#SCBDExclusive: Thanksgiving Cocktails

scbdexclusiveDo you enjoy cocktails that make you want to sip and curl up by the fire? Then it may be a potential Thanksgiving cocktail. Some say that’s the trick to selecting a Thanksgiving cocktail. There is something for everyone, from hot ciders to sparkling wine cocktails. Some of you may have a traditional Thanksgiving cocktail, but there are also some innovative cocktails that you might enjoy, too.

For wine lovers, Thanksgiving can be a frustrating time of year ~ so many flavors being served at once. Amanti Vino’s (30 Church Street, Montclair, NJ) top pro tip: PAIR WITH THE SPICES! Think cranberry sauce, gravy, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, nutmeg, and allspice. The turkey’s a blank canvas! Staff picks for a great 2013 holiday:


  • 2009 S&B Borgogno Barbera d’Alba – $19.99
  • 2011 Felline “Archidamo” Primitivo – $15.99
  • 2011 Capiaux Chimera Pinot Noir – $31.99
  • 2008 Reininger Merlot Lot 66 – $19.99


  • 2012 De Forville Piedmonte Chardonnay – $16.99
  • 2012 San Pietro Sylvaner 2010 – $19.99
  • 2012 Donnhoff Estate Riesling – $20.99
  • 2012 Clos Julien Chardonnay – $14.99


  • Saison Dupont (750ml) – $9.99


  • Farnum Hill Extra Dry Cider – $13.99
  • Farnum Hill Semi-Dry Cider – $13.99
  • Etienne Dupont Cidre Brut – $12.99


Divine Thanksgiving Cocktail - The Verrazzano
The Verrazzano — A Divine Cocktail Recipe by Allison Hamlin of Astor Center
Before Henry Hudson sailed up the Hudson, before Jamestown and before the Pilgrims landed in Massachusetts, Italian explorer Giovanni da Verrazzano captained one of the earliest voyages up the coast from Cape Fear to Narragansett Bay. The fusion of New World pumpkin, chocolate and applejack is balanced by an assertive Italian amaro for a cocktail you can be properly thankful for.
  • 1 barspoon Divine Chocolate syrup*
  • 2 barspoons canned pumpkin puree
  • 1 ½ oz applejack
  • ¾ oz orgeat
  • ½ oz Ramazzotti Amaro
  • ½ oz fresh lemon juice
  • 2 dashes aromatic bitters
  • Pinch of cinnamon
For the chocolate syrup
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups Divine Cocoa Powder
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

Directions:                                                                                                                    Blend chocolate syrup, pumpkin puree in a mixing glass until smooth. Add additional ingredients and stir until well combined. Fill glass with ice and stir until well chilled. Strain into a chilled coupe and garnish with a lemon twist. Bring water and sugar to a boil and whisk in cocoa, vanilla and salt. Stir until blended. Store in the refrigerator.


Most recipes revolve around alcohol, but it’s always good to have a non-alcoholic option, too. That doesn’t mean it has to be boring. Good Earth Tea just revamped their line of fusions to have pumped up flavors and quirky names like Matcha Maker – green tea with matcha.  Even better, they have all natural ingredients and don’t need any added sweetener. Here’s a fun recipe I thought you’d enjoy, and it’s also super simple to make.

photo 2Matcha Maker Shaker


  • 1 bag Good Earth Matcha Maker tea
  • 6 ounces hot water
  • 1 tsp shredded or chopped fresh ginger
  • 1/2 lime cut into two wedges


  • Steep Matcha Maker tea bag in 6 ounces of hot water for 3 minutes, then cool in refrigerator 10-15 minutes
  • Muddle ginger, juice of one lime wedge
  • Add cooled tea and stir
  • Shake with ice then pour into your favorite glass
  • Garnish with remaining lime wedge


-3 Owl’s Brew has a few fall/holiday cocktail recipes:

Owl’s Toddy

Owl’s Toddy


In a saucepan, combine:

  • 2 parts Owl’s Brew The Classic
  • 1 part Whiskey
  • Apple slices

Heat until desired temperature.  Do not boil. Pour into mug and garnish with Cinnamon Stick.


Owl's Nog

Owl’s Nog


In a saucepan, combine:

  • 2 Part Egg Nog (homemade or pre-bought)
  • 2 Part Owl’s Brew Coco-Lada
  • 1 Part Bourbon

Heat until desired temperature.  Do not boil. Pour into mug and garnish with Cinnamon Stick.


Ginger Lada

Ginger Lada


  • 2 Parts Coco-Lada
  • 1 Part Vodka
  • 1/2 Part Ginger Liquor

Shake and pour into a champagne glass. Garnish with fresh pineapple.


If you haven’t tried a cocktail with Amy & Brian’s Coconut Juice, you’re missing out!  Put together a large crock-pot of Coconut Hot Chocolate for guests (spiked with your favorite alcohol),  or simply add Amy & Brian’s Coconut Juice to a punch bowl of vodka and cranberry juice for holiday parties!  The best part of adding Amy & Brian’s to cocktails is that the Coconut Juice adds a sweet, coconut flavor without added sugar and no fat or cholesterol.  Coconut Juice can introduce a nice, complex flavor to complicated cocktail recipes, and adds a great twist to the simple classic recipes!

Coconut Juice Hot Chocolate


  • 2 cans of Amy & Brian 17.5 oz Coconut Juice Without Pulp
  • 2/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 4 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla

*(Add rum for delicious holiday cocktail!)


  • In a pot over the stove, add all ingredients and turn heat on medium-low.
  • Whisk ingredients together, quickly, while they warm. Once ingredients have dissolved, heat to desired temperature and serve.

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