Two Delicious Thanksgiving Drinks
Well tomorrow’s the big day. By now you should have your turkey in brine, your pies made, sauce in the fridge and everything prepped that can be. If not, don’t fret, just make one of these delicious holiday beverages and order a pizza.
A spiced up version of the traditional English shandygaff, normally a beer mixed with a citrus-flavored soda, with just a tad more kick, this drink is perfect for pre-funking prior to the extended family’s boisterous arrival.
- 10 thin slices peeled ginger, plus a bit more for grating
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup apple juice
- 6 ounces spiced rum
- 2 cups wheat beer, like Hoegaarden or Blue Moon
- Apple slices for garnish
- Make ginger syrup by combining sliced ginger, sugar and 1 cup water in a small saucepan over medium-high heat.
- Bring to a boil, stirring until the sugar is dissolved; reduce heat and cook until syrup consistency, about 15 to 20 minutes.
- Strain and let cool. Store in a squirt bottle or jar.
- For each cocktail combine 2 tbsp ginger syrup with apple juice, 1 1/2 ounces rum and a pinch of fine gratings of ginger in a cocktail shaker with ice.
- Shake well and pour into a rocks glass, or other short glass.
- Top with1/2 cup beer and garnish with apple slices.
Or if you happened to be married to somebody from Kentucky you better go with this cocktail, the perfect blend of a Northwest fall and Kentucky’s finest.
Nothing brings out the flavors of fall than a ripe pear and maple syrup. Use fresh pear juice for this recipe for an authentic and refreshing fall flavor. If you don’t own a juicer, core and roughly chop three rip pears, blend in a food processor or blender and strain through a fine mesh strainer.
- 1 1/2 ounces aged bourbon
- 3 1/2 ounces fresh pear juice
- 1 t maple syrup
- Dash of Angostura bitters
- Slice of pear for garnish
- Combine the bourbon, pear juice, maple syrup and bitters in a cocktail shaker with ice.
- Shake well and pour into a lowball glass.
- Garnish with a slice of pear.