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'Pass the Turkey' Cocktail

'Pass the Turkey' Cocktail

The 'Pass the Turkey' cocktail.

All puns aside, this is one clever cocktail. Made with Wild Turkey 101 and all the fixings for a true Thanksgiving meal, this is one drink that might make you forget the coming meal.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 Ounce Wild Turkey 101
  • 2 Ounces apple cider
  • 1 Tablespoon cranberry jelly
  • 1 sprig fresh sage
  • 1 sprig fresh thyme

Directions

Muddle sage and thyme with apple cider. Add ice, top with Wild Turkey and cranberry jelly. Shake well, strain over ice in a glass rimmed with turkey jus and breadcrumbs.

Nutritional Facts

Servings1

Calories Per Serving170

Folate equivalent (total)28µg7%


26 Cocktails You Should Definitely Have at Thanksgiving Dinner

When mom starts nagging you about your love life, down one of these.

Let's face it, Turkey Day is just inevitably a stressful holiday. Avoiding your estranged aunt, figuring out how to fit all the side dishes onto your plate, and mediating a sibling rivalry make up the chaos that is this holiday. But there&rsquos an upside to the madness: You get to drink.

And although this might be a

the drinks are arguably the most important part of any Thanksgiving feast. Sure, the turkey generally is the star of the show, but does the turkey help your uncle's political commentary roll of your back like they didn't just offend the hell out of you? I think not. And when your mom starts complaining about her annoying cousin only comes around once a year, does turkey help you not give a damn about the familial drama? The answer? NO. But the solution: drinks.

So, to help you take the edge off, here are 26 festive cocktails to help take your Thanksgiving dinner from a 2 to a 10. There are options for the apple cider lovers, the cranberry fans, and those who just want to sip on a damn cocktail. Plus, now you have an excuse to avoid all the relatives. Busy making drinks, sorry!


Ingredients

  1. Tandoori masala:
    • 2 1/2 tablespoons coriander seeds
    • 2 tablespoons cumin seeds
    • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teapsoon whole black peppercorns
    • 1 tablespoon ground cardamom
    • 2 teaspoons chili powder
    • 1 teaspoon dried fenugreek
    • 1 teaspoon whole cloves
    • 1 3"-4" cinnamon stick, broken into pieces
    • 1/4 teaspoon ajwain seeds
  2. Garam masala:
    • 24 bay leaves, crumbled
    • 3 tablespoons black cardamom pods
    • 2 1/2 tablespoons cumin seeds
    • 2 tablespoons black peppercorns
    • 1 1/2 tablespoons green cardamom pods
    • 1 tablespoon coriander seeds
    • 2 teaspoons ajwain seeds
    • 2 teaspoons whole cloves
    • 1 3"-4" cinnamon stick, broken into pieces
  3. Turkey:
    • 1 12-14-pound turkey
    • 1/4 cup kosher salt
    • 5 black cardamom pods
    • 5 green cardamom pods
    • 1 tablespoon cumin seeds
    • 1 medium red onion, chopped
    • 2 celery stalks, chopped
    • 4 garlic cloves
  4. Marinade:
    • 4 cups (1 quart) plain whole-milk yogurt
    • 1/2 cup chopped peeled ginger
    • 1/2 cup fresh lime juice
    • 1/4 cup finely chopped garlic
    • 1/4 cup paprika
    • 2 tablespoons tandoori masala
    • 2 tablespoons garam masala
    • 2 teaspoons chili powder
    • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
    • Ingredient info:All spices can be found at Indian markets and kalustyans.com.
  5. Special Equipment
    • A turkey roasting bag

5 Essential Fernet Branca Cocktails

Man, I tell you, nothing scares some people more than the idea of Fernet Branca, and since this is nearly Halloween, I think it's fitting to be scary.

A fernet is an amaro, a bitter, herbal Italian liqueur, and Fernet Branca is a specific brand of fernet, even more bitter than most of the rest, and certainly an acquired taste. Other fernets are out there, of course, and we did a rundown of them a while ago. But Fernet Branca is the most famous, for better or worse, and it's the one most likely to appear in cocktail recipes. The bartender Michael Neff once referred to it as "mouthwash with delusions of grandeur." Whenever we run an article about Fernet Branca, people seem to line up to comment on how gross it is.

