Spirits and Festive Cocktails for Thanksgiving

Photo Courtesy of Uncle Billy\’s

Did you know that Uncle Billy\’s is now officially a Brewstillery? Their bourbon whiskey is made with a mash bill of 60% corn, 36% rye, and 4% malted barley that is aged 18 months in first use charred American Oak and finished at 96 Proof. It is proofed using the same pure water sourced from the Edwards Aquifer that is used to brew Uncle Billy’s beer. They shared this festive cocktail that will  be sure to get you and your guests in the holiday spirit:
Uncle Billy’s Gingerbread House 
2 oz Uncle Billy’s Bourbon
3/4 oz lemon juice
3/4 oz ginger syrup
1 egg white
2-3 dash all spice
First make the syrup using 1/2 cup of ginger juice and 1/2 cup water, and 1 cup of sugar. Whisk the ingredients together until sugar is dissolved. 
Next, crack an egg and separate the white into a cocktail shaker tin.
Add the 3/4 oz of ginger syrup
Dry shake hard for 20- 30 seconds
Add 2 oz whiskey
3/4 lemon juice
1 cup of ice
Give it another hard shake for 20 seconds, and hold the lid tight as the egg creates pressure. Strain to remove ice crystals into a rocks glass. Add 3 dashes of curry powder on top. Enjoy.
Photo Courtesy of Garrison Bros. Distillery
Terance Robson, the Managing Director of Here Nor There, said that his favorite Thanksgiving welcome cocktail is a Butter-Washed Old Fashioned featuring Garrison Brothers Small Batch Bourbon. The rich texture of the drink prepares guests\’ palates for the rich flavors in traditional Thanksgiving dishes. 
Terrance makes his Butter-Washed Old Fashioned with
1.5 oz. – butter-infused Garrison Brothers Small Batch Bourbon
2 oz. – sweet vermouth
3 dashes of home-made bourbon barrel-aged spiced cherry bitters
He combines all of the ingredients in a mixing tin with ice, shake and strains over a large ice cub into a 12 oz. double old fashioned glass and garnish it with a Luxardo cherry and an orange swath spear.
Desert Door Distillery Photo by Tia Kina
The Desert Door Distillery is located in Driftwood, TX. Their spirits are derived from the sotol plant producing an enticing, smoky spirit. The team at Sotol shared their Sotol Cider recipe just in time for the holidays. 
Sotol Cider
1.5 oz Desert Door sotol
3 oz pure apple cider
Mulling spices
Directions: Bring cider to a boil with mulling spices. Let cool. Add to shaker with sotol. Shake over ice. Strain into glass filled with ice and garnish with cinnamon and apple slice. Enjoy!
Playa Real Tequila Photo Courtesy Julia Keim
Playa Real Tequila shared this festive cocktail with tangy and zesty elements.

Playa CranMerry Cocktail
1.5 oz Playa Real Mandarin Tequila
.5 oz Cranberry Juice
.5 oz Grapefruit Juice
.5 oz Lemon Juice

Build in a rocks glass. Lemon wedge garnish. *Adding a garnish on the top with 1/4 oz simple syrup
makes it a bit sweeter and less tart.

Photo Credit @SustoMezcal

SUSTO Mezcal recently launched in Austin, TX, just in time for Dias de Los Muertos. Their mezcal is made with espadín agave and the founders work with the Oaxaca Community Foundation to provide scholarships for the students in their community. While we enjoyed this cocktail for Halloween, we also think it is the perfect sipper while preparing your Thanksgiving eats. Serve with an orange sugared rim for festive fall cocktail. 
1.5 oz SUSTO
1.5 oz grapefruit liqueur
1.5 oz fresh lime juice
Garnish with grapefruit wheel and lime wedge.
Delevante Coffee Liqueur Photo Courtesy Bink Ink PR & Still Austin Whiskey Co.
Delevante Coffee Liqueur, a seasonal and limited release product, is a collaboration of The Yard neighbors, Still Austin Whiskey Co. and Spokesman Coffee Roasters. This silky and rich whiskey liqueur with chocolate and cherry notes is perfect for seasonal cocktails or sipped chilled. The coffee liqueur is named for Still Austin’s Master Distiller, Mike Delevante, who originally created the recipe using rum. Still Austin puts a unique twist on the new version by crafting the liqueur with their own whiskey. Delevante created his first liqueur forty-five years ago from beans harvested from the famous Marley Coffee family farm in Jamaica. Delevante’s passion for local spirits and collaboration led to an introduction to Still Austin’s neighbor, Spokesman Coffee Roasters. Pour Delevante Coffee Liqueur and enjoy with your friends and family after your Thanksgiving meal.
Photo Courtesy of Lakeway Resort and Spa
Lakeway Resort and Spa present their Sweet and spicy specialty Apple Pie Cocktail. Recently named Condé Nast Traveler’s No. 15 resort in Texas and the Midwest and nestled on the banks of Lake Travis in Texas Hill Country, Lakeway Resort and Spa has created a signature drink, carefully curated around fan favorite flavors that embody the season.
Apple Pie Cocktail 
2 oz fireball whisky
4 oz apple juice
Graham cracker rim garnished with a slice of red apple, seared and covered with cinnamon and sugar.

What are some of your favorite Thanksgiving cocktail recipes? 

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