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10 Cocktails to Get Your Thanksgiving Going

This year will be the first year that I am hosting Thanksgiving by myself. In previous years my brother and I teamed up to cook the big meal, but next week it will be all me. I want to make sure the event is special and memorable, and so I don't want to miss any detail. That includes perfecting my pie crust this weekend, brining our bird to ensure optimal moistness, and offering a fun, autumn cocktail when the family arrives.

Since we will have both sides of our families eating with us this year, we figured it might be best to break the ice with some alcohol right up front. Why wait for the wine during dinner? It turns out that there are countless options for drinks at this time of year. You can basically take any traditional drink and add apple cider or cranberry, and get a yummy, seasonal concoction. With that in mind, here are some of my favorites from my research. Enjoy!

Hot Cider Appletini

I'm a sucker for hot apple cider, and this drink pairs that with the ever-popular appletini. But go easy, because too many of these can mean a hangover that only a cold turkey sandwich can cure.