We all know Thanksgiving is primarily centered on food, but alcohol, in most cases, is not far behind on the priority list when it comes to a celebratory gathering. And while the perfect wine pairing is often the go-to libation for the annual holiday feast, it doesn't always help with digestion (it can even hinder the process).
Fortunately, Half Baked Harvest's Tieghan Gerard has answered the call for compromise by sharing the perfectly festive yet boozy cocktail recipe—and it will be the highlight of your Thanksgiving. Dubbed a "digestion-boosting elixir" by MindBodyGreen, the Cranberry Thyme Spritz calls for antioxidant-rich cranberries and stimulating ginger and is naturally sweetened with honey. Not to worry if you're missing a mixologist in the family, as the cocktail is easy to whip up and can be made in big batches to serve a large group. Find her recipe for the digestive elixir below.
Fresh ginger, sliced
Fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice, plus slices for serving
Fresh lime juice
Star anise, for serving (optional)
In a medium pot, bring 1/2 cup water, the honey, cranberries, thyme, and ginger to a boil over high heat. Boil five minutes or until the cranberries begin to burst, and then remove from the heat. Let cool. Remove the thyme and ginger. If desired, strain out the cranberries.
In a large pitcher, combine the cranberry syrup mix, vodka, elderflower liquor, grapefruit juice, and lime juice. Chill until ready to serve.
Add the ginger beer just before serving. Garnish each drink with a grapefruit slice and star anise, if desired.
Head over to Half Baked Harvest for the full recipe.
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