Thanksgiving Day is the perfect opportunity to share great food and spirits with friends and family. For those who choose not to go shopping after dinner, it is a ideal time to unwind and imbibe. Tantalizing Thanksgiving cocktail ideas keep people feeling happy long after the turkey and pumpkin pie have been served.
Wine and beer are two familiar favorites to serve before, during and after Thanksgiving dinner. A dry, crisp white wine always pairs well with a turkey and trimmings. It also complements the platter of cheese, grapes and crackers often served before the turkey comes out of the oven. Pindar Autumn Gold is a wonderful way to celebrate the season with an everyday white wine. It has an extraordinary taste with a bit of grapefruit character.
Craft beer is another tasteful choice to have with the annual turkey dinner, especially for those watching the NFL Thanksgiving Day games on television. Bring the taste of Thanksgiving to the table and to the television room with flavorful Pumpkin Ale from Southampton Publick House. The ale includes pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices for a sensational seasonal flavor.
Tom Macy, part-owner and head bartender at the award-winning bar Clover Club in Brooklyn, is the son of John Wm. Macy, the creator of CheeseSticks. Port of Call is one of the most popular cocktails Tom created at Clover. This festive cocktail is made with 1 ounce of gin, 1 ounce of Ruby Port, ¾ ounce of lemon juice, ½ ounce of cinnamon syrup and 1 tablespoon of cranberry preserves. Combine the ingredients in a shaker, add ice then shake and strain into a glass over crushed or regular ice. Garnish with a raspberry, blackberry and mint sprig. Tom shares several other recipes at the CheeseSticks blog, all with a homemade flair for Thanksgiving.
For those who want a fun twist on the popular Moscow Mule, Smirnoff has a recipe that is sure to make Thanksgiving more fun. The Black Apple Mule, created by Kristie Jones of Little Rock, AR includes the fall flavors of apple and ginger beer. Mix 1.5 ounces of Smirnoff No. 21 vodka with 2 ounces of ginger beer, 2 dashes of black walnut bitters, ½ cup of diced medium red or black apple with juice from ½ of a lime. Top off the cocktail with a sprig of fresh mint. Discover an array of fall cocktail ideas at the Smirnoff website.
After the Thanksgiving festivities are over, consider spending Black Friday tasting wine and listening to good music rather thank combatting crowds at the mall. Jon and Anthony’s Acoustic Jam will be playing from 1 to 4 pm at Martha Clara Vineyards in Riverhead. Keep the holiday spirit going on Sat. Dec. 5 at Pindar Vineyards in Peconic by sipping on mulled wine and nibbling cookies. Pindar will also give out the recipe for participants to make mulled wine at home for their own Christmas festivities.