To be honest, although I sometimes will sip it on ice to settle my stomach after a rich meal, I don't particularly appreciate drinking it that way. However, I do sometimes love Fernet when it's mixed into a cocktail. What Fernet Branca needs in a cocktail is a sparring partner, an ingredient that complements its strengths and masks its weaknesses.

If you're looking to experiment with Fernet Branca as a mixing element, here are five recipes to give you a head start.

Hanky Panky

We start with the only truly well-known Fernet Branca recipe: the Hanky Panky. The ingredients that are here to tame the fernet? Gin and sweet vermouth. Both of those have enough herbal heft to take on a fernet: Gin brings juniper to the bout, of course, and perhaps it goes without saying that you should choose a juniper-forward gin for this. If you choose a lighter style that tastes of rose hips, bergamot, and angels' tears, Branca will kick its keister. You hear that voice from the other room? It's the Hanky Panky calling out, "Tonight we Tanqueray." You should listen.

Decolletage

Invented by Chris Hannah of the French 75 Bar in New Orleans, this cocktail tames its feral fernet with tequila, which adds a vegetal note to the drink Dubbonet, which mildly sweetens it, and brings a winey note and Aperol, which adds a bitter orange kick. The trick to balancing Branca in a drink is to give it strong flavors to complement, and this drink demonstrates that very well.

Toronto

Stepping into the ring to spar with fernet in this round is everyone's favorite, rye whiskey. The Toronto is essentially a riff on an Old Fashioned, but served up rather than on the rocks. The hearty richness of rye pairs well with the Branca, while the simple syrup softens its big flavors. The Toronto is a perfect autumn cocktail, so try one tonight while your kids are out shaking down the neighbors for candy.

Eeyore's Requiem

I love everything about this drink: the name, the color, and the fact that it's just all-to-the-wall bitter. Campari! Cynar! 15 drops of bitters! Fernet! This isn't a drink for your mom or your cousin, but your grandmother probably approves. It's hard for the Fernet Branca to run roughshod over anything when it's probably the third-most bitter ingredient in the drink. So another way to keep Branca in its place? Outbitter it.

Fanciulli

The Fanciulli, like the Toronto before it, is a variant on a classic cocktail. In this case, it's a Manhattan. The origins of this drink are somewhat dim, but the flavor certainly isn't. It's a Manhattan with a bitter menthol backbone. The original recipe calls for bourbon rye works too. But whichever you choose, pick a strong whiskey, something that will stand up to the fernet. I'd go with Bulleit or Wild Turkey 101, if you're choosing bourbon.

What's Yours?

Sound off! If you hate Fernet Branca or fernets of all forms, speak. If you have another fernet or bitter liqueur you love more than Branca, let us know. If you absolutely adore Fernet Branca and want to take it to the grave, oooooh spooky!


Lemon Mint Julep

The Kentucky Derby wouldn’t be complete without three things fast horses, fancy hats, and serious bourbon cocktails. The Mint Julep being the signature libation of the party. But, I wanted to take it a step further and turn this one-hit-wonder into a seasonal favorite.

Welcome!

I'm Kita, the mountain biking, travel junkie, professional freelance photographer behind the scenes!


A Cocktail Timesaver for Turkey Day

High West, a Utah distillery, sells two bottled cocktails worthy of holiday enjoyment.

About the last thing you want to have to fuss with as guests assemble for Thanksgiving dinner is measuring and mixing cocktails. High West, a distillery in Park City, Utah, that specializes in whiskies, comes to the rescue. It has introduced two top-notch barrel-finished drinks — a manhattan and an old-fashioned — ready to pour over ice, garnish and serve. Each is simply made with a blend of rye, bourbon and bitters, with the addition of sweet and dry vermouth for the “perfect” manhattan recipe. Keep them chilled. Each 750-milliliter bottle provides a dozen cocktails.


