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>Because I’m such a connoisseur of fine beverages, also known as I like to drink sometimes, my contribution to this year’s Thanksgiving feast is to provide the fixings for a cocktail.

Now, I didn’t come up with this concoction and I didn’t even suggest it when it was first introduced to our family gathering oh so many years ago. My sister found this recipe by Sandra Lee of the Food Network:

Key ingredients

2 teaspoons sweet vermouth
Ice cubes
1 part gin
2 parts white cranberry juice
Whole cranberries on toothpicks, to garnish


  1. Pour 1 teaspoon of sweet vermouth into each martini glass; swirl glass to coat and pour out excess. Set aside.
  2. Fill a martini shaker with ice cubes. Pour 1 part gin and 2 parts white cranberry juice. Shake vigorously. Pour into martini glasses.
  3. Serve chilled with a garnish of whole cranberries on a toothpick.

Personally, I don’t garnish with a cranberry.  After one of these drinks, you will probably think eating the gin soaked cranberry is a good idea.  Have you had a fresh cranberry?  Yuck.

I don’t think garnish is necessary, but I would rather take some dried cranberries and put them on a toothpick.  In fact, I think I’ll try that this year.  Gin soaked dried cranberries are probably pretty tasty, but not very pretty to look at…

Be warned, when this drink is made correctly, you can’t really taste the alcohol, so you might be inclined to drink it quickly.  Proceed with caution.  I won’t be held responsible for any shenanigans resulting from the imbibing of this lovely cocktail.

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