Three Thanksgiving Beverages to Impress Guests

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Looking for a few warming beverages to serve to holiday guests at this year’s Thanksgiving feast? These three indulgent drinks are easy to make and will have your guests wanting to hang around a little longer than usual this year.

Hopping Hot Toddies

While, traditionally, the hot toddy recipe calls for the vanilla sweet goodness of bourbon, one can also opt to use scotch or brandy in this quick recipe.

Boil a kettle of water and use the following ingredients to craft each drink once the water is hot.


  • 1 oz. (2 tablespoons) bourbon
  • 1 tablespoon mild honey
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup boiling-hot water

Instructions: Stir and enjoy responsibly.

Indulgent Irish Coffee

Cozy up with guests with a delicious Irish coffee after a meal — decaf is optional — using this simple recipe, multiplying the ingredients per guest to be served.

  • 6 ounces of hot, freshly brewed coffee
  • 1 tsp. granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp. packed brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 ounces Irish whiskey
  • Freshly whipped cream

Instructions:  Add coffee to mugs until three-quarters full and add the sugars, stirring until dissolved. Add the Irish whiskey and top with spoonfuls of fresh cream. For a quick serve, go ahead and use a soft pre-made whipped cream.

Traditional Apple Cider

Choose apples to suit your sweet or sour preference. Sweet ciders hail from Cortland, Gala, Red Delicious or Golden types, while tart choices include McIntosh, Braeburn and Pink Lady types. Be bold and try a blend of both!


  • 8‒10 unpeeled apples, cored and quartered
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 teaspoon whole allspice
  • 1 tablespoon whole cloves
  • ½-cup brown sugar
  • 10 cups water

Instructions: Combine all the ingredients with the exception of the brown sugar in a slow cooker on high heat and cook for 3–4 hours. Gently, but thoroughly mash the apples with a potato masher. Next, add in the brown sugar and continue to heat, but on low for 2 hours. Strain the solids out, garnish and serve.

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