As much as Thanksgiving is about the turkey, stuffing, and gravy-topped mashed potatoes (ok, it is time yet!?), hosting a notable Thanksgiving gathering isn’t complete without a signature cocktail.
Don’t believe us? Try creating one of these four cocktails from some of our favourite Toronto bars this weekend.
You can thank us later.
1. The Venue: Gladstone Hotel
The Drink: Beggars Banquet
Why It Works: With warm fall flavours of bourbon, beer, and good old Canadian maple syrup, this drink is pretty much Thanksgiving in a glass. A hint of lemon adds a touch of sour deliciousness.
2 oz. Bourbon
0.5 oz. Lemon juice
1 oz. Maple syrup
Muskoka Mad Tom IPA or Black Oak’s 10 Bitter Years
Shake bourbon and lemon juice with ice and pour into a tulip glass. Top with preferred beer and maple syrup to taste. Garnish with a lemon wheel or peel.
2. The Venue: Milagro Cantinas
The Drink: Mezcal Manhattan
Why It Works: The perfect cocktail to enjoy post-turkey, this Mexican spin on the classic Manhattan has peppery mezcal in place of whiskey and agave syrup for sweetness.
1 oz. Mezcal Reposado
1 oz. sweet vermouth
1 tsp. dark agave syrup
1 drop Angostura bitters
1 Maraschino cherry
1 orange twist
Fill a Boston shaker with large ice cubes. Pour in spirits, agave syrup, and bitters. Stir for two minutes. Using a strainer, pour into a rocks or a martini glass. Drop in the cherry, twist orange zest over the glass for aromatics, and garnish with an orange wedge on the side of the glass.
3. The Venue: Enoteca Sociale
The Drink: Carmelita Sour
Why It Works: The Carmelita Sour is a quick soul-warmer. The brown butter-infused Brandy adds a slight nuttiness, while the lemon juice hits you in the back of the throat as you sip away pre or post-turkey dinner. The egg white gives it a slight frothiness.
1.5 oz. brown butter-infused brandy
0.5 oz. Scotch
1 oz. lemon juice
1 oz. simple syrup
1 egg white
Directions for Brown Butter Infused Brandy
Brown one pound of butter and add to a 26 oz. bottle of your preferred brandy. Stir, and then freeze for six hours. Thaw and strain to remove the now solidified butter.
Directions for Carmelita Sour
Combine all ingredients in a watertight vessel. Shake quickly to avoid solidification. Pour into a cocktail shaker over ice. Shake, and then strain into tumbler. Garnish with a dash of bitters.
4. The Venue: East Thirty-Six
The Drink: Warm Mulled Wine
Why It Works: A crisp and cold fall evening calls for something warm and soothing. And to make your life easier, it can be made in batches and left in a slow cooker to stay warm.
2 bottles red wine
1 lemon, peeled
2 oranges, peeled
4 oz. Dark rum
3 whole cloves
4 slices of fresh ginger, peeled
150 grams brown sugar
Pinch of nutmeg
Combine all ingredients in a slow cooker set to low (or a Dutch oven over low heat). Stir, and let warm up for an hour and a half to allow all the flavours to meld together. Turn heat to “keep warm” setting (or lowest temperature on your stove top, if going that route). Ladle into mugs.
Cover image from: Istock.com/Ryzhkov
Carmelita Sour Pic from: tangbro1.blogspot.com