Thanksgiving may look differently this year, considering Covid restrictions. Since Zoom seems to be keeping families and businesses staying connected we’ve come up with some fun cocktails to share virtually with friends and family for Thanksgiving! Cheers to you all!
Ingredients for these can be found at your local Shaws, Stop and Shop, Walmart or local farm stands. If you want fresh celery, beans, etc., check out Alderbrook Farm (https://www.facebook.com/Alderbrook-Farm-224127017906/) in Dartmouth, located at 1213 Russells Mills Rd, Dartmouth, MA and has rave reviews. Another farm to consider is Stonehaven Farm (http://www.stonehavenfamilyfarm.com) in Westport, located at 1506 Drift Road, Westport, MA, that has excellent reviews as well, or there’s Sauchuk Farm (http://www.sauchukfarm.com) in Plympton, Massachusetts that even has corn mazes!
Grapefruit, Honey, and Rosemary Smash
This bright, mild, citrusy drink is full of fall flavor, and easy drinking enough to please even those who are not “cocktail people.” Make it a mocktail by simply leaving out the bourbon or vodka or adding a little plain or grapefruit soda water.
3 c. fresh pink grapefruit juice, plus 2 pink grapefruit, cut into wedges
1/4 c. honey
1 (6-inch) sprig fresh rosemary
1 1/2 c. to 2 cups vodka or bourbon
1/2 c. fresh lime juice (from 3 or 4 limes)
- Combine 1 grapefruit worth of wedges, honey, and rosemary in a large pitcher; mash with a muddler or wooden spoon. Add grapefruit juice, vodka or bourbon, and lime juice; stir to combine. Serve over ice garnished with remaining grapefruit wedges.
This sweet bourbon-based take on the traditional sidecar comes from Mary Heffernen of Five Marys Farm in Fort Jones, California.
2 tbsp. sugar, for glass rim
2 oz. bourbon
1 oz. fresh Meyer lemon juice
1 oz. orange liqueur (such as Cointreau)
- Place sugar on a small plate. Place a small amount of water in a second plate. Dip rim of a cocktail or martini glass in water, then in sugar.
- Combine bourbon, lemon juice, Cointreau, and ice in a cocktail shaker; shake until very cold. Pour into prepared glass.
Spicy Bloody Mary
This big-batch Bloody Mary is perfect for early-day Thanksgiving feasters. It’s also good as a Black Friday reviver.
46 oz. vegetable juice
1 c. vodka
2 tbsp. lemon juice
2 tbsp. chopped dill
1 tbsp. prepared horseradish
1 tbsp. Worcestershire
1 tbsp. Hot sauce
3/4 tsp. black pepper
3/4 tsp. celery seed
Dilly beans, for serving
Lemon wedges, for serving
- Combine vegetable juice, vodka, lemon juice, dill, prepared horseradish, Worcestershire, hot sauce, black pepper and celery seed. Serve over ice with dilly beans, lemon wedges, and celery.