Across the pond, Americans are celebrating their biggest holiday of the year. Get in the spirit with these three Thanksgiving cocktails.
Pumpkin Spice Gin Sour
Use pumpkin butter to make this glass of Thanksgiving perfection, reminiscent of an iconic American dessert: pumpkin pie.
Combine your ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Shake for 20 seconds, then add ice. Shake for 20 more seconds and strain into a serving glass. Garnish with thyme.
Juice of half a lemon
1tbsp pumpkin butter*
White of one egg
Sprig of thyme, to garnish
*To make pumpkin butter, combine 425g of pumpkin puree, 64g of muscovado sugar, 30ml of maple syrup, 50ml apple juice, juice of a quarter of a lemon, a quarter teaspoon of cinnamon and a pinch each of ground cloves, ground nutmeg and ground ginger, to taste, and a pinch of sea salt in a pot over medium-high heat, and stir to combine. Once it bubbles, reduce the heat and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes. When thick, remove from the heat and allow to cool.
Maple Syrup Old Fashioned
Sweet potatoes roasted with maple and marshmallows are a Thanksgiving staple. Pair them with this punchy gin cocktail.
In a mixing glass, combine your gin, bitters, maple syrup and one of your orange peel strips. Add ice and stir until combined and slightly diluted. Strain into an old fashioned glass filled with ice and squeeze the second orange peel’s essential oils over the drink, then slide it into the glass and serve.
4 dashes Angostura Bitters
10ml Maple Syrup
2 strips of orange peel
Key Lime Cocktail
Not a fan of pumpkin pie? Key Lime Pie is a Florida classic, and the inspiration for this zingy cocktail.
Combine gin, simple syrup and lime juice in a cocktail shaker packed with ice and shake well. Strain into a glass filled with ice and top up with club soda. Garnish with thyme and lime slices.
25ml Elderflower Liqueur
1tbsp Thyme and Lime simple syrup*
Juice of one lime
Club soda, to top up
Lime slices and thyme sprigs, to garnish
*To make your thyme and lime simple syrup, combine 250g of sugar and 250g of water, along with two thick strips of lime peel and 5 thyme sprigs, in a saucepan over medium heat. Heat until combined and slightly thickened.