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Drinks for Thanksgiving Day

A Drink Menu is Just as Important as the Food


Every year Americans worry more about food on Thanksgiving Day than any other day of the year. For many, it is not only important to create a table filled with all of the standard favorites, but doing it in a way that impresses the entire family, some of whom may be a little difficult. Yet, we often overlook the drinks that complement those great foods and the Thanksgiving Day drink menu does not have to stop with the dinner table. From a morning of parade watching to watching the many football games or getting cozy for a family movie, there are special drink choices that can keep the festive mood throughout the whole day.

The majority of Thanksgiving Day drinks do not require the preparation and forethought that the meal does, there is one does. The Butternut Old Fashioned is a fantastic seasonal cocktail that would be a great compliment to the meal or anytime during the day and it requires a 6 day infusion. This one is well worth the time and little bit of extra effort involved. Get the Butternut Old Fashioned recipe...

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Thanksgiving Morning and Parade Watching

Bloody Mary
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It is a tradition for many families to wake up on Thanksgiving Day, enjoy a hearty breakfast together then sit down and watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. It is the perfect opportunity to relax before a day packed with family and cooking and these drinks are perfect for that time before that rush begins.

Thanksgiving Dinner

Sparkling Cranberry Punch
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The Thanksgiving meal can be a challenge when it comes to pairing drinks with the wide variety of foods that ends up on the dinner table. The About.com Drink Guides have put together some excellent suggestions to help you show off your pairing skills.

Dessert and After the Big Meal

Root Beer Float
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We all have a tendency to overindulge during Thanksgiving Day dinner, it's hard not to when there is so much delicious food in front of you. These drinks are great during dessert or after to help you recover from the big meal. These are also ideal for that time later in the evening when you sit down to watch a favorite family movie or bring out the board games.

Game Time

Maxim Blitz - Patron Tequila
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Beyond the meal, Thanksgiving is also known as a day for football and you know what that means...Beer! Yet, we can go beyond the every day beer for such a special occasion and pick out something nice and unusual. Browse through the selection of specialty beers at the store and look for any seasonal beers, which have great flavors that are perfect for this time of year. To get you started, check out the Top 10 Beers for Autumn and 10 Winter and Holiday Beer Recommendations.

As an alternative, there’s nothing like old-fashioned drip coffee to get your energy levels up! If you’re looking for something a little more refined, Lindsey Goodwin suggests French press coffee or Lapsang Souchong, perhaps the smokiest, most macho tea out there.

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