Elegant Thanksgiving Cocktails
Things go better with a few good bubbles. Serving up a signature cocktail is a special way to lift the mood.
"Here's to the cook!"
It's a lot harder for the family grump—if there is one—to be crabby with a bright, sparkling cocktail in hand. These drinks range from almost soda-pop light to a cognac-tinged glass of pure golden elegance.
Simplify the liquor shopping list: Skip setting up a full bar and instead offer a signature cocktail featuring just one or two types of spirits or wine. Make this punch up to 4 hours ahead, but wait to add the cava until just before serving.
We streamlined and lightened the original recipe but kept true to the gin, apple, and vermouth at its heart. Premix big batches (except the ice) in a pitcher up to a day ahead. Shake servings for 1 or 2 at a time with ice.
If the recession has been thumbing its nose at you, dip into Spanish cava or Italian prosecco for bubbles: Some cost less than $10 per bottle and are delicious in this lime-tangy crowd-pleaser.