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An anti-Turkey Day cocktail from the Whistler 

Head bartender at the Logan Square craft cocktail joint mixes a mean cardinal punch

Paul McGee, head bartender of Logan Square craft cocktail joint The Whistler, explains that his perfect vegan Thanksgiving meal would include Field Roast's Celebration Roast, brussels sprouts, mashed potatoes, stuffing, and Apple Brown Betty. That sounds pretty damn tasty and all, but the most important thing to learn from the mixologist extraordinaire is what kind of adult beverage he'd serve with his Thanksgiving feast.

Paul McGee's recipe for Cardinal Punch:

(Serves 8 to 10)

32 ounces El Dorado 5-year-old rum

16 ounces malbec or syrah

8 ounces Carpano Antica vermouth

16 ounces lime juice

16 ounces simple syrup

16 ounces brut sparkling wine

½ ounce St. Elizabeth Allspice Dram

1 orange peel

orange wheels studded with cloves

lime slices

Combine all ingredients aside from the sparkling wine and refrigerate overnight. Before you carve your Field Roast, pour mixture (minus orange peels) into punch bowl. Add sparkling wine and garnish with lime slices and orange wheels.

(This is a variation on a recipe found in Mittie Hellmich's Ultimate Bar Book.)

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