The Best Drinks for Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving dinner is less than a week away, and before we know it, we will be surrounded by our families enjoying a nice turkey dinner. All jokes about family drama and the real bits that actually happen aside, most of us look forward to this yearly tradition.
One of the best things about Thanksgiving is sharing a few drinks around the table. Most of the time, this tends to be wine with beer quickly becoming a favorite – especially among the hipster crowd. Some of us want something a little different. I don’t know about you, but wine, is wine, is wine, is wine. I can’t tell the difference between most of them, and neither can experts once you pull off the fancy labels. Beer offers a lot more character, but so does a good mixed drink, plus they leave you more room to fill up on turkey, stuffing, and gravy.
Here is a quick list of some of the best drinks for Thanksgiving Dinner.
Thanksgiving Cocktail What better cocktail can there be for Thanksgiving dinner than this? It’s near perfect. The mix of liquors gives it a unique flavor and its relatively easy to make.
3/4 ounce gin
3/4 ounce dry vermouth
3/4 ounce apricot brandy
1/4 ounce lemon juice
Maraschino cherry for garnish
Lemon Verbena Martini
This is a nice cocktail that’s a better fit for more of a dinner party type of Thanksgiving. It’s a sophisticated drink that compliments a well-planned and executed meal.
1 cup water
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup torn verbena leaves
3/4 cup vodka
3/4 cup club soda, chilled
1/4 cup fresh lime juice (about 2 limes)
Lemon verbena sprigs (optional)
Lime slices (optional)
Step 1. Combine 1 cup water and sugar in a small saucepan. Rub torn verbena to bruise then add to pan. Bring sugar mixture to a boil, stirring gently as needed to dissolve sugar evenly - cook for 30 seconds. Remove from heat, and let cool completely. Strain mixture through a sieve over a bowl. Toss out the solids.
2. Combine sugar mixture, vodka, soda, and juice. Serve over ice. Garnish with verbena sprigs and lime slices, if desired.
This is another drink that takes some effort to make, but is well worth it and can turn any Thanksgiving dinner party into a hit. The spiced nature offers a nice Thanksgiving twist to the night.
2 ounces tequila
1 1/2 ounces chilled Spiced Simple Syrup. (Recipe Below)
1/2 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
Few dashes bitters
Lime wedge, for garnish
Spiced Simple Syrup:
1 cup sugar
8 whole allspice berries
8 whole cloves
3 cinnamon sticks
1 -inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and coarsely chopped
How to Make the Spiced Simple Syrup
Combine the sugar, 1 cup water, allspice, cloves, cinnamon and ginger in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil and cook until the sugar is completely melted. Remove from the heat and let steep for 1 hour. Strain into a small bowl, cover and refrigerate until cold.
Combine the tequila, simple syrup, lime juice, bitters and ice in a cocktail shaker and shake for 10 seconds. Serve straight up or on the rocks with a lime wedge for garnish.
Good Bourbon or Whiskey
At the end of a good meal, on a good night, surround by good friends and family, sometimes the best way to cap it all off is to share a glass or two of high quality bourbon or whiskey. Simple and perfect. Toast your friends and be thankful for what you have.