So, the turkey’s in the oven, you are making the stuffing, omitting the chestnuts to accommodate Cousin Larry and leaving the pecans out of the cranberry relish because your daughter won’t eat them and making the mashed potatoes with soy milk because a niece is lactose-intolerant and you’ve just burned the green beans while everyone else is out playing touch football. You’re getting a tad crabby.
If this Thanksgiving scenario sounds vaguely familiar, I suggest that before you even start cooking on Thursday you have a pre-emptive Holiday Crantini, and things will go much more smoothly.
2 parts vodka
2 parts cranberry juice
1 part vermouth
Lime zest twists
1. In a cocktail shaker, put a bunch of crushed ice and the top three ingredients. Shake well, as if you were shaking Cousin Larry for whining about chestnuts in the stuffing. Pour into martini glasses, add a nice lime twist and float a few cranberries in each Crantini.
2. Drink them all yourself or share the cocktails, but only with those who wash the dishes.