I’m guessing that your Thanksgiving menus are locked down. I’m a bit of a planner so for me it’s mostly set, though I do have some wiggle room on cocktails and side dishes. This is a crowd please and for the most part, it’ll probably use up some leftover cranberries you have in the fridge. It’s a simple thing to throw together as guests arrive. I say put them to work and get one person on drinks. If you’d really like to, you could make this a big batch by scaling up the ratios. I’d recommend leave the ice could and just pour it over ice as people begin to trickle in.
Regardless, this drink packs a bit of a punch. It’s strong and celebrates rye whiskey or bourbon. It plays off the sweetness from the bourbon and adds a sweet acidity.
Wishing you a happy Thanksgiving!
- For the Cranberry Syrup:
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup fresh cranberries, plus more as garnish
- Pinch of salt
- Splash of water
- For the Drink:
- Angostura bitters
- Bourbon of choice
- Orange peel, as garnish
- Place a saucepan over medium heat and add the sugar, fresh cranberries, pinch of salt and splash of water. Cook for about 5 to 7 minutes, until cranberries have softened and turned into a sauce. Using a spatula, press the cranberries down, until very soft. Run the mixture through a strainer and discard the pulp. Allow to cool to room temperature before using.
- To make the cocktail, add about 3 liquid ounces of syrup to each glass. Add two dashes of bitters, 2 liquid ounces bourbon, a splash of sparkling water and ice. Stir until combined, and garnish with an orange peel. Repeat the process until all the other cocktails are assembled.
Adrianna Adarme is a food blogger and author living in Los Angeles, California. She writes the blog A Cozy Kitchen, where she shares comforting, everyday recipes from her kitchen. She recently authored her first cookbook, PANCAKES: 72 Sweet and Savory Recipes for the Perfect Stack. She’s a lover of breakfast, pie (and sometimes even pie for breakfast), corgis and cute things. You can find her on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook.