25 November 2014

Two Thanksgiving Cocktails to Call Your Own

As the relatives approach and your grocery bill runneth over, it's probably time to sit back and enjoy your life a little while you still can.

Cucumber-Rosemary Gin and Tonic

Makes one drink

2 oz gin
5 oz tonic water
3 cucumber slices
1 sprig of rosemary
juice of 1 lime wedge

Place the cucumber slices at the bottom of the highball glass. Squeeze lime juice into glass and slightly muddle the cucumber. Add sprig of rosemary and fill highball glass with ice. Add gin, tonic, and stir gently. 

Cranberry-Sage Margarita

Makes one drink

1 wedge lime
course salt for glass rim
2 ounces Silver Tequila
2 Sage Leaves and 3-4 Fresh Cranberries
1 oz Cranberry Juice
½ oz Triple Sec
¼ oz (about 1 teaspoon) Agave Nectar

Wet the outside of the glass with a wedge of fresh lime. Then squeeze the juice into your cocktail shaker.

Roll the edge of the glass in salt. Set glass aside.

Muddle the sage leaves and fresh cranberries into the tequila in a cocktail muddler or glass. Pour the Cranberry Juice, Triple Sec, Agave and the muddled tequila mixture into a shaker. Shake all of the ingredients together vigorously.
Fill the salt-rimmed glass with ice and strain the margarita mixture into the glass. Garnish with fresh sage leaves and float a few fresh cranberries on top (you can freeze them so they keep your drink extra cold.)