Liquor Store Run: Thanksgiving Booze Buying Guide

Sure, you’ve hit the grocery store aisles and stuffed the fridge full of turkey and all the trimmings, but you know that you’ll need liquor to actually make it through Thanksgiving Day. Here’s our suggestions for a successful holiday gathering:

Mimosas are a nice way to start the day, especially when you are faced with cramming your bare hands into a turkey carcass at 6 a.m. This is one of those times when a straw comes in handy since your hands may be slippery from the giblets.

A Liquid Lunch is a necessity when Aunt Hester keeps insisting that canned gravy is just as good as fresh. We find a Bloody Mary does the trick here, as it really is just like having a nice healthy salad with vodka dressing.

Spiked Cocoa does wonders when Gramps keeps wandering into the kitchen and opening the oven door, loudly asking (because he forgot to turn on his hearing aid again) “How much longer ’til the damn turkey’s done?”. A little Kahlua will barely be noticed by the old dear before it sends him into naptime on the couch.

Wine, Glorious Wine with dinner should be whatever you please. You’ve been cooking for hours and the choice is yours. Some will tell you that you may only consume a dry white wine, but we say Bah Humbug to such rules (wrong holiday, but whatever. We’re still punchy from that vodka dressing). Red, white, pink, sparkling – have what you like. You’ve earned it.

Happy Thanksgiving, Boozers.

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The Friday Tipple: Birthday Cake Shot

Happy birthday, Boozers! Well, maybe it’s not your birthday yet, but we had a birthday here at Good Booze this week, and we are still celebrating. You may enjoy a little special libation on your own birthday, and we couldn’t agree more. So, we went trolling around on the glorious Google world looking for the legendary Birthday Cake Shooter. It’s purported to taste like a birthday cake — who could resist?

The basic recipe calls for either citrus or vanilla vodka, paired with Frangelico and a sugar-coated lemon slice on the side. However, with apologies to Frangelico, we find it a bit too sweet, so we went for Nocello instead — an Italian walnut liqueur that is slightly more subtle. And, while there are plenty of vanilla vodkas on the market, it’s a breeze to infuse your own, and, because it was our birthday, we wanted a really good vodka, not just some run-of-the-mill variety. We recently came across Boyd & Blair Vodka in our quest to drink local first; they are not exactly right around the corner, but their distillery is close enough to fall into what we like to call the Mid-Atlantic Liquor Watershed.

While we’re not quite sure that the Birthday Cake Shot tastes exactly like a slice of birthday cake, it is certainly a tasty little morsel that may help distract you from your advancing age. Just don’t forget to blow out the candle first. Many happy returns!

Birthday Cake Shot

1 ounce Vanilla Vodka (we like to infuse Boyd & Blair vodka —instructions below)

1 ounce Nocello liqueur

1 lemon slice, coated in sugar

Shake vodka and Nocello in a cocktail shaker with ice. Strain into a shot glass, with the lemon on the side. Shoot down the Birthday Cake, then suck on the lemon. Yum.

How to infuse vodka with vanilla:

It’s embarrassingly easy. Put a cup of vodka in a mason jar. Add a vanilla bean that has been split down the center. Let sit in a cool dark place for a few days, remove the vanilla bean, and enjoy.