Here is our ultimate guide to Thanksgiving Entertaining, complete with the perfect cocktail – including four fabulous fall drink recipes at the bottom of this page. If you have other questions, feel free to stop by and ask any of our celebration specialists at the store.
And remember to Celebrate Responsibly.
Food & Wine Pairings
Don’t worry about rules. The right wine is the one you enjoy. But if you’d like some tips, here are some ideas to consider as you plan your Thanksgiving Dinner menu.
1. Turkey (or Chicken) with or without dressing (stuffing):
Choice: Trimbach Gewruztraminer Alsace France
Splurge: Rombauer Napa Valley Carneros Chardonnay
2. ham, pork or beef tenderloin (or roasts):
Choice: Kenwood Russian River Pinot Noir
Splurge: Chateau de Beaucastel Cotes du Rhone Coudoulet de Beaucastel, Rhone, France
Choice: Kermit Lynch Moscato d’ Asti
Splurge: Taylor Fladgate 10 Year Tawny Port
Greet your guests with a glass of one of these selections for the perfect start to your Thanksgiving gathering.
- Gloria Ferrer Blanc de Noirs
- Adelsheim Willamette Valley Oregon Chardonnay
- Meiomi Pinot Noir
- Francis Ford Coppola Diamond Series Cabernet Sauvignon
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Fall harvest flavors for the season!
Thanksgiving Apple Cranberry Moscow Mule
- 4 oz. Square One Vodka
- ¼ cup cranberry juice
- ½ cup sparkling apple juice
- 2 ginger beers
- fresh cranberries for garnish
Fill two large glasses with ice. Add the vodka and cranberry juice. Add the sparkling apple juice and then fill the rest of the way with the ginger beer. Stir gently to combine and serve immediately. Garnish with fresh cranberries.
Hot Apple Pie Toddy
- 6 oz. apple cider (heated)
- 2 oz. Tuaca liqueur
- whipped cream
- pinch cinnamon and nutmeg
- 1 cinnamon stick
In a glass coffee mug or heat-resistant goblet, combine your heated cider and Tuaca. Top with whipped cream. Sprinkle with cinnamon and nutmeg. Garnish with cinnamon stick.
The Colonial Ginger-Retto
- 1 oz Disaronno Amaretto
- 2 oz Ginger Beer – pre-chilled
- ¼ teaspoon Angostura Bitters
Fill an old-fashioned glass with ice. Add the Amaretto, Ginger Beer and Bitters. Stir.
Make a pitcher of this delicious cocktail by multiplying by six.
Tito's Pumpkin Pie Martini
- 2 oz. Tito’s Handmade Vodka
- 1 Tbsp. canned pumpkin pie mix (make sure it’s canned pumpkin pie mix, and not just canned pumpkin)
- 0.5 oz. spiced syrup (see recipe)
Shake all ingredients and DOUBLE STRAIN into a large rocks glass. (Use a 3” fine mesh strainer. Mixture will strain slowly, so use a spoon to agitate the mixture in the strainer to speed up the process.)
In a 2 quart saucepan, add:
- 4 cinnamon sticks (3-inch size)
- 8 small slices of fresh ginger (skin on is fine)
- 1/2 of a vanilla bean (split open)
- 30 whole allspice berries
- 20-25 whole cloves (stems on)
- 6 whole star anise pods
- 2 cups of sugar
- 2 3/4 cups of water
Simmer all ingredients on low heat for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and let steep for another 2-3 hours. Add a little water if the mixture is too viscous (resembling thickness of honey). Then, strain into a glass container and store in the refrigerator until needed.
Garnish: A small amount of fresh, grated nutmeg.