Intro

I have one last suggestion for you to complete your Thanksgiving meal. And I do believe it’s a good one, dare I say I saved the best for last?

It’s time we talk about your Thanksgiving cocktail. Now there are a couple ways you can go about this: If your family is like mine Thanksgiving beverages are nearly as traditional as the marshmallow topped sweet potatoes – red wine with my family, while sparkling cider is the drink of choice with Gabe’s family. With the meal drinks set this could be the cocktail that greets your guests as they pluck a few baby carrots off the vegetable platter or (and this is my favorite idea) this is the cocktail you enjoy while sliding the turkey into the oven. It’s the cocktail you sipĀ in between stirrings of the mashed potatoes or tastes of the gravy. It’s what you are drinking as you set the last fork and stand back to marvel the scene. This is the cook’s cocktail.

Cider punch is the ideal cocktail for the busy cook as there are only two ingredients plus a couple flourishes if you so desire (and I do). While the turkey roasts and the potatoes boil pour an ounce or two of rum into a glass. Top that with apple cider (I like one part rum to four parts apple cider). You could have it over ice or warm the cider – the choice is left to the cook. Top with a touch a of cinnamon and nutmeg. If you happen to have some bitters a few drops really makes the cook quite happy, especially if your bitters, like mine are heady with cinnamon and rosemary and little wisps of clove, cardamom and orange.

If you don’t have bitters and are interested in making your own I just so happen to be teaching at class in Seattle, December 6. We will be making an assortment of gifts from the kitchen including homemade bitters. In fact today I made nearly 20 different infusions for class. (Pretty slick how I just slid that class plug right in there, huh? Sorry, I really do not like that sort of thing but I promised I would and I’m quite excited about this class.

If you aren’t in Seattle I’m thinking I just may put a post up here about the process so you won’t miss out on all the fun. I don’t claim to be a bitters expert but I do claim to be pretty darn excited to have a collection of my own bitters and I’m even more excited to be teaching you all how make your own.

Cheers and happy cooking!

*This simple cocktail was inspired by something I drank at Skillet Diner. Go there. Really.

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Cider Punch

Cider punch is the ideal cocktail for the busy cook as there are only two ingredients plus a couple flourishes if you so desire (and I do). While the turkey roasts and the potatoes boil pour an ounce or two of rum into a glass. Top that with apple cider (I like one part rum to four parts apple cider). You could have it over ice or warm the cider – the choice is left to the cook. Top with a touch a of cinnamon and nutmeg. If you happen to have some bitters a few drops really makes the cook quite happy, especially if your bitters, like mine are heady with cinnamon and rosemary and little wisps of clove, cardamom and orange.

31 Responses to “Cider Punch”

  1. Heidi @foodiecrush

    This will be the first year of the past few where I won’t be the one in charge of the oven. Thankfully this will free me up for muddling a few of your cocktails, complete with rum from Wisconsin’s Cane & Abel. Wish I was in Seattle to enjoy your bitter lessons.

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  2. sara

    oh I want to go to your class!!!! Looks beautiful and delicious. A happy holiday week to you and your family, my friend.

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  3. Kathryn

    You have no idea how perfect this post is, as I had just decided this afternoon that our Friends-giving shall include cider and rum!

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  4. lisaiscooking

    I love a Thanksgiving cocktail, and I especially love the thought of a cook’s cocktail! We were on the same wavelength today with cider cocktails for Thanksgiving. I want to try your version–and try making homemade bitters.

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  5. Dena

    PLEASE, PLEASE!! post a bitters lesson! I’m on the east coast or I’d sign up in a minute! Luv your blog and photography! My favorite posts are “Dating my husband” they always seem to arrive at just the right time…..
    Happy Thanksgiving to all

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  6. Kay

    If I was in Seattle I would definitely come to your class. Sounds so interesting! And I agree, cooking a big meal and a cocktail go hand in hand.

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  7. Rachel

    This seems to be the perfect holiday cocktail for me. I just happen to work at a cider mill, and I just came home from my honeymoon in Jamaica with a bottle of rum! How perfect! I will surely be trying this on Thursday! Thank you for sharing!!

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  8. Mary@SiftingFocus

    Wish I could attend the class. I do hope you will post a tutorial on making bitters. I just bought my first bottle for a drink I plan on making tomorrow. I think I’ll take a last minute run to the market for some apple cider so I can make myself some cider punch as well.

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  9. Kasey

    These look absolutely stunning, Ashley! Man, I cannot wait to drink cider and cocktails again! I’ll have to settle for mocktails for now :) I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving, friend! xo

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