If you’re planning on cooking Thanksgiving dinner, you probably already have your menu planned out, but what about the drinks? While dinner is the main event, no Thanksgiving is complete without the booze. And you don’t want to pair just any old beer or wine with the Thanksgiving dinner you’ve been working on for hours. Here’s our ultimate guide on what drinks to serve with Thanksgiving dinner. You’re welcome.
The traditional centerpiece of Thanksgiving dinner is the turkey – golden, juicy and delicious. But you can’t forget about the mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing and other flavorful dishes. With all of the flavors and textures, it can be difficult to find one beer to pair with everything. Go with a beer that is diverse, and not too overpowering.
Beers to pair:
- Ommegang Abbey Ale – rich, complex, and just the right amount of sweetness.
- Biere de Garde – versatile, with caramel malt flavors; perfect for over-roasted food.
- Saison – a good Belgian Saison is full of spice, and a great palate cleanser.
- Dubbel – a little sweeter than the rest, but great to pair with traditional Thanksgiving dishes.
Wine and Thanksgiving dinner go hand in hand. From appetizers all the way to dessert, wine can go with it all. The challenge is finding wines to go with all of the flavors, aromas and textures throughout Thanksgiving. Do you pair one wine with everything, or multiple? Well, the beauty of it is, it’s up to you!
Wines to pair:
- Pinot Noir – a traditional favorite, this wine is the perfect pair for turkey and stuffing
- Zinfandel – a full-bodied red wine is great with spice, bitter and sweet flavors.
- Rosé – a drier selection of Rosé will be the most versatile, and be a great pair for almost every part of Thanksgiving dinner.
- Riesling – flavors of apples, apricots and pears make this white wine perfect for pairing with herb-rubbed turkey and bold-flavored stuffing.
Whether you’re watching football, waiting for the turkey to get out of the oven, or enjoying the ultimate Thanksgiving feast, you can’t go wrong with a cocktail. From gin cocktails to sweet sangria, the options are endless.
Cocktails to pair:
- Bourbon Pecan Pie Cocktail – Turkey’s best friend
- Cranberry Moscow Mules – Obviously delicious with cranberry sauce & desserts
- The Thanksgiving Cocktail – Great with all of your favorite Thanksgiving sides
- Apple & Gin Autumn Cocktail – Try this if you’re a green bean casserole fan
- Smoky Harvest Apple Cider Margarita – C’mon, tequila pairs with everything