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Thanksgiving Cocktail Recipe

A Sparkling and Sophisticated Take on Spiked Cider


Photo: Nicole Perry

Champagne cocktails are a wonderful way to kick off Thanksgiving; we've experimented with all kinds, from pomegranate sparklers to grapefruit-elderflower fizzes.

This unusual cocktail caught our attention because, unlike other cocktails, it's a sparkler that doesn't call for Champagne. Instead, it makes use of cognac and sparkling apple cider — and what could be more seasonal than that? The result is soft, aromatic, and complex, a surprising outcome for a cocktail with only three ingredients.

This drink's not heavy on the alcohol. If you feel so inclined, fortify it by replacing sparkling apple cider with hard cider instead. To pour your guests a glass this holiday, read more.

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Cognac Sparkler

Cognac Sparkler

Thanksgiving Cocktail Recipe 2010-11-22 11:19:05

Ingredients

  1. 1/2 ounce (1 tablespoon) cognac
  2. 3/4 cup chilled sparkling apple cider
  3. A few dashes bitters

Directions

  1. Pour the cognac into a chilled Champagne flute. Top with chilled sparkling apple cider, and finish with a few dashes bitters; stir and serve.
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