Thanksgiving Cocktails - the New Old Fashioned

Thanksgiving is a day when choosing a Cocktail, knowing that a filling and flavorful meal is about to happen, presents a challenge.
 It is also a day that most of us can really use one!

Not too heavy, certainly not sweet, complex but not so much going on that there isn't room for the feast that follows. Here are a few ideas that can easily complement the festivities.

The New Old Fashioned 

The Old Fashioned is a recipe that involves 4 must have ingredients,
  Bourbon, Sugar, Bitters, and water.
I am using a simple syrup and rye in the recipe, as well as the addition of Applejack and lime, to add my own little riff on it and bring it into the modern age.
1.5 ounces of Applejack
1 ounce of Rye
.5 ounces of Ginger Syrup*
.5 ounces of freshly squeezed lime juice (approx. 1/2 of a lime)
Several dashes of Angostura Bitters

Into an old fashioned/low ball glass add the ginger simple syrup, lime juice, and bitters. Fill with ice cubes. Add the Rye and Applejack

Stir with a mixing stick.
Garnish with a turn of black pepper and a lime twist coiled around a cinnamon stick

*to make the ginger syrup
1 cup (8 ounces) of water
1 cup (8 ounces) of cane sugar
1/8 cup of fresh grated ginger
 Place ingredients into a pot, bring to a boil, stirring occasionally and simmer for approx. 10 minutes. Remove from heat. Let cool and strain. It can be stored in a jar in the refrigerator for about one week.

Makes approx. 8 ounces

Fruit shrubs dating back to as early as the 1700's, were defined as acidulated beverages, made from fruit juice, sugar, and other ingredients,alcohol or vinegar, as a way of extending the short life of fruits, pre-refrigeration. Today they are one more way to expand the Cocktail palette and add dimension.
The Perfect foil for the Thanksgiving meal, and a great base for several different Libations.

Cranberry Citrus Shrub
3 cups of fresh cranberries
3 cups of water
1 cup of raw sugar
1 cup of vinegar
(I like using unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar for this recipe but feel free to experiment)
several strips of orange and lemon peel
 (use a vegetable peeler to get the strips and remove as much of the white pith as possible to avoid bitterness)

You can also add to this several slices of fresh ginger, or a sprig of thyme

Place all the above ingredients in a saucepan and heat until the cranberries cook through and  burst.
Remove from heat and let cool down. Strain.
May be kept in a bottle in the fridge for several weeks.

Now here is where the fun begins...

 Cranberry Fizz
Place about 1 ounce of the shrub in a Champagne Flute and top up with Prosecco.
 Garnish with a fresh cranberry or two
You can kick it up a notch and add a shot of Vodka or Gin or Bourbon or..........

Cranberry Shrub Margarita
1.5 oz. Tequila
.5 Cranberry Shrub
.5 lime juice
splash of triple sec
Combine the above ingredients in an ice filled shaker and shake with vigor for at least 10 seconds.
Strain in a low glass with fresh ice.

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