With Thanksgiving fast approaching, we're kicking off a chef-driven recipe series that, starting today, will post each Thursday and will lead up to the big meal. Since turkey (roasted, smoked, or deep-fried) is a given, this series focuses on periphery dishes and drinks.
Part One: The Cocktail
When you set a festive tone, guests instantly feel welcome. A cocktail—and in this case, an easy, pre-made punch—is a great way to ease into the feast. Created by Adam Hodak from Green Russell, this beverage features Leopold Bros. whiskey, gets spice from black pepper and ginger, and is brightened with citrus.
Green Russell’s Thanksgiving Punch
(Serves 3 to 5)
4 ounces black pepper-infused Canton ginger liquor
5 ounces grapefruit juice
3 ounces lemon juice
6 ounces simple syrup
6 ounces brewed green or white tea
Mix all the ingredients into a large bowl with ice, add five cracks of fresh black pepper, and garnish with lemon peel.
Bonus Beverages: If you’re not into punch, check out this video series (which accompanied our 35 Best Bars in Denver story), for additional recipes: Olivéa's Ophelia, Interstate Kitchen & Bar's Standard Etiquette, Steuben's Barrel Aged Martinez, Williams & Graham's Vieux Carre, or Green Russell's Sazerac.
—Image courtesy of Shutterstock