Thanksgiving Blessings Trail Mix

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Thanksgiving Cocktails

Thanksgiving Cocktails Collage

 Caramel Apple Martini  

 

Caramel Apple Martini – A fun, flavorful holiday twist on a popular classic cocktail.

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 Apple pie cider  

 

Apple-Pie Spiced Cider – A delicious way to ward off the cold weather.  Enjoy with or without alcohol.

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 Cranberry cocktails  

 

Cranberry Cocktails – Create two cocktails to add a refreshing twist to your Thanksgiving celebration.

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Cranberry Cocktails

Cranberry cocktails

 

Cranberry Cocktails

Create two different cocktails using Cranberry Simple Syrup as a base. Make one with vodka and the other with white or sparkling wine. Pair them with Spinach, Bacon, and Onion Dip for a simple appetizer at your next holiday gathering.

INGREDIENTS

FOR THE VODKA COCKTAIL

  • 3 tablespoons Cranberry Simple Syrup
  • 2 tablespoons vodka
  • 1/2 cup seltzer

 

FOR THE WINE COCKTAIL

  • 1 tablespoon Cranberry Simple Syrup
  • 1/2 cup dry white or sparkling wine

DIRECTIONS

  1. STEP 1

For the vodka cocktail, stir together cranberry simple syrup, vodka, and seltzer. Add ice and garnish with lemon.

  1. STEP 2

For the wine cocktail, add cranberry simple syrup to wine.

 

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Spinach, Bacon, and Onion Dip

Spinach, Bacon, and Onion Dip

 

Spinach, Bacon, and Onion Dip

Spinach, bacon, and onion make a flavorful match in this cheesy dip. Serve with crostini or pita chips and pair with Cranberry Cocktails. This festive combination, great for company, might become a new holiday tradition.

INGREDIENTS

  • 4 slices bacon, thinly sliced crosswise
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced medium
  • coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 1 teaspoon all-purpose flour
  • 2 packages (10 ounces each) frozen spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 bar (8 ounces) cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan
  • Crostini or pita chips, for serving

COOK’S NOTE

For the crostini, cut a baguette into slices, brush with olive oil, and bake in a 350-degree oven until lightly toasted.

DIRECTIONS

1.   STEP 1

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a medium saucepan, cook bacon over medium, stirring occasionally, until browned and crisp, 10 minutes. Drain bacon on paper towels. Discard all but 1 tablespoon fat from pan. Add onion to pan, season with salt and pepper, and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, 8 minutes. Add flour and cook 30 seconds. Add spinach, milk, sour cream, and cream cheese. Cook, stirring, until cream cheese melts, 2 minutes. Stir in bacon and 1/4 cup Parmesan.

2.   STEP 2

Transfer mixture to a 1 1/2-quart baking dish and top with 1/4 cup Parmesan. Bake until bubbling, 14 minutes. Heat broiler and broil until top browns, 3 minutes. Let sit 5 minutes. Serve dip warm with crostini or pita chips.

 

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Apple-Pie Spiced Cider

Apple pie cider

 

Apple-Pie Spiced Cider

Here’s a delicious way to ward off cold weather: Serve hot cider spiced like an apple pie. Season your cider with the same spices you would use in a pie-cinnamon, allspice, ginger, cloves, and nutmeg-then heat it up. If you’d like, pour in brandy for adults. Add a cinnamon stick to each mug for stirring.

  • SERVINGS:6

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 1/4 quarts apple cider
  • 3 tablespoons firmly packed light-brown sugar
  • 7 whole cinnamon sticks, (6 sticks for garnish)
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • Ground cloves
  • Freshly grated nutmeg
  • Salt
  • 1/2 cup Calvados, or other brandy (optional)

DIRECTIONS

  1. STEP 1

In a medium saucepan, whisk together cider, sugar, spices, and salt. Bring to a simmer over medium-low heat. Remove from heat; pour in brandy, if desired. Strain into a pitcher; discard solids. Serve in mugs, garnished with cinnamon sticks.

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