Thanksgiving is almost here! A day full of food, family, and reflection, Thanksgiving has turned into one of my favorite holidays. With less than a week to go, now’s the time to grab all of the essentials for a perfect holiday!
Since food is the main focus on Thanksgiving, it is important to pair what you drink with your meal. Classic pairings include wines such as Riesling, Pinot Noir, and sparkling wine (Champagne, Cava, Prosecco, etc.. As far as cocktails go, people tend to stick with the classic cocktails, so as not to distract from the food itself. With the world of cocktails and mixology expanding so much, there are a lot of new and great cocktails that can complement your Thanksgiving dinner quite nicely!
Here are a few of my favorite Thanksgiving cocktails!
Caramel Apple Pie Cocktail:
Caramel Apple Pie:
This cocktail is perfect for watching the Thanksgiving Day Parade, and will get you ready for that Turkey to come out of the oven. It could also be a great drink with dessert!
1 ½ oz vodka or Tequila
1 oz Butterscotch Schnapps
1 ½ oz apple cider
1 tsp. fresh lemon juice
Apple slice for Garnish
Crushed graham crackers
Rim a chilled cocktail glass with crushed graham crackers. Pour the liquid ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well. Strain into your chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with an apple slice.
This drink is made in a pitcher and requires a honey syrup. This is a delicious drink that will pair with your meal, and it is just as delicious without the alcohol, so it can be a drink for the whole family!
½ cup honey
Juice of 2 lemons
2 cups apricot nectar
1 cup vodka
1 bottle sparkling apple juice
Extra lemon slices
Dissolve honey in ½ cup of boiling water. Let cool, then pour into a pitcher. Add lemon juice, apricot nectar, and vodka. Chill. Add bottle of sparkling apple juice to pitcher. Serve over ice with lemon slices.
Honey Syrup Recipe:
1 cup honey
1 cup water
Mix honey with water over med-high heat until fully dissolved. Let cool.
Apple Cider Mimosa
Apple Cider Mimosa
This cocktail is perfect for Thanksgiving morning! Watch the parade with one of these in hand!
2 tbsp. sugar
1 tbsp. ground cinnamon
1 cup apple cider
1 (750ml) bottle bubbly
On a small plate, combine the sugar and cinnamon. Dip champagne flutes in water to wet the rims, then dip in cinnamon sugar mixture. Fill champagne flute ¼ full with apple cider, then top off with champagne.
These cocktails are sure to be a show-stopper at your Thanksgiving dinner, but if you want to stick to the traditional wine on Thanksgiving, we have a few great recommendations for you!
Plan Pegau 11-12-13: $25.99
Coming from the famous Chateauneuf-du-Pape region, Domaine du Pegau produces some of the best wines in France. Domaine du Pegau has been making wine organically since 1733 and has been family owned just as long!
Tar, smoke, and musky fruit rise from the glass, however on the palate this wine reminds me of biting into a rich, juicy strawberry. The finish lingers with cherry and white pepper covering your mouth. The wine is as smooth as a baby’s bottom.
This wine with honey glazed ham or peppered turkey on Thanksgiving will be to die for!
Marcel La Pierre “Raisins Gaulois”: $17.99
On the nose, this red wine gives you a hint of dark berries and spices with floral notes. On the palate, you get a full bodied taste of fresh cranberry and cherry with gentle tannins on the finish.
This red pairs great with a snowy day, a spicy meal, and of course Thanksgiving dinner!
Boundary Breaks Med-Dry Riesling: $16.99
This approachable Riesling has delicious tropical flavors and a nice touch of acidity. It is has a natural fruit sweetness to it that makes it delightful to have on its own. It will also pair perfectly with a variety of foods! It is perfect for Thanksgiving, whether you drink it while cooking or with the dinner itself!
Avinyo Petillant: $16.99
This white wine is crisp and delicious! Dry and fresh with a light frizzante on the end, this is a very distinct and unique wine. You pick up light notes of lemon peel and honeysuckle with a light, crisp finish. This wine is the perfect aperitif to entertain your guests with while you’re finishing up the big Thanksgiving dinner!
There you have it! Whether you’re looking for wine or a good cocktail this Thanksgiving, we’ve got you covered! Come on in and get prepared so that your Thanksgiving can go off without a hitch!
From all of us at Square Beverage, have a Happy Thanksgiving and we hope to see you soon!