Yes, Thanksgiving is all about the food. But while the turkey is roasting in the oven and the stove top is a mess of flavorful activity, most families use beverages to keep their bellies quiet before the call of the dinner bell. From morning mimosas to delectable pumpkin pie martinis, weâ€™ve got the perfect drinks to pair with your feast day excitement. Letâ€™s dig in.
Thanksgiving Breakfast Drinks
If youâ€™re the chef of your family (or youâ€™ve been recruited for support), then youâ€™re probably out of bed by this time already. Sure, you could grab a hot cup of coffee to start your day, but thereâ€™s other options that might better suit your palate as you wait for the oven to pre-heat.
If it’s cool, a hot chocolate is an easy classic that you and the kids can warm up to while watching the Macyâ€™s Thanksgiving Day Parade on TV. But if youâ€™re gearing up for something a little harder (itâ€™s five oâ€™clock somewhere, right?) then try a delightful morning mimosa. We recommend this recipe for a sweet, simple, and aptly named Sunrise Mimosa.
Just champagne, orange juice, and grenadine, this tasty morning treat provides a quick and refreshing fix thatâ€™s wonâ€™t be so strong as to knock you out before youâ€™ve tasted the turkey. Even the kids can partake in a mocktail version of this delight â€“ just replace the champagne with extra OJ and dress it up with some orange slices or maraschino cherries.
Thanksgiving “Lunch” Drinks
Okay, you may be thinking, â€œLunch? what lunch? We donâ€™t eat until the turkeyâ€™s out of the oven on Thanksgiving!â€ Fair enough. But who isnâ€™t by this time guilty of perusing the kitchen for a sample of the eveningâ€™s fare? We could all use a glass of something to wash down the spoils of our many tastings.
Luckily there’s a few options. With only three ingredients, this sparkling cranberry punch is super easy to throw together between dishes and the perfect bubbly refresher for a pre-dinner drink. You can dress it up by adding some citrus or seasonal fruits (but as long as you donâ€™t burn the stuffing, no one will fault you for choosing not to put in the extra effort).
With a little more planning, you can pre-prepare the perfect fall sangria or, to be right on the nose, a non-alcoholic Thanksgiving punch. Your sangria will of course involve a bottle of dry red wine (and letâ€™s face it, by this point, youâ€™ll probably need a drink anyway). Combine your wine with some sparkling cider, a sliced apple, pear, and orange, as well as cinnamon and sugar. If youâ€™re feeling festive, you can add some cinnamon sticks and a rosemary spring for garnish.
To make your Thanksgiving punch, youâ€™ll need to combine apple cider with sparkling blood orange and grape juices. This recipe also includes a spiced syrup, frozen cranberries, apples, oranges, and finally, cinnamon sticks for garnish. The result is a delightfully flavorful fall harvest in a glass!
Not only are these options tasty, but the best part about planning a punch or sangria in advance is that it will make your kitchen look a little more put together amidst the day’s cooking chaos.
Thanksgiving Dinner & Dessert Drinks
Itâ€™s the moment youâ€™ve been waiting for â€“ time to feast! At this point, youâ€™ll need a drink worthy to toast to your good cooking. Since youâ€™ve worked hard all day, we recommend a simple, refreshing cocktail, like an aperolÂ or ginger spritz. Either are sure to brighten your palate and cut through the heaviness of dinner.
If youâ€™re skipping on dessert (who could blame you after all that food!) then you should try this boozy, 3-ingredient adult root beer float or, if you donâ€™t mind a little extra prep, a pumpkin pie martini. Theyâ€™ll be sure to satisfy your sweet tooth for fallâ€™s best flavors without making you feel like youâ€™ve gone completely overboard.
One last tip before we go: donâ€™t forget to loosen that waistband and remember who and what youâ€™re thankful for. Happy feasting!
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