Who's hosting a Friendsgiving fete this year? I love the idea of gathering my girls for a night of food, fun, and drinks. I'm grateful to have a bunch of besties and I'd love to show my love through delicious delights and savory surprises. Our custom Friendsgiving Bourbon Cocktail is the perfect way to greet guests and say thanks to your friends.

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When hosting a holiday, I generally streamline my booze options to keep it simple: a white wine, a red wine, and a seasonal beer. But one signature cocktail is always a welcome treat at a dinner party, and this bourbon-grapefruit Derby-inspired drink will certainly do the trick. 

I know, I know... bourbon?! I'm not usually a fan; but the sweetness of honey and the tartness of grapefruit come together to pack a palatable punch and make for one impressive pour, especially when garnished with a bit of rosemary. 

And, yes, for the record--this cocktail is just as good at your traditional Thanksgiving with family and friends. Enjoy!

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Friendsgiving Bourbon Cocktail Ingredients

1/4 cup Honey
1/2 cup Water
1 1/2 oz. Bourbon
2 oz. Grapefruit Juice
1/2 oz. Honey syrup
Rosemary, for garnish
Grapefruit wedges, for garnish

Friendsgiving Bourbon Cocktail Directions

1. Make Honey simple syrup: In a saucepan, combine water and honey. Heat until honey is dissolved. Cool to room temperature. Store in refrigerator until ready to use.
2. Combine bourbon, Natalie's Orchid Island Juices' grapefruit juice and honey syrup in a cocktail shaker. Fill shaker with ice. Shake until well chilled. Strain into a coupe glass. Garnish with grapefruit wedges and/or rosemary sprigs.

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