While Thanksgiving is often a joy-filled day thanks to reuniting with friends and family, it can also be a stressful occasion…also due to said friends and family.
But before you blow up at mom over her constant prying into your love life or battle over the last slice of pie with your cousin, you may want to ease the tension with these yummy, seasonally appropriate cocktails.
Orange Spiced Cider
1 Numi Orange Spice tea bag
8 ounces of apple cider
2 ounces of dark rum
1 cinnamon stick
Preparation: Heat cider until very hot. Steep one tea bag directly in cider for five minutes, and cover. Uncover, add rum and stir. Garnish with a cinnamon stick.
Pumpkins aren't just reserved for pie! Here's a yummy drink that makes use of the in-season item:
Pumpkin Spice Margarita
2 ounces 1800 Tequila
1 can of pumpkin puree
½ cup brown sugar
¼ cup sugar
1 tablespoon of cinnamon
1 pinch of nutmeg
2 cups of water
½ ounce of orange liqueur
Lime juice of ½ a lime
Optional: Apple for garnish
Preparation: Make pumpkin syrup by combining pumpkin puree with brown sugar, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and water in a saucepan over low heat. Stir for 20 minutes. Remove from heat, cool and strain. Combine the juice of half a lime, 1800 Tequila, and 2 ounces of pumpkin syrup. Shake well, strain and garnish rim with sugar and an apple wedge.
Got some leftover carrots after the big Thanksgiving feast? Here's a fun way to put 'em to good use:
Carrot Bloody Maria
Fresh carrot juice
Bloody Mary mix
2 ounces of Numi carrot curry savory tea-infused tequila
Fresh vegetables (for garnish)
Preparation:Add tequila to a tall glass with ice, then fill the rest of the glass with half Bloody Mary mix and half carrot juice. Add a few splashes of Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco sauce and the juice of half a lime. Mix with a spoon, sprinkle a little black pepper on the top and garnish with celery and fresh veggies.
To infuse liquor with tea, just fill a glass container with liquor in the amount that you need for your recipe. One tea bag is enough for up to 8 ounces of liquor. Seal your container with an airtight lid and store it in a dark area. Allow it to infuse for 48-72 hours before removing the tea bag.
Do you have a go-to Thanksgiving cocktail?