Booze

5 Cocktails To Get You Through Thanksgiving

It’s Thanksgiving, which means it’s time to drink, eat, listen to your Aunt Myrtle tell the same story for the umpteenth time, drink, eat, dodge family feud over politics, drink and eat some more, rinse, repeat. 

To avoid an eleventh-hour, desperate lunge at the vodka, mixed with kid’s table Martinelli’s, come prepared with these 5 Thanksgiving-themed cocktail recipes from go-to industry mixologist Cocktail Academy and Downtown LA dining destination LOAM.

COCKTAIL ACADEMY’S PIMMS PITCHER

In 1800s London, James Pimm created Pimm’s No. 1—a gin-based digestif that later became the key ingredient for the Pimm’s Cup. Cocktail Academy’s twist on the Pimm’s Cup maintains its refreshing quality, while the lemon and ginger add an immune-friendly boost, making it a perfect after dinner drink.

cocktail academy's pimms pitcher on leo edit
Photo by Scott Clark

MAKES 8

Ingredients

  • 8 oz Pimms No. 1 liqueur
  • 4 oz cognac
  • 6 oz Cynar
  • 6 oz lemon
  • 2 oz simple syrup
  • 2 oz ginger syrup
  • Soda water
  • Garnish: cucumber wheels & rosemary sprigs

Method

  1. Combine ingredients into a pitcher.
  2. Add ice & top with chilled soda water.
  3. Garnish with cucumber wheels & rosemary sprigs.

COCKTAIL ACADEMY’S CRANBERRY COBBLER

This wine-based cocktail subs as the adult version of your grandma’s side of cranberry sauce and will add a sweet yet bitter twist to your Thanksgiving meal.

cocktail academy's cranberry cobbler on leo edit
Photo by Scott Clark

MAKES 1

Ingredients

  • 2 dash Angostura bitters
  • 2 dash cranberry bitters
  • .75 oz lemon
  • .5 oz pineapple juice
  • .75 oz cranberry jam
  • 1.5 oz Amontillado sherry
  • 1.5 oz Oloroso sherry
  • Garnish: cranberries, rosemary, & grated cinnamon

Method

  1. Combine ingredients into a shaker. 
  2. Short shake & strain into a stemmed glass.
  3. Add crushed ice.
  4. Garnish with cranberries, rosemary, & grated cinnamon.

COCKTAIL ACADEMY’S ORCHARD OLD FASHIONED

Sweet but spicy, the Orchard Old Fashioned is a boozy cocktail with a complex flavor profile including: apple, honey, ginger, citrus, cinnamon, and even a touch of black licorice and menthol.

cocktail academy's orchard old fashioned on leo edit
Photo by Scott Clark

MAKES 1

Ingredients

  • 1 oz apple brandy
  • .75 oz Pedro Ximénez 
  • .75 oz Benedictine liqueur
  • .5 oz Becherovka liqueur
  • 3 dsh Krupnik bitters

Method

  1. Combine ingredients into a mixing glass.
  2. Add ice & stir.
  3. Strain into a rocks glass & serve on a large cube.

LOAM’S BEET IT

The two different kinds of sherry give this drink a nutty aroma with the beet shrub introducing an earthy yet savory flavor profile. The tarragon sprig, grapefruit slice, and egg white makes for a great looking presentation.

LOAM's beet it on leo edit
Photo by Cameron Strand

MAKES 1

Ingredients

  • 1 egg white*
  • 1 sprig tarragon
  • 1 grapefruit slice
  • 0.75 oz beet shrub
  • 2.0 oz Mulholland vodka
  • 1.5 oz Amontillado sherry
  • 1.5 oz Oloroso sherry
  • Garnish: tarragon sprig

Method

  1. Add ingredients.
  2. Dry shake.
  3. Add ice & hard shake.
  4. Open and close shakers then hard shake again.
  5. Double strain into glass.
  6. Garnish with tarragon sprig.

 *Can be made without egg white

LOAM’S TOO MUCH TO DREAM

This rum-based cocktail is oaky and sweet with the Campari and cinnamon syrup giving it a spice reminiscent of the holiday season. The citrus, a common ingredient in rum cocktails, balances out the intense flavors of oak and spice making for a boozy yet easy to drink cocktail.

LOAM's too much to dream on leo edit
Photo by Cameron Strand

MAKES 1

Ingredients

  • 0.5 oz lime
  • 1.0 oz fresh pineapple juice
  • 0.5 oz cinnamon syrup
  • 0.75 oz Campari
  • 0.75 oz Appleton signature rum
  • 0.75 oz BACARDÍ Reserva Ocho
  • Garnish: mint sprigs

Method

  1. Add ingredients & hard shake.
  2. Strain into glass & add ice.
  3. Garnish with mint sprigs.