‘Tis the time of year to be thankful for all that we have in our lives: our friends, our families and most importantly, our cocktails. Restaurants, hotels and cocktail bars around the world are paying homage to our American holiday of Thanksgiving, each celebrating the holiday in their own way with uniquely crafted Thanksgiving-themed cocktails.
Swig Contributor Kristen Oliveri has compiled a list of interesting cocktail options at famed locations around the world:
For those celebrating Thanksgiving in London, check out the Dorchester Collection’s 45 Park Lane for its “My Kind of Gravy” cocktail that features a classic, fruity Bourbon American whiskey, cinnamon sugar, carefully balanced lemon juice and sweet blueberry compote, a popular turkey garnish. To top it off, the drink is blended with egg whites to give it a rich texture and soft foam topping. This cocktail was the brainchild of Maurizio Palermon, the head bartender at BAR 45 as well as executive chef David McIntyre.
For a warmer take on a Thanksgiving cocktail, look no further than the Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach Resort & Spa that is showcasing their specialty “Kentucky Fall” cocktail that combines bourbon, amaretto, cranberry and sage syrup and fresh lemon juice.
If that’s not your thing per say, it’s also offering a “Southern Orchard” cocktail which consists of bourbon, spiced rum, apple and cinnamon syrup and fresh lemon juice to mimic the sweet taste of apple pie, with a Caribbean twist.
In the Northeastern area of the United States, Hotel Vermont in Burlington takes great pride in their cocktail program and Thanksgiving offerings for 2016. This year, patrons can partake in sipping on the “Fell Swoop” made with Hotel Vermont Gin, Vermont Cranberry Co. tart cranberry, grains of Paradise simple syrup, and egg white, mixed, strained and served in a martini glass with sugar-cured cranberries.
Another option is the “From the Woods to the City” that incorporates Smugglers Notch Rum, mushroom infused sweet vermouth, cherry heringliqueur, pumpkin bitters and black walnut bitters served over ice and garnished with dried apple crisp.
Dominican Republic’s Eden Roc at Cap Cana also offers their take on a Thanksgiving cocktail that works well in warmer climates. They’ve conjured up a cocktail called “Fall Leaves” from their Riva Bar which features vodka citron and St. Germain liqueur, blended with red apple juice, and rosemary and cinnamon, served over ice.
Thanksgiving is all about sharing food, drink and traditions, but it is also about being able to blend these treasured traditions together to make your guests feel welcome and fulfilled. This year try one of these new cocktails, along with a traditional one or two to achieve maximum Thanksgiving euphoria.