While you want Thanksgiving tipples  to be memorable and festive, make sure to keep them accessible enough for the whole family (including your less-than-experimental sister-in-law). One way I like to approach this is by placing a contemporary twist on an otherwise standby cocktail.
Much like a pear essence cosmopolitan  mellows out the cosmo , here, ginger and maple syrup add a Winter twist to the classic World War I-era sidecar . It won't rouse any raised eyebrows, but do prepare yourself for a table full of compliments. For a timeless cocktail with a hint of sugar and spice, read more.
Photos: Nicole Perry
1 orange slice
2 1/4-inch-thick slices peeled fresh ginger
2 one-inch strips of orange peel
2 ounces brandy
1 ounce Cointreau or Grand Marnier
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 teaspoons maple syrup, preferably grade B
- Place sugar on a plate. Run orange slice around the rim of a glass; rotate rim in sugar.
- Muddle ginger and 1 of the strips of orange peel in a cocktail shaker. Add brandy, Cointreau, lemon juice, maple syrup, and ice; shake until chilled. Strain into a glass, and garnish with the second strip of orange peel.
- Drinks, Cocktails
- North American
- Makes 1 cocktail