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While the turkey cooks, have a drink

J.M. Hirsch
Cranberry Splash is an appropriate cocktail to serve on Thanksgiving. (Larry Crowe / The Associated Press)

This simple, sparkling cranberry cocktail is a perfect way to wait out the final preparations before dinner is served. For a child-friendly version, just leave out the vodka.

Cranberry Splash

Preparation time, start to finish: 10 minutes. Makes 1 serving.

5 cranberries

1 tablespoon sugar


2 ounces ginger ale

2 ounces vodka

2 ounces cranberry juice

1 ounce grenadine

Thread the cranberries onto a cocktail skewer or long toothpick. Rinse the berries under water, then sprinkle them with the sugar. Place the skewer on the plate and freeze for 5 minutes.

Place several ice cubes in a large tumbler and add the ginger ale. Set aside.

In a cocktail shaker, combine several ice cubes, the vodka, cranberry juice and grenadine. Shake and strain into the glass. Place the berry skewer in or on top of the glass.

— AP food writer J.M. Hirsch can be e-mailed at jhirsch@ap.org

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