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Thanksgiving At Thirsty Jane’s: Cooking with Booze/Boozing while Cooking

What does Thirsty Jane drink on Thanksgiving? Like most of my boozing endeavors, it’s often a crap shoot. What’s the weather? Who’s around? What’s behind the bar? How crazy is my family making making? Is the liquor store open?

This Thanksgiving, we’re having unseasonably warm weather, so I’ve scratched plans for the warm-n-cozy drinks — the mulled ciders, wassails, hot toddies, and the like. I can say with confidence that I’ll have a champagne cocktail while prepping the turkey. I cannot resist Kir Royale. But I’m not going to turn down a Mimosa, Bellini, or anything else my man serves me.

I’m contemplating the bourbon stuffing, although I already ordered oysters. That’s a toss up. I’m definitely going for the Madeira creamed green beans. Those bad boys are pan licking good. I’ve had a half-dozen men clustered around the pan on the stove at one dinner party. As things are cooking, we move into the football pool, snack time phase. What’s a family gathering with the port-wine cheese ball, I ask? Is there really any port in there? We’ll just pretend.

For a cocktail, I want to stick with something fairly dry to stimulate the appetite (not the mine has every required stimulation in my entire life!). If my sister were here, I’d make her a side car. But it’s just the man and me, so I’m thinking a martini. Or perhaps a Jack Rose because I have some leftover home made grenadine from last weekend’s tasting. Jack Rose is inexpensive (you can mix for 20 people and it will set you back about $20), so pretty and has a wonderful fall apply aroma and taste.

Once the bird is done, I’ll likely open a bottle of pinot noir from the super secret cache of Oregon pinots we have. The kids all get non-alcoholic sparkling apple cider.

Desert this year is apple pie, Jamaican spiced pumpkin pie (not sure what that means), and chocolate torte. Definitely a tawny port with the torte. A sauterne or ice wine with the apple or pumpkin pie. I wonder if a Dark and Stormy would pair with the pumpkin pie??? I’ll have to try it!

Then at some point in the night, we build a terrifyingly huge bonfire in our suburban yard (thanks to the pyromaniac child) and roast hot dogs, makes s’mores, and have a glass of whiskey. Just the adults get the whiskey.

So, there you have it. Enjoy the day! Do not let the relatives or the turkey bring you down.

Recipes can all be found in : 3 Ingredient Cocktails.But as my holiday gift to my loyal fans…..

Kir Royale

  • Fill champagne glass with sparkling wine
  • add 1/2 oz. creme de cassis

Side Car

  • 1.5 oz. cognac
  • .75 oz. orange liqueur
  • .5 oz. lemon juice
  • Serve shaken with ice and strained or on the rocks.

Jack Rose

  • 1.5 oz. apple jack brandy
  • .5 oz. grenadine
  • .5 oz. lemon juice
  • Serve shaken with ice and strained

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