Meet the easiest entertaining trick: self-serve batch cocktails. And there is no better day to give it a try than on Thanksgiving. Let your guests serve their own drinks while you wrap-up dinner in the kitchen. It’s a fun way to kick off a celebration, too!
I have always loved Frangelico; it is a hazelnut liqueur that is traditionally served as an after-dinner digestivo. There is a legend that Frangelico was made by Friars in the Piedmont region of Italy where hazelnuts are abundant, it has a beautiful, nutty flavor profile.
Every year I try to come up with our signature Thanksgiving cocktail, and this one is a palette pleaser and crowd favorite. It’s not too sweet because the citrus notes take care of the sweetness. Plus it has a lovely mouthfeel.
Grab a punch bowl, your favorite coupes and enjoy the flavors of the season.
The Pumpkin Monk:: In Batch
You will need:
– A large punch bowl
– 16 oz. Frangelico
– 16 oz. Appleton Reserve Rum
– 12 oz. lemon juice
– 8 oz. pumpkin spice syrup
Pour all ingredients into a large punch bowl and stir well. Serve over ice in a rocks glass or serve up in a coupe. Garnish with a cinnamon stick.
For the Pumpkin Spice Syrup
*this makes 1 cup which is 16 servings
You will need:
– 4 teaspoons cinnamon
– 2 teaspoons ginger
– 1 teaspoon nutmeg
– 1 teaspoon allspice
– 1 cup water
– 1 cup sugar
Place in a pot, then bring to a boil and reduce about 10 minutes, set aside to cool.
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