Things go better with a few good bubbles. Serving up a signature cocktail is a special way to lift the mood.
Thanksgiving Cocktail Recipes
"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.
Sherry-Cava Citrus Fizz
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.
Sweet and sunshiny, this sophisticated twist on a standard mimosa is ideal for a holiday brunch.
Wilga Hill Boomerang II
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.
Campari and Orange Sparkling Cocktail
A little rosé pairs wonderfully with Campari, an Italian aperitif which gives the drink a bitter edge and beautiful rosy color.
Warm Spiced (and Spiked) Cabernet
Garnish this punch with a cinnamon stick or orange slices.
Cognac Sparkling Wine Cocktail
A classic combo—sparkling wine, cognac, sugar, and a dash of bitters—makes for an elegant drink worthy of a special celebration.
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.
Sparkling Pear Cocktail
Pear liqueur and a dry sparkling wine make for a heady combo in this beautifully aromatic sipper.