Thanksgiving is all about its cocktails and signature food. In November, every fourth Thursday is celebrated as a day for football, feasting, and family. It kicks off the ‘holiday season’ in the US. Today, the celebration is mostly unrecognizable to participants of the original 1621 harvest meal. However, it continues to be day where most Americans gather together around the table, albeit with an upgraded menu.
From gooey-sweet yams to meaty turkey, cranberry jelly to spicy stuffing, the traditional dinner lineup definitely qualifies as the most delicious menu of the year. It is fun, but people find it difficult to prepare and serve a suitable cocktail to pair with the meal. Whether it’s a party hosted for the neighbors, or a small gathering with friends and close relatives, have cocktail recipes on hand. Take advantage of seasonal flavours like apple, ginger, and cinnamon to make warming bourbon drinks, flavourful margaritas, and party-sized punches.
• 1 liter pumpkin-spiced apple cider
• 710 ml ginger ale
• 180 ml bourbon
• Maple simple syrup;
(To make your maple syrup, add 1/4 cup water and 1/4 cup 100% pure syrup to your glass.)
Then you’ll have to…
Combine water with maple syrup over medium heat in a small saucepan until it dissolves. Reduce heat and bring the mixture to a boil. Simmer it for 20 -25 minutes and remove the mixture from heat. Leave to chill for few minutes while in a glass pitcher, add the organic pumpkin spiced apple cider. Stir in ginger ale and maple simple syrup to it. Pour in the bourbon whisky and mix well to blend the ingredients. Top with chilled ice. The punch packs a decent amount of bourbon, if not a lot. Add more if desired and serve accordingly. Stir occasionally to keep the flavors well-distributed. Go grab a glass!
Whisky Mac, formerly known as Whisky MacDonald, has its roots in British India where Colonel Hector MacDonald concocted this beverage. In 1899, the colonel proposed a demarcation between China and British India with a border. There was unrest after this demarcation which was followed by a breakout of cholera. Owing to medicinal properties of ginger, ginger wine gained wide popularity.
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