Thanksgiving Day of Drinks

November 24, 2014

It's Thanksgiving. It's time to formally appreciate your crazy family, football, your cubicle mates, your friends, and drinks that make all of those things tolerable! If your family is anything like ours, we start in the morning, then eat and drink our way through the day laughing, telling stories, and talking about plans for the future.

Of course, there has to be a drink in hand for all of this. Not just any drink, a time-of-day appropriate drink. There are drinks that are better suited for morning, with dinner and for dessert or a night cap. Here's what we recommend!

Morning

Mimosa

Nothing says "good morning family" like a refreshing mimosa. Make this popular drink with orange juice, grapefruit juice, or whatever juice you have on hand and champagne. The appropriate ratio is 3 parts juice to 1 part champagne, but we won't tell anyone if you happen to go half and half...

RumChata and coffee


Guests not a fan of champagne, no problem. Pick up some RumChata and add it to your morning coffee. It was released in 2009 and has been a hit! The creamy rum has flavors of vanilla and cinnamon and pairs nicely with all kinds of breakfast bakes.

Thanksgiving meal

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Beer (or wine)

Draft Beer for the Thanksgiving meal! But if you'd prefer wine, we have a post on that here. Back to beer. Now that we have 22 beer taps, telling you which one to try with a certain meal is harder because we really like them all, and there is always on occasion to try a new beer. But since it's Thanksgiving, we'll recommend the Bell's Brewery Lager, Yazoo Fall Lager, New Belgium Salted Caramel Brown Ale, Angry Orchard Crisp Apple Cider. All of these are great choices to pair with a hearty meal. See the homepage for our full tap list!

Post Thanksgiving dinner or evening

Lemoncello


(Just a few of our Lemoncellos)

Lemoncello is a lemon liqueur traditionally produced in Italy. It is great for sipping after a heavy meal (Thanksgiving, for example!) to settle the tummy and make room for dessert! Serve this refreshing favorite chilled (with a chilled glass preferably).

Tawny Port


(Taylor Fladgate is one of our favorites, great value and great taste.)

If lemon isn't your thing, try a Tawny Port. There are many manufacturers who age the port anywhere from 10 to 40 years. The wine gradually takes on it's "tawny" color from aging in wooden casks. The flavors vary between brands and aging times, but in general you can expect a rich and mellow flavor with hints of various dried fruits. This is a drink to be sipped as it is stronger and smoother than it's wine cousins.

You need a drink, NOW.