5-Spice Bourbon Punch

This bourbon punch, which pairs whiskey with lemon juice and five-spice syrup and tops off the mixture with club soda, is refreshing enough for those of you who experience Thanksgiving in a warmer climate. Forget about the powdered mixes at the store and make the syrup with whole spices instead.


8 Best Tofurky Recipes to Serve Instead of Turkey This Thanksgiving

When planning your Thanksgiving menu, one thing tends to be top of mind: the turkey. If you and your whole family eat meat, then the plan is simple: pick a recipe and make it. But if you or your loved ones are vegan or vegetarian, then each year you need to decide what to make instead.

The most popular alternative is tofurkey&mdashthe tofu-based substitute seasoned to resemble a boneless turkey breast. And while you technically can just roast and serve it as-is, do you really want to? We say no! There are numerous ways to dress up a standard tofurkey so it's far more festive and tasty. Check out the following best tofurky recipes: although they're all pretty easy, each has a delicious spin on the dish&mdashlike caramelized onions or mushroom stuffing.

If you can't think of what to pair with this meatless main dish, you can still accompany these tofurky recipes with all of your favorite Thanksgiving sides, which are all vegan-friendly, of course. Whether you prefer cranberry sauce and sweet potato casserole or salads packed with vegetables and the most delicious stuffings, you can easily serve any side with these tofurky ideas. What's more, we think meat eaters and vegetarians alike will definitely enjoy these dishes. After you and your family are done eating, treat yourself to traditional Thanksgiving desserts like apple and pumpkin pies and watch a classic Thanksgiving movie. Whatever you choose, these tofurky recipes prove you don't need meat to have a delicious Thanksgiving dinner.

Want to keep things simple and classic? This roasted tofurky recipe features kitchen staples like oregano, rosemary, and thyme.

Get the tutorial at I Love Vegan.

SHOP BAKING DISHES

Stuffing isn't the only way to make your tofurky flavorful. We suggest you also get creative with the seasoning too!

Get the recipe at Meet the Shannons.

A tofurky that looks as good as this one deserves an equally tasty topper. This recipe is finished with caramelized onions and dried cherries.

Get the recipe at Florida Coastal Cooking.

Skip the premade roast and make this protein-packed version instead. It's full of spinach, mushrooms, brown rice, and lentils.

Get the recipe at Full of Plants.

Channel your inner Julia Child with this dish, since it was inspired by her! Topped with lemons and herbs de Provence, the recipe is delightfully seasoned and will appeal to any French food lovers.

Get the recipe at Meet the Shannons.

Of course, tofurky isn't exempt from being used in a comfort food dish. Dice it up and add it into a hearty pot pie for those cold fall days.

Get the recipe at Go Dairy Free.

This dish incorporates one of our favorite kitchen appliances: the slow cooker. It also uses tasty maple syrup for the perfect sweet and savory Thanksgiving gravy.

Get the recipe at Healthy Slow Cooking.

If you feel like creating something a little more challenging and elevated, try this tofurky roulade. Each layer is filled with delicious mushrooms and spices.


11 Easy, Large-Batch Cocktails for Your Signature Drink (and Prewedding Festivities)

You have your beer on tap and bottles of wine to boot—but you still need some spirits for your wedding reception. Avoid a line at the bar by choosing a big-batch cocktail for your signature drink that can simply be poured and served for your guests. Bonus points: These drinks are so easy to make (and affordable too), you can even throw them together yourselves for other prewedding events like engagement parties, bridal showers and more. Find our favorites below, and feel free to tweak and experiment with the ingredients alongside your bartender for your own bash.

1. Lemon Drop Champagne Punch

Citrusy and straightforward, lemon drop champagne punch will leave all your guests wanting more. All you need is lemons, champagne, sugar, vodka and candied lemon peels (if you're feeling fancy).

2. Fresca Sangria

Fresca sangria is delicious and doesn't require splurging on fancy ingredients—to start, you just need some bottles of cheap white wine. Simply add Fresca and fresh fruit like peaches, strawberries and grapes. Your guests will be coming back for more.

3. Strawberry Rosé Punch

A summery drink like strawberry rosé punch is super simple and affordable—all you need is four ingredients (frozen strawberries, pink Moscato champagne, lemon lime soda and simple syrup). Yes, please.

