Juice Cocktails and Thanksgiving

By Annie Tuttle / Photography By Amy Robb | November 17, 2016
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Pouring Watts juice cocktail
Mix spirits or champagne into fresh fruit juices for an easy, delicious holiday cocktail.

This time of year, everyone expects certain fall flavors. Whether the flavor is found in your new “seasonal” candle or in some whipped goodness from your favorite coffee spot, apple, cinnamon and ginger are three of fall’s main ingredients. These flavors also work well in holiday libations.

Thanksgiving is an opportunity to try new combinations in your cocktails. Thanksgiving and cocktails are not as odd a pair as one might think. In fact, both are distinctly American and unlike wine, cocktails have the ability to counter act the tryptophan found in turkey, if enjoyed responsibly.

This holiday season, switch it up by pairing traditional dishes with juice cocktails. And if cocktailing all day isn’t your thing, at least start with the first recommendation while the rest of your family and friends pre-game with beer and Bloody Marys.

1. For Appetizers or Hors D'Oeuvres: Champagne or Vodka Cocktail with 30 Watt juice
While munching on spinach and artichoke dip and shrimp cocktail between setting the table and being the perfect host, sip on a champagne or vodka cocktail mixed with the 30 Watt, featuring orange, pineapple, pear and apple. These ingredients make the perfect “brunch” cocktail, and, unlike traditional mimosas, the 30 Watt juices won’t leave you with a tart mouth. Can't make it to Watts Juicery? Make your own mixture with high-quality, no-sugar added orange, pineapple, pear and apple juices and add to some bubbly.

2. For the Main Event: Champagne or Vodka Cocktail with 30 Watt juice
We recommend back peddling and pouring another champagne cocktail with the 30 Watt, or maybe sitting this one out entirely and taking a sip from your water glass that is now over-flowing due to the ice melting from beverage neglect.

3. For Dessert: Bourbon and 25 Watt
Once you’ve cleared the dishes and are about to settle into a piece of warm apple pie, pour an after-dinner drink using the 25 Watt and bourbon. The combination of carrots, green apple, red apple, pears, ginger, turmeric, honey, cayenne, apple cider vinegar and cinnamon oil coupled with the hearty apples and spices in the pie will definitely have you reaching for seconds. No chance to swing by and pick up a 25 Watt juice? Try adding some organic apple juice, ginger, cinnamon and a bit of honey to your favorite bourbon.

Article from Edible Northeast Florida at http://ediblenortheastflorida.ediblecommunities.com/juice-cocktails-and-thanksgiving-true-american-tradition
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