Sidenote: Should you prefer your dark with a taste of humor, Jess Walker is your man for this Thanksgiving. Set in Spokane, Washington, Citinzen Vince gives you crime from the viewpoint of the criminal in a gritty and hilarious look at American democracy.
To accompany “The Outlaw Album” and Citizen Vince, a flask of whiskey might be more appropriate. But for today, I would suggest this cocktail (which we made as a mocktail) that has been steeping in my kitchen all morning:
a hands of ginger
4 ripe hachiya persimmons, pulp scooped, pureed, and strained
8 oz of apple cider
juice from 5 lemons
a favorite bourbon (Bulleit is a personal favorite)
Peel and dice the ginger and simmer in a large pot filled with water until a sip of it gives you a nice ginger burn in your throat. Let cool (or keep hot for a cider-ish alternative) and mix with the persimmon puree, apple cider, and lemon juice to taste. Sweet can be added with a touch of honey, although the persimmons do most of that work on their own. You can mix with a shot of burbon, or drink all on its own.
Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Foothill!
– by Sophie Soprani