Thanksgiving is just around the corner and if you’re like us you’re spending the day mentally preparing yourself for all of the cooking that needs to be done in the next 48 hours (unless you’re the guy nobody trusts to prepare any food and your sole responsibility is supplying enough Lost Republic for everyone to get through the meal without any arguments – in which case, we’ve got you covered). However, the majority of us will be spending the next two days frantically running between the kitchen and the nearest grocery store, which in my opinion, deserves some sort of reward. So why not reward yourself in the process? And what’s more rewarding than a bottle of Lost Republic? Yeah, we couldn’t think of anything either. Treat yourself and your guests to the best Thanksgiving yet by mixing Lost Republic into every part of your turkey feast. And when we say “every part” we really mean every part – turkey, gravy, cranberry sauce, pie. Oh, and for those traditionalists out there – don’t worry, we aren’t changing your great grandma’s famous stuffing recipe too much – just adding a little something sweet and delicious that is sure to impress your guests.
Bourbon Apple Cider
To get the day going, mix everyone up a cozy bourbon cider cocktail. Simply fill each glass with ice, add ¼ cup ginger beer, ¼ cup apple cider, ⅛ cup Lost Republic Bourbon, and give it a stir. The best part? You really can’t go wrong with apple cider – everyone from your best friend’s stuck-up girlfriend to your 98 year old grandparents will love it.
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As we mentioned above, we aren’t going to tell you how to prepare your turkey – we just want to improve upon it with a dash of your favorite brown water. That being said, do everything you normally would do when starting to prepare your Thanksgiving turkey. Remove the giblets and neck, rinse it well, drain the cavity, and pat it dry – however, before you put it in the oven, douse it in a deliciously sweet apple juice-bourbon mixture.
Combine 4 cups of apple juice, 1 cup of Lost Republic Bourbon, ½ cup light brown sugar, and stir until the sugar dissolves. Before you put your turkey in the oven, dip your cheesecloth in the apple juice-bourbon mixture, cover the turkey with the cheesecloth, then generously pour the apple juice-bourbon mixture over the cheesecloth (coating the turkey completely). Then simply proceed with your usual turkey preparation and get ready for endless praise from your guests.
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Bourbon-Infused Cranberry Sauce
For some reason, it seems like everyone has mixed opinions regarding the cranberry sauce at Thanksgiving and there is always a bowl left that nobody wants to take home. Well, that’s not going to be the case this year when you mix up some Bourbon-Infused Cranberry Sauce. Once again, prepare your cranberry sauce as you normally would, boiling the cranberries, sugar, water, salt, etc. until the cranberries have popped and formed a sauce. And here’s where the good stuff comes in. Turn off the heat and add 2 tablespoons of Lost Republic bourbon (away from the heat – dealing with a kitchen fire is the last thing you need to deal with today). Then return the pot back to the stove and bring it to a gentle boil, continue to stir in the usual cornstarch/water mixture. Let it cook for an additional 1-2 minutes. We can guarantee that there will be no leftovers this year (so we suggest hiding some in the back of the fridge for yourself).
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Alright we get it – right now you’re thinking What could possibly make sweet potatoes even more amazing than they already are? Well get ready for your mind to be blown because we’re teaching you how to make a Maple Bourbon Sauce for your famous sweet potatoes recipe. Just stir 1 ½ cups of hot coffee, 9 tablespoons of maple sugar, 3 tablespoons, of dark brown sugar, and ½ teaspoon of instant espresso powder in a pot and bring the mixture to a boil. Cook until thickened.
Remove the syrup from heat and add ⅓ cup of Lost Republic Bourbon and 2 tablespoons of butter. Reduce heat to a medium and simmer until the sauce is reduced to about ¾ cup. This usually takes 40-45 minutes. Season the sauce with salt and pepper and it’s ready to drizzle over those sweet taters.
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Bourbon Pecan Pie
At this point in the night you are probably feeling pretty full and even more tipsy after the feast you just ate. But you’ve still got dessert to get through – so unbutton your pants a little and mix up another Manhattan because we’ve really got a treat for you – Bourbon Pecan Pie.
To prepare the pie crust, simply mix 1 ⅔ cups flour, ¾ teaspoon salt, ⅔ cup lard, ¾ teaspoon white vinegar, 1 egg, and water in a bowl. Then pat into a pie pan and crimp the edges. As for the pie filling – stir ¾ cup granulated sugar, 1 ½ cup dark corn syrup, ½ teaspoon salt, 1 ½ teaspoons flour, 3 eggs, 1 ½ teaspoon vanilla, 2 tablespoons Lost Republic Bourbon, 1 ½ tablespoons melted sweet butter, and 1 ¾ cups of pecans in a bowl then pour into the unbaked pie crust. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes.
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And if you’re still awake to finish up the night with some coffee, you know what to do – pour in some Lost Republic! Oh, and if your bourbon levels get too low at any point in the night, there’s no shame in taking a good long swig straight from the bottle.