Apple! Cinnamon! Allspice! Also: a Thanksgiving Old Fashioned.
I just made one each of the sour and old fashioned - wow!!
I actually made some homemade rosemary syrup this weekend, using fresh rosemary from our herb garden, and used that in the old fashioned. It was absolutely killer. (That rosemary syrup is also SHOCKINGLY good in a latte, btw.)
I made a batch of the infused brandy for the weekend. The “Thanksgiving” Sours were a HUGE hit! This will become one of my staples! Fit nicely in with other cocktails for the weekend - Old Fashioned, Oban Little Bay Godfather, Cuba Libre, Classic Daiquiri, Rusty Nail and way too many Single Malts to list here! Thanks for sharing!
We made 1 round of the Sour and one of the Old Fashioned. Sour was a big hit all around, well balanced and flavorful.
Novice cocktail maker here. This newsletter is great. I made my infusion mix this morning. I had 375ml bottle of E&J VS on hand, and by chance some whole allspice and cinnamon sticks for my wife's Thanksgiving cider drink (she's pregnant, so I'm drinking for 1 these days). I used 1/2 gala apple, 1.5 cinnamon sticks, and 4 allspice berries. Mason jar. My plan is to open mid-day Thursday, although I'll be tempted to do so Wednesday night. Do you recommend making the rich simple syrup ahead of time...how cool does it need to be before adding?
Aww hell yes. I haven't dabbled with infusions since the time my (now) wife and I made a pepper infused vodka for a brunch party Bloody Mary spread. It would never have occurred to me to try an infusion with brandy.
I may give this sour a shot. I think the flavor profile would nicely cut through the richness of my dinner.
For my part, this weekend is the time I designate to prepare my aged egg nog (as well as drink a bit of the batch I saved from last year).
New subscriber here so catching up on old posts. Just finished infusing the brandy, and man, was that Thanksgiving Sour awesome! I like allspice, so did the last 4-6 hours of the infusion with ~15 extra allspice berries. Would love to know if you have tried this infused brandy with any other cocktail recipes, in addition to the Sour and Old Fashioned? Thanks for the great posts!
You should repost this or link to it ahead of Thanksgiving this year! I'll be making the Thanksgiving Sour this year at a friend's place, it was a huge hit last time I made it.
Just tried out the sour with an egg white. Oh my. Very tasty! Will be making this for the fam this Thanksgiving! (pending baby due next week)!
Finally found the allspice berries to make this! Made it using Remy Martin VSOP (no E&J in Belgium) and turned out fantastic. Would be interesting to experiment with more infusions, curious what else you've made!
Kinda late to the comments here but...I made this sour and my husband and I both love it! I'm really pleased that we have a new cocktail to our limited repertoire. However, it really is not coming out that lovely red color in your picture. It's more browny-yellow. Not sure why! I did realize that I used the E&J "Grand Blue" VSOP. Not sure if that makes a difference??
The best thing (so far) about this article is that you got me to reevaluate E&J brandy. I did some tastings in the 90's trying to find a good brandy price point. Ended up us Anzac Cognac VS as the basic brandy. E&J was not close at the time. Now (whether I've changed of Gallo has) the E&J vsop is simple with lots of caramel. We have not infused it, but it makes a great Sidecar. If it weren't for all the gadgets I've been buying, you'd probably have saved we the cost of the subscription.