a cocktail to be thankful for

*Original post: November 25th, 2015

It’s that time of year! My favorite holiday (I say that about every holiday, but SERIOUSLY).  Thanksgiving is a time for family, cooking, drinking, laughing, eating, drinking, oyster roasting, baking, fire sitting, and did I already say drinking?

Let’s not fool ourselves here. Thanksgiving is an indulgent holiday and that includes lots of food, lots of pies, and lots of drinking. And it’s a day where all is acceptable.

TRUE FACT – the day before Thanksgiving is the biggest day of the year for alcohol sales in America. I started wondering, why? Probably because if you aren’t like me or my mom, than you have probably been shunned from your kitchen because someone is in there prepping everything for Thursday. So your kitchen is unavailable, and you end up in a bar or restaurant. You don’t have to work the next day so it’s basically your Friday. Drinking seems to be the easy answer in this equation.

Now let’s say you ARE like my mom or me, and you ARE the one prepping everything in the kitchen, drinking is still appropriate.

This brings me to the cocktail you should be drinking this Thanksgiving. I mixed a few different recipes, so the name is still to be determined.

Ingredients are:

-handful mint leaves
-one orange wedge
-2 lemon wedges
-1/2 oz simple syrup
-1 tsp aged vinegar
-1 ½ oz bourbon
-dash bitters
-ginger beer

Bar tools needed are:

-tins
-strainer
-muddler
-jigger for measuring

Start by muddling the mint, orange and lemon wedges with simple syrup. For those of you who don't know, simple syrup is used in cocktails help balance the sour from the fruit. It's also SUPER easy to make: half sugar and half warm water. Boom.

Next, add in the bourbon and vinegar. I figured Wild Turkey was appropriate for this holiday...

Add just a dash or too of bitters for flavoring. I got this from my favorite place in the world, World Market. 

World Market is ALSO where I got this adorable set of rocks glasses that I am mildly obsessed with. Once you have all the ingredients in the tin (exluding the ginger beer - do not shake that), add ice and shake your little heart out. Strain into a glass with ice.

Top with ginger beer, garnish with mint, and enjoy!

Think I'll name him "Happy Harvest". He will fit in perfectly at our annual Oyster Roast. What are your Thanksiging traditions?

To add on to this wonderful day of drinking and food prepping, my favorite band recently came out with their new album, and they never fail to impress me. 

Keeping this on repeat until it's time for Christmas music. Listen here.