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Fall drinks that aren't a hot toddy

Whether you're trying to entertain a crowd this Thanksgiving or bear your in-laws, here are a few cocktail recipes that could help.
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DENVER — Thanksgiving is just two Thursdays away. So here's a reminder for turkey--and don't forget the drinks. 

Here are four cocktails to shake up dinner and dessert that aren't the traditional autumn classics. 

> Video above: Smaller Thanksgiving turkeys in demand due to COVID-19

Apple Pie on the Rocks

Servings per recipe: 2 

Ingredients

  • 2 oz caramel vodka
  • 2 oz cinnamon whiskey
  • 1 oz vanilla citrus liqueur
  • 8 oz apple cider
  • brown sugar, to garnish glass rim
  • cinnamon sticks, garnish

Instructions

  1. Add caramel vodka, cinnamon whiskey, liqueur and apple cider to a cocktail shaker. 
  2. Add ice and shake until the liquids are chilled.
  3. Add a little water to the glass rim and dip into the brown sugar.
  4. Place ice into a glass tumbler and pour the cocktail into the glass. 
  5. Garnish with a cinnamon stick. 

>> Read all the recipe notes and calorie information here 

Pear & Thyme Fizz

Servings per recipe: 6

Ingredients

  • 2 cups good-quality apple juice
  • 1 ripe but firm pear, very thinly sliced
  • 12 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1/4 cup orange-flavored liqueur 
  • 1 bottle sparkling wine

Instructions

  1. In a pitcher, combine apple juice, pears, thyme and liqueur. 
  2. Stir together, then refrigerate for 2 – 4 hours to let the pears and thyme infuse the juice.
  3. Divide between 6 champagne flutes, discarding thyme, then fill the remainder of each glass with champagne. 
  4. Garnish each glass with a sprig of fresh thyme and serve. 

>> See photos of this cocktail here

Fireball Caramel Cider

Servings per recipe: 8 - 10

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Fireball whiskey
  • 1/2 cup caramel sauce
  • 3 cups apple cider
  • 2 bags of ice
  • Cinnamon sticks and apple slices for garnish

Instructions

  1. Fill each small mason jar with 1.5 oz. Fireball, 1 tbsp. caramel, and 3 oz. apple cider. 
  2. Top with ice, put the lid on the mason jar, and shake the cocktail.
  3. Serve in small mason jars with a cinnamon stick and apple slice.

>> More information here on this fiery holiday drink

Thanksgiving Jungle Juice  

Servings per recipe: 8 - 10

Ingredients

  • 2 bottles of red wine
  • 4 cups ginger ale
  • 3 cups cranberry juice
  • 2/3 cup Fireball
  • 2/3 cup whiskey
  • 2 cups frozen cranberries
  • 1 orange, sliced into rounds
  • 1 apple, cut into thin slices

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a punch bowl.
  2. Stir together.
  3. Serve.

>> Go here for more information about this Thanksgiving punch

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