Last year we made leftover cranberry sauce cocktail with vodka and it was such a hit that we decided to do it again, only this time with bourbon. Yet again, it was a delicious success, so, next year we're going to have to come up with one using Tequila! You can make this cocktail while you're cooking your feast (just steal 2 or 3 tablespoons of cranberry sauce from the pot), or the next day while recovering from a full day of perhaps too much family fun. Pair it with an open-faced turkey sandwich on toast, covered in gravy (a personal favorite), turn on Netflix, and let the holiday online shopping begin.
Although this is a bourbon cocktail, it's not heavy as it may seem. It's actually a light and refreshing drink that goes well before or after an all-day eating marathon, such as Thanksgiving. The mint adds a bright flavor that balances the spice of the bourbon and the tartness of the cranberries. You can make it as strong or as weak as you like, depending on what kind of Thanksgiving you're having, by varying the amount of bourbon or seltzer.
Add fresh mint and bourbon to a cocktail shaker, plop in two tablespoons of your leftover cranberry sauce (or even the canned version) and muddle them together. Then add lemon juice, a few dashes of orange bitters and some ice. Shake and strain into a glass and top with seltzer. Add some fresh cranberries and mint for garnish!
Find a printable recipe card here.
(all photos, jamie grill photography)