Warm up the holiday with Thanksgiving cocktails


When I was a kid, Thanksgiving always meant two things— copious amounts of food followed by a long nap. Truth be told, these two traditions still apply today with one important addition: Whiskey. Rye Whiskey to be precise.

Although one could take the route of a trusty flask in a jacket pocket, I will be opting for The Harvest Moon instead. This drink has a mellow complexity with plenty of booziness to warm your spirits on a late November day. Its color may resemble the red-orange moon (the orange peel) against the twilight sky outside your window while you savor delicious gravy-adorned foods. Oh, and don’t forget to throw on a little Neil Young


  • 1.5 oz Wild Turkey Rye Whiskey
  • 1 oz Lillet Blanc
  • .5 oz Laird’s Bonded Apple Brandy
  • .25 oz Green Chartreuse
  • 3 dashes of Angostura Bitters (or Abbott’s Bitters if you can find it)
  • Stir with ice and strain into a chilled Coupe
  • Garnish with an orange twist

— created by Daniel Eun, The Varnish, Winter 2007

do you have any favorite thanksgiving cocktails?


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  1. 11.22.18 | Reply
    Linda wrote:

    We made this drink for thanksgiving, it has a rich color and a nice drink to serve. I feel it’s alittle expensive as I had to buy all the ingredients. And green Chartreuse was hard to find.