Thanksgiving Drink Pairings

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Thanksgiving Day

For my family, means a family holiday with food, fun and drinks.  I’ve recently discovered the importance of pairing food with drinks and it’s changed how I enjoy a meal.  This year, I really wanted to elevate our meal by creating the a delicious drink menu around our food menu.  I’ve paired different drinks from 5 categories including wine, beer, cocktails, mocktails and other beverages with a traditional Thanksgiving meal.

Traditional Thanksgiving Day meal includes items such as turkey, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, stuffing and rolls. I’ve used those flavor profiles to pair these drinks.

Let’s start with my favorite drink, beer.  Oh how I love a good beer.  Here are the best beers to pair with your Thanksgiving meals.

  • Saison
  • Farmhouse Ale
  • Brown Ale
  • Lager
  • Porter
  • Stout

But I can also enjoy a great glass of wine, so I spent some time finding the best wines to pair with Thanksgiving dinner and here’s what I found.

  • Zinfandel
  • Syrah
  • Riesling
  • Sauvignon Blanc
  • dry sparkling rose

Cocktails are a great way to enjoy a drink as well. The best spirit to enjoy with a traditional thanksgiving meal appears to be gin, making a Gin & Tonic a no brainer. But if gin isn’t your jam, no problem.  Here’s some other cocktails that pair great with turkey!

  • Vodka Collins
  • Old Fashion
  • Amaretto Sour
  • Hot Spiced Rum Cider

If spiked drinks are not your thing, I totally understand.  Thanksgiving can feel a little indulgent, therefore, I’ve complied a list of yummy mocktails that will leave you satisfied without the booze.

  • Hot Chocolate
  • Beet Spritzer-Ginger Beer and beet juice
  • Mulled Cider
  • Chai Tea

I hope you love these drinks and choose to elevate your meal with one of my suggestions!









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