Drink your Thanksgiving at Hank’s, Now Serving Turkey and Sweet Potato Cocktails

Have a mushroom cocktail, or two.
Drink your Thanksgiving at Hank’s, Now Serving Turkey and Sweet Potato Cocktails
Individual drinks, like the Cranberry Sauce cocktail shown here, are $12, but you can try them all as a flight for $24. Photo courtesy of Hank's Cocktail Bar.

Thanksgiving with the extended family can make you want to drink your dinner instead of eat it. At Hank’s Cocktail Bar in Petworth, that urge can be fulfilled. Beverage director Jessica Weinstein and bar manager Michael Norman cooked up the “We Give Thanks for Cocktails” menu, which emulates a Turkey Day meal–down to the turkey. The libations include plenty of savory ingredients (yep, those are mushrooms in your drink), and like many food menus, range from lightest to richest.

Patrons can try any for $12, or sample a “tasting” for $24. Here’s a sample of what to expect. 

Waldorf Salad

People generally love or hate Waldorfs, a retro salad of apples, celery, grapes, and nuts bound with mayonnaise. This drink might make you a fan (and thankfully there’s no mayo involved). The bar juices green apples and combines them with tonic and soda before adding Plymouth gin. Topping it all off: a healthy stick of celery.

Individual drinks, like the Waldorf Salad cocktail shown here, are $12, but you can try them all as a flight for $24.

Cranberry Sauce

Get sauced on the classic Thanksgiving condiment. Fresh cranberries are boiled with spices for a zestycranberry syrup, which is then mixed with tequila and orange liqueur.

Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Some like them mashed, whipped, or fried. In this drink, barkeeps slow-roast sweet potatoes before blending them with filtered water and sugar. Adding in bourbon and red wine creates a starchy cocktail that can pad the stomach. 

Mushrooms

Mushrooms can add an earthy note to a Thanksgiving table. This cocktail blends Scotch that’s been infused with dried mushrooms for a week, which produces a savory, umami-rich flavor. The cocktail is then topped with flame-roasted shallots. 

The Roasted Sweet Potatoes cocktail. Photo courtesy of Hank’s Cocktail Bar.

Oven-Roasted Turkey

What’s Thanksgiving without the turkey? This drink is made using turkey fat-washed whiskey (tastier than it sounds, we promise). As the bourbon congeals, it picks up the enzymes and flavor profiles of the poultry. Mixed with vermouth and bitters, the cocktail aims to satisfy all your turkey cravings–no basting required.

Apple Pie

Round out the meal with a crowd-pleasing spiced apple pie cocktail for dessert, made with brandy, cinnamon, manzanilla sherry, and creme de cacao.

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Editorial Fellow

Nehal joined Washingtonian as an editorial fellow in fall 2017. She enjoys all things food, arts, culture, and health and is always looking out for new trends. This past May she graduated from Johns Hopkins with a degree in creative writing and a minor in photography. She lives in Foggy Bottom.