Holiday Cocktails

Cranberry Sauced

Family time calls for a stiff drink

By John Chandler November 23, 2009

As promised, I’ve turned my attention to Thanksgiving cocktails. Any time my family is shoved together under one roof, it calls for drastic measures, alcohol-wise. Since slamming a forty of malt liquor in polite company is frowned upon, you might try this tasty (and potent) little number.

Cranberry Crusher


1 1/2 oz Vodka
1/2 oz Amaretto
1/2 oz Gin
2 oz Cranberry Juice
2 oz Orange Juice
Grenadine optional (just a splash)

Fill a pint glass half full with ice and add the vodka, followed by cranberry and orange juice. Gin and amaretto next. Add grenadine to make more aesthetically pleasing (or not). Stir and garnish with a lemon wedge.

It’s got to be at least a pint glass for me. I need the liquid fortitude to steel myself against Aunt Frieda’s annual discussion of her post-operative complications, and Uncle Gary’s latest anti-government tirade. ("It’s not a militia for Pete’s sake. It’s just a club—with plenty of ammunition.")

OK, drinking buddies, it’s your turn. What do you recommend for getting through the torments of Turkey Day?

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