A Thanksgiving Cocktail

With the Thanksgiving holiday right around the corner we’ve decided to share with you a twist on a classic cocktail (and personal favorite of mine): the sidecar. Traditionally made with cognac, orange liqueur and lemon juice, this variation adds aromatic spicy notes and apple infusion for the perfect winter cocktail.

A Turkey in a Sidecar

½ ounce Grand Marnier or orange liqueur
1 ½ ounces chilled mulled cider (I have a quick and easy recipe for this)
Brown sugar and pumpkin spice for rimming (I found a jar of pumpkin pie spice at Trader Joe’s for $1.99)


Place all ingredients in a shaker with a handful of ice. Shake vigorously and strain into a cocktail glass rimmed with a mixture of brown sugar and pumpkin spices (optional).  Tip: to make sugar/spices stick to the rim of your cocktail glass,  wipe rim with orange or lemon wedge.

1 Batch of Mulled Cider

3 cups apple cider
1 – 2 cinnamon sticks
3 – 4 orange or lemon slices


Bring cider, cinnamon sticks and citrus slices to a boil over medium heat. Reduce heat and simmer uncovered for 25 – 30 minutes.

Recipe Variations:
Feel free to dress up the above recipe with various combinations of spices and fruits. If you have cloves, allspice berries or star anise they also make a great addition to the cider. Don’t forget to strain the cider before cooling down in the fridge when smaller spices are added.


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