Now that Thanksgiving has been properly celebrated and appreciated, I’m finally letting go of my bah-humbug attitude and embracing the season of extravagance. This bourbon smash is smooth and dangerous and you can’t stop sipping until whoops, you need a refill… and somehow that entire handle of bourbon has mysteriously disappeared.
Turns out that Thanksgiving has become my favorite holiday. Kinda a weird one to love, especially since it wasn’t a major deal in my family growing up, but here’s why:
Thanksgiving is about loved ones and kindness and appreciation and food.
Full stop. No presents, except maybe a bottle of wine for the host/ess (always yes).
It’s all about pausing to recognize and give thanks for the many many things we are so lucky to have, like a roof and running water and nourishment. I take these simple things for granted every day, but they’re faraway dreams for too many people in this world. I hope with all my heart that your list also includes a strong family and forever friends, because they are everything in life.
We served this punch before our Friendsgiving feast, and good thing we had all sorts of friends-cooked goodness to soak this up. Major shoutout to the friend who made Tieghan’s butternut squash & wild mushroom stuffing, which I couldn’t stop eating, including for breakfast the next morning. That girl is just magic, you know?
Cheers to the rest of our holiday season!
Ginger Grapefruit Bourbon Smash
- 750 ml bourbon
- 72 oz. ginger beer
- 2 grapefruit juiced
- 2 inches fresh ginger peeled & thinly sliced
- pomegranate arils
- Combine everything but the ice in a large punch bowl. Stir and pour!