I've seen Halloween candy on store shelves as early as August. Department stores piping Christmas music in September. If companies start merchandising Veteran's Day, I may begin to foam at the mouth.
By Thanksgiving, I've just about had it, which is a pity since it happens to be one of my favorite holidays of the year. But now that it's riding tandem with Hanukkah, I very well may have to lock myself in the bathroom to have my quiet Holiday breakdown.
And I've found the ideal cocktail to take in there with me-- it's a take on The Filibuster cocktail by Erik Adkins of Oakland's Flora restaurant, but altered just enough to help me cope while appearing festive enough to look as though my Holiday spirits are high.
Which they will be, thanks to the three ounces of booze per cocktail.
The Coping Mechanism
Short of a magic wand to transport you elsewhere, this cocktail has everything you need to help cope with holiday get-togethers: plenty of liquor to take the edge off; maple syrup, which acts as a mild anti-depressant; egg white, which provides enough protein to help you forgo a plate of dry turducken; and lemon juice, which is excellent for softening dry elbows. And that little hint of nutmeg screams "Thanksgiving" just loud enough so you don't have to.