Start planning your Thanksgiving meal with these cocktails
Thanksgiving is still a good month away but it’s never too early to write down that cocktail recipe for your dinner. Check them out below.
The first cocktail mixes a delicious vanilla-infused rye whiskey -for which you have plenty of time ahead to prepare-, and Nocino, an Italian liqueur from the Emilia Romagna region made with unripe walnuts. Spicy, sweet and slightly bitter it will bring together with the vanilla whiskey a warm and festive flavor to your Thanksgiving cocktail.
Then, a classic, a mulled wine with all kinds of spices combining the sweetness of the Bosc pear and the fresh tarty taste of citruses.
Ingredients (a recipe by Braden Alsnauer, Frasca Food and Wine Boulder, Colorado)
1 0z vanilla-infused rye whiskey*
1 oz apple brandy
3/4 oz Nocino
1/4 oz Jamaican rum
2 dashes Angostura Bitters
Type of glass: coupe
Garnish: orange twist
Preparation: stir all of the ingredients with a barspoon with ice until chilled. Strain the preparation into the coupe glass, chilled, and garnish with an orange twist.
*How to make vanilla-infused rye whiskey
Split two vanilla beans and place into a 750 ml bottle of rye whiskey. Let infuse for 1 to 2 weeks. This infused whiskey will last up to two months.
1 tbsp green cardamom pods, crushed
1 tbsp black peppercorns
2 tsp whole cloves
3 cinnamon sticks
1 bottle dry red wine
1 cup of brandy
Rind and 2 tbsp juice from 1 lemon. You can replace lemon with any other citrus fruit such as orange, clementine, kumquat…
1/3 cup of honey
1 Bosc pear, peeled, cored and cut into 1/4-inch dice
Place cardamom, peppercorns, cloves, and cinnamon in a medium saucepan. Stir over medium heat until fragrant, for about 2 minutes.
Then, add the wine, the brandy, the lemon rind and juice, and honey. Bring these to simmer over medium heat. Stir occasionally.
Reduce heat to the lowest setting and simmer for 10 minutes.
Strain the mixure through a fine-mesh sieve into a bowl and discard solids. Return mixture to sauce pan and add pears.
Simmer over medium-low heat until pears are fork-tender but still retain their shape, about 10 minutes.
Don’t drink and drive. Enjoy responsibly.