Thanksgiving is fast approaching, and everybody will need a good drink to either entertain guests with, cap off a wonderful evening, or relax after a particularly stressful one. Here are three of our favorite Thanksgiving-appropriate recipes* that taste marvelous with Easy Rider Bourbon Whiskey.
The perfect drink for when you want to butter-up (I’m so sorry) those hard-to-handle relatives. Also perfect for a tasty sipper before bed.
Gently heat the bourbon and caramel popcorn in a small saucepan over very low heat for 15 minutes, stirring regularly. Through a mesh strainer, strain the bourbon and popcorn. Toss the popcorn and store the infused bourbon (the bourbon will keep in your fridge for up to seven days)
In a small saucepan, warm the cider for five to ten minutes over low heat. Add the hot cider and the warmed bourbon into a preheated mug, then top with a pat of butter and serve!
The essential bourbon drink for those of us who will be escaping the wet and dreary Pacific Northwest for the Thanksgiving season. It’s a little involved but overall deliciously rewarding.
In a dry, medium-sized skillet over medium heat, toast the Sichuan peppercorns, star anise, cloves, and fennel, tossing and stirring regularly until fragrant (which is roughly 1 minute). Add the cinnamon stick(s), sugar, and water and turn the heat up to medium-high. Stir regularly until the mix begins to boil, then cover and remove from heat. Let the mix sit for 2 hours, then strain into an airtight container (the syrup will then keep in your fridge for up to two weeks, but why wait?)
Mix the Easy Rider Bourbon Whiskey, 5-Spice Syrup (⅜ cup, not the whole lot), and lime juice in a pitcher and stir well. Add club soda and stir gently to not upset the carbonation. Fill four rocks glasses with ice and pour the cocktails evenly so nobody at the table becomes jealous, then top with lime wedges and serve!
Sometimes, you just have to make something in bulk. Whether you’re having a big party or you just have a big family, this cocktail is perfect for everyone – including you.
Preheat your oven to 375°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and arrange the 16 pear slices on it. Roast the pear slices for roughly 20 (until the bottom side of each slice starts to caramelize), then remove them from the oven and let them cool to room temperature. Add the pears, lemon juice, and ground cloves into a blender and purée until smooth.
Stir together the pear puree, bourbon, and maple syrup into a pitcher. Chill the mix in your refrigerator for up to four hours until you’re ready to make the cocktails.
Fill 12 glasses with ice. Stir the Bourbon Pear Mixer and pour evenly into each glass, then add the sparkling wine. Stir (just once!) and then garnish lightly with ground cloves, and serve!
*Modified from recipes by Serious Eats