Giving Thanks

After all the stress of readying the house for guests, stuffing turkeys and finishing up that green bean casserole, your guests will need a break — with a cocktail in hand. This Thanksgiving, say “thanks” for their patronage with the Turkey Day-themed cocktails below. Plus, we’ve even got a recipe to help your dizzied and distressed guests relax after their busy Black Friday shopping day.

Cran-Apple Cobbler
Courtesy of TY KU.
1 ounce TY KU Sake
½ ounce cranberry juice
1 ounce TY KU Liqueur
2 ½ ounces apple cider

Mix all ingredients. Rim the glass with crushed graham cracker and garnish with an apple slice.

Flordecopia Punch
Created by Phil Ward.
2 ounces Flor De Caña 7-year-old Grand Reserve
4 sugar cubes
3 ounces club soda
2 whole cloves
1 pinch of fresh grated nutmeg
1 ounce lemon juice
2 ounces Fuji apple juice
2 dashes of Peychaud’s Bitters

Dissolve the sugar cubes in 1 ounce of club soda (this generally involves muddling to help the process). Muddle the cloves with the sugar cubes, and after the sugar cubes and cloves are muddled/dissolved, add the rest of the ingredients one at a time and stir as added. Add ice once all of the ingredients have been added and stirred; stir the punch until it is chilled. Strain the punch into a glass or punch bowl, depending on the size of the portion. Top with 2 ounces club soda and garnish with apple slices and cinnamon sticks.

Midnight Owl
Created by Adam Schuman of Fatty Crab in New York City.
1 ½ ounces Bombay Sapphire infused with dried pear and apples
½ ounce Lucid Absinthe
1 ounce local apple cider
½ ounce pear brandy (Adam recommends Massenez Williams Poire Brandy)            
½ ounce fresh lemon juice
2 dashes Fee Brothers Aztec Chocolate Cocktail Bitters
Ginger beer
Shake all ingredients well and strain into a highball glass. Top with ginger beer and garnish with a cinnamon stick and lemon peel.

The Black Friday
Courtesy of Old Forester Bourbon.

1 ½ ounces Old Forester Bourbon
1 ounce ginger ale
2 ounces cola
Squeeze of lime

Mix all ingredients and garnish with crushed lime. (Note that the green lime represents your money that has been crushed from shopping.)

Apple Pear Collins
Courtesy of Bombay Sapphire.
1 ¼ parts Bombay Sapphire
½ part lemon juice
2 slices pear
1 slice apple
½ part fresh pear nectar
2 bar spoons brown sugar
¼ part spoon of fresh ground cinnamon
Muddle fruit in base of glass. Add lemon juice, simple syrup and Bombay Sapphire. Stir well with lots of ice and garnish with a lemon wedge and apple slice.

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