Kitchen Drinks For Turkey Day

I hate to cook sober, it one of the major reasons I’ve never worked in a restaurant kitchen. As a stark contrast I hate to bartend drunk, go figure. In any case a Drink in the kitchen usually helps ease the stress and keeps you refreshed,  and these two provide a little something for everyone.


Cook’s Sour


1 ½ oz Bourbon or Tennessee Whiskey

1 oz Orange Juice

1 oz Honey Syrup

¾ oz Apple Cider Vinegar

Garnish: Apple sliced into a fan (Gala Preferred, Optional)

Shake ingredients together and strain over the rocks in a rocks glass. Garnish and Serve.


This drink reminds me of Sour beers like Bacchus or jolly pumpkin. It’s a great way to add depth and tartness without using fresh citrus. I actually enjoy this with heavy meals like turkey. If your really a vinegar lover cut the honey syrup back a bit and enjoy!

Note: Honey Syrup Could not be simpler to make! Ad one part boiling water to 1 part clover honey and stir. It keeps for weeks and it has more flavor than simple syrup. And it’s sweeter so you can use less.!


Cranhammer Fizz


1 ½ oz White Rum

½ oz Triple Sec

1 ½ oz Club Soda

5 Fresh Cranberries

1 Tablespoon sugar

Garnish: Mint Sprig (Optional)

Muddle cranberries and sugar in a rocks glass. Then add rum and triple sec then ice. Stir in club soda, garnish if desired and serve.


This is on the sweeter side Bacardi works fine for this but a white rum with more character is even better. Try Tommy Bahama, 10 Cane, or a Rhum Agricole to dry things a bit. Make sure you muddle until it looks kinda pasty.

Well the pilgrims may have been teetotalers but we sure as hell aren’t. So in the spirit of giving make these for a few friends and toast in thanks of all you have.

Happy thanksgiving, and You get Hammered America!



About JFL

Joey or JFL as he is known by friends is a culinary trained mixologist from the Heart of Dixie Birmingham, Alabama. From a weekly column in the St. Clair News Aegis to his own experiments online JFL never stops doing work on Tiki and Cocktails. When he's not studying all things spirit, wine, and beer he's pursuing his own odd interests such as cartoons, cheesy old horror movies, horror punk, hair metal, and hockey
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