Happy Saturday, guys! Chels and I just got done Jazzercising – paying our dues from Thanksgiving week I suppose. But still thinking back on the holiday fondly. Let’s reminisce, shall we?

I had requested a signature Thanksgiving cocktail from Chris, and this is what he came up with. He knew he wanted to do something that involved the homemade hard apple cider that he had just carbonated and bottled. He also used allspice dram, which is a liqueur flavored with – you guessed it – allspice. Very seasonal. And vodka is anchoring this guy. So I’m calling it a spiced cider martini. Not to be confused with an appletini. 🍸

spiced cider martini | thanksgiving cocktail | a couple of amateurs

AND because I’m so demanding, I asked that Chris incorporate this white cranberry wine that I bought at a southwest BC winery. Very long ago. Like before I met him. 😬 The purchase seemed like a good idea at the time – in fact I think they used “You can make Thanksgiving cocktails!” as a selling point – but then it sat in our wine rack for years. It moved from one house to another. I wasn’t even sure if it was good anymore, cause it doesn’t really seem like the kind of wine that gets better with age…

Long story short, do not rush out and search for white cranberry wine. Maybe use just a splash of white cranberry juice instead?

spiced cider martini | thanksgiving cocktail | a couple of amateurs

This cocktail was tasty and attractive. And one of the best parts was that after the drink was gone, its essence really lived on in that apple slice. Woohoo. Couple of those soaked apple slices and it’s party time. 🎉

  • 3/4 oz vodka
  • 1 oz white cranberry juice (or wine, if you got pressured into buying some by pushy Canadian winemakers)
  • 3/4 oz allspice dram

Stir above ingredients with ice, then strain into a coupe or martini glass and top with a few ounces of hard cider. You don’t have to make the cider yourself. 💁

spiced cider martini | thanksgiving cocktail | a couple of amateurs

Garnish with thin slice of apple. Eat the apple with caution when the drink is gone. (🎉✨🎊)

spiced cider martini | thanksgiving cocktail | a couple of amateurs

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