Thanksgiving is two days away and chances are pretty good that you’re already stressing out about spending more than 5 minutes with your extended family. So here are a few ways to use their annoying quirks to elevate yourself to a state of bliss:

Take a Drink

Someone calls dibs on a leg

Someone suggests a pickup football game

Someone talks about the parade

Anytime pants are unbuttoned

Anytime your uncle pours another drink

When recipes are changed to accommodate a food allergy

Someone announces that they’re going Black Friday shopping


A concerned relative asks how many drinks you’ve had

“So are you seeing anyone?”

Politically incorrect remarks from the grandparents

You realize you don’t even like turkey


And remember, if the drinking doesn’t help… there’s always pie.


Festive drinks that will also get you through Thanksgiving:

“Just Like Ma’s” Shot (1 serving)

  • 1.25 oz. Apple Piehole Whiskey
  • .125 oz. Stirrings ginger liqueur
  • 1 dash of angostura bitters
  • splash of sour mix

Cranberry Champagne Cocktail (1 serving)

  • 1 oz. cranberry juice cocktail
  • 1 lime wedge
  • champagne or sparkling wine
  • frozen cranberries

In a chilled champagne flute, add cranberry juice and squeeze of lime. Top off with champagne and garnish with a few cranberries.

Cider Shandy (1 serving)

  • 6 oz. lager
  • 6 oz. apple cider
  • 1 orange wedge

Combine the lager and cider and serve with an orange slice.