails with one easy recipe! You'll be the hit of the holidays with these tasty (easy to make) drinks!

These Thanksgiving cocktails will be the best “dish” of the holidays without having to cook a thing!

Whip up 3 festive Thanksgiving cocktails with one easy recipe! You'll be the hit of the holidays with these tasty (easy to make) drinks!
Whip up 3 festive Thanksgiving cocktails with one easy recipe! You'll be the hit of the holidays with these tasty (easy to make) drinks!

This post was featured in: Shabbilicious Party & Cooking and Crafting!

 

 

Whip up 3 festive Thanksgiving cocktails with one easy recipe! You'll be the hit of the holidays with these tasty (easy to make) drinks!

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23 Comments

  1. November 19, 2015 / 6:09 am

    Yummmm! These look divine!
    Hi! Stopping by from Mom Bloggers Club. Great blog!
    Have a nice day!

  2. November 20, 2015 / 9:27 am

    Pinned and plan to try! Thank you.

  3. November 20, 2015 / 11:04 am

    This is awesome. Found you at the link party. Pinning this!!!

  4. November 20, 2015 / 12:16 pm

    Speaking from someone who also contributes nothing more than cocktails and wine when invited to a party (I don’t have much prowess in the kitchen either), these are absolutely perfect, Lindsay! The champagne one sounds perfect for Christmas or New Years Eve.

    Thanks so much for sharing this on #SHINEbloghop. It’s so great for you to join us this week!

    Have a lovely weekend!

  5. November 21, 2015 / 6:49 pm

    I think yours is the simplest simple syrup recipe that I’ve seen. And loving the drink ideas too 🙂 Stopped by from Small Victories.

  6. November 22, 2015 / 5:26 pm

    Um, these look delicious and so easy! I can’t wait to try them out! Thanks for linking up with #smallvictoriessunday 🙂

  7. November 23, 2015 / 5:09 pm

    These all sound lovely, especially the champagne one, I like the addition of the lime! #Allaboutyou
    Debbie

  8. November 24, 2015 / 10:54 am

    This looks so pretty and sounds delicious!

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J. Happy Thanksgiving!

  9. November 24, 2015 / 1:34 pm

    Oh my goodness I didn’t realize you live in Seattle that’s where I am from before I came to the UK. Say hello to my home city for me. lol This drink sounds tasty I will have to give it a go for the festive season. I have been baking and getting things ready to set a perfect Thanksgiving table. Thank you so much for linking up to Share With Me. I hope to see you again tomorrow for another great round. #sharewithme

    • Lindsay @ Crazy Organized
      November 26, 2015 / 10:06 am

      OMG what a small world! I love that! I just moved to Seattle two years ago!

  10. November 25, 2015 / 9:06 am

    These would also be perfect for Christmas – PInned by Pin worthy Wednesday

  11. November 25, 2015 / 10:28 pm

    These look yummy 🙂

    Thanks for sharing #CreativeMondays

  12. November 25, 2015 / 10:33 pm

    I love cranberries and these sound delicious and perfect for the whole ‘silly season’. Thanks for linking up at Shabbilicious Friday. I’m delighted to be featuring these at tomorrow’s party.

  13. November 27, 2015 / 8:34 am

    Oh, yea. We can make these all weekend! Thanks for linking up with us at Funtastic Friday.

  14. November 27, 2015 / 6:34 pm

    Yum! These look and sound delicious. I’ll have to try them for the Christmas holidays since I just found you as I’m reading through posts on Tuesday Talk. Thanks for sharing these delights with us this week.

  15. November 28, 2015 / 2:35 pm

    I absolutely LOVE cranberries so these are definitely something I should try. A belated Happy Thanksgiving. Thank you for linking to #PoCoLo x

  16. November 29, 2015 / 7:48 pm

    Never made a cocktail before, but I do love the sound of that syrup! Thanks so much for sharing these with us at Savoring Saturdays, Lindsay! Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and hope to see you back at the party this weekend!

  17. November 30, 2015 / 10:01 am

    I’m so happy to feature your post at Monday’s Cooking and Crafting with J & J. I’m looking forward to seeing you again this week. Thanks.
    Julie

  18. December 2, 2015 / 12:13 pm

    I’ll take one now please!! Yum! Thanks for sharing on My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday!! Hope to see you again tomorrow!! Pinned!

  19. November 22, 2016 / 6:31 am

    I’ll definitely have to try these cocktails Thursday… and Friday 🙂 Thanks for featuring my Cranberry Orange Scones! See you next week and Happy Thanksgiving

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