Ah, the family holiday feast. It’s enough to make a person... glad it’s Friday.
Let’s toast the memories you wish you never had: The aunt wanting to know every little thing about your personal life, the cousin with the big car and bigger ego, and the kid table – sitting near it or (really?) sitting at it.
Whether your Thanksgiving was a tolerably pleasant affair (or there was a little clock-watching involved?) or full-on bad-sitcom material, we’ve got the after-family chaser to fit the bill. We’re talking everything from kiddie cocktails with just a little kick to full-out brainbenders.
Gather the friends and let the fun re-begin. Here’s the best news – with this list, you’re that much more ready to recover from the next family gathering in just a few short weeks!
Level A: I Love My Family (Just a little sumthin' to celebrate that Thanksgiving doesn’t happen every week)
No alcohol needed for this reset-button-in-a-mug: just whip up a barista-worthy coffee treat without ever leaving the comfort of your jammies.
Another warm-up for chilling out post-family: A luscious, fruity hot toddy with hits of mango, orange and pumpkin spice. Nice!
Nothing naughty here: just a simple shakeup of cran-apple, sparkling water and that unfinished bottle of white that didn’t get the attention it deserved on Thanksgiving.
It’s kind of a candy spritzer, and couldn't be easier to make: One part cotton candy, one part vodka, one part bubbly mix. A sweet landing spot after the classic, “When are you getting married?” interrogation.
Vodka that you infused with the flavor of marshmallows. With a cherry on top. Ok, fine, on the bottom. Who’s going to argue where there’s something sweetini involved?
Level B: Scored the seat of honor next to Grandma (so I’m a little parched from shouting.)
This is the one that brings you back to your senses – all sorts of good stuff (ginger, lemon, whiskey, more whiskey), slapped across the face with a little sriracha-how-are-ya.
Here’s how the cookie’s gonna crumble: a little vanilla vodka, a splash of coffee liqueur (that’s fancy spelling for “likker”) and gingerbread spice.
It‘s the warm, cozy feeling of being a kid again. Only with the bonus of not being a kid, so you can add Irish cream liqueur and vodka.
Too early in the day for a cocktail? As if. Cheat the clock by using chai as a mixer and a little vodka. Just because.
It’s kind of a milkshake cocktail, kind of a cake-y dessert, and kind of perfect. Get the blender out and your vanilla ice cream on. Yeah, that’s what I’m talking about.
Level C. Another year at the kiddie table (age range: 4-year-olds up to... me.)
So, your family’s really into traditions? Start your own: toasting your Friday after-party with friends the Old Fashioned way.
While you’ve got your old-school mixologist on, try one of these: Whiskey Sours, the official drink of midcentury America (and probably how your parents recovered from Thanksgivings with their parents).
It’s named after the most awesome island on earth. It’s made of stuff that the grown-up you is all about: whiskey, vermouth, bitters. Yeah, it’s time.
All hail the genius of the Irish people. Just when you thought that coffee couldn’t get better, some bonnie lass or lad came up with the brilliant plan of adding a wee bit of whiskey and Irish cream liqueur to the mug. Did we not say brilliant?
Here’s a classic that transforms cider into a bushel of good times. Sugar and spice and a simmer on the stove later, and you’ve got a little ’shine to get the party started.
Red Alert. No-holds-barred, no-secrets-unturned family fiasco (bring on the big guns.)
Let’s all agree that things were said, choices were made, and yet you escaped your family time with your sanity intact. Almost. Here’s the flaming cocktail that’ll wow your friends and reset your mood in a flash.
Up all night – almost to breakfast time? Might as well call it and get breakfast going with waffles and bacon. Oh, did we mention in a glass, with Irish cream and rum? That got your attention, didn’t it?
Did Thanksgiving include all the
brats little darlings destroying the dessert table like the rabid wolves cherubs they are? Here’s where you get yours: three boozy ingredients plus just the right mix of cookie flavor. Justice is served.
Yes, they take a little extra work – home-baked cookie shot glasses, jelly shot mixing-and-cooling-and stuff. But if yesterday taught you anything, it’s that you really, really deserve a fine bit of refreshment. And this is totally that.
A) They’re gorgeous. B) You can prep them ahead of time so you can come home to their delicious creaminess. C) Your mom told the story again about how she caught you kissing that teen magazine cover. When you were, like, twelve. D) Did you not read “C”? What more reason do you need?