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tomorrow, and, notwithstanding your unquestionable gratitude for all the things for which you are grateful, are maybe a little unmotivated, or even, perhaps, bordering on cranky about it, this recipe, which I found over the weekend at Lucianne.com, sounded like it might be helpful. And seasonally cranberry-driven to boot. And if the turkey is a little dry, or undercooked…more helpful still:

Cranberry Margaritas

1 1/4 cup cranberry juice
1/2 cup sugar
1 1/2 cup fresh frozen cranberries, rinsed
3/4 cup fresh squeezed lime juice
3/4 cup tequila
1/2 cup Grand Marnier
ice

Pour half of mixture in the blender and fill rest with ice. Blend. Repeat with second half of mixture. Makes minimum of two blender batches.

Or, since it’s all about the cranberries, you could just go ahead and have a Cosmopolitan or two– if you aren’t afraid of being so Sex in the City/yesterday. Sorry, but if you are a man I’m not sure you should drink Cosmos in public.


There are alternatives to alcohol. Depending on your particular anxieties, you could read this very earnest article on how to get along with your annoying relatives, from a very liberal website. The problem with the advice, which I have studied carefully, is that even if you manage to gracefully deflect all anger-provoking conversational gambits (So, you still a Republican?) and irritatingly personal questions while retaining the equanimity of a zen master, the sort of people who say those things don’t always recognize that you are changing the subject. Which brings us back to that pitcher of margaritas.

 



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