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Whiskey • Sour
Ultimate Friendsgiving Party Drink

So, you’ve been assigned drink duty for your Friendsgiving. It’s not as simple as it sounds. You can’t simply show up with a six-pack of Keystone Light and a bottle of vodka. And while you don’t have to go crazy and make 100 bottled Negronis for the holiday, your Friendsgiving party drink should have some class, appeal to almost any palate (even vegans), be food-friendly and easy to whip up in a hurry if you’re short on time. Enter the Ultimate Friendsgiving Party Drink (that’s literally what we’re calling it). Made with bourbon (we like to use ultra-strong bottled-in-bond whiskey), frozen lemonade, maple syrup for that autumn spice and ginger beer, it’s both simple and impressive. Just be careful: You’re friends might like it so much you’ll be on drink duty every year.

The Essentials

ginger beer
The Details
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1 750-mL bottle Bourbon
1 12-oz can lemonade
0.25 Cup Maple Syrup
1 Lemons, Sliced
1 6-pack ginger beer
Fresh Thyme, for garnish
Candied Ginger, for garnish


  • Pour the bottle of whiskey into a pitcher. Add the frozen lemonade and maple syrup, and stir with a large spoon until the frozen lemonade is fully incorporated.
  • Add the sliced lemon to the pitcher and set aside.
  • To serve, fill lowball glasses halfway with the mix, add ice and top with ginger beer.
  • Garnish with fresh thyme sprigs and candied ginger on a pick.