Cocktail Pairings for Your Thanksgiving Feast
With thanksgiving dinner around the corner, there a few staples that must be on every table: turkey, cranberry sauce, stuffing and of course, pumpkin pie.
While getting excited for all the delicious food, we focus our attention on the important parts of the meal, the cocktails! Inspired by the brightest and best flavors on every Thanksgiving table, we have some delicious cocktails for all parts of the meal.
Pumpkin Pie Old Fashioned
There’s no doubt that this time of the year is all about pumpkin and whiskey. So forget the crust and frosting for this pumpkin pie!
1.5 oz. Cutty Sark Prohibition Edition
0.5 oz. Grand Marnier
2 tablespoons Pumpkin puree
1 oz. Maple syrup
Garnish with orange peel
Combine pumpkin puree, whisky, syrup and Grand Marnier in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well and strain through a fine mesh strainer int a chilled old-fashioned glass filled with ice. Garnish with orange peel.
Everyone’s go-to drink is the easiest and most refreshing: cranberry and vodka. Shake things up a bit by mixing your homemade cranberry sauce with some vodka to make a holiday drink guests will never forget.
1.5 oz. Reyka Vodka
0.5 oz Orange Liqueur
0.5 oz. squeezed lime juice
1.5 oz. Cranberry sauce
Garnish with Cranberries
Combine Reyka vodka, cranberry sauce, lime juice, orange liqueur and ice in cocktail shaker. Shake well and strain into glass.Garnish with cranberries.
The best way to dress up a classic gin cocktail for the holidays is with delicious crimson pomegranate.
2 oz. Boodles Gin
0.75 oz. 100% pomegranate juice
0.25 oz. Fresh lemon juice
0.5 oz. Simple syrup
1 dash Grapefruit bitters
Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker over ice and shake vigorously. Pour over fresh ice in a rocks glass. Add a splash of club soda. Garnish with a long lemon peel.
Bacon Bloody Jerry
So we’re not adding turkey – but what about bacon? A major trend in drinks gets a Thanksgiving upgrade with a morning-fresh Bloody Mary, with Sailor Jerry.
1 1/2 oz. Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum
2 dashes hot sauce
3 dashes Worcestershire sauce
1 heavy-handed dash of steak seasoning spices
1 teaspoon of wet minced garlic
1 teaspoon of spicy bean or pickle juice
Fill with plain tomato juicePour it all in a pint glass, squeeze in some lemon and lime wedges. Add ice and shake. Garnish with whatever you want. We like bacon!
Mexican Hot Chocolate
It’s finally dessert time! While the pies and cookies are being served, spike a family favorite to end the night with a bang!
1.5 oz. Milk
1 1/2 bars chocolate; broken into chunks
1 oz. Cocoa Powder
0.3 oz. Cane sugar
0.2 oz. Cayenne pepper
4 oz. 1800 Tequila
2 oz. Heavy whipping cream
Garnish with cinnamon
Warm milk in saucepan. Add chocolate bar chunks, cocoa powder and sugar. Whisk to combine all ingredients. Pour dash of cayenne pepper. Pour mixture into large glass and add 1800 tequila. Top with layer of whipping cream and sprinkle with cinnamon.