For our festive Thanksgiving drink, we first tried out a Fig & Ginger Bourbon Fizz, which, I am sorry to say, did not turn out to be as delicious as I had expected. This is quite possibly because we did not use fresh figs, but rather some semi-dried ones. The fig flavor did not transfer at all. Sigh.
Next, we attempted a Pear & Sparkling Cider Bourbon Punch, and that was a hit. It was enjoyed by men and women alike, and it would be simple to make a non-alkie version for the kids in your midst. Ours eyeballed the bunch rather thirstily, so next time I will make a virgin batch as well.
Pear & Sparkling Cider Bourbon Punch
2 cups pear nectar
2 cups sparkling apple cider
2 cups seltzer water
1/2 cup bourbon*
1 bosc pear, sliced, for garnish
Pour all liquids into a pitcher and slowly stir. Pour into highball glasses filled with ice and garnish with a slice of pear.
*I will say that the Gutsy Dad inferred that, had my grandfather been present, he would have asked "Is there any booze in this thing?" For this reason, it is likely that I will up the bourbon amount next go round.