Secret Recipe: Elixir’s Kentucky Pilgrim


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Originally created by local bar mixologist and founding member of San Francisco Cocktail Week, H. Joseph Ehrmann, this delicious cocktail has become a holiday classic.

The Kentucky Pilgrim

Serves one

1 1/2 ounces Wild Turkey Thanksgiving Infusion (see recipe below)

1 ounce lemon juice

1/2 ounce Maraschino Liqueur

1/2 ounce demerara syrup

1. In a mixing glass, add all ingredients, fill with ice, and shake well for 10 seconds.

2. Use a Hawthorne strainer to pour into a wine glass.

3. Garnish with a long lemon twist.

For a warm cocktail:

1. Mix all ingredients into a mug and add 3 ounces hot water.

2. Stir and garnish with a wide lemon disc twist. 


Wild Turkey Thanksgiving Infusion

Serves One

1 liter Wild Turkey 101

2 bar spoons cardamom seeds

1 1/2 cups dried, unsweetened cranberries

3 sticks cinnamon

1. In a wide-mouthed glass infusion jar, place Wild Turkey 101 and cardamom seeds.

2. Close and leave in a dark cool place for 1 day.

3. Strain out cardamom and add dried unsweetened cranberries and cinnamon.

4. Close and leave for another 2 days, agitating once per day.

5. Strain solids and store in the original Wild Turkey bottle with proper labeling.

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