Simple, Festive Thanksgiving Cocktails

These cranberry margaritas simply scream Happy Thanksgiving! and Relax!

These cranberry margaritas simply scream Happy Thanksgiving! and Relax!


Okay, Thanksgiving is two days away and I’m not ready. Sure I have a turkey defrosting in the fridge and plenty of pecans and sweet potatoes for the my most favorite ever sweet potato praline casserole but that’s it.

I’ve had a long, frustrating week, starting with last Thursday when my car wouldn’t start. I have a fabulous mechanic but he’s so fabulous, he’s in high demand. Luckily, he gave me an appointment for yesterday, Monday, but that doesn’t mean it’s going to be ready for pickup anytime soon. The car should have been at his shop first thing in the morning. Instead the car arrived at the garage around noon because the temperature in godforsaken state frozen tundra whoops, I mean, Maine, dropped to below zero Sunday night into Monday morning. So, cars and trucks everywhere needed help chugging to life when my favorite towing company should have been getting my car to the doctor on time. Yes, that’s how old of a car I drive. I have a favorite towing company. Have I mentioned before there’s no money in newspapering?

Anyway, I was going drive my husband’s car to go to the store last weekend to wrap up my Thanksgiving grocery shopping but the weather here was atrocious. And I spent a good chunk of Saturday manning my son’s school’s winter gear exchange.

Topping off the car problem, I have early deadlines at work because of the holiday.  And while I’m ranting, I’ll just mention my bank account and how every single holiday season that I’m prepared financially for shopping and all the rest of it, I have a car repair to pay for. Okay, I’m done. As my son likes to say, because he inherited my smart mouth, these are just “white girl problems.”

Perhaps, at this point, you’re wondering if I’ll ever make my point? I shall. Usually I have wine during Thanksgiving, usually a white to go with the bird and maybe a red for dessert. But, since it’s been such an aggravating few days, I think I need a special cocktail to celebrate getting to another turkey day, what do you think?

I’ve seen some lovely, simple but festive Thanksgiving cocktails come through my email food blog subscriptions the past couple weeks. These drinks look so tempting and simple, I think I’ll have to add one to the lineup. Of course, two of the drinks, both sangrias, call for white wine.

Here’s what I’m considering:

Bakeaholic Mama’s Pomegranate and Rosemary White Sangria

The Kitchn’s Sparkling Apple Cider Sangria

Or, going with my first love, tequila, with Sweet Eat’s Fresh Cranberry Ginger Vanilla Margaritas with Sugared Cranberries

I think Cranberry Ginger Vanilla Margaritas are going to be it because I already have all the ingredients on hand except vanilla beans, which I can pick up at the natural food store tomorrow. Plus, it give me an excuse to skewer cranberries on a toothpick, which is so gosh darn cute and fancy-looking even though it’s the easiest thing in the world to do.

How about you? What do you drink on Thanksgiving? Do you make any simple, festive, seasonally appropriate cocktails? How do you garnish? Share your recipes and suggestions by leaving a comment below or shooting me an email at

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