Top off your Turkey Day with a delicious nightcap bursting with festive flavors
By Lauren Daniels
Thanksgiving is almost here! Get ready to chow down on turkey, sides, succulent desserts — and don’t forget to wind down (or turn up!) with a nightcap. Here, five easy-to-make seasonal cocktails to sip after the big meal.
Chocolate White Russian
- 1.5 oz. vodka
- 1 oz. chocolate liqueur
- 1 oz. coffee liqueur
- 2 oz. heavy cream
In shaker with ice, add all ingredients. Shake and pour into glass over ice.
- 1.5 oz. vodka
- 2 oz. cranberry juice
- 1 oz. lime juice
- Top with ginger beer
- Fresh cranberries and lime wedge for garnish
In shaker with ice, add vodka, cranberry juice, lime juice. Shake and pour into glass over ice. Top with ginger beer. Garnish with fresh cranberries and lime wedge.
Cinnamon Bourbon Sour
- 1.5 oz. bourbon
- 1 oz. fresh lemon juice
- ½ oz. maple syrup,
- Splash of sour mix
- Cinnamon sticks or cinnamon powder for garnish
In shaker with ice, add all ingredients. Shake and pour into glass over ice. Garnish with cinnamon sticks or cinnamon powder.
- 1.5 oz. cognac
- 1 oz. lemon juice
- 1 oz. orange liqueur
- top with sparkling wine or champagne
- Sugar for rimming
- Lemon or orange twist for garnish
Rim glass with sugar. In shaker with ice, add Cognac, Lemon Juice, and Orange Liqueur. Shake and pour into glass over ice. Top with Sparkling Wine or Champagne. Garnish with orange or lemon twist.
- 1 750 ml. red wine
- 2 oz. spiced rum
- 1 cup orange juice
- ½ cup orange liqueur
- ½ cup lemon juice
- Orange, apple, and lemon slices
In pitcher, add all ingredients. Stir with large spoon. Chill in refrigerator. For best results, chill overnight.
- 1 oz. cranberry juice
- 1 oz. pomegranate juice
- Top with sparkling cider
- Fresh cranberries for garnish
In glass with ice, add cranberry juice and pomegranate juice. Top with sparkling cider. Garnish with fresh cranberries.
Lauren is a corporate maverick turned serial entrepreneur who is passionate about community, education and collaboration. She is the founder and CEO of Sumptuous Spirits, a bartending company and lifestyle brand that curates bar services and digital content to amplify the cocktail experience. Since 2016, Sumptuous Spirits has grown to a team of 20+ staff members; curating over 1k bar experiences in Michigan and Illinois for companies including Google, We Work, Bumble, Fashion Nova, Footlocker and more. Lauren enjoys spending time with her husband and son, watching reality TV, traveling and reading. Keep up with Sumptuous Spirits at sumptuousspirits.com and on Facebook and Instagram at @sumptuousspirits.