Thanksgiving can be stressful, y'all!
Whether you're hosting on Turkey Day or just have to be around a home full of your relatives for hours on end, there's a chance that you might get a bit overwhelmed and feel the need to relax.
Plus, a nice drink or two is the perfect accompaniment to an evening full of good food and good company, so you might want to mix up a couple of these on the big day to please the crowd:
Need an escape from the family? If you're in the Los Angeles area, you can head over to SALT Restaurant & Bar at the Marina Del Rey Hotel, since they will be open on Thanksgiving day from 11 a.m. to 12 a.m. With offerings like lobster pasta, braised meatballs and avocado hummus, you'll find a nice alternative to turkey at the restaurant, just in case somebody burns down the kitchen!
Staying in? Here's how to make the bar's The Fall Guy, a truly complex, deeply spiced and perfectly balanced low-ball, great as a digestif when you can't manage another bite of turkey:
1 1/2 ounces Remy 1738
1/2 ounce Leo Apple Whiskey
1/2 ounce cinnamon syrup
1/4 ounce apple shrub
1/2 ounce lemon juice
3 dashes of Peychaud's Bitters
2 star anise pods (for garnish)
Build all ingredients in shaker over ice, shake, strain and garnish with anise.
This one is truly the best of both worlds, since the spiked apple cider gets a pat of butter floated on top, reminiscent of rich, creamy hot buttered rum. Plus, you get sweet caramel popcorn-infused whiskey, which totally brings the whole thing to a new level of delightful.
For the Caramel Popcorn-Infused Bourbon:
1 cup caramel popcorn
1 cup bourbon
For Each Drink:
2 1/2 ounces hot apple cider
2 ounces Caramel Popcorn-Infused Bourbon
1 small pat butter
Warm cider on stove or in microwave, stir in infused bourbon and top with butter. Full recipe here.
Fizzy, light, refreshing and a touch sweet -- perfect to keep you going between two rounds of the food marathon, since it won't make you feel too full.
1 ounce cranberry juice (sweetened)
1 wedge lime
Champagne or sparkling wine
Pour cranberry juice and a squeeze of lime into a champagne flute, then top with champagne and garnish with cranberries. Full recipe here.
The festively named drink features strong, high-proof bourbon, complete with hints of vanilla and caramel, because you need a bit of bite to stand out against something as strongly fragrant as fresh sage.
10 fresh sage leaves
2 ounces Wild Turkey 101 Bourbon
1 tablespoon pumpkin butter (see note above)
1/4 ounce lemon juice, from one lemon
2 dashes Angostura bitters
In a shaker, muddle sage, reserving one leaf for garnish. Add ice and remainder of ingredients, shake, pour, garnish and serve. Full recipe here.
Irish coffee is fabulous, especially to help you fight off that turkey and wine-induced food coma that seems to come around at the end of every Thanksgiving meal. When you swap out the whiskey for spiced rum, you get a mellow booziness with a pop of those lovely spiced flavors that go fabulously with coffee!
3/4 cup heavy cream
1 1/2 tablespoons malted milk powder, such as Carnation
1 1/2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
Tiny pinch kosher salt
6 ounces hot black coffee
2 ounces spiced rum
1 tablespoon simple syrup (2:1)
Freshly grated nutmeg, for garnish (optional)
This one has a fair few steps, though it won't take you too long to make. Best check the full recipe here.