3 Great Thanksgiving Drinks For The Family!

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mulled cider


Tis’ the season for Cider!  Apple cider is pretty popular around Thanksgiving time.  Growing up we would pick apples in the apple orchards right by town.


They would always have freshly pressed cider for sale.  Some of that cider would end up on our Thanksgiving table.  It was so much better than what we get in the store today.  The flavor was more intense and sweeter.  Oh!  It was always regular cider.  It took me years to figure out what hard cider really was.  I thought it was from apples that were too hard to eat.  LOL!


With all these drinks you have the choice up using alcohol or not.  If you want your kids to be able to drink these concoctions, substitute ginger ale or sparkling grape juice for the alcohol.  And use regular cider instead of hard cider.



Sparkling Ginger Cider



Sparkling Ginger Cider


Total Time:  1 hr 5 min
Prep:                      5 min
Inactive:       1 hr

Yield:  4 servings




Sparkling ginger cider is a first rate fall “mocktail.” Mix 1/2 pound peeled, sliced fresh ginger into 32 ounces of apple cider and chill for about an hour. Pour into glasses filled with ice and top with ginger ale and fresh mint. To spike this punch, add brandy and top with hard cider instead of ginger ale.

Photograph by Tina Rupp

Recipe courtesy of Food Network Magazine



Mulled Apple Cider Cocktail




Total Time:  30 min
Inactive:      20 min
Cook:            10 min

Yield:  4 to 6 servings

The perfect cocktail when you are having lunch on a winter day.


1 quart apple cider
3 cinnamon sticks
Knob of “bruised” fresh ginger
3 whole cloves Pinch nutmeg
1 firm red apple, such as Rome, Braeburn, Fuji or Royal Gala, washed, cored, skin-on and cut into small cubes
1 firm green apple, such as Granny Smith, washed, cored, skin-on and cut into small cubes
2 lemons, juiced
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 bottle dry Cava or other dry sparkling wine(use sparkling grape juice to make it non-alcoholic)


In a medium pot, over medium heat, add the cider, cinnamon sticks, fresh ginger, cloves and nutmeg. Stir to blend. Bring to a boil and reduce the heat to a simmer. Reduce by half and taste for seasoning. Set aside to cool. In a large bowl add the apples, lemon juice and sugar. Toss to coat and add to the cider. Refrigerate. When ready to serve the cocktails, pour the cider and apple pieces into champagne flutes (about halfway) and top with the Cava. Stir and serve.

Mulled Cider

This is a super easy drink to make!  Perfect for when the kids come in from being out building snowmen and making snow angels!

Total Time:  10 min
Prep:  5 min
Cook: 5 min

Yield:  4 servings


1 quart fresh cider
1 large cinnamon stick
1 lemon, zested
Sprinkle clove powder
3 grates fresh nutmeg


Combine all ingredients in saucepan. Bring to simmer. Strain and serve.

Recipe courtesy of Rachael Ray



One thought on “3 Great Thanksgiving Drinks For The Family!

    Cher|cherthatdish said:
    November 25, 2015 at 9:16 pm

    I cooked a batch of Spiced Apple Cider last night (which was quite similar to the last recipe)! Can’t wait to enjoy it with my roommate tonight, served with our thanksgiving meal! Thanks for sharing Marcey, the other two recipes will be great for future gatherings!


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