Looking for a few fun cocktails that don't completely derail your diet? Look no further than these festive creations, courtesy of Red Rooster's chef Marcus Samuelsson. Happy Thanksgiving!


Apple Spiced Martini
(Makes 1 cocktail and enough base for 28 cocktails)


Ingredients:
2 oz. Skyy Vodka
1/2 oz. lime juice
1/2 oz. Apple Spiced Simple Syrup (recipe to follow)
2 dashes angostura bitters
Ice
Slice of apple (for garnish)

Directions:
Put all ingredients in shaker. Add ice and shake. Strain through Hawthorn shaker into chilled coupe glass garnished with apple.

Ingredients (For Apple Spiced Simple Syrup)
1 tsp. cinnamon, ground
1 tsp. ginger, ground
1 tsp. allspice, ground
1 tsp. nutmeg, ground (freshly ground if possible)
1 cup granulated sugar
1 slice of a red apple, ¼ inch thick
1/2 cup water

Directions:
Place all ingredients in small saucepan. Bring to boil. Strain into airtight container. Cool. Refrigerate. Will stay fresh for up to 2 weeks.

White Sangria
(Makes 16 cocktails)



Ingredients:
2 cups Vodka
2/3 bottle white wine
2 oz. lime juice
8 oz. orange juice
8 oz. apple juice
1 mango, cut into cubes
2 pears, cut into cubes
Pear and strawberry for garnish

Directions:
Soak fruit in juices and vodka for two hours to overnight (feel free to add more SKYY for a stronger drink). Stir together in a pitcher and serve in wine glass. Garnish with pear and strawberry.

Basil Gimlet
(Makes 1 cocktail)



Ingredients:
2 oz. Vodka
1 oz. lemon juice
3/4 oz. honey solution (1:1 honey and hot water)
5 small basil leaves

Directions:
Fill shaker with ice and all ingredients. Shake vigorously. Strain and serve in a martini glass garnished with basil.


The Savoy
(Makes 1 cocktail)



Ingredients:
2 oz. Vodka
3 red grapes
3 bunches of white grapes
1 oz. lemon juice
1/2 oz. agave syrup

Directions:
In a rocks glass, muddle two red grapes and two white grapes. Shake vodka, lemon juice and agave together with ice and strain over muddled grapes. Garnish with a skewer of 4-5 grapes.