Thanksgiving is a time for getting together with loved ones and expressing gratitude for the things we value most in this country — the right to second helpings of mashed potatoes and awkward conversations with relatives. You could take a bite of turkey every time your weird Aunt starts in with a story, but realistically, that only gets you by for half the evening.
Instead, we suggest keeping a cocktail close at hand to sip during uncomfortable lulls or when the subject inevitably turns toward politics.
This cocktail is inspired by one at The Cruise Room (Denver's first post-prohibition bar), and we can attest that it's highly sippable. It's got zero pumpkin spice flavoring, but the apple butter and muddled sage make it especially fitting for the Thanksgiving palate.
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!
The Allay Thanksgiving Cocktail
2.5 oz bourbon
1 T apple butter
1/4 oz lemon juice
4 fresh sage leaves
Muddle 3 sage leaves in the bottom of a shaker and add bourbon, apple butter, lemon juice, and ice. Shake, strain and serve over a large ice cube. Slap sage leaf to release its oils, and use as garnish.