Turkey Day Cocktails! Bring it.

Hey guys, I was super excited to be a guest at NBC’s WBALtv 11 in Baltimore, MD yesterday morning. I felt so welcomed by all the crew and the anchors, Deborah Weiner and Jennifer Franciotti. The segment aired around 7am but it’s never too early to enjoy some cocktails!  Click here to see the segment and then read on for my Turkey Day cocktail recipes! XO Care

Screen Shot 2015-11-28 at 3.53.51 PMThank you to David Moss and Natalie at Fox8’s New Day Cleveland! So happy to have seen your beautiful city and share some fun Thanksgiving Holiday Cocktails! Click here to watch!



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You’ve got the turkey, the stuffing and the yams but be sure to also get the cocktails. Cocktails should be the star of the show at every Thanksgiving meal.  We all have that Aunt Betty who we get stuck sitting next to at the Turkey Day table and chances are you will need a libation to muscle through. Below are some of my top Thanksgiving Cocktails. Be thankful and be merry…

GratitudeGratitude Cocktail with 1792 Small Batch Bourbon

When I first read the name of this Bourbon, I thought what does 1792 signify? Now, I know The Bourbon was named after the year Kentucky became a state. It’s fitting since Bardstown, Kentucky is the Bourbon capital of the world. Everyone should go check out this Bourbon’s cool distillery as they offer tours and tastings. www.17n92bourbon.com

This recipe is a slight variation from a recipe in Food and Wine for a new spin on the old fashioned.

1 tablespoon maple syrup

1//2 ounce lemon juice

1/4 ounce orange juice

2 ounces 1792 Bourbon

top with bacon

CosmosThe Pilgrim’s Cosmo  -Laird’s Applejack

After I had my first child the Cosmo was my gateway drink into the world of cocktails. And nothing says Thanksgiving more than Laird’s Applejack. Did you know that Applejack was here even before Bourbon? It was also one of the favorites of the Pilgrims. The Laird’s Applejack recipe has been passed down in the Laird family for nine generations. This is the perfect Fall cocktail. 
1 1/2 oz Laird’s AppleJack
1 oz. Triple Sec
1/2 oz fresh lime
2 dashes cranberry juice


Mediterranean Mule   -Figenza Fig Infused Vodka

I fell in love with Figenza Fig Infused Vodka last year after I tried out their Mediterranean mule at Pig and Prince Restaurant in Montclair, NJ. This company uses only hand picked figs from Turkey and Greece. It’s a premium vodka that’s distilled three times. The spicy ginger beer mixes perfectly with the sweet figs. Pick up these copper mugs and a bottle of  vodka at www.figenza.com

IMG_5042 3 oz. Figenza Fig Infused Vodka
1 oz. fresh Lime juice
Top with ginger beer





AmericanPieAmerican Pie – Dry Fly Washington Wheat Whiskey

Aptly named for this time of the year. The American Pie Cocktail is perfectly complemented by the smoothness of the Dry Fly Wheat Whiskey. The fact that it’s entirely made in the USA in Spokane, Washington is impressive too. DryFly uses only local resources from farm to bottle to table. Enjoy this yummy cocktail that screams Fall in your mouth. 


1 1/2 oz cup DryFly Wheat Whiskey
1 1/2 oz apple liquor
2 oz cranberry juice

Recipe by Guy Fieri at foodnetwork.com


Turkey Brew – with the Keurig 2.0 K200 Brewing System

Our friends at Keurig created this awesome compact brewing system that delivers a fresh cup of coffee with just a touch of button. Put this compact sized coffee maker on your beverage bar on Turkey Day and tell Grandpa Angelo you’re tired from cooking and to fetch his own coffee. The Keurig 2.0 also comes in various colors that can be found at www.keurig.com. This dessert cocktail, Turkey Brew is perfect after a big Thanksgiving Day feast. 

Keurig 1 tsp of sugar dissolved in Dry Fly Wheat Whiskey
Brew one K-Cup Pod
Milk to taste
Whipped Cream topped with grated nutmeg and mint



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Carey Reilly is TV Host, Travel and Lifestyle Writer, Comedian and Mom to two children. Carey is a regular contributor to NBC's Today Show, Foxnews.com, HLN, CNN, VH-1, Cooking Channel and Food Network. Carey's lifestyle brand NotSoSkinnyMom.com keeps people posted on the latest food, cocktails travel and entertainment news.

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