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Thanksgiving in a Glass

Putting together Thanksgiving dinner doesn’t take much creativity. Turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie—the menu practically writes itself. But coming up with drinks to pair with the holiday meal is quite a bit more difficult.

While it doesn’t hurt to have a bottle of light-and-fruity Beaujolais nouveau on hand for wine drinkers, we wanted something more festive to serve tomorrow. So we challenged talented mixologist Aisha Sharpe, a Liquor.com advisor and co-founder of drinks consultancy Contemporary Cocktails, to come up with two recipes that include as many Thanksgiving flavors as possible.


Sharpe was more than up to the challenge, and her ingredient lists include many autumn favorites. Make her delicious Forbidden Fruit (lemon juice, Pimm’s No. 1, Laird’s Straight Bottled in Bond Apple Brandy, ginger beer), which is currently on the menu at New York hotspot The Breslin, before you sit down for the meal or while watching the game afterwards. And serve her sweet-and-savory Winter Smash (Bulleit Bourbon, cranberries, rosemary, maple syrup, lemon juice) with your turkey and all the trimmings.

Now this is one new Thanksgiving tradition we won’t mind keeping.

Forbidden Fruit

Contributed by Aisha Sharpe


  • .5 oz Lemon juice
  • 1 tsp Simple syrup (1 part sugar, 1 part water)
  • 1 oz Pimm’s No. 1
  • 1.5 oz Laird’s Straight Bottled in Bond Apple Brandy
  • 2 dashes Angostura Bitters
  • 2 dashes Peychaud’s Bitters
  • Ginger beer
  • Garnish: Lemon half-wheel
  • Glass: Highball


Add all the ingredients except the ginger beer to a shaker and fill with ice. Shake, and strain into a highball glass filled with fresh ice. Top with ginger beer and garnish with a lemon half-wheel.

Winter Smash

Contributed by Aisha Sharpe

  • Half a lemon
  • 8 Cranberries
  • 1 (3-inch) Sprig fresh rosemary
  • 2 oz Bulleit Bourbon
  • .5 oz Maple syrup
  • Glass: Old fashioned
  • Garnish: Lemon half-wheel, rosemary sprig and 3 cranberries

In a shaker, muddle the lemon, cranberries and rosemary. Add the bourbon and maple syrup, and fill with ice. Shake, and strain into an old fashioned glass filled with fresh ice. Garnish with a lemon half-wheel with a rosemary sprig through it and 3 cranberries on it.

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