Starting weeks ahead of time, people begin planning and agonizing over what they'll make for Thanksgiving: sweet potato casserole or stuffing? Green beans or Brussels sprouts? Gravy from scratch or the jarred stuff?
But usually scant consideration is given to exactly what you'll be drinking with your feast. Since you've certainly figured out the rest of your menu by now, here are our ideas for what you should sip on the big day.
If you're going to start your festivities by running a turkey trot or with a game of touch football, be sure to warm up afterward by having this simple and delicious hot rum drink from acclaimed author Wayne Curtis. It will chase away a chill with ease. View recipe: Teatime Toddy
Before you sit down to eat, get everybody's appetite going by fixing this drink from talented mixologist and Liquor.com advisor Aisha Sharpe. With apple, lemon and ginger flavors, it's like autumn in a glass. View recipe: Forbidden Fruit
Then during dinner, serve award-winning bartender and Liquor.com advisor Jim Meehan's red wine-based Nouveau Sangaree. The old-timey version of sangria features historic applejack, which has been an American favorite for hundreds of years. View recipe: Nouveau Sangaree
Have a big crowd on hand? Fix this historic punch, which dates back to the Civil War. As Liquor.com advisor David Wondrich explains, the Pilgrims probably didn't have many tipples at the first Thanksgiving, but this complex, citrusy drink was popular in 1863, when Abraham Lincoln declared it a national holiday for the first time. View recipe: USS Richmond Punch
To help aid your digestion after the heavy meal, we suggest turning to a traditional European herbal digestif: Fernet-Branca. Try it in this creation from master bartender and Liquor.com advisor Dushan Zaric, which mixes the liqueur with sweet vermouth and Galliano. View recipe: Fernando
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