I've begun to reflect on the week of Thanksgiving and how artisan spirits are often forgotten in the melee' that says the Thanksgiving table.
This year has been a wonderful one for tasting new and interesting liquors and this teaches me to reflect upon the good memories of the past and my hopes and best wishes for the future.
So, in this stead, I give you my personal best greetings and cheers to you for a Happy Thanksgiving!
Five Thanksgiving Cocktails to wow your palate
1. Tip of the Hat Historical Punch
1/4 cup Fresh lime juice
1/4 cup Fresh Pineapple juice
1/2 Shot Tuthilltown White Whiskey
1 Medicine dropper of Bitter End Mexican Mole' Bitters
In a cocktail shaker fill 1/2 with ice
Add all ingredients
Shake and strain into teacups. (Why teacups? So no one can see you get smashed at the dinner table. Your guests will think you're just drinking tea!)
2. Bluewater Elixir
1 Shot- Chartreuse VEP
Mix together in cocktail shaker with ice.
Pour into a shot glass and drink quickly. (See? You feel better already!)
3. Hot Chocolate/Bourbon/Snap Toddy (makes a few nice warming drinks)
4 Shots USDA Certified Organic Snap
3 Shots Tuthilltown Rye Whiskey
Pot of hot chocolate (Your choice)
Make a pot of hot chocolate- I like using part bitter/part sweet chocolate
Add the Snap and then the Rye
Let combine for a few minutes and then test for sweetness. Add Autumn Plum syrup to taste
Enjoy in heated mugs!
4. Bourbon Whiskey over Whiskey Disks
This one is so very easy... Freeze a couple of soapstone Whiskey Disks in the freezer. Add to your favorite glass. Pour a healthy shot of something Bourbon and intoxicating over them.
Sip and enjoy without ice!
5. Sunshine Smash
2 Shots Abuelo 7 year Rum
2 Shots Abuelo 12 year Rum
Bitter End Thai Bitters (about a medicine dropper full.. Be very careful with this stuff!)
1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
Scraping of fresh nutmeg for garnish
Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker 1/2 filled with ice
Shake and strain into a tall rocks glass with a couple cubes of Coconut Water ice *yes, ice made with coconut water instead of plain water*
Slap some fresh mint into each glass *put a piece of mint in the palm of your hand and slap the other onto it*
Top with Seltzer Water
Scrape some fresh nutmeg over the top
Enjoy and Happy Thanksgiving!