Set a festive mood for your holiday dinner by offering a toast to the wonderful family and friends who have gathered at your Thanksgiving table. At the same time, tantalize them with delectable canapés to whet their appetite before the feast begins.

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A Toast to the Holidays

Poinsettia Cocktail

This classic orange-and-cranberry flavored cocktail has a pretty rose-tinged tint that adds a beautiful blush of color to your dinner table.  Light, crisp, and fizzy, this holiday drink packs a lot of fruity flavor. Quick and easy to prepare, this cocktail is mixed directly in the drinking glass and doesn’t require precise measurements.

Although recipe variations abound, this classic Poinsettia formula by TheKitchn begins by pouring two ounces of chilled cranberry juice and half an ounce of Cointreau in a champagne flute.  Top up with champagne or sparkling white wine, and garnish with a twist of orange and a fresh cranberry.

Apple Cider Martini

The apple martini, or appletini, is a popular cocktail that is loved for its sweetness and bite. The drink usually consists of vodka and apple juice, apple liqueur, or apple brandy. The Apple Cider Martini is a smooth and clean-tasting cocktail that’s perfect for those with drier tastes.

To make this cocktail, prepare two ounces of premium vodka, one and half ounces of fresh apple cider, one-fourth ounce of ginger liqueur, and a splash of Velvet Falernum, which is a tropical liqueur with a sweet, citrusy, and spicy flavor. Simply combine and shake all the ingredients in shaker, then strain into a martini glass.

The B-52 Shooter

A layered shooter is a festive looking drink that adds a touch of excitement to the evening’s repast. The three main ingredients are Kahlua, Bailey’s Irish Cream, and Grand Marnier.

To get the horizontal layered effect, pour one part of Kahlua into a shot glass. Next, pour one part of Bailey’s very slowly over the back of a cold spoon. Finally, carefully top it off with one part of Grand Marnier. To make a Flaming B-52, ignite the top layer and drink with a straw.

Simple Savory Starters

Green Bean and Mushroom Tart

Savory tart is seriously delicious and not too filling, so you’ll still have room for the Thanksgiving turkey.

This easy-to-follow recipe from Closet Cooking tops puff pastry with blanched green beans, sautéed mushrooms, and caramelized onions. Crumbled blue cheese holds together all the toppings and adds extra oomph to this mouthwatering palate-pleaser.

Smoked Salmon Pinwheels

These tasty and tender roll-ups from Kitchen Simplicity will have your Thanksgiving dinner off to a cheerful start.

Your guests will love their festive look and scrumptious flavor, and you’ll love how easy they are to prepare. Made with flour tortillas, smoked salmon, sour cream, Dijon mustard, and honey, these pretty pinwheels will have the crowd spinning in delight.

Holiday Bacon Appetizers

Crunchy, smoky bites of heaven will surely steal the spotlight from your Thanksgiving turkey.

This recipe from The Pioneer Woman requires only three ingredients, namely thinly sliced bacon, grated parmesan cheese, and club crackers. Combine these three items and you’ll get a magical, mouthwatering appetizer that will have your guests smiling the entire evening.

Kick off your Thanksgiving celebration with lots of flavor and loads of style with these tempting holiday recipes!

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