If you’re anything like me, you find Thanksgiving a little exhausting. Don’t get me wrong—I enjoy the meal and the camaraderie as much as everyone else. It’s the endless prep followed by the apocalyptic cleanup that gets to me.
Weeks of meal planning, solid days of cooking, mountains of dirty dishes—this level of hassle suggests—nay, requires!—a post-meal libation. Something strong enough to defray the toll levied by this, the most stressful* of holidays, yet light enough to not burden already straining belts. Something that hints at autumn, but doesn’t get anywhere near pumpkin spice. Something simple and unfussy. Something like The Boulevardier.
Equal parts bourbon, Campari and sweet vermouth, this bourbon-based variation on the classic Negroni is dead simple to mix. And because it contains Campari—a bitter Italian liqueur often enjoyed as a digestif—it might just help counteract the effects of that trip back to the table for seconds (or thirds).
*Until the next one.
1 to 1 ½ oz. bourbon (use 1 ½ oz. if your bourbon isn’t very assertive)
1 oz. Campari
1 oz. sweet vermouth
Is there a post-feast cocktail that you enjoy? An after-dinner dram that you can’t do without? Let us know in the comments.
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