Why overeat on Thanksgiving when a drink will do the trick? Think about it. The main Thanksgiving dinner ingredients are turkey, potatoes and cranberry sauce. Yeah, the vegetables are important too, but we're not worried about those at the moment. Wouldn't a Thanksgiving Dinner cocktail be just the thing to help avoid the sleepiness of the L-tryptophan present in turkey? No bloating, grogginess or sluggish feeling (unless you drink four of them). Turkey is the main attraction on Thanksgiving, so Wild Turkey is the main course in this cocktail. Mashed potatoes are a family favorite and 46 Peaks vodka fits the bill here, since it's made from potatoes. Finally, Cranberry vodka and cranberry juice. Here's our Alice's Restaurant Thanksgiving Dinner (that couldn't be beat) substitution for Thanksgiving food overindulgence, (and the ginger ale will help settle your stomach):
1 oz. Wild Turkey bourbon
1 oz. Smirnoff cranberry vodka
1 oz. 46 Peaks Vodka
2 oz. cranberry juice
Shake with and serve over ice. Garnish with a leaf of fresh thyme (if you have the thyme).
4 oz. Ginger ale (after the shaking)
Makes 2 servings
What's for dessert, you ask? The pumpkin martini is the perfect conclusion. We've created our own version of this popular cocktail using fresh pumpkin. You can used canned, but, trust us, fresh is best.
Cut a small sugar pumpkin in half, scoop out the seeds and stringy stuff, and bake, cut side down, for about an hour at 350 degrees. The flesh should be easily scooped from the skin.
To avoid graininess, strain cooked pumpkin through a food mill into a heavy saucepan.
3/4 c. water
3/4 c. brown sugar
1/4 c. maple syrup (The real kind. Trust us.)
2 tsp. vanilla (Yes - the real stuff)
1 to 2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. ginger
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1/8 tsp. ground cloves
Remove from heat and allow to cool, then give it a whirl in a food processor or blender to make it smooth.
Now for the cocktail recipe you came here for in the first place:
Trapper's Tavern at the Copperfield Inn in North Creek's signature pumpkin martini.)
1 oz. 46 Peaks vodka
1 oz. Pinnacle Whipped vodka (or vanilla vodka)
1 oz. Sapling maple liqueur (or maple syrup)
2 oz. Light cream or milk
2 Tbsp. Pumpkin puree
Shake well with ice and strain into martini glass rimmed with coarse sugar (Sugar in the Raw) and cinnamon. We brushed the edge of the glass with Sapling (you can use maple syrup or water) before dipping the rim and allowed it to dry before mixing the drink. Top with alcohol-infused whipped cream (available in liquor stores) or regular whipped cream. Lightly dust with nutmeg and garnish with a cinnamon stick.
Happy Thanksgiving, Cheers & Bottoms Up!
Kim & Pam
Honorable mention art credits: Thanks to Sydney Ladd Russell's fifth grade turkey featured in photo 1 and Bob's art direction in photo 4.
OUR MISSION - GETTING PUBLISHED! We know what we're up to, but do you? Our goal is to write a book containing general reviews and information about a variety of drinking establishments in the Adirondack Park. We intend to narrow our list to 46 of our favorites, which we will call our "high peaks". In addition, the book will include our favorite drink recipes with an Adirondack flavor. We will visit as many drinking establishments as possible in the Adirondack Park in 2011. As we do this, we will write some of our thoughts and reviews in this blog, and compose facts, photos, recipes and details for the book. We look forward to reader input on our blog, whether it be in checking on of the "reactions" at the bottom of each posting, or sending comments to let us know what you like or don't like or suggestions for future places to review. And, of course, we want you to tell your friends about us too (see main objective above)!