Until this clock hits midnight, it's still Thanksgiving weekend here, so feel free to help yourself to another slice of pie and some mashed potatoes (just use them as whipped cream!). If you're not still gorging yourself, I assume you are one of the unlucky ones, like me, who was not offered to take home any leftovers when visiting relatives (bitches...). So, whether you're making yourself a Thanksgiving Leftover Sandwich or sadly ordering from the Chinese joint, I believe we can all enjoy this awesome zombie Normal Rockwell Thanksgiving.
I love the holidays; the whole dang thing. The decorations, the forgetting Thanksgiving and pile driving straight into Christmas, the songs, the food, more of the food, the desserts (yes that's food), wrapping presents, giving presents, the smell of Christmas trees, everything.
Except for family.
I have never really been good with hanging out with any member of my family for very long. Too much of my family for extended amount of time and somebody is going to either get drunk or start crying. Normally, it's both. And it's terrible.
So, to celebrate not having Thanksgiving OR Christmas with my family this year (thanks for inviting me to your houses, my lovely new in-laws!), I have created a cocktail for all of you who are stuck with yours. Trust me, a few of these, and all those memories of Uncle Billy and his "albino python" jokes will be wiped away.
Hard Times Cider
2 shots Dark Rum 2 dashes of Falernum Bitters 1/2 cup of Apple Cider chilled Champagne or Sparkling Wine
Mix the rum, bitters, and cider in a cocktail shaker (no ice). Fill a highball glass 1/4 of the way with champagne, then the rest with the rum cocktail. Garnish with a lemon twist or cinnamon stick. Sit back, and try to ignore the screams of your nephews as they terrorize the family dog.