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Come Party With Me: Budget Thanksgiving — Drinks

To save money on drinks at Thanksgiving, ask guests to bring a bottle of red or white wine. Head to Trader Joe's, they have a wonderful assortment of affordable wines, and purchase a couple of bottles to add to the collection. Instead of offering bottled water, fill pitchers with ice and tap water.

Make one signature cocktail and have a pitcher ready to pour the moment the party starts. This recipe for a cranberry champagne cocktail is festive. Instead of using champagne, substitute a sparkling Spanish cava. Beverages and More has one on sale for $7.00. Grand Marnier, the French orange liqueur, can be pricey, so replace it with Triple Sec. To look at the cocktail recipe,


Cranberry Champagne Cocktail

Cranberry Champagne Cocktail

Cranberry Champagne Cocktail


1/4 cup Cointreau or Grand Marnier or Triple Sec
1 1/4 cups cranberry juice cocktail
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
3 tablespoons superfine granulated sugar
4 cups chilled champagne or other sparkling wine


  1. Stir together Cointreau, juices, and sugar and chill, covered, 2 to 6 hours.
  2. Just before serving, divide among 10 champagne flutes and top off with champagne.

Makes 10 drinks.

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VeggieLove726 VeggieLove726 7 years
Ok, so good!
VeggieLove726 VeggieLove726 7 years
i'm making this tonight!
superfoxml superfoxml 7 years
In my state Trader Joe's cant sell wine. Which makes me considerably sad.
suziryder suziryder 7 years
Oooo. This looks good. I'm having Christmas at my apartment this year and both my family and my fiance's family will be joining us... that's 10 people! I'll definitely be holding on to this recipe until then :D
emalove emalove 7 years
Me too, Hippiecowgirl...this looks amazing!
ilanac13 ilanac13 7 years
i like the idea of champagne and cranberry juice. i've typically stayed away from champagne but i think that with the cran - it's going to be a good mix. i love cran mixed with other things, and the added fizz should be nice and festive. thanks for the tip! as for the tap water thing - i think that a lot of us have filters, so you're right - it's very cost effective!
tlsgirl tlsgirl 7 years
I so wish that PA didn't have such altogether ridiculous liquor laws. I used to love Whole Foods and Trader's wines, but I can't get them now because god forbid they sell alcohol in a grocery store.
CocoChic CocoChic 7 years
That sounds delicious!
hippiecowgirl hippiecowgirl 7 years
The combination of champagne and cranberries made my mouth water.
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