Posted by: Matt Browner Hamlin | November 25, 2009

Thanksgiving Cocktails

I’m home for the holiday and looking forward to a great Thanksgiving meal. My Mom is a professional chef and always blows us away with a huge feast. My Dad and I will be roasting two full turkeys in our cajun microwave, which is always a blast to use.

But naturally throughout a day of food and talk with family and friends, there’s a need for refreshing cocktails. The hurdle I come upon is that my parents don’t keep much in the way of spirits in the house…and what is here is mostly things I’ve left behind on other occasions. The good news is that includes a mix of sherry, Campari and apple jack. The bad news is it includes a mix of sherry, Campari, and apple jack.

Knowing that the pickings would be slim, I brought up a bottle of Kahlua Coffee Cream, which I recently used for a flip creation.

All Saints Flip

1.5 oz Kahlua Coffee Cream
0.5 oz Ramazzotti amaro
0.5 oz Cognac
1 whole raw egg
2 dashes Angostura bitters

Combine all ingredients in a shaker & dry shake. Then add ice and shake until cold and frothy. Strain into a cocktail glass, garnish with ground nutmeg.

Since I’ve been on something of a flip kick lately, this and a sherry flip are likely going to be one set of options for Thanksgiving cocktails.

While I don’t have anything set yet, I also am going to play around with some ideas for a cognac and amaro based savory cocktail.

And as a lighter option, I think the Fancy Variation will be great:

Fancy Variation

1 oz cognac
1 dash Angostura bitters

Stir cognac and bitters with ice in a mixing glass. Strain into a cocktail glass and top with champagne.

So, what will you be drinking on Thanksgiving?



  1. Those cocktails look fantastic! I’m home in Connecticut for the holidays and brought back a bottle of the new Seagram’s 7 Dark Honey. I’m not sure if its available yet in CT but it slowing coming around in NYC (where I live). Its really really smooth and mixes well with a bunch of different things. We tried everything from vanilla coke, root-beer, apple juice, ginger ale.. seems to go with just about anything 🙂 My way: on the rocks, twist of lemon.

    have you seen this product around you yet?

    • Hi Shana,
      Thanks for commenting.

      Do you work for Seagram’s or a company that maintains Seagram’s as a client for promotional purposes?

      It’s my understanding that a recent Federal Trade Commission ruling requires that if you do, you are required to disclose this information when you make favorable comments on blogs in support of a product. The rules don’t take affect until December 1, 2009, so you may have beat this by a few days if you do in fact work for Seagram’s or represent them in some capacity. But in the future, please disclose any relationship you may have to the products you recommend when you comment here.

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