4. Blackberry Whiskey Lemonade

The whiskey-loving guys (and girls!) in your life will fall head over heels with this concoction. Simply combine whiskey, lemon juice, rosemary, fresh blackberries, sugar and tonic water (or sparkling wine) and voilà.

5. Mulled White Wine Sangria

Feel free to serve hot or cold or adjust the fruits to your liking (apples, kumquats—what have you). You just need some dry white wine, fresh lemon juice, cinnamon sticks, and the rest is up to you.

6. Warm Cider and Rum Punch

Perfect for a chilly fall or winter wedding, a spiked apple cider with cinnamon, fresh ginger, dark rum and an orange will pack a punch.

7. Fresh Watermelon Mojitos

Fruity and fresh, watermelon mojitos will taste like summer (and they'll definitely impress your guests). All you need is simple syrup, mint leaves, lime juice, white rum, soda and—yes—fresh watermelon.

8. Two-Ingredient Champagne Punch

Yes, two ingredients. It's almost too easy—and delicious. Simply grab your favorite champagne, sparkling wine or prosecco and mix with scoops of sorbet. Top with fresh fruit if you're feeling fancy.

9. Four-Ingredient Margaritas

Trying to serve your wedding guests on a budget? (We get it.) Margs are so affordable, you'll probably want to make them again and again. All you need is oranges, water, tequila and some store-bought lime-ade.

10. Hard Cider Slush

Yes, the slush is short for "slushie," so get the shaved ice ready for this boozy, bourbon-spiked treat everyone will love. You'll need apple cider (or juice), bourbon, cinnamon, simple syrup, fresh lemon juice and dry hard cider. Garnish with apple slices.

11. Minty Moscow Mule Punch

Everyone loves a Moscow Mule—so why not upgrade it with a little kick of mint? If you already know how to make a Mule, this should be easy—you just need vodka, fresh lime juice, ginger beer and some simple syrup. Garnish with mint (and some sprigs to give it an extra bite).


How to Make a Pink Drink Recipe

Pink drinks come in many shades—and strengths—but some of the most common ways to add a rosy hue to your glass are to use pink grapefruit juice, grenadine, or a splash of cran. Our rhubarb syrup and strawberry syrup can achieve the same effect guava nectar can too. Small doses of fruit and vegetable powders from raspberry to beet will also work. And there’s always food coloring if you’re not afraid to get a little fake. Check out the pink drink recipes below and you’ll discover even more alternatives.

Best of all, you don’t even have to wait until Wednesdays to wear drink pink.

Shantay, You Fros é

Because obviously. Besides your favorite bottle of rosé, all you need to blitz this up is frozen strawberries, lemon juice, and simple syrup. Per Joey’s advice, garnish with a mint leaf because it makes it cuter.


25 Best Thanksgiving Cocktails to Toast With This Turkey Day

Just because you're hosting Thanksgiving dinner doesn't mean the day (nay, the entire week!) has to be stressful. That's basically Ree Drummond's motto when it comes to Turkey Day: "I never want to feel overwhelmed on Thanksgiving. To me, that defeats the purpose of the holiday." To help you plan your Thanksgiving menu so you're well prepared for the big day, take a look at these amazing Thanksgiving cocktails. These drinks will infuse extra flavor in the day&mdashand help you unwind once the bird is on the table! You can make big batch cocktails and let guests serve themselves, or craft signature drinks to add a special touch to the day. One thing's for sure: There are plenty of fall cocktail recipes to chose from.

If you're looking for an easy option, take Ree's advice and make a pitcher drink. "Pick one cocktail, like a festive sangria, mix up a big batch and let guests help themselves," she says. There are tons of sangrias to choose from that are made with fall ingredients like figs and apple cider. You can also try your hand at a specialty cocktail recipe that will deliver some extra flair. (The cranberry thyme gin and tonic sounds like a winner, for instance.) Whether you're after bubbly drinks, mulled wines, or just a simple punch, these Thanksgiving drinks are sure to hit the spot.


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