This year I've decided to fore go the traditional wine prior to the Thanksgiving meal, and serve a signature cocktail instead. Signature cocktails are beverages that you specifically concoct for the express point of commemorating a certain event. I've named my signature cocktail, The Flying Pilgrim. The recipe is as follows:
one part beer (I used a Belgium Ale, but you could use anything)
one part hard apple cider
one ounce Applejack (an old recipe for a liquor that is part whisky part cider)
Before pouring the liquids in the glass, dip the rim of a heavy mug or beer glass in some Applejack. Then dip in a saucer of raw sugar. This makes a pretty presentation and adds a little more sweet flavor to the drink to combat the bitterness of the beer.
Pour the beer, then the cider, then the shot of Applejack, and serve.