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Worried About Talking Politics With Family? These Thanksgiving Cocktail Recipes Will Take The Edge Off

THANKSGIVING. FAMILY. CHAOS. FOOD. FOOTBALL. ALCOHOL. You know how it goes.

Anyway…here are a few of our favorite cocktail recipes to help you weather the storm or surf on the wave.

Butternut Squash Old Fashioned — Little Dom’s in Los Angeles, Calif.

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz. squash-infused Sazarac Rye
  • Dash of Giffard Banana Liqueur
  • Dash of walnut bitters
  • Orange peel garnish

Directions:

  • For the infusion: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F; Toss squash in bowl with maple syrup and cinnamon; Bake for 15 minutes; Add squash to rye and let sit for 2 – 3 weeks.

Rosemary’s Piglet — Salty Sow in Austin, Texas

Ingredients:

  • ½ oz Pomegranate Juice
  • ¾ oz Rosemary Simple Syrup

Directions:

  • Combine ingredients
  • Top with bubbles
  • Top with rosemary cube for fragrance

Mezcal Negroni — Pistola in Los Angeles, Calif.

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ oz. El Silencio Mezcal
  • ¾ oz. Cocchi Vermouth di Torino
  • ¾ Gran Classico
  • 3 Dashes of Black Walnut Bitters
  • Orange zest (For garnish)

Directions:

  • Stir ingredients with ice in pint glass
  • Pour in coupe glass
  • Garnish with an orange zest

Fall Fashioned — Playa Provisions in Los Angeles, Calif.

Ingredients:

  • 1oz Buffalo Trace
  • 1oz Lairds Apple Brandy
  • .125oz St Elizabeth’s All Spice Dram
  • .25 cinnamon brown sugar simple syrup
  • 1 dash angostura bitters

Directions:

  • Stir and pour over ice into an old-fashioned glass.

Fireside Sour — Spoonbar in Healdsburg, Calif.

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 oz. W.L. Weller Special Reserve Bourbon
  • 5 oz Campari
  • 5 oz Pur Likor Spice Blood Orange Liquer
  • .25 ozz lemon
  • .5 oz egg white
  • Dash cranberry bitters

Directions:

  • Combine all ingredients in a shaker with no ice, and shake for 15 seconds to full and shake for another 15 seconds. Double strain into a a martini glass and finish with a dash of bitters.

Ladybird — Geraldine’s in Austin, Texas

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz Lustau Amontillado Sherry
  • 4 oz Argus Ciderkin Cider
  • 3 Dashes Bar Keep Sarsparilla Bitters
  • 5 oz of rich Demerara simple syrup

Directions:

  • Build all in Collins glass over crushed ice, add cider last.
  • Garnish with an edible orchid flower.

The Oaxacan Chalice — Bar Takito, Chicago, Ill.

Ingredients:

  • .25oz Genepy
  • .75 oz of Capaletti
  • .75 oz of Carpano Sweet Vermouth
  • 1 oz of Vida mezcal

Directions:

  • Stir in a glass for 40 revolutions
  • Garnish with an orange peel
  • Pour into 5 oz footed rocks glass with 2 cubes

Mouthful of Diamonds — Bar Takito, Chicago, Ill.

Ingredients:

  • ½ oz of lime juice
  • ½ oz of agave
  • ¼ oz of Hibiscus Tea
  • ¼ oz of Luxardo Maraschino
  • ½ oz of Crema de Mezcal
  • 1 oz of Corazon Blanco

Directions:

  • Stir in 12 oz carrot glass (or shake, planning on 1.5oz dilution)
  • Garnish with a lime wheel

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