Stress-Free Drinks To Serve This Thanksgiving!



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It’s the start of the holiday season, and we hope we’ve helped you sort out your Thanksgiving dishes. Now, we can’t forget about the drinks that will complement your delicious food and desserts!

Scroll below as we compile easy, stress-free drinks to make for your Thanksgiving feast that much more awesome, with recipes that will please everybody!

Mulled Red Wine with Muscavado Sugar 


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What’s a holiday feast without some good ‘ol mulled wine? Combine aromatics such as peppercorns, fennel seeds and a cinnamon stick with any fruity red wine, orange zest and bay leaves and simmer for 30 minutes. Don’t forget to add the muscovado sugar! If you don’t have any, any dark brown sugar is good.

The best part about this recipe? You can make ahead, and refrigerate up to three days! Reheat gently before serving. Full recipe here!

 Hard Cider Sangria 


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Not into that mulled wine goodness? Go with a juicy sangria, with crunchy green, yellow and red apples! Combine the apples with a navel orange, a cup of apple juice and fresh lemon juice. Add hard apple cider, and some apple brandy for that awesome kick. Make this way ahead, and big batches because this will be a hit! Full recipe here.

 Apple Pie Crunch 

We’re not done with apples just yet! This apple pie punch is perfect for Thanksgiving, and can also cater for guests who don’t drink. Combine chopped/sliced apples, apple cider, pear nectar and ginger ale. Pour the concoction over ice, and you’re done!
Quick Tip: Want to make this an adult’s only drink? Add some apple pie vodka! If not, caramel vodka will just as yummy. Full recipe here!
Spiked Pumpkin Latte 
Let’s admit it, we’re all kind of obsessed with pumpkin spice latte! Serve your very own (naughty!) version this Thanksgiving, with the help of canned pumpkin, milk, sugar, vanilla, coffee and a splash of Bailey’s. For a non-alcoholic option, omit the Bailey’s and add another spoon of vanilla.
Serve in festive mugs, topping it off with whipped cream and a sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice for that extra scrumptious taste. It’s so good, make an extra batch just in case! Full recipe here.

How to Make Sure You Don’t Run Out of Wine

It can get tricky when the drinks run out, and it will if you don’t stock up. If you need help to do the maths, head on over to Serious Eats to calculate how much wine you need with their Thanksgiving Wine Calculator! Wine worries, solved.


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