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Toast the Turkey – Best Drinks to Serve with your Thanksgiving Meal
11/2/2017 4:37:20 PM
Toast the Turkey


An excellent Thanksgiving meal is mostly about a plump, moist turkey with all the trimmings, but that doesn’t mean Thanksgiving drinks have to be just so-so. If you’re looking to impress your guests with some fun cocktails and wines that complement the meal, here’s a guide for serving Thanksgiving libations that may just steal the show! 

Appetizers

If you’re serving your guests finger foods, like cheese and olives, serve a peppery, yet fruity wine like Cabernet Franc. Its herbaceous notes bring out the bright flavors in olives and other charcuterie.

Or if you’d like to start the meal with a festive cocktail, look no further than the cranberry gimlet, a simple concoction made of two ounces gin, one ounce of unsweetened cranberry juice, a twist of lime, and a half ounce of simple syrup. Shake with ice in a cocktail shaker and strain into champagne glasses. Drop a few frozen cranberries into the glass for a festive finish. 

Dinner

Of course, the star of your table will probably be the turkey, surrounded by side dishes, but there are some lovely, inexpensive wines out there that can really bring out the flavors in your bird. Pinot Noir is a light red wine with an oaky, vanilla flavor offset by notes of ripe tomato, which makes it a not-too-heavy, yet satisfying complement to a perfectly roasted turkey.

If you’re deep-frying your bird this year, lighten up the salty flavor by serving your turkey alongside a sparkling wine. The effervescence of the bubbles and the high acidity of the wine itself will add a sweet and tart element to your Thanksgiving feast. But there’s no reason to spend more on your bubbles than your bird: a Spanish Cava or an American rosé will liven up your table without costing a fortune.

Dessert 

Old school dessert wines are making a comeback. And the citrusy, spicy flavors of a good old fashioned ruby port pair so well with a slice of pumpkin pie, you and your guests will wonder why we stopped finishing our meals with a nip of port in the first place. 

If you’d like to serve your adult guests a bite of something sweet and sinful, the "Frozen Turkey” is a fun finish to a fine meal. Just blend a pint of butter pecan ice cream with an ounce of Wild Turkey and an ounce of Amaretto. Serve topped with store-bought or homemade caramel sauce for a boozy dessert that tastes perfect on its own or even better atop a slice of warm apple pie.

Thanksgiving is a holiday filled with food, family, and fun. Pairing a few special drinks with the different courses of your meal not only adds to the festive mood, but also makes for some great dinner table conversation!
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