I had this elaborate Thanksgiving cocktail idea. Gin with some fresh cranberry juice and homemade ginger-pear syrup! Maybe a little champagne and bitters?

But then I thought of whipping out the juicer and cooking up syrup while also trying to cook a turkey, mash potatoes and keep the gravy warm. It just sounded too complicated!

During the holidays, it’s usually best to keep it simple in the cocktail department. This classic cocktail tastes sophisticated and special but doesn’t take a lot of effort. Just shake and pour! It’s perfect for a pre-dinner cocktail party or for relaxing after the big feast.

And don’t worry; the elaborate cocktail will definitely see the light of day … after the holidays.


1 1/2 ounces Cognac
1 ounce Cointreau
1/2 ounce fresh lemon juice

Pour all ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake for about 15 seconds. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. If you’re feeling fancy, you can rim the glass with sugar or garnish with a lemon twist.

Photo by Jackson Stakeman

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