Thanksgiving Sparkler

by James Stevenson

Thanksgiving is just around the corner and it’s time to start planning a menu. I love everything about Thanksgiving including the food, atmosphere, football, family and especially the cocktails. It’s also a great time to reminisce on everything we are thankful for this year. To start, it is always amazing to plan and create a Thanksgiving meal for friends and family. This year I plan on pulling out all the stops for my friends and family with a cocktail style Thanksgiving celebration. Usually I create a huge sit down meal, which is super stressful and exhausting. This year I really want to spend quality time with all my friends and family in a more social way with fun music, cocktails, and of course festive food. For the prep I am planning on preparing a signature Mike’s Hard Lemonade cocktail, The Thanksgiving Sparkler, to pair with a simple and easy bruschetta appetizer. This is a perfect way for guests to have a cocktail and a small snack as soon as they arrive to dinner. Next I will prep the rest of the food before guests arrive so I will be able to spend quality time with my friends and family. This includes a menu of finger foods and appetizer style platters where guests can serve themselves and fill up on good stuff at their own leisure.

, Thanksgiving Sparkler

I also plan on creating cards for each guest with quotes that emphasize Thanksgiving and spread thankful cheer. Guests will then have a keepsake that they can take home with them to remember this special Thanksgiving holiday. When planning my party I wanted to create celebratory signature cocktail to welcome my guests to my home. What is more of a celebration than champagne and Mike’s Hard Lemonade mixed together? I wanted something bubbly that would pair with a savory bruschetta I was already planning to prepare. I decided to prepare a Thanksgiving Sparkler that has Mike’s Hard Lemonade, champagne, honey, and sliced pear. This compliments my bruschetta appetizer that has blue cheese, pear, and honey.

Menu:

• Blue cheese, pear, and honey bruschetta

• Charcuterie platter

• Turkey, cranberry, and cream cheese sliders

• Potato croquets

• Stuffed zucchini blossoms

• Mini Pecan and Pumpkin Pies

Recipe: Signature Bruschetta

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons of honey
  • 1 baguette; sliced and toasted
  • 2 pears, sliced
  • 1 package of blue cheese, sliced

Instructions:

  • Add blue cheese, pear, and honey to sliced and toasted baguette
  • Sprinkle with cracked black pepper

Serves: 8

, Thanksgiving Sparkler

To host a thankful cocktail party invited all your friends to join in this new fun thanksgiving cocktail party. I am so thankful that I am able to cook and spend time with family and friends. To make the Thanksgiving Sparkler follow the simple directions below:

Recipe: Thanksgiving Sparkler

Ingredients:

  • 6 ounces of Mike’s Hard Lemonade
  • 2 ounces of champagne
  • 1-2 tablespoons of honey simple syrup
  • 1 pear, sliced

Garnish: Slices of pear

Instructions:

  • Add Mikes Hard Lemonade, champagne, and honey simple syrup to flutes
  • Stir mixture then add sliced pears

Serves: 2

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