From Kathleen Purvis’ blog I’ll Bite, at obsbite.blogspot.com:
Bitterness is in this year, particularly in cocktails. Before a meal, it makes sense: Things that are a little bitter make your mouth water, and that whets your appetite.
One of my discoveries this year has been the Italian vermouth Carpano Antica. It takes a little looking to find it – I found it at a liquor store in South Carolina. But a big bottle now lives in the back of my refrigerator.
Having a special cocktail ready for Thanksgiving guests is a nice touch. When I saw this combination of cider and vermouth on the website Serious Eats, I thought it had the makings of a great holiday drink. And it did – when I modified it to add just a little bourbon.