A Very Mid-Century Thanksgiving
This year, I was thankful for beer-and-butter-braised turkey, huckleberry-rhubarb cocktails, Wii bowling tournaments, and an excuse to use amazing Dansk and other vintage, mid-century housewares. I can’t take credit for the fab teak cheeseboards, pepper mills and candleholders, and the mod cutlery (as it belongs to a fellow thrifting friend who has amazing taste) but the vintage Grey Goose martini glasses and the sweet, tart, and cinnamon-y liquid inside them are all courtesy of your truly and I plan on sharing all the details with you. Hope your holiday was a good one!
These teak items are by the beloved Scandinavian design company Dansk. Look out for their housewares at thrift stores, flea markets, and garage sales! They are well-designed and can be worth a lot of money!
Also by Dansk, these teak cheeseboards hide little knives in their handles! So cute! I actually got the two small ones at the Rose Bowl Flea Market for my Dansk-loving hostess as a birthday gift. I had no idea she already had the big one!
My huckleberry-rhubarb cocktail! And here’s what you need to make it:
-44 North Huckleberry Vodka
-3 stalks rhubarb
Start by making a rhubarb simple syrup. Over medium high heat in a saucepan, dissolve equal parts sugar and water and add chopped rhubarb and cinnamon sticks to taste. For a small batch of the syrup, I used 2 cups water and 2 cups sugar with 2 cinnamon sticks for a slightly spicy, wintery flavor. If you’re not into cinnamon, leave it out or use a bit less. Cook until rhubarb becomes very tender. You can also keep tasting to see when it reaches your desired level of tartness from the rhubarb. Strain through a sieve (ignore the colander I used below, something with a finer mesh works way better) into a container, preferable something pretty and clear so you can see the lovely bright pink color of the syrup.
Once the syrup has cooled, you are ready to make drinks! This drink works on the rocks, as well as “up” or in a martini glass. To serve up, fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add a jigger (about 1.5 ounces) of the huckleberry vodka. This vodka is not sweet, despite what it might sound like but to avoid the cocktail getting too sweet, go easy on the syrup, adding just enough to make the it slightly blush. A little drizzle will do. Squeeze in a wedge of lime to cut the sweetness, shake vigorously, and strain into a martini glass garnished with a cinnamon stick. Now add a float of soda water for a little bubble and enjoy!