This is a reboot of a cocktail with a not-so-sexy name, Cranberry-Spice Cocktail, that I created for Food and Wine magazine. Cranberries, oranges, and apples are still at the heart of the drink, but I amped up the proof a bit with Laird’s apple brandy and played off the bittersweet orange notes of the Amaro CioCiaro and brightness brought on by the Aperol. It’s a great before-dinner drink to kick off a Thanksgiving gathering, a time when it’s good to keep people busy with a drink in their hand. You can also batch it up as a punch and have your guests serve themselves.
Reprinted with permission from Amaro by Brad Thomas Parsons, copyright © 2016. Published by Ten Speed Press, a division of Random House, Inc.