Turkey Day Treat

A Thanksgiving cocktail they’ll thank you for

The Blackthorn Bramble #2 from Sushi Muramoto

The Blackthorn Bramble #2 from Sushi Muramoto

PHOTO BY AMANDA UNDERMAN

Wine might be the norm for your Thanksgiving table, but when guests arrive at your door on Turkey Day, greet them with a cocktail. A few sips later, no one will notice the bird is running late.

Since the last thing you want to be doing on Thanksgiving is shaking drinks, set up a cocktail station near the door. Add mixers and a few recipe cards, and guests will entertain themselves (and stop hovering near your oven).

My recommendation is the Blackthorn Bramble #2, a cocktail cooked up by Sushi Muramoto’s Kyle Hildebrandt. The drink leans bitter, making it a perfect complement to baked Brie, spiced nuts and cheese straws. Its festive hue comes from muddled blackberries, which lend the cocktail fruit without sweetness.

And who knows—your guests might enjoy the drink so much, they carry it to the dinner table. “Stuffing, cranberry sauce, green bean casserole,” Hildebrandt says, “I’d eat it all with this one.”

RECIPE: Blackthorn Bramble #2

3/4 oz Eagle Rare Bourbon Whiskey
3/4 oz Domaine de Canton French Ginger Liqueur
3/4 oz Fernet Branca
3/4 oz lime juice
3 blackberries
Garnish: sage leaf

Muddle blackberries in base of cocktail shaker. Add other ingredients (except garnish) and ice; shake. Double strain into coupe glass. Garnish with sage leaf.

Recipe courtesy of Sushi Muramoto, 546 N. Midvale Blvd., 441-1090, sushimuramoto.com.

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