Thanksgiving-Cocktail-Ideas

Thanksgiving Cocktail Ideas

Lou Trope, President, LJ Trope & Co. LLC

Kick-off the Holiday Season

Everyone looks forward to and dreads the holiday season at the same time. Thanksgiving is the first and with it comes the stress of cooking for a large group, getting the family together and the imposing weight of the soon approaching holiday season and New Year. Needless to say getting the family together for the first time in months to share a meal after a contentious election season will no doubt bring in some animated discussion to the dinner table. So best to be prepared with an arsenal of fine cocktails to help manage the season and enjoy some well deserved time to relax and enjoy time with friends and family.

Its always fun to bring in some cooking techniques into cocktail development to help enhance flavors and bring together unique tastes. Creating enhanced syrups is a simple way to bring in new flavors and showcase ingredients not commonly used in cocktails. Also roasting of citrus releases some of the acidity and brings a new caramelized sweetness to the juice.

These recipes were developed with seasonal flavors in mind but can certainly be used year road.

 

Cider-BarrelCider Barrel

This cocktail takes the smokey nuances of rye and contrasts it with fresh cider and roast lemon.

1 1/2 oz 10th Mountain Double Rye

1 oz Honey Syrup

2 oz Fresh Apple Cider

1/2 oz Roast Lemon Juice

Mix all ingredients in mixing glass with ice. Cover with shaker tin and shake vigorously for 20 seconds. Strain over fresh ice in a rocks glass. Garnish with dried apple chip.

 

 

 

 

 

Spiced-AppleSpiced Apple

This is a fun cocktail to get things going. A little cinnamon and spice always make things nice. Using Hot Tamales candies for the syrup add and fun but familiar twist.

1 1/2 oz Tito’s Hand Crafted Vodka

1 oz Cointreau

1 oz Hot Tomales Cinnamon Syrup

1/2 oz Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice

Mix all ingredients in mixing glass with ice. Cover with shaker tin and shake vigorously for 20 seconds. Strain over fresh ice in a rocks glass. Garnish with lemon twist.

 

 

 

 

The-PuzzleThe Puzzle 

This cocktail is based on the classic cocktail The Dunlop. Adding the aged spiced rum and maple syrup bring out a sweetness and buttery flavor in contrast to the smokey flavor of Mezcal. Can be served up or on the rocks.

1 1/2 oz Breckenridge Spiced Rum

1/2 oz Mezcal

3/4 oz Sherry

3/4 oz Grade A Maple Syrup

2 dashes Orange Bitters

Mix all ingredients in mixing glass with ice. Stir with a mixing spoon for 10 seconds. Strain into a chilled coupe or martini glass.

 

 

 

Seasons-TidingsSeasons Tidings

This cocktail is refreshing at the holidays or anytime of the year. Cranberry, gin and Aperol all come together to accent each others botanicals for a bright and crisp cocktail.

1 1/2 oz Uncle Val’s Botanical Gin

1 oz Aperol

1 oz Cranberry Syrup

1/4 oz Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice

Mix all ingredients in mixing glass with ice. Stir with a mixing spoon for 10 seconds. Strain over fresh ice in rocks glass. Garnish with dried lemon, cranberry and thyme sprig.

 

 

 

 

Cuban-CousinMy Cuban Cousin

This cocktail is very balanced with aged rum and citrus from clementine and lime while the egg white introduces a creaminess that sets it apart. It is basically inspired by a classic Daiquiri then given a twist.

1 1/2 oz Havana Club Anejo Rum

1 oz Cranberry Syrup

1/2 oz Fresh Clementine Juice

1/2 oz Fresh Lime Juice

1 ea Egg White

Mix all ingredients in a mixing glass, cover with shaking tin and dry shake for 20 seconds. Add ice and shake for another 20 seconds. Strain into chilled coupe or martini glass.

 

 

 

Cranberry Syrup

1 cup Sugar

1 cup Water

1 cup Fresh Cranberries

Place all ingredients in pan and bring to simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let sit for 10 minutes. Strain and refrigerate

 

 

 

Hot Tamales Cinnamon Syrup

2/3 cup Sugar

1 cup Water

5 oz Hot Tamales Candies

Place all ingredients in pan and bring to simmer for 5 minutes. Strain and refrigerate.

 

 

 

Honey Syrup

1/2 cup Clover Honey

1/2 cup Water

Place all ingredients in pan and bring to simmer for 5 minutes. Strain and refrigerate.