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Raise a Glass and Give Thanks

By Russ Cobbe

When the Pilgrims celebrated that first Thanksgiving in 1621 what did they drink with their feast? There are some who believe that because they were Puritans they didn't drink alcohol at all. This however is unlikely.

The Pilgrims came from the Netherlands and England which both grow grain and from which beer is brewed. Gin may also have been good possibility since London and Plymouth, where the Pilgrims departed from, are both big Gin producing centers. The aptly named Thanksgiving Cocktail is Gin based.

In the early days when there would have been a very small selection of beverages, today we thankfully have many different options to choose from. Here are a couple of different Thanksgiving themed recipes that you might want to try out to start a new tradition for your own feast.

Thanksgiving Cocktail

1.0 oz. Apricot Brandy
1.0 oz. Gin
0.5 tsp. Lemon juice
1.0 oz. Dry Vermouth

Add all ingredients to a mixing glass filled with ice. Shake and strain into glass filled with ice.

Burnt Turkey Recipe

0.5 oz Bourbon (Wild Turkey)
0.5 oz Cinnamon Schnapps

Pour Wild Turkey 101 into a cocktail shaker with ice. Add Cinnamon Schnapps, shake well and strain into a shot glass.

Harvest Moon Recipe

6.0 oz. Apple Cider
2.0 oz. Rye/Whiskey

Pour over ice in a highball glass and garnish with slice of apple and cinnamon stick

Thanksgiving Special Recipe

0.75 oz. Apricot Brandy
1.0 each Cherry
0.75 oz. Gin
0.25 tsp. Lemon juice
0.75 oz. dry Vermouth

Shake all ingredients (except the cherry) with ice and strain into a cocktail glass. Top with the cherry and serve.

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