What to Drink for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is tomorrow in the U.S., that national holiday in celebration of overindulging. Millions of turkeys will be devoured, along with enough sides to make a new set of Dungeons and Dragons dice. But we're not here to talk about the bird.

Wine is the traditional accompaniment for the Thanksgiving feast. Pinot Noir and Riesling make good choices, and Champagne is perfect. I always drink plenty of the latter when I'm cooking. But it's important not to overlook the cocktails. Here are some suggestions for libations you can mix up.

Turkey

Cranberry Old-Fashioned

2 oz Bourbon
8 Cranberries (Fresh or Frozen)
2 tsp Sugar (Preferably Caster or Superfine)
Piece of Orange Zest
2 dashes Angostura Bitters

In an old-fashioned glass, muddle the cranberries, sugar, orange zest and bitters with a small amount of water. Add bourbon and ice.

Thanksgiving Special

3/4 oz Gin
3/4 oz Dry Vermouth
3/4 oz Apricot Brandy
1/4 oz Lemon Juice

Shake with ice and then strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a Maraschino cherry. 

Pilgrim Cocktail

1 1/2 oz  Rum
1/2 oz Grand Marnier
1/4 oz Allspice (Pimento) Liqueur
1/2 oz Lime Juice
1 oz Orange Juice
2 dashes Angostura Bitters

Shake with ice and then strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Can also be served warm. Dust with freshly-grated nutmeg.

Mayflower Cocktail

1 1/2 oz Sweet Vermouth
1/2 oz Dry Vermouth
1/2 oz Brandy
Splash of Pernod
Splash of Triple Sec 
2 dashes Orange Bitters

Stir with ice and then strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

Apple Crisp

2 oz Applejack
1 oz Triple Sec
3/4 oz Lemon Juice

Shake with ice and then strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a thin slice of apple.

You might also consider a Caramel Apple Cosmo or Hot Buttered Rum.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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