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  • Writer's pictureMui R

Modern Take to a Traditional Holiday feast

Modern Thanksgiving tables are a vibrant tapestry of flavors from around the world. International spices, global ingredients, and fusion dishes take center stage, creating a culinary journey that reflects the interconnected nature of our global community.

Plant-based options are not just a side note but a star player on the Thanksgiving table. From hearty vegan roasts to inventive plant-based side dishes, the modern feast caters to a variety of dietary preferences, making room for everyone at the table.

Artisanal drinks infused with seasonal flavors add a sophisticated touch to the celebration, turning the traditional toast into a tasteful experience. This Cranberry Spice Sparkler is a perfect balance of festive flavors, making it an ideal companion for Thanksgiving festivities. Cheers to a season of gratitude and delicious celebrations!

Cranberry Spice Sparkler


2 oz cranberry juice

1 oz spiced simple syrup (recipe below)

1 oz orange liqueur (e.g., triple sec)

3 oz chilled sparkling wine

Ice cubes

Fresh cranberries and orange slices for garnish

For the Spiced Simple Syrup:

1 cup water

1 cup granulated sugar

4 whole cloves

2 cinnamon sticks

1 star anise


1. Prepare the Spiced Simple Syrup:

a. In a small saucepan, combine water, sugar, cloves, cinnamon sticks, and star anise.

b. Bring the mixture to a gentle boil, stirring until the sugar dissolves.

c. Simmer for 5-7 minutes to infuse the syrup with spices.

d. Remove from heat and let it cool completely. Strain to remove spices, and store in a glass jar.

2. Mix the Cocktail:

a. In a shaker filled with ice, combine cranberry juice, spiced simple syrup, and orange liqueur.

b. Shake well to chill the mixture.

3. Strain into a Glass:

a. Strain the mixture into a chilled glass filled with ice cubes.

4. Top with Sparkle:

a. Gently pour the chilled sparkling wine over the cranberry mixture.

5. Garnish:

a. Drop a few fresh cranberries into the drink for a burst of color.

b. Add a thin slice of orange for a citrusy touch.

6. Toast to Thanksgiving:

a. Give it a gentle stir with a swizzle stick or spoon.

b. Raise your glass, and toast to the warmth of the season and the company of loved ones.

In tune with the times, modern Thanksgiving embraces sustainability. Locally sourced ingredients, eco-friendly table settings, and reduced food waste become integral parts of the celebration, reflecting a commitment to mindful living.

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