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Cocktail Thursday: Thanksgiving Edition

old fashioned

If your Georgia Bulldogs are preparing to deal with their little brother and you’re trying to figure out how to turn down a third helping of Aunt Edna’s tuna cranberry surprise, you could probably use a drink. I can help you with that.

Normally this is the spot where I would begin the analysis that leads eventually to a game-themed drink recipe. But on this evening I thought we might take a moment to more broadly recognize all that we have to be thankful for as Georgia Bulldog fans. Because let’s be real: no college football fanbase, and perhaps no fanbase in all of major organized sports, has as much for which to be grateful as we.

Obviously I’m grateful that my parents weren’t Georgia Tech fans. Because that could have turned out horribly.

I’m glad I don’t have to convince myself that year three is the new year two and Billy Napier truly has this under control.

I’m eternally thankful that Ray Goff recruited a floppy-haired young safety from Bainbridge and that Nick Saban hired and trained him.

I’m appreciative that my coach understands how to intelligently use the transfer portal and doesn’t have a duck fit every time someone mentions NIL.

And I’m thankful my team’s head coach doesn’t look like a grown up version of Bobby Hill.

I’m eternally grateful for those of you who read and comment on the site, and to be writing here at Dawg Sports. We started this sucker in 2006, which is the dawn of time in Internet years. If you’d told me we’d still be rolling 17 years later I’d have never believed you. If you’d told me we’d be doing so while watching Georgia chase its third national title in a row, I’d have asked you whether your best friend the invisible rabbit had season tickets. Because not a day goes by when the whole thing doesn’t seem completely nuts.

And what’s the cocktail for the night upon which you look around and say “It’s nuts have lucky I am”? A bourbon pecan pie martini. It’s a classic Thanksgiving dessert. But with booze. So….better.

You’ll need:

  • 1 ounce bourbon (I like Buffalo Trace, I’m told other varieties are available)
  • 1 ½ ounces Pecan Praline liqueur
  • ½ ounce good quality vodka
  • Toasted pecans for garnish/accompaniment

It’s a simple preparation. Mix the first three ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice and strain into a martini glass. You could toss in a couple of toasted pecans. I prefer to serve a handful to munch on while sipping.

Enjoy, and….

Go ‘Dawgs!!!