Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Thanksgiving Weekend!

This photo barely came out.

Thanksgiving leftovers
Basic Thanksgiving leftovers feast, from bottom to top: turkey hash with hashed potatoes and turkey thigh confit; Welsh cheddar with shallots and chives; smothered leeks (cleaned leeks sliced lengthwise into quarters and cooked in turkey broth and butter); fried egg; crisped turkey skin; sage-garlic turkey gravy.

A cranberry cocktail
One of two cocktails using unsweetened cranberry juice (made with my juicer, but maybe available at fancy stores).  Let me think.  Yes, okay - this was 1 ounce Douglas Fir eau de vie, 1 ounce cranberry juice, and about 3/4 ounce St Germain elderflower liqueur.

The idea here was to get the Douglas Fir and cranberry together and cover neither of them up.  Worked very nicely, but it's an expensive drink.

A different cranberry cocktail
The other cranberry juice cocktail - 1 ounce genever, 1 ounce cranberry juice, 1/2 ounce Meletti amaro, 1 ounce St Germain elderflower liqueur, with cherries, Peychaud's bitters, and a dash of Chartreuse elixir de vegetal.

Cranberry and genever go surprisingly well together.

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