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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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