For TT's Drinks Editor Jim Meehan, Thanksgiving isn't just about feasting. It's also about football—preferably watching it with whiskey and a cold beer in hand.
Meehan played with that idea for his Cranberry "Sauce" cocktail, but he didn't create a traditional Boilermaker (a.k.a. a shot of whiskey dropped into a brew). Instead, his more nuanced drink—made with macerated cranberries, Wild Turkey (naturally) and bitters—is meant to be sipped over ice alongside a seasonal ale such as Anchor's Christmas or Sierra Nevada Celebration.
"The drink is essentially an Old Fashioned, and a more mature take on a boilermaker," Meehan says. "The bitters have a bit of Thanksgiving flavor—nutmeg, cinnamon, baking spice."
If you'd like, you can drizzle the leftover macerated cranberries and their syrup over turkey or your holiday desserts. But regardless, we recommend having the cocktail ready for kickoff. After a few downs, you may wish to down another.
Cranberry "Sauce"Recipe by Jim Meehan, Tasting Table Drinks Editor
Yield: 1 cocktail, plus leftover cranberry syrup
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes