It’s that time again. Time to spend some quality time with your favorite whiskey... I mean aunt. The holidays are often referred to as “the most wonderful time of the year,” but sometimes, you just need a little help making the holidays feel that wonderful. So, let me paint you a tableaux of a Thanksgiving setting that got a little more cheer. Typically, the Caseys abstain from imbibing during family gatherings. But one glorious day, the heavens opened up and the matriarch, my Grandmother Novella, allowed the “kids” to drink. In this case, the “kids” are everyone of legal age including my parents.
My phone rings and I pick up: ”Hey Dad, I’m on my way. I’ll be there in ten minutes!”
(I aim to arrive 10 minutes before we say grace. It ensures that I get enough dressing without fielding a million questions about my life.)
“How much wine do you have in your car?" And then, at a whisper, "She’s going to let us drink!”
“Well, I have your case of wine and some random things with me for a party later. I’m sure we can find something to use to make drinks when I get there.”
“Hurry up! I’m thirsty!”
“Necessity is the Mother of invention,” never rings truer than when you need to make your family happy with a few bottles of booze and whatever you can find at Grandmamma’s house. So here are a few cocktail recipes to make your holiday season infinitely more bearable.
Cape of Culture
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Cranberry Simple Syrup
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Saves the Day
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1 ½ ounces Patron Reposado
½ ounce cranberry simple syrup
2 drops Bitterman's Mole Bitters
Lime Topo Chico
1/2 cup frozen cranberries
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
2 ounces sweet vermouth
1/2 oz brandy (optional, and depending on the loudness of your family)
1 ounce cranberry juice
1/2 ounce fresh lemon juice
1 1/2 oz Beefeater Gin
1 ounce lime juice
1 ounce honey syrup
Small spoonful of cranberry sauce
2 dashes angostura bitters
2 ounces sparkling wine (or club soda)
How to Make It
Pull out a high ball glass.
Combine cranberries and water in a small pan. Bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce to a simmer.
Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice.
Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice and shake.
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