Thanksgiving Cocktail Panic? Batched Cocktails to the Rescue!

Avoid Turkey Day panic with expert advice.

By Jenna Pelletier 

 Help, I’m hosting Thanksgiving! If that’s going through your mind right now, please don’t panic. While it’s true that the biggest food holiday of the year can be tough on the cook — the shopping, the chopping, the dishes — we’re making things a little easier on you by offering creative ideas and practical tips. Start your planning here, with frequently asked Turkey Day questions answered by local experts.

Q to Little Bitte: I’d like to serve a festive cocktail. Do you have any ideas? And can you suggest something that can be made in advance so I don’t have to make drinks while cooking?

Ingredients for Little Bitte’s The Autumn Leaves cocktail. The Providence Journal/Sandor Bodo.
AUTUMN LEAVES
1.5 ounces Vodka
.5 ounce St. George Spiced Pear Liqueur
2 ounces fresh apple cider
Crystallized ginger for garnish
Combine all ingredients and shake vigorously with ice for 10 seconds. Strain into a highball glass filled with ice. Garnish with crystallized ginger if desired.( Makes 1 cocktail)
Little Bitte’s Autumn Leaves cocktail, made from vodka, apple cider and St. George Spiced Pear Liqueur.                                               The Providence Journal/Sandor Bodo.
AUTUMN LEAVES (BATCH METHOD)
18 ounces vodka
6 ounces St. George Spiced Pear Liqueur
30 ounces fresh cider
Crystallized ginger for garnish (optional)
Pour vodka, pear liqueur and fresh cider in a nonabsorbent vessel, stir and chill in the refrigerator for 4 hours. Serve up or over ice, garnished with crystallized ginger.
(Yields 12 cocktails.